Planning a Successful Observing Session

Join us on February 8th 2019 at 7:30pm – Admission is free and everyone is welcome!

These cold, cloudy months have undoubtedly frustrated many a backyard observer. With warmer temperatures and spring skies just around the corner our talk this month addresses the topic of planning a successful observing session. This talk is designed to get you back in field with your telescope by relating timely tips to help you get the most from your limited observing opportunities. Drawing on his considerable observing experience and time at the eyepiece, our speaker this month, Bernie Venasse, says ‘Thank you Mother Nature’ and to remember to bring a paper and pen (and a friend!).

Our very own Bernie Venasse joined the HAA in 2012, has served 3 terms as Chair and is currently our Director of Special Projects . After some initial exposure to stargazing as a cub scout, in 1990 he finally immersed himself in amateur astronomy and has never looked back. He swiftly joined the British Astronomical Association, the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, Astronomers without Borders and the Astronomical League where he has completed 11 of their observing programs. He has observed through 4 Messier Marathons, 2 Caldwell Marathons and a variety of other events under the sky. He brings the expertise gathered though a lifetime of amateur astronomy to focus on this timely talk.

Non-members are welcome

Non-members are welcome to join us at our general meeting events to see what we’re all about. You’ll find a club full of enthusiastic amateur astronomers passionate about this fascinating science and hobby. We’re confident you’ll want to become a member of the Hamilton Amateur Astronomers and join us in exploring this fascinating hobby.

Place and time

We’ll be meeting at The Hamilton Spectator Building located at 44 Frid St, near the junction of Highway 403 and Main St West in Hamilton. Starting time is at 7:30pm.

Door prizes

There will be a draw for door prizes at the meeting and a free door prize ticket to all who arrive before the 7:30 start time!

Food share donations

Donations of non-perishable food for the Hamilton Food Share program will be collected at this meeting. Please drop off any items at the drop-box located near the entrance of the auditorium. All donations gratefully accepted and thanks to your generosity we’ve collected thousands of pounds of food since we began. Let’s keep up the great work as the need continues.

Become a member

Becoming a member of the HAA opens up new opportunities to take your love of astronomy further! Members have access to our star nights at the Binbrook Conservation Area, our telescope loaner program, social events such as our Cosmology Discussion Group, and more!

Photo credit: Under the Stars by John Gauvreau

Update: Miss this meeting? Click here to download Bernie’s presentation.