May 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…

  • H.A.A. 25th Anniversary Celebration
  • H.A.A. Astrophysics Group Report
  • The Sky This Month for May 2018
  • Noise Analysis of Nikon D5300 DSLR Camera
  • Nikon D5300 ISO Invariance Testing
  • Eye Candy

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

Photo credit: Milky Way, Saturn and Mars, by Susan MacLachlan

April 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 This Month
  • Astrophysics Group Report
  • Find the Girl in the Nebula
  • Upcoming Events
  • Special Cartoon Corner Tribute
  • Eye Candy

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

Photo credit: Moon, Venus, and Mercury by Bob Christmas

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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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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March 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 This Month
  • Astrophysics Group Report
  • Upcoming Events
  • Cartoon Corner
  • Eye Candy

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

Photo credit: Waxing Gibbous Moon by Matthew Mannering

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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February 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 This Month
  • The December 2017 General Meeting
  • The January 2018 General Meeting
  • Cartoon Corner
  • Eye Candy
  • Upcoming Events

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

Photo credit: Crescent Nebula by Peter Wolsley

Binbrook Conservation Area
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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January 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 This Month
  • Leslie Webb’s Reducer/Flattener
  • Cartoon Corner
  • Upcoming McCallion Planetarium Shows
  • Upcoming Events

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

Photo credit: Scutum Star Cloud M11 by Bob Christmas

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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