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

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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.

Dr. Gord Williams

Dr. Gord Williams is a retired Medical Doctor, living in Clarkson, he has been an amateur astronomer for more than 20 years. He takes care of the Mississauga RASC’s 12 inch Dobsonian Reflector, and Skystopper, which he brings to public nights, scout camps, and other events, and has served as the ‘camp doctor’ for many scouting events. He is actively involved with the scouts, and he designs hands-on camp activities which help the boys learn about science and astronomy.

The Sky this Month

Steve Germann’s talk will start with a description of our special interest groups, and invite our members to become connected to those groups. In particular the moon-rise group, this portion will be about 2 kinds of ‘armchair’ astronomy; observation planning tools, and actual observing done using the internet.

As always, there will be an update on the Eclipse of 2017.


The HAA 2017 Celestial Events Calendar will be available at this event.

Place and Time

We’ll be meeting at The Hamilton Spectator Building located at 44 Frid St, near the junction of Highway 403 and Main St West in Hamilton. Starting time is at 7:30pm. Admission is free and everyone is welcome!

Door Prizes

There will be a draw for door prizes at the meeting and a free door prize ticket to all who arrive before the 7:30 start time!

Food Share Donations

Donations of non-perishable food for the Hamilton Food Share program will be collected at this meeting. Please drop off any items at the drop-box located near the entrance of the auditorium. All donations gratefully accepted and thanks to your generosity we’ve collected thousands of pounds of food since we began. Let’s keep up the great work as the need continues.

Photo Credit: David Tym