Astronomy News

How to Maintain your Astro-gear

Join us this Friday, April 15 for our members meeting! Our guest speaker for the evening is our very own Matthew Mannering, and his topic for the evening will be “How to Maintain your Astro-gear”

Matthew will be offering advice on regular and not-so-regular maintenance of your equipment. Speaking about telescope maintenance, he may touch upon cleaning optics, collimation of scopes, and all kinds of suggestions to keep your equipment running smoothly… Bring your notepads for this one!!

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April 2023 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;

  • Upcoming Star Parties in 2023
  • HAA Explorers
  • The Sky for April 2023
  • What’s Up in Awards? April – May 2023
  • How Far is Far?
  • NASA Night Sky Notes
  • Eye Candy
  • Upcoming Events

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Photo credit: the North America Nebula (NGC 7000; Cygnus Wall),
by Alex Kepic

Night Sky Photography Under Adverse Conditions

***Please be advised that due to expected inclement weather, this will be a ZOOM only meeting. Members will receive a link and all others can view the recording after the meeting on our YouTube channel***

Join us this Friday, March 10 for our members meeting! Our guest speaker for the evening is Kerry-Ann Lecky Hepburn and her topic for the evening will be “Night Sky Photography Under Adverse Conditions“.

As astrophotographers, we dream of clear and transparent skies with no light pollution, but in reality, we oftentimes don’t get that. However, instead of seeing poor conditions as a hindrance, we can learn to work with them in unique ways that may still result in producing some great astro images. In this presentation, I will share some examples of how I worked with these subpar conditions to produce some of my favourite images.

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March 2023 Event Horizon Newsletter

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

  • HAA Explorers
  • The Sky for March 2023
  • What’s Up in Awards? March – April 2023
  • NASA Night Sky Notes
  • Eye Candy
  • The HAA Spring Telescope Clinic – February 18, 2023
  • Upcoming Events
  • Plus More

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Photo credit: Mars and Comet C/2022 E3 ZTF on February 11, 2023, by Bob Christmas.

Galaxy Evolution in Groups and Clusters

Join us this Friday, February 10 for our members meeting! Our guest speaker for the evening is Dr. Laura Parker and her topic for the evening will be “Galaxy Evolution in Groups and Clusters“.

Dr. Parker is a long-time friend of the HAA and has spoken to us on occasion. She is a Professor and University scholar in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at McMaster University. She joined the faculty at McMaster in 2007 after an ESO fellowship in Germany and received her PhD from the University of Waterloo in 2005. Before that she attended Mount Allison University, Sackville, New Brunswick and Lester B. Pearson College of the Pacific in Victoria, B.C.

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February 2023 Event Horizon Newsletter

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

  • HAA Explorers
  • The Sky for February 2023
  • What’s Up in Awards? February – March 2023
  • ASI Studio from ZWO
  • NASA Night Sky Notes
  • Upcoming Events
  • Plus More

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Photo credit: The Crab Nebula (M1), by Pavle Culum

The Elephant in the Room

Join us this Friday, January 13  for our first members meeting of the new year! Our guest speaker will be John Gauvreau. His topic for the evening will be The Elephant in the Room – The Nature of our Sun and Observing a Star Up Close.

From its fiery heart where all our light and heat originates, to its tenuous outer atmosphere seen during an eclipse, our Sun gives us a remarkable opportunity to study a star up close. While we all strive to see the faintest starlight from distant galaxies, let’s spend an evening studying the often overlooked elephant in the room; a star right on our doorstep!

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January 2023 Event Horizon Newsletter

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

  • HAA Explorers
  • The Sky for January 2023
  • What’s Up in Awards? January ’23 – February ’23
  • NASA Night Sky Notes
  • The Moon and Mars December 7, 2022 Members’ Gallery
  • Plus More

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Photo credit: The Moon in April 1977, by Jo Ann Salci

December Members Meeting

Join us this Friday, December 9th for our December members meeting. It will be held at McMaster Innovation Park, and all members are invited to attend the meeting and enjoy the presentations. The facility is located at 175 Longwood Rd. S. in Hamilton.

This month, we will be enjoying an abbreviated version. There will not be a featured speaker so that we can get through the announcements and the Sky This Month segment and adjourn to the atrium for our annual Christmas social.

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December 2022 Event Horizon Newsletter

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

  • HAA Explorers
  • The Sky This Month for December 2022
  • What’s Up in Awards? December ’22 – January ’23
  • NASA Night Sky Notes
  • Lunar Eclipse November 8, 2022 Members’ Gallery
  • 2021 – 2022 Financial Statements
  • Eye Candy
  • Plus More

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Photo credit: the November 8, 2022 total Lunar Eclipse, by John Gauvreau