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Starry Nights

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Bravo has finally released the Starry Nights film! You can view it here and the poster here: starry-nights-poster

Regards, Charles

Closing In On the Fine Cut

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Jeff, Dodie and Charles in the office at Merit Motion Pictures working on editing Starry Nights

I spent the last 6 days in Winnipeg in studios at Merit Motion Pictures and MoonGazy Films working on turning the rough cut of our Bravo film “Starry Nights” into a finished film. We worked on recording voice overs, editing, special effects and art work, adding astrophotography, adding the music, and creating the credits. This week it will be going to technicians for color correction and sound editing. By the end of this week we hope to have it wrapped!

Charles Ennis

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Jeff and Dodie working through lunch to get the film edited.

Its A Wrap!

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Filming at the observatory of the Prince George RASC 

Last night we finished 13 days of filming interviews, star parties, observatories (optical and radio telescopes), night skies and assorted b roll in Prince George, Kelowna, Penticton, and the Sunshine Coast. We got all that we hoped to capture for the BravoFACTUAL “Starry Nights” project as well as key footage for the proposedTelus Optik “Astronomers Like You” project. We hope to get a go ahead from Telus in the next few weeks. Now its time to get down to editing and making this all into documentaries. Many thanks to the many people who helped us in the last 13 days!

Charles Ennis, National Secretary

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Filming at the observatory of the Okanagan RASC

New Focusser and TV News

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David Thompson testing the new Antares focusser

On 25 June members of our club went up to the SCC Observatory for a viewing session and tested a new Antares focusser for the main optical tube. We were impressed with it.

Dodie Graham McKay, director and production manager for the BravoFACTUAL documentary we’re working on, dropped by to view the sky with us. Dodie and Charles Ennis, our president, have been working since 21 June on the production schedules and legal details for this Bravo documentary as well as final submissions for the Telus Optik project.

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Dodie and Charles in the SCC Observatory

Bravo Said Yes!

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You may recall that last February Dodie Graham-McKay and I submitted a proposal to the Bravo Network for a 15 minute documentary with the working title “Starry Nights”. Bravo contacted us two days ago to give us the green light! The announcement was posted on Real Screen here. In the next few weeks Dodie will be coming out to work on this with me as well as to fine tune the final proposal for the other project for Telus Optik.

Clear Skies!

Charles Ennis, SCC President

Coyote Science Returns

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I spent 6 hours at Dreamberry Studios in Roberts Creek on the set of APTN’s Coyote Science show helping them film the green screen segments for the beginnings and ends of the various episodes. We were helping them back in March when we posted this story. The director required telescopes and astronomical equipment for the set which we provided. Later some of the crew came up to the SCC Observatory to take a look.

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setting up the ‘green screen’ set which will allow the producers to insert live animations and video into the background later

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Getting the actor playing the part of Coyote into costume

Trottier Observatory

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View of the OTA with the camera on the side.

I jumped in the Coast Cable van with Steve and Brittany on Tuesday, April 26 and went to the Trottier Observatory at SFU, which is one year old this month. This is the home of the Vancouver Centre of the RASC now and the location of their star parties. We were met by Dr. Howard Trottier, whose family contributed $2.5 million towards the construction of this facility, and by several members of the Vancouver Centre of the RASC, including their president, Suzanna Nagy and vice president Leigh Cummings. We got some excellent video for our Night Lights program. The plaza around the observatory is very well thought out with electrical plugs for visiting astronomer’s telescopes, sky maps for each season with the stars lit up, a walkway with plaques listing the distances to various things in the cosmos, and six benches with coloured LED light lines representing the emission spectra of 6 major elements. The main telescope has a .7 meter diameter mirror and an alt-az mount and uses a flip mirror to switch the light path through one axis to either the camera on one side or the eyepiece on the other. Well worth a visit if you get a chance.

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two Televue telescopes nose to nose to make it possible to extend the eyepiece for viewing into reach