Events & Outreach

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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HAA 25th Anniversary Celebration

Join us for a BBQ and Star Party to celebrate the Hamilton Amateur Astronomers 25th Anniversary. After dinner there will be a brief Night Sky Tour followed by an evening of star gazing. So come prepared!

For full details and to buy your tickets online…

 

Photo credit: Don Pullen

Spring Telescope Clinic

Join the Hamilton Amateur Astronomers this April 7 for our Spring telescope clinic! This year our format is a little different and we’ll have scope-stations setup each covering different aspects of telescopes. Move from station to stating to get a comprehensive understanding of many telescope types, eyepieces, and approaches to astrophotography. Bring your questions and curiosity as many amateur astronomers will be on hand to help you either get into astronomy or expand your existing experience.

  • 1:30pm, Barry Shermann, Introduction to Telescope Types
  • 2:00pm, Matthew Mannering, Introduction to Eyepieces
  • 2:30pm, Kevin Salwach, Binoculars Astronomy
  • 3:00pm, Sue McLachlan, The Beginning Astronomer’s Library
  • 3:30pm, Bernie Venasse, Approaches to Astrophotograhy

Admission is free so bring your family and friends!

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Hamilton Amateur Astronomers Scope Clinic and Open House

Thinking about purchasing a telescope for Christmas? Not sure what to get or not sure how to use the scope that you have? Grab it and come to the Hamilton Amateur Astronomers Scope Clinic and Open House on Friday, November 17, 2017. Held in the auditorium of the Hamilton Spectator Building, 44 Frid St Hamilton, the doors are open to the public from 5:00 till 10:00PM.

Admission is free so bring your family and friends!

The HAA 2018 Celestial Events Calendar will be available at this event.

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View the 2017 Solar Eclipse with the Hamilton Amateur Astronomers

On Monday August 21, 2017 a partial solar eclipse will be visible from Hamilton and surrounding areas. This is a wonderful opportunity to see a rare and spectacular natural event. The eclipse will last over 2½ hours, changing in appearance throughout that time, with the greatest amount of the Sun being eclipsed at 2:31 pm. At that time about 76% of the Sun will be blocked.

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View the Perseid Meteor Shower with the Hamilton Amateur Astronomers

Join Us – All Welcome for the Annual Perseid Meteor Shower Event this August 12, 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 12. Admission is free so bring the whole family for a fun evening under the stars! There will also be a meteorite display, night sky tour and members will set-up their telescopes for observing celestial objects.

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Speaking Events Schedule at Hamilton & Grimsby Public Libraries

The Hamilton Amateur Astronomers’ very own John Gauvreau will be speaking at Hamilton & Grimsby Public Libraries between July and October. Well worth checking out, John covers a wide range of astronomical topics both informative and entertaining.

Be sure to visit an event near you!

  • Thursday July 13 – 2:30pm – Terryberry Library.  Kids show.
  • Friday July 28 – 2:30pm – Red Hill Library.  Kids show.
  • Wednesday August 9 – 2:30pm – Barton Library.  Kids show.
  • Monday September 18 – 6pm – Saltfleet Library.  General audience.  ‘The Past, Present and Future of Planet 9’
  • Tuesday September 19 – 7pm – Grimsby Library.  General audience.  ‘Tour of the Universe’
  • Thursday September 21 – 7pm – Terryberry Library.  TBA (I’m not doing this talk, Bernie is)
  • Thursday September 28 – 7pm – Turner Park Library.  General audience.  ‘The Past, Present and Future of Planet 9’
  • Thursday October 5 – 7pm – Westday Library. General audience.  ‘The Past, Present and Future of Planet 9’

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Public Solar Observing Event

Public Solar Observing Event at Confederation Park, June 24th

Join the Hamilton Amateur Astronomers at Confederation Park for an evening of solar viewing. Fun and educational for the whole family, club members will be on-hand to answer cosmic questions. Telescopes will be setup to view our closest star through.
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HAA 2017 Total Solar Eclipse Glasses

2017 Total Solar Eclipse Glasses

The Hamilton Amateur Astronomers will have solar eclipse glasses available at upcoming events between now and the August 21st event. Please be sure to visit the Hamilton Amateur Astronomers at one of our stargazing events and grab yourself a pair. If you have questions about the upcoming solar eclipse, be sure to ask! Our club members are happy to share their experience and offer tips for great viewing.

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Schmidt–Cassegrain Telescope

Public Telescope Clinic & Open House Event

Come join the Hamilton Amateur Astronomers this November 19th between 1 and 4pm for our Telescope Clinic and open house! At this event you’ll find knowledgable amateur astronomers with their telescopes and gear on display and available to answer questions. This is a great opportunity if you’re thinking about getting into astronomy! Learn where to get started, the type of gear you should buy and more importantly avoid. Already an amateur astronomer? This is a great way to take your hobby to the next level and learn about more advanced topics such as CCD imaging, auto guiding and more!

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