RASC March Meeting
The Halifax Centre will be holding its usual monthly meeting on Friday, March 17, 2017 at 7:30 PM.
Room AT101, Atrium Building, St. Mary's University(Map)
1. Paul Heath: Presenting Concepts - Inquiring Minds Want to Know!
Paul will look at some basic concepts in astronomy, distance, size, mass, etc., with simple props and hands-on activities, that can help to show these concepts to both young and old. He promises it will be an interactive talk!
2. David Chapman: Orienting your Skywatcher AZ Telescope to the Sky
Many of us have Skywatcher telescopes with alt-azimuth (AZ) mounts with Go-To capability - the Centre's 16" reflector at Saint Croix Observatory (SCO) is one. Dave will walk through the steps of starting up such a telescope for an evening of viewing, using his much smaller 4.5" Skywatcher Virtuoso reflector. A lot of his tips apply to other telescope brands, although the details may vary.
As always, there will be refreshments and a social time following the meeting.
Dates of future meetings are:
Friday, April 21, 2017
________________________________About Monthly Meetings
Regular meetings open to everyone. Note that we have recently changed meeting rooms! They are held at Saint Mary's University in Room AT101 (Atrium Building). Meetings are held monthly (except July and August) beginning at 7:30 PM, normally on the third Friday.
A typical meeting consists of one or more feature talks. The main talks cover a variety of topics ranging from astronomical stamps to the latest advances in the space sciences. Shorter talks also cover a variety of topics such as: "what's up in the current sky", the latest astrophotographs by club members, or the unveiling of a new telescope.
Members may be found observing at the Saint Croix Observatory on almost every clear, dark night. Once a month, we encourage members and their guests to congregate at SCO, at which time new members are particularly welcome. Upcoming Observing Nights are:
Upcoming Observing Nights
(weather permitting, alternate is following evening)
March 24 (alt 25)
April 28 (alt 29)
May 26 (alt 27)
June 23 (alt 24)
July 21 (alt 22)
August 18 (alt 19) [TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE WEEKEND]
September 22 (alt 23) [KEJI DARK-SKY WEEKEND II]>
October 21 (alt 22) [SATURDAY TO AVOID MONTHLY MEETING]
November 18 (alt 19) [SATURDAY TO AVOID MONTHLY MEETING]
December 15 (alt 16)
Members are advised to sign up to the email discussion list to keep up to date on gatherings of fellow observers. For more information, contact the Observing Chair, Tony McGrath.