AstroImaging Community Café
Oct 21, 2020

AstroImaging Community Café

Wednesday, Oct 21, 2020
7:30 PM to 9:30 PM

Members Only event.

Due to the COVID-19 situation, this meeting will be held via Zoom at:


Abdur Anwar
Planetary imaging tutorial. best practices and tips for imaging the planets with mono, OSC, and DSLR cameras.

Connor Mccraw
Astronomical image processing in PixInsight

Alister Ling
Tutorial on creating composites of the moonrise

Tom Owen
Processing planetary images in StarTools.

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Members Only event.

AstroImaging Community Café is a potluck of shorter and longer presentations by astroimagers for astroimagers! Do you enjoy taking and/or viewing pictures of the sky? Are you looking for some pointers to up your skill set or turn that “nice” shot into “calendar image!”? Maybe in the last couple of months you have 5 images, or made 4 time-lapses that are too much for the AstroImaging Corner at our Regular Meetings. Whether you take 4 minutes or want to share a 20 minute backstory for a specially composed a shot, or demo a technique others can benefit from, bring it to our community! To participate: email the AstroImaging Community Café coordinator.

RASC Edmonton Regular Meeting: Sept 14 2020

RASC Edmonton Online Meeting


Monday September 14, 2020    7:30PM  

Zoom Meeting Format. Use the link below to join the meeting.

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Meeting ID: 826 4647 7103

Featured Speaker: Dr. Locke Spencer

 A Canadian Perspective on The Far-Infrared Universe

Over half of the energy emitted by the Universe appears in the relatively unexplored Far-Infrared (FIR) spectral region, which is virtually opaque from the ground and must be observed by space-borne instrumentation. The European Space Agency (ESA) Herschel and Planck Space Telescopes provided the first full-sky and broad-band access to the cosmos in the FIR spectral region.  Herschel was comprised of three instruments which conducted imaging and spectroscopy in the FIR, including the Spectral and Photometric Imaging Receiver (SPIRE), with the Canadian contribution to SPIRE directed by the University of Lethbridge Astronomical Instrumentation Group (AIG). This lecture also introduces the Far-Infrared Universe, and Canadian perspective on associated telescopes and scientific instrumentation, past, present, and including future missions and mission concepts. Targets of interest include relatively nearby star formation, all the way out to the oldest photons available to us from the cosmic microwave background.

Astro Café
September 1, 2020
Photographing the Rise of the Full Nimitahamowipisim

Photographing the Rise of the Full Nimitahamowipisim*

Cloud-wise, it was the classic iffy situation for Sep 1, but the Café went ahead as scheduled. The advancing clouds left only the lowest two degrees of sky reasonably clear to see the rising Moon. Alister Ling and Luca Vanzella hosted two members, Shane and Victor in capturing the rise. Above is Luca’s composite image of the event.

FREE Members only event.

Presented by RASC members Alister Ling and Luca Vanzella.

If you have always wanted to photograph the Full Moon rising above a scenic landscape but you aren’t sure how to do it – this Astro Café is for you! Veteran skyscape shooters Alister Ling and Luca Vanzella will guide you through all of the steps necessary to get that perfect shot.

This Astro Café is designed for people that own a DSLR (Digital Single-Lens Reflex) camera – we won’t be using any phone or point-and-shoot cameras. Familiarity with your DSLR camera is beneficial but not absolutely required.

* In the Cree Culture, the full moon of September 2020 is known as Nimitahamowipisim, the Rutting Moon, marking the time of year the bull moose scrapes the velvet from his antlers in preparation for mating season. See: The Colonial American name of the September 2020 full moon is the Corn Moon. See:

Tuesday, September 1, 2020
19:45 – 22:00

COVID-19 Protocol
Maintain 2m physical distancing at all times.
Alister and Luca will not be touching or going near your cameras. We will help from 2m distance.

Cloud/Rain/Snow Backup:
The backup date is Sep 2. If Sep 2 is cloudy, then the event is cancelled.
An update will be posted no later than 18:00 each day, here:

It is your responsibility to check.

Viewpoint across the road from
44 St Georges Crescent
Google Map Link:


20:22 Sunset
20:48 Moon  ALT -0.2 AZ 111.9     Moonrise left of Quint; first view by 20:51 or so
20:58 Moon  ALT 1.0  AZ 113.9      Moon above Quint & Civil Twilight End
21:07 Moon  ALT 2.0  AZ 115.5       Moon above right Quint
21:15 Moon  ALT 3.0  AZ 117.1        Moon above apt right of Quint, reflection opp
21:31 Moon  ALT 5.0  AZ 120.3       Moon above south end of Groat Bridge. Consider ending sequence.
20:15-20:30 Practice bracketing shots for an HDR (High Dynamic Range) image.

What to Bring and How to Prepare
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Questions? Email [email protected].