Observing Talk for January 2017 – useful links

Links for the leap second mention at tonight’s The Sky this Month:

https://www.timeanddate.com/time/leap-seconds-background.html

and for the International Occultation Timing Association
The focus of the IOTA has shifted from grazes to pure occultations
where the double-ness of a star can be measured.
In some cases this is the only way to know the star is a double.

http://www.lunar-occultations.com/iota/bstar/bstar.htm

http://www.poyntsource.com/New/index.htm

 

To see how eclipse totality duration varies depending on observing locations see this page with detailed contour maps:

 

https://www.greatamericaneclipse.com/best-places-to-view/

 

Caring for your Telescope Optics Plus Favourite Astronauts

General Meeting for January 13th 2016.

Bernie Venasse will be speaking about caring for your telescope optics which includes a video from Sky and Telescope. Bernie Venasse is HAA Chairman and has been an active astronomer since the days of Mercury, Gemini and Apollo. He is an active member of the British Astronomical Association, The International Dark Sky Association, the Astronomical League and Astronomers without Borders.

Kevin Salwach will also be speaking on his favourite astronauts. Kevin Salwach is an HAA Councillor-at-Large, and has been a member of the club since 2009. Also a member of the British Astronomical Association and the International Dark Sky Association, Kevin is a devoted backyard astronomer and avid naturalist. He can frequently be found exploring the night sky with his 10″ Dob from his home on the West Mountain here in Hamilton.

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January 2017 Event Horizon Newsletter

The January issue of the Hamilton Amateur Astronomers Event Horizon newsletter is now available for download!

In this issue you’ll find…

  • The Casimir Effect and Black Holes
  • HAA is a Gift
  • December 2016 General Meeting Summary
  • The Sky This Month
  • 2017 Calendar of Events
  • The 2017 HAA Celestial Events Calendar

Download the latest issue or visit the newsletters section for past issues.

Photo credit: The Dumbbell Nebula (M27), by Bernd Mueller.

Links for Observation Planning

In my talk and articles, I have often referred to certain free web resources which are useful observing planning tools.

These web pages allow you to locate items of interest in the sky, which vary (such as the location and brightness of asteroids) or are best observed from certain places on earth (such as eclipse paths).

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Building an Observing Tower in the Muskoka Forest, December General Meeting

General Meeting for December 9th 2016

Dr. Gord Williams will be talking about the design and construction of the observatory he made at his cottage in the Muskokas, and the challenges and victories involved. He will also share some collected stories about astronomy, and the visual treats he has observed over the years.

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December 2016 Event Horizon Newsletter

The December issue of the Hamilton Amateur Astronomers Event Horizon newsletter is now available for download!

In this issue you’ll find…

  • The Sky this Month
  • Astrophysics Discussion Group Meeting Summary
  • Wanted – Dead and Alive Part III
  • The Twelve Days of Christmas
  • Super Moon Gallery
  • The 2017 HAA Celestial Events Calendar

Download the latest issue or visit the newsletters section for past issues.

Photo credit: The Ring Nebula, David Tym

Sad News

Roger Burrough, the owner of Hamilton’s Camtech Photo & The Scope Shop, has passed away. Roger was a longtime supporter of the local astronomy community and we will miss him very much.

Visitation & services are this Saturday. Details can be found here.

Super Duper Moon Moonrise today at 4:48 PM

The azimuth for today’s Moonrise is 75 degrees: that is, 15 degrees North of Due East. You will be able to see it from Hamilton and Burlington out over lake Ontario. Bring your compass and you will catch it as it first peeks up. At 98.9 percent full, it’s already pretty super.

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Astronomy Observing Tips, November General Meeting

General Meeting for November 11th 2016

Almost every day someone enters the store asking how to pick out a telescope and then how to use one. Experienced observers seem to struggle as well. Here are some tips on how to make your observing session fun and productive.

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November 2016 Event Horizon Newsletter

The November issue of the Hamilton Amateur Astronomers Event Horizon newsletter is now available for download!

In this issue you’ll find…

  • The Sky this Month
  • In the Shadow of the Moon; an occultation story
  • Wanted – Dead and Alive Part II
  • Upcoming McCallion Planetarium Shows
  • The 2017 HAA Celestial Events Calendar

Download the latest issue or visit the newsletters section for past issues.

Photo credit: HAA Telescope Clinic, by John Gauvreau