Sunshine Coast Centre RASC

Public Observing, SCC Observatory 18 August

IMG_0194We’ll be opening our SCC Observatory for public viewing on Saturday, 18 August 2018 (weather permitting). Gates open at sunset (8:15 PM). Check this page on the 18th for weather updates.

Service Awards 2018

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Brian Lucas receiving his service award from President Chris Gainor and Past President Colin Haig at the GA.

At the General Assembly in Calgary last June Dr. Brian Lucas received a Service Award for his years of service to the Society. The other Service Award recipient from our Center, Neil Sandy, did not attend the GA, so 2nd Vice President Charles Ennis presented Neil with his award at Pender Harbour Days last week.

Congratulations and thanks to Neil and Brian for all they’ve done for our Centre!

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Neil Sandy receiving his Service Award from Charles Ennis.

Astronomy in the Park: Saturday, 11 August 2018

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After a two-year absence, the Sunshine Coast Centre of the RASC is bringing the popular Astronomy in the Park program back to Porpoise Bay Provincial Park in Sechelt on Saturday, 11 August from 1 to 11:30 p.m. There will be club telescopes, an information booth with membership information, displays and astronomy related giveaways.

The first “star” of the day will be the sun, and with the club’s safe solar telescopes, participants will be able to look for fiery prominences and sun-spots. Club members will be on hand with telescopes all afternoon and into the night to answer questions and show off the wonders of our universe.

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Perseid meteor shower (source: NASA)

Bill Burnyeat, formerly of the MacMillan Planetarium, will be doing a presentation in the park amphitheatre at dusk. Afterwards our astronomers will have their telescopes in the park picnic area for viewing Venus, Jupiter, Saturn, Mars and countless other celestial objects while overhead the Perseid meteor shower takes place. With clear skies and a new moon, participants should be able to see constellations, star clusters and nebulae. It’s the best show on earth and it’s absolutely free.

Remember to bring a flashlight with a red light to preserve night vision.

The Festival is a family event open to the public, organized by volunteers, and made possible by Porpoise Bay Provincial Park. Please respect all park rules. Weather permitting. Also check our website: www.coastastronomy.ca

NOTE: Our observatory will not be open on this evening as all of our volunteers will be committed at this event.

Our sun is still an interesting place to view!

I took this image through the clubs new Quark Hydrogen Alpha (Ha) eyepiece last Friday mid afternoon (14/7/18), seeing was quite good. The combination of camera/eyepiece/telescope results in a small field of view, but one where the details of the solar chromosphere are revealed very nicely. The image was taken in monochrome and coloured to match the Ha colour..We are looking at an area where bundles of magnetic fields lines are concentrated.

We will have the eyepiece, and other solar viewing equipment in use at the Gibsons Art Gallery next Saturday for our meet and greet with Erwin. Come by and take a look at his images and the sun!

 

Heavenly Wonders at GPAG

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From July 12 to August 12 the Gibsons Public Art Gallery will be presenting a collection of photos, Heavenly Wonders- Astrophotography by Erwin Diener. We invite you to be moved and challenged by the profound beauty and vastness of cosmic space while reflecting on the human experience. This meet and greet event is scheduled for Saturday July 21, 1 pm – 4 pm. Members of the Sunshine Coast Centre will be present to interpret the photos and show the public views of the sky with telescopes.

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New focuser installed today

The new “Feather Touch” focuser that we have been after for some time was finally installed today. The focuser will provide a more precise control over the fine focusing of the telescope and will comfortably handle heavy eyepieces or even cameras. The focuser was purchased with part of the grant that we received from Rotary – thank you!.

Mike

Dr. William Wall: 11 May 2018

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At 7:30 PM, 11 May 2018, at the Sunshine Coast Art Centre, 5714 Medusa St., Sechelt, the Sunshine Coast Centre of the RASC presents Dr. William Wall, whose topic is: Basic Properties of the Large Millimeter Telescope Alfonso Serrano.

The Large Millimeter Telescope Alfonso Serrano is a world-class radio telescope and is the largest scientific project in Mexico. The LMT is technologically advanced, permitting it to observe the much of the universe, thereby expanding the frontiers of science. Using examples from everyday life, I will illustrate the impressive technological capabilities of the LMT.  I will also discuss the benefits transferred to industry by the scientific developments required by the LMT project.

 

Dr. William Wall was born in Canada. He received his B.Sc. from the University of Toronto, his M.Sc. from the University of British Columbia, his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin. He did his postdoctoral fellowship at NASA GSFC in Greenbelt, Maryland. He’s currently a researcher at the National Institute of Astrophysics, Optics and Electronics in Tonantzintla, Puebla, Mexico. His research

involves observational studies of the interstellar medium, using radio telescopes, including the LMT. He occasionally gives talks to the public about the LMT.

 

Admission is free: donations gratefully accepted at the door.

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