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Horse-head and Flame Nebula

This image of the Horse-head and Flame Nebulae imaged from Roberts Creek on Jan. 14/15th 2016 with a Megrez 120mm, Canon 60Da, 47 mins total exposures at 1600 ISO through an Astronomik UHC filter. This image includes a total of four nebulae at a distance of 1,500 light-years, all related to the large stellar nursery in Orion that includes the Great Nebula M42. The largest nebula in this group is the deep red emission nebula IC 434, appearing as a waterfall of ionized hydrogen at the right side of the image. An intervening cloud of interstellar dust creates the silhouette of a horse’s head, giving rise to the name of the dark nebula B33. The Flame Nebula, also known as NGC 2024 is at the left, this is another emission nebula, a region of glowing hydrogen gas in the shape of a burning bush. Between the Flame and the Horsehead is the smaller blue reflection nebula NGC 2023, caused by a cloud of fine dust reflecting the light of a central star. The brilliant blue star in the upper part of the image is the second magnitude star Alnitak, better known as the left-side star in the belt of Orion, the Hunter.

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Astro Cafe:19 February 2016

Astro Cafe will convene at Pier 17 in Davis Bay at 7:30 PM on Friday, 19 February, 2016. Public are welcome!  We’ll have coffee and weather permitting will take our telescopes out to the south end of the seawall for public viewing.

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Public Viewing Session: 13 February 2016

We will be having a public viewing session at the SCC Observatory on Saturday, February 13, 2016, at 7:00 PM (weather permitting). The SCC Observatory is at the Sechelt Airport: entrance is at the gate at the top of Field Rd where you will see this sandwich board sign:

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Check out our Observatory page for more information on the SCC Observatory. Please, no food or drinks and only use red light flashlights to preserve viewer’s night vision. No pets or laser pointers please: They are prohibited by Transport Canada regulations for this airfield. We will update this post on 13 February to advise whether the weather will permit us to open that night.

UPDATE, 13 February, 1 PM: The weather does not look favorable for viewing tonight.

Astrophotography Course: 12 February 2016

photo 1At 7:30 PM on 12 February at the Sunshine Coast Arts Centre, 5714 Medusa St, Sechelt, our members will be teaching an introduction to astrophotography course. We will talk about equipment, including the use of cell phones, point and shoot cameras, DSLRs, and CCDs, as well as discuss image processing. Admission is free, donations gratefully accepted at the door.

Public Viewing Session: SCC Observatory 9 January

We will be having a public viewing session at the SCC Observatory on Saturday, January 9, 2016, at 7:00 PM (weather permitting). The SCC Observatory is at the Sechelt Airport: entrance is at the gate at the top of Field Rd where you will see this sandwich board sign:

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Check out our Observatory page for more information on the SCC Observatory. Please, no food or drinks and only use red light flashlights to preserve viewer’s night vision. No pets or laser pointers please: They are prohibited by Transport Canada regulations for this airfield. We will update this post on 9 January to advise whether the weather will permit us to open that night.

UPDATE  8 January: Weather forecast today for tomorrow’s session not promising at present. We will update on the day with the decision on whether to open or not

UPDATE 9 January, 11 AM: Weather forecast now looking very good for tonight’s viewing session. I will update later today as I keep an eye on it.

UPDATE 9 January, 4 PM: Sky looking good for tonight. See you at the observatory!

 

Astro Cafe: 15 January 2016

Astro Cafe will convene at Pier 17 in Davis Bay at 7:30 PM on Friday, 15 January, 2016. Public are welcome!  We’ll have coffee and weather permitting will take our telescopes out to the south end of the seawall for public viewing.

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Astro Cafe