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Dedicated to the Advancement of Astronomy and Allied Sciences

The Halifax Centre of the RASC is an active association of over 200 amateur and professional astronomers, united by their appreciation of the night sky and the wonders it contains. The Centre is located in the provincial capital city of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, but many members live in several outlying communities, other provinces, and even other countries. The roots of the Centre date back to 1951 when, with the help of Father Burke-Gaffney of St. Mary's University, the Nova Scotia Astronomical Society was founded. The NSAS became the Halifax Centre of the RASC in January 1955. The RASC prides itself in educating the general public about astronomy. The public programs sponsored by Halifax Centre include: lectures, public star nights, and activities during special astronomical events.

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RASC September Meeting

The Halifax Centre will be holding its usual monthly meeting on Friday, September 21.

Part 1: Imaging Workshop with Blair McDonald

Time: 7:00 - 7:45 PM

Blair McDonald will provide another 45-minute image processing sessions with the foces on shapening images. It will include a discussion of the various techniques and how to use masks to tailor the effect. Please bring your laptop and a few images you want to process.

Part 2: Members' Meeting

Time: 8:00 - 10:30 PM

As has been the custom in the past few years, September has presentations that answer the question, "What did you do on your summer vacation?" Many members had an interesting summer that they might like to share. To that end, we have a couple of speakers slated for the meeting but we would love to hear from you. Do you have some images (and perhaps challenges you had to overcome to get the shot/look you wanted) you would like to share? How about your newly acquired equipment - scope, binoculars, eyepiece, etc.? Have something else you would like to share? Please contact me if you wish to be included on the agenda and your presentation (5 -15 minutes in length) will be added.

Confirmed speakers at this meeting are:

The Elusive Sirius B: Blair MacDonald will address some of the challenges in spotting the elusive star Sirius B, and what he did to overcome them.

Time-Lapses: Jerry Black will show some of his time-lapse videos from the summer, including 2018 Nova East.

Constellation Quiz: Paul Gray will test our constellation skills.

All are welcome!

Atrium 101, Atrium Building, St. Mary's University


Dates of future meetings are:

Friday, October 19, 2018 (tentative)

Friday, November 16, 2018

Friday, December 7, 2018 (tentative) Annual General Meeting

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