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Starlight Coast Star Party: 20 August

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SCC Observatory

On 20 August the SCC Observatory will be open to the public from 4 PM with solar scopes set up to view solar flares and sunspots until the sun goes down and then the main observatory telescope and member scopes set up after sunset for viewing the night skies. We will be handing out our prize for the Deep Sky Poster contest at this event at 7 PM. The posters submitted by children will be displayed for the visitors to view. The Rotary Club will have their concession stand there with refreshments with all proceeds going to the Observatory.

This event replaces our Astronomy in the Park event that we did for so many years.

UPDATE 20 August, 8 AM: Everything looking good for today’s event. Should be clear skies tonight for viewing.

Deep Sky Poster Contest

Our Sunshine Coast Centre of the RASC invites youth on the Sunshine Coast to dazzle us with their artistic creativity and scientific knowledge. We will be holding a poster contest for youth. The theme for this poster contest is the Deep Sky and should depict the wonders that can be viewed with telescopes in our skies above the Sunshine Coast. Posters should not be smaller than 8.5 X 11 inches. The original contest deadline was 15 July, but we’ve extended the contest deadline to August 10th. The awards will be handed out at the Starlight Coast Star Party on August 20th at the SCC Observatory. The winning posters will be posted on the SCC web site. Prizes include:

  • Age 9 years or less category: Celestron 76mm (3 inch) Firstscope reflector telescope kit suitable for this age group to view planets.
  • Age 10 years to 18 years category: Meade 76mm (3 inch) Jupiter reflector telescope kit suitable for this age group to engage in beginner’s astronomy.
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Prize for 9 years and younger category.

Winners of both categories will also be invited to the Deep Sky Party to view the skies using our SCC Observatory telescope.

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Prize for 10 – 18 years category

Posters can be dropped off at the Sunshine Coast Arts Centre 5714 Medusa Street,  which is open Wed through Saturday 11 a.m. to 4pm , Sunday 1-4 p.m, or at the Gibsons Public Library, which is open  Monday 12:30 – 4:30, Tues –Sat 10-5:30, Wed 10-7:30, or dropped off or mailed to 5902 Skookumchuk Rd, Sechelt, BC, V0N 3A4. We don’t have a monthly meeting in July or August due to the summer holidays, so it isn’t possible to drop the posters off at a meeting at this time of year.

Please include your name, age and contact information with your Entry and indicate that it is for the Astronomy Poster Contest.

Contact Information:

Check out the Sunshine Coast RASC site at: http://www.coastastronomy.ca/ for contact and schedule information.

Sunshine Coast RASC President Charles Ennis:

e mail: cuhulain@ telus.net

phone 778-458-2666

Winners of the First Annual Bill Iden Memorial Astrophotography Contest

Our First Annual Bill Iden Astrophotography Contest was judged by RASC Vice President Chris Gainor.

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Chris Gainor

First Place: The top photo for Chris was Mike Bradleys’ photo of NGC 6888, the Crescent Nebula. Chris said: “The final product was sharp and showed features clearly inside the nebula.”

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Second Place: Brian Kelso’s first (top) photo of the eclipsed moon in the trees. Chris said: “It was an interesting composition with the right light level.”

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Third Place: James MacWilliam’s reprocessed image of M31 Andromeda Galaxy. Chris said: “I thought this was a good effort with this image.” I’m having trouble lifting this image from the PDF file that James sent me. As soon as I get it, I’ll add it to the post.

Congratulations to all who took part. I hope that even more people enter our contest next year.

Clear Skies, Charles

Lunar Eclipse Photos

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Bryan Kelso took these three photos of the eclipse on 27 September at our SCC Observatory site with a DSLR & 300mm lens. Only a few weeks left to get your astrophotos in for the Bill Iden Astrophotography Contest. Entries must be in by the meeting on 13 November.

Regards, Charles Ennis

Astrophotography Contest

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The SCC has created the William Iden Award for Astrophotography. Bill, one of the members of our original club who passed on a few years ago, was known for his astrophotography skills. We’d all like to see YOUR astrophotography skills, so we’re running an astrophotography contest. Photos should be submitted to the SCC President no later than 13 November, 2015. The award will be presented to the winner at our Christmas meeting on 11 December 2015.

In future we’ll be looking for photos taken during the previous year, but for this inaugural contest we’ll accept any photos taken by the applicants. Please give us some details of how the photo was taken.

Charles Ennis, President, SCC RASC