The Life and Times of Betelgeuse with Damien Robertson.
The Life and Times of Betelgeuse with Damien Robertson.

General Meeting for Janurary 9, 2014 @ 7:30pm

The Life and Times of Betelgeuse

This is a adaptation of a successful planetarium show I ran while at McMaster. The show focuses on a ‘recap’ of the life of Betelgeuse as it inches closer towards supernova and explores star formation, evolution and death. I’ll also talk about how planet formation is an intrinsic process in star formation as well. I’ll modify the talk to include more observational details and current images.

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November 7 Telescope Clinic, John Gauvreau
November 7 Telescope Clinic, John Gauvreau

December Event Horizon Newsletter

The latest issue of our club’s Event Horizon newsletter is now available.

In this issue you’ll find…

  • The Sky This Month
  • The 2015 HAA Celestial Events Calendar
  • Interstellar (Movie Review)
  • Harvey Garden’s Binocular Box
  • Scenes From The Fall 2014 Telescope Clinic
  • Plus Much More!

Download your copy from the newsletters section.

Photo credit: November 7 Telescope Clinic by John Gauvreau.

Lunar Sights
Lunar Sights

Lunar Sights

Not wanting to pass up a rare clear night, and despite the cold temperatures, I got out with my telescope and began with a below average view of the Orion nebula, due to light pollution from both the city and moon. I then went on to a spectacular view of Jupiter. The bands were detailed and the moons looked like little disks at 180x in my scope. Jupiter is always fascinating through a telescope, with the parade of constantly changing moons and the cloud bands swirling though new patterns all the time.  I am looking forward to the upcoming months when Jupiter will be better placed and visible every night.  Finally, I turned to the moon, as it was unavoidable on a night like tonight.
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December 12, 2014 General Meeting
December 12, 2014 General Meeting

General Meeting for December 12, 2014 @ 7:30pm

40 Years of Astrophotography – the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

With the advances in digital cameras today, many people are trying to photograph the night sky. It’s always easy to show the successes in astrophotography, but there are many attempts that can easily frustrate and dishearten beginners. I will share the often humorous experiences of things gone wrong, and the journey to obtaining a successful astro-photograph.

Paul Mortfield is Chair of the David Dunlap Observatory in Richmond Hill and a member of the RASC Toronto Centre. He has worked on NASA’s SOHO and LCROSS missions and hosted educational broadcasts on NASA-TV. His astro-photos have appeared in museums, magazines, calendars and on NASA’s “Astronomy Picture of the Day” webpage.
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Partial Solar Eclipse 2014, John Gauvreau
Partial Solar Eclipse 2014, John Gauvreau

November Event Horizon Newsletter

The latest issue of our club’s Event Horizon newsletter is now available.

In this issue you’ll find…

  • The Sky This Month
  • Total Lunar Eclipse Gallery
  • Partial Solar Eclipse Gallery
  • Operation Paperclip
  • Unexplainable Flapping Objects
  • Plus Much More!

Download your copy from the newsletters section.

Photo credit: Partial Solar Eclipse of Oct. 23 by John Gauvreau.

2015 Calendar Events Calendar
2015 Calendar Events Calendar

2015 Celestial Events Calendar

Hot off the press, the 2015 Hamilton Amateur Astronomers Celestial Calendar is now available!

Calendars can be purchased at any club event or general meeting for $15 each or two for $25.

Packed full of beautiful astro-photos from club members, each month will inspire your own astrophotography or visual observing sessions. Each month also includes upcoming celestial events so you can stay up-to-date on great sky events. Any revenue generated from sales goes back into the club to help support club activities.

Be sure to grab your calendar or pick-up a few as gifts before supply runs out.

 

The Waxing Gibbous Moon, John Gauvreau
The Waxing Gibbous Moon, John Gauvreau

The Waxing Gibbous Moon

Well, it’s been almost two months since I took a picture of the Moon, and you’re probably saying to yourself, “Gee, I wonder if John is feeling all right.” Not wanting you to think that there’s something wrong with me, here is a shot of the moon that I took tonight. Yup, John’s a geek and all is right in his world. Now, go outside and look at how beautiful the moon is.

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Sunspot Region 2192, Bill Tekatch
Sunspot Region 2192, Bill Tekatch

Sunspot Region 2192 – And Then There Were Two

Bill imaged the Sun again today, just before an X3.1 flare was released. Sunspot Region 2192 appears to be be forming a new sunspot group. Check it out…

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Sunspot Region 2192
Sunspot Region 2192

Sunspot Region 2192 Continues to Impress

The largest sunspot region on the sun has now been dubbed the largest sunspot region of the current solar cycle. Here is a closeup view of the area from today (Wednesday, Oct. 22). Image was created by Bill Tekatch with a stack of frames from video shot with a monochrome Grasshopper 3 camera through a double stacked Lunt solar telescope.

This region should add considerable interest to images taken of tomorrow’s partial solar eclipse.

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Sunspot Region 2192
Sunspot Region 2192

Sunspot Region 2192

Today, Bill imaged the new, active, sunspot region which is just coming into view on the sun. This region was responsible for an X1.1 solar flare on Saturday, October 18. It will be interesting to watch for possible further developments as this sunspot region rotates into view.

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