Stargazing for the Naked Eye

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Join us this September 14th 2018 at 7:30pm – Admission is free and everyone is welcome!

Since the earliest days of humanity, mankind has been fascinated with the heavens above. For millions of years, the only tool available for our species to view the universe was built into our body – the most complex and incredible optical tool known to man – the human eye. Since the dawn of the telescope 400 years ago, astronomy has been dominated by ever larger optics. Binoculars, refractors, dobsonians, mountaintop observatories and orbiting space telescopes. Yet we often forget there’s an entire universe waiting to be seen at any moment, simply by looking up. Philosophers, scientists, religious leaders and mythologists discovered countless sights in the cosmos and collected thousands of years of scientific knowledge, tradition and mythology with nothing more than the naked eye. From dust sized particles whizzing through the atmosphere to galaxies millions of light years away, join Kevin on a journey across the cosmos undertaken with nothing more than your own two eyes.

Our speaker this evening will be Kevin Salwach

Kevin Salwach is the current secretary of the HAA, and has been a member of the club for almost a decade. An avid hunter, outdoorsman, amateur pilot and astronomer, he can frequently be found out and about in the woods of Southern Ontario or viewing the sky from his balcony in downtown Hamilton.

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: Kevin Salwach


Hi Krishna, the Binbrook observing site is only available to members of the HAA after hours but there is an alternative site available to the public. From the menu above, click Club Events > Meeting Places for details on the Tyneside observing site. Please consider becoming a member of the HAA with the Binbrook site one of many advantages to membership. Clear skies!

Krishna says:

Is star gazing site available for general public (non members)? I was looking to go there sometime this week.

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