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Nova East registrants have access to all events, including all talks, workshops and presentations, two nights of observing (weather permitting!), the astronomers' breakfasts and the door prize draw. When attending the talks, bring a folding chair for comfort. Nova East Registrants have onsite parking (if camping) or adjacent site parking (if not camping). Due to our fixed costs, refunds on t-shirts and registration will not be available.

Nova East 2016 Program Schedule

Upon arrival please check at the Nova East Event Building.

Friday, August 26th

  1:00 p.m. -
  7:00 p.m.
Registration
Host: Melody Hamilton
Event Building
  7:45 p.m. Welcome and Announcements
Host: Quinn Smith
Event Building
  8:00 p.m. Nova East 2016 Guest Speaker: Roy Bishop
Topic: Sky Perspectives: Notes from a 77-orbit Visit to the Third Planet

Unprecedented advances have occurred in astronomy during my time on this planet. Terry Dickinson's “Naturalists of the Night”, the amateur astronomers, have benefited immensely from these advances in terms of both knowledge of the planets and stars, and telescope and imaging technology. I shall summarize some astronomical highlights from those years, including a few of my own encounters with the sheer beauty of the sky, and comment on the path I chose to follow in amateur astronomy.

Event Building
  9:15 p.m. Sky Tour
Host: Paul Heath
Event Building and Observing Field
  9:30 p.m. -
  11:00 p.m
Starry Night
The Nova East Astronomers invite Smileys Park campers and the public to view the Universe through telescopes of all sizes and shapes. Mars and Saturn are visible in the early evening.
Hosts: Nova East Astronomers
Observing Field
  11:00 p.m. Nova East Registrant Observing and Astrophotography
No laser pointers after 11 p.m. please.
Observing Field

Saturday, August 27th

Everyone is invited to participate and experience the fun and fascination of astronomy. We welcome newcomers of all ages!
   9:00 a.m. Astronomers' Breakfast
Hosts: Quinn, Mo & Chris
Event Building
Coffee, tea, bannock and muffins will be available.
  10:00 a.m. Youth Activity
Host: Paul Heath
Observing Field
  all day Telescope Tours & Solar Observing
Hosts: Nova East Astronomers
Telescope tours
Solar observing
Venus/Jupiter daytime conjunction
Observing Field
  10:30 a.m. Earning your RASC Observing Certificates
Presenter: Melody Hamilton
Event Building
  11:15 a.m. Upgrading Your Telescope Eyepieces and Filters
Presenters: Tony McGrath & Dave Lane
Event Building
  12:00 p.m. -
  1:00 p.m.
Lunch Break and Swap Meet
Bring your swap items to the Event Building
  1:00 p.m. Giovannai Hordierna's “Admirable Objects of the Sky”
Host: Chris Beckett
Event Building
  1:45 p.m. Workshop: Lunar Sketching for Beginners
Presenters: Dave Chapman & Michael Gatto
Event Building
  2:30 p.m. Workshop: Timelapse Nightscapes for Beginners: bring your gear!
Presenter: Paul Evans & Jerry Black
Event Building
  3:15 p.m. Nature Walk
Host: Sherman Williams
In the Woods - meet by the Event Building
  4:30 p.m. -
  6:30 p.m.
Nova East BBQ/Social
Event Building
  6:30 p.m. 2016 Group Photo
Venus/Jupiter daytime conjunction
Observing Field
  7:00 p.m. Door Prizes and Astro-Imaging Prize
Host: Mary Lou Whitehorne & Brian Giffin
Event Building
  8:00 p.m. Gather at event building to carpool to Jupiter/Venus conjunction observing site
Event Building
  8:15 p.m. Jupiter/Venus Conjunction
Host: Roy Bishop
Off site, nearby
  9:15 p.m. Sky Tour
Host: Paul Heath
Event Building and Observing Field
  9:15 p.m. -
  11:00 p.m
Starry Night
The Nova East Astronomers invite Smileys Park campers and the public to view the Universe through telescopes of all sizes and shapes. Mars and Saturn are visible in the early evening.
Hosts: Nova East Astronomers
Observing Field
  11:00 p.m. Nova East Registrant Observing and Astrophotography
No laser pointers after 11 p.m. please.
Observing Field

Sunday, August 28th

  9:00 a.m. Astronomers' Breakfast
Hosts: Quinn & Mo
Event Building
Coffee, tea and muffins will be available.
  Social morning and pack up

No other formal events are planned for Sunday, August 28th. Relax, be social and help out cleaning up and packing up the gear from the weekend.

Impromptu events may be scheduled. Check at Registration or at the Bulletin Board by the Event Building for updates.

Nova East is presented by The Halifax Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada and The Minas Astronomy Group.

Last Updated: July 2016