September Members Meeting

Join us this Friday for our September members meeting.  We have a great meeting planned with some great speakers.
This is an online Zoom meeting and all members are invited to join in and enjoy the presentations. Alternatively you can view it on our YouTube channel here.

This month we have 3 presentations.  First we have Adam Gesjorskyj who has put together a wonderful instructional video on planetary imaging. 

We follow with another video created by our own Melissa and Brian Whitman who have put together a wonderful video about this summer’s solar eclipse.  

And of course, we will also have an instalment of The Sky This Month, with Matthew Mannering to guide us through the September sky (who may or may not have a video; you never know!).  

And as always we will have door prizes to hand out!

Photo credit: The Milky Way by Matthew Mannering

September 2021 Event Horizon Newsletter

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

In this issue you’ll find…

  • HAA Explorers
  • The Sky This Month for September 2021
  • What’s Up in Awards, September 2021
  • June 10th Annular Eclipse from Hamilton
  • Juno Mission Flies Past Ganymede
  • A Tribute To My Wife Jean
  • NASA Night Sky Notes
  • Plus More

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

Photo credit: June 10 Partial Annular Solar Eclipse at sunrise, by John Gauvreau.

2021 Perseids Meteor Shower

Tonight marks the peak of the 2021 Perseids and although there will be NO PUBLIC EVENT this year due to ongoing COVID-19 restrictions, you are still able to view this reliable meteor shower from any area with a clear view of the Perseus constellation which can be found in the area of the Big Dipper.

More details on the Perseids can be found here – https://skynews.ca/getting-ready-for-the-perseid-meteor-shower/.

We hope to be back bigger and better next year!

The Life of a Star

Join us this Friday June 11 at 7:30 PM for our members meeting as we welcome Robert Chapman as our special guest speaker. Robert will be delivering his popular talk “The Life of a Star”.

Robert is one of the provinces most accomplished observers, having completed many observing programs from the Astronomical League and the RASC as well as creating his own.  Observing now from just outside Algonquin Park, Robert is working toward completing his lifetime goal of observing all 2,500 objects on the original Herschel list.

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June 2021 Event Horizon Newsletter

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

In this issue you’ll find…

  • HAA Explorers
  • The Sky This Month for June 2021
  • Notes from My Virtual Table, June 2021
  • The Annular Solar Eclipse of June 10, 2021
  • So…you really think you’re going to Mars?
  • NASA Night Sky Notes
  • Plus More

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

Photo credit: Mercury between the trees, by Bob Christmas

Exploring the Night Sky with Binoculars

Beginning out in amateur astronomy can seem like a daunting and expensive task. Especially nowadays with the wealth of information, resources and equipment on the market, it can be difficult to find a path to start out in the hobby. Luckily, there is a tried and true avenue to hone your stargazing skills and knowledge as a novice, without breaking the bank, or your back hauling around a dozen cases and mounts.

Join us this Friday May 14 at 7:30 pm as Kevin Salwach discusses how a simple pair of binoculars can open up a view to hidden craters on the Moon, the moons of our fellow planets in the Solar System, hundreds of star clusters, galaxies, nebulae and many more objects and phenomena one would never guess they could see without a telescope. A cheap and effective way to become a pro stargazer, exploring the skies with binoculars is an easy way to get into the hobby with something most of us have sitting in our closet.

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May 2021 Event Horizon Newsletter

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

In this issue you’ll find…

  • HAA Explorers
  • The Sky This Month for May 2021
  • Notes from My Virtual Table, May 2021
  • The Artemis Space Program
  • Introducing “HAA Presents”
  • Annular Solar Eclipse of June 10, 2021
  • The Hazards of Celestial Real Estate
  • NASA Night Sky Notes
  • Plus More

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

Photo credit: Galaxy NGC 4565, by Michel Audette

Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope

Join us this Friday April 9th for our April members meeting. Our very special guest this month is Mary Beth Laychak, Director of Strategic Communications for the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope. 

Mary Beth will be giving us an overview of this world-class observatory, and the great work they do there.  This is an extraordinary opportunity to get an insider’s view of this amazing facility and talk to one of the staff there.  This will truly be a CAN’T MISS EVENT!

There will also be another installment of The Sky This Month with Christopher Strejch filling in for Matthew Mannering this month, along with an assortment of door prizes!

Members will receive a ZOOM link for the meeting and all others can watch via our YouTube channel here. Subscribe if you haven’t done so already so you can watch past meetings as well as some additional content.

We hope to “see” you there!

Photo credit: www.cfht.hawaii.edu

April 2021 Event Horizon Newsletter

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

In this issue you’ll find…

  • HAA Explorers
  • The Sky This Month for April 2021
  • Notes from My Virtual Table, April 2021
  • What’s Up in Awards, April 2021
  • Annular Solar Eclipses of Long Duration in Canada
  • When is Neighbourhood Light Pollution Not a Nuisance?
  • NASA Night Sky Notes
  • Plus More

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

Photo credit: Elephant Trunk Nebula by Peter Wolsley.

Amateur Spectroscopy

Join us this Friday at 7:30pm for our March members meeting.  This month our special guest speaker is Tom Field, contributing editor to Sky and Telescope magazine and accomplished amateur spectroscopist.  Tom will be giving an overview of spectroscopy and how the amateur can contribute with their own spectra.

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For the past 10 years Tom has been a contributing editor to Sky and Telescope Magazine.  About the same time as he began that he founded Field Tested Systems as a way to share his passion for hands-on-science, education, and citizens’ science.  Specializing in amateur spectroscopy his software allows the user to analyze stellae spectrographs in real time, allowing amateurs to explore the composition of stars.

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