The 2019 Calendar is Here!

The Hamilton Amateur Astronomers 2019 Celestial Events Calendar is ready and it’s a beauty!

It will be available for purchase at this Friday’s meeting.  The cost is only $15 or 2 calendars for $25.

Inside there is lots of information on sights to see in the upcoming year and an abundance of beautiful images all created by members of the HAA.  From starry landscapes to the rugged surface of the Moon to the nebula and galaxies of deep space, it’s all there!

The calendar makes a beautiful gift and all the proceeds go back into the club to help with activities like the telescope loaner program, public observing programs and our monthly lecture series.   So be sure to pick up your copy on Friday as they won’t last long!

More details about this Friday’s meeting here.

HAA Fall Workshop

Mark your calendars! Join the Hamilton Amateur Astronomers on November 16 at 6:00 PM for our Fall workshop.  As with our spring event, there will be several speakers discussing various aspects of astronomy and how to get the most out of this very rewarding hobby.  As always, be sure to bring your questions and curiosity as there will be several knowledgeable amateur astronomers available to help you start out in astronomy, take it to the next level, or perhaps give you some holiday gift ideas for the amateur astronomer in your life.

The schedule of speakers is as follows;

6:00 PM – Jim Wamsley,  Meteorite Display (this will be an on going display throughout the evening)
6:30 PM – Barry Shermann, Introduction to Telescope Types
7:00 PM – Bernie Venasse, Choosing the Right Star Atlas
7:30 PM – Kevin Salwach, Binoculars for Astronomy
8:00 PM – Sue MacLachlan, The Astronomers’ Library
8:30 PM – Matthew Mannering, Eyepieces and Accessories

Admission is free so bring your family and friends!

***Please note that this event will be a workshop only.  The scope clinic will held in January 2019.  Stay tuned for those details.

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November 2018 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…

    • Details about the 2019 HAA Celestial Events Calendar
    • October Astrophysics Group Meeting Summary
    • The Sky This Month for November 2018
    • NASA Mission to the Asteroid Bennu
    • Upcoming Events
    • Plus More

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

Photo credit: This month’s Saturn, M8 (the Lagoon Nebula) and M20 (the Trifid Nebula), by Bob Christmas

Schmidt–Cassegrain Telescope
Schmidt–Cassegrain Telescope

25 Cents Worth of Astronomy

Join us this November 9th 2018 at 7:30pm – Admission is free and everyone is welcome!

An entertaining and educational ramble through the sky and the past, we will touch on a loose constellation of objects and ideas, from far flung galaxies to the newest earthbound telescopes that study them.  In the end, we will tie them all together with a thread that connects them to each other and to the HAA.

This talk is suitable for all ages and all levels of expertise, including beginners.

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Annual General Meeting and Council Elections

General Meeting for October 12th 2018.

Our guest speaker will be Paul Delaney. Paul has been a guest of the club several times and his talks are always informative and educational. This time around, Paul will be speaking about variable stars and binary star systems.

Stars have social lives too!

Stellar evolution has generated (almost) all the elements in the universe with the notable exceptions of hydrogen and helium.  This process has allowed for planet formation and the existence of life.  Yet despite their pivotal place in the grand scheme of the universe, we talk very little about stars let alone their habit of forming in multiple associations and clusters. This talk will focus on the 101 of star formation and reveal the social habits of stars especially in regards binary star systems.

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October 2018 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…

    • The Sky for October 2018
    • HAA Astrophysics Group Report
    • DARK Current… the Devil in the Details
    • Upcoming Events
    • Plus More

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

Photo credit: NGC 7380, the Pacman Nebula, by Peter Wolsley

Stargazing for the Naked Eye

Join us this September 14th 2018 at 7:30pm – Admission is free and everyone is welcome!

Since the earliest days of humanity, mankind has been fascinated with the heavens above. For millions of years, the only tool available for our species to view the universe was built into our body – the most complex and incredible optical tool known to man – the human eye. Since the dawn of the telescope 400 years ago, astronomy has been dominated by ever larger optics. Binoculars, refractors, dobsonians, mountaintop observatories and orbiting space telescopes. Yet we often forget there’s an entire universe waiting to be seen at any moment, simply by looking up. Philosophers, scientists, religious leaders and mythologists discovered countless sights in the cosmos and collected thousands of years of scientific knowledge, tradition and mythology with nothing more than the naked eye. From dust sized particles whizzing through the atmosphere to galaxies millions of light years away, join Kevin on a journey across the cosmos undertaken with nothing more than your own two eyes.

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September 2018 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…

  • The Sky For September 2018
  • CANON and NIKON… taking a walk on the DARK side…
  • Eye Candy
  • Upcoming Events
  • NASA’s Space Place

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

Photo credit: Merak, M108 and M97, by Bob Christmas.

View the Perseid Meteor Shower with the Hamilton Amateur Astronomers

Join Us – All Welcome for the Annual Perseid Meteor Shower Event this Saturday, August 11, 2017

Free Admission

Watch the Perseids meteor shower with the Hamilton Amateur Astronomers at the Binbrook Conservation Area from 8 to 11 p.m. on Saturday August 11. Admission is free so bring the whole family for a fun evening under the stars!

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June 2018 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 25th Anniversary Celebration
  • The Sky for Summer 2018
  • Benefit of Fan Cooling your DSLR for Astrophotography
  • M22, Saturn and Two Moons
  • Upcoming Events
  • Eye Candy

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

Photo credit: Omega Centauri by Leslie Webb