Archaeoastronomy: The Astronomy of Civilizations Past

Join us this April 13th 2018 at 7:30pm – Admission is free and everyone is welcome!

For millennia, people (including our First Nations) have used the sky as a clock, calendar, and compass. Astronomy thus became deeply rooted in their spirituality, mythology, and culture. This profusely-illustrated, non-technical presentation will describe the astronomy of civilizations ranging from the Polynesians who navigated the vast Pacific Ocean, the builders of Stonehenge and the Great Pyramids of Egypt, and the Chinese, Indian, and Islamic astronomers who preserved and developed astronomy through Europe’s “Dark Ages”, leading to the Copernican Revolution and our present conception of the universe.

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Astronomy 101 and your Guide to Note-taking

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

Following up Jim Wamsley’s introduction to telescopes in Part 1, John Gauvreau now guides you through what a beginner can expect from their very first views through that scope. From planets to galaxies, small scopes and large, find out what you can really see out under the night sky and how best to see it. Bernie Venasse will then speak about note-taking: why should I bother? and what do I record?

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Binbrook Conservation Area

Mallincams: For Outreach and Observing in Light Polluted Areas

Due to a snowfall weather alert for the GTA, tonights event has been cancelled. 

February 9th 2018, Hamilton Amateur Astronomers General Meeting

As light pollution impacts the abilities of amateur astronomers to view with their telescopes anything faint in cities or the suburbs, they are forced to drive greater distances to reach dark sites. But what if it was possible to observe faint deep sky objects from the heart of the city or suburb light domes. This presentation will show how astro-video technologies can take you beyond the ordinary eyepiece views in light-polluted skies.

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Astronomy 101; A Beginners Guide – General Meeting

January 12th 2018 General Meeting

Welcome to the world of amateur astronomy! Join members of the HAA as they guide you through the first steps of this fascinating hobby, with a simple introduction to the types of telescopes to choose from, the parts and pieces, and how to use them. Then imagine stepping outside to look up at the night sky, and enjoy the second half of the talk with a guide to the types of celestial objects within your reach and how to get the most out of a new scope with realistic expectations of actually seeing the stars, planets and more. Those who are interested can go further by joining the HAA Beginners Group and enjoy more seminars, all as a necessary precursor to borrowing one of the club’s loaner scopes.

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Planning for Deepsky and Nightscape Photography

Friday December 8th General Meeting

Kerry-Ann Lecky Hepburn will be discussing how to prepare and plan for a night of imaging with special consideration to location, time, weather and sky quality considerations. She will also be discussing how to interpret weather forecasts and use various websites, apps and desktop software in order to optimize your night out under the stars. Her talk will also be applicable to those who aren’t interesting in photography.

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Eyepieces, November 10th General Meeting

General Meeting for November 10th 2017.

Barry Sherman will be speaking on telescope eyepieces at this Friday’s November 10th general meeting.


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

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This Day in Astronomical History, General Meeting and Council Elections

General Meeting for October 13th 2017.

Kevin Salwach will be speaking about this day in astronomy history, covering some of astronomy’s notable figures.

Kevin Salwach is a councillor-at-large with the Hamilton Amateur Astronomers, and has been a member of the club for almost a decade. Kevin first discovered his love of the cosmos at McMaster’s McCallion Planetarium in winter 2008, and after seeing Saturn through Jim Wamsley’s telescope at an HAA public night the following spring, he was hooked for life. An avid amateur astronomer, pilot, hunter and trapper, Kevin can frequently be found observing the stars from the balcony of his apartment in downtown Hamilton or enjoying the great outdoors in the forests of Flamborough and Dundas.

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The Love of Astronomy, what New Members can Expect from the HAA

General Meeting for September 8th 2017.

If you’re considering becoming a new member of the HAA then this is the perfect general meeting to attend. Our chair, Bernie Venasse will be covering what new members can expect from the HAA. For existing members, Bernie will continue with HAA events of recent past, what is happening now and what is coming in the near future. Come join us this Friday for a fun evening and the sharing of our passion for everything cosmic!

Bernie Venasse is the HAA’s Chairman and has been an active astronomer since the days of Mercury, Gemini and Apollo. He is an active member of the British Astronomical Association, The International Dark Sky Association, the Astronomical League and Astronomers without Borders.

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The Top 10 Most Influential People in Space History at June’s Meeting

General Meeting for June 9th 2017.

With space exploration making it’s way back to public interest with the recent flyby of Pluto, new Chinese space stations, talk of manned missions to Mars, top-secret US Air Force space planes and private companies like SpaceX making leaps and bounds in rocket technology, we often overlook the men and women behind​ the shiny rockets and high tech space probes. Join Kevin as he counts down his list of the 10 Most Influential People in space history – the scientists, engineers, politicians, and of course the astronauts themselves, who’s efforts have resulted in the success of humanity’s journey from home to explore the cosmos.
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A Canadian Observatory Maker Success Story!

General Meeting for May 12th 2017.

This Spring SkyShed is launching POD MAX, a “mid sized” observatory at 12.5′ in diameter, and the POD MAX funding program – The Starships Project. Wayne will be focusing on these endeavors and how they will further aid the astro community, and STEM education.
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