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Event: [Apr 1, 2017] CAS Members Practical Astronomy (West Melton, Canterbury)

Discussion in 'Forthcoming Events' started by Rob Glassey, Mar 26, 2017.

CAS Members Practical Astronomy
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R.F. Joyce Observatory
218 Bells Rd, Mcleans Island, West Melton 7671, New Zealand
Saturday, April 1, 2017 - 07:30 PM
(ends Saturday, April 1, 2017 - 11:59 PM)
Timezone: Pacific/Auckland

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Start: Saturday, April 1, 2017 - 07:30 PM
End: Saturday, April 1, 2017 - 11:59 PM
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  1. Rob Glassey

    Rob Glassey CAS Vice President CAS Member CAS Committee

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    This year the CAS Members Practical Astronomy lectures take another twist - actual observing!
    Having two meetings on the same night made for a long night, so we thought we would combine practical astronomy with our members nights at the observatory this year.

    So next Saturday, 1st April, at 7:30pm, will be our first practical astronomy session, this month, talking about outreach and open nights. If you have not seen the observatory recently come out and have a look at the updated lodge, and take a look through the very nice 120ED refractor which is now in the Nankivell dome. We'll take the opportunity to look at the 3 main scopes and do a tour if some of the most popular open night show piece objects.
    The idea is get people out to the observatory on a Saturday night. I intend to continue my talks that focus on the highlights of different parts of the sky, or different types of astronomical objects, then we can follow this up on the night with actual observing. We have a wide variety of telescopes available to use, and of course you can bring your own, and get advice and tips on how to get the best out of it. Most objects should be visible through even the most compact telescopes.

    Being at the observatory opens up a wide variety of other practical topics, including polar alignment, goto scopes, different types of telescopes, binocular viewing, collimation, photography, outreach, and learning to use, and becoming accredited on the societies permanent telescopes.

    We hope that by providing more structure and support around members nights, that more members, especially new members, will be able to enjoy observing as part of a group, and become more confident and experienced with their own telescope.

    Upcoming events and postponements will be posted in this forum.

    We also hope to use this forum to help coordinate lifts out to the observatory on the Saturday evening.

    So come along on the members nights, enjoy the talk, and enjoy some actual observing.

    Please note that this is NOT a PUBLIC EVENT. The observatory is ONLY open for CAS Members and those interested in becoming CAS Members
     
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  2. Grant

    Grant CAS Webmaster CAS Member CAS Committee

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    CAS Members who are intending to go to this event tomorrow are encouraged to use the RSVP, so that the speaker can ensure there are sufficient volunteers to help with equipment, should you need.
     
  3. Heather Skinner

    Heather Skinner Well-Known Member CAS Member

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    If it is a clear sky?
     
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  4. Rob Glassey

    Rob Glassey CAS Vice President CAS Member CAS Committee

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    There is still hope for clear enough weather for tonight!

    For now we are still GOING AHEAD!

    Check here for updates at 6pm tonight.
     
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    Rob Glassey CAS Vice President CAS Member CAS Committee

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    Yes! It's clear - we are GOING AHEAD!
     
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    Grant CAS Webmaster CAS Member CAS Committee

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    Brilliant news. Good luck with the new project @Rob Glassey it deserves to be a great success in the new format. I hope everyone enjoys the evening.
     
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    Heather Skinner Well-Known Member CAS Member

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    And, it was a fantastic night, despite the seeing not so good.... It started to cloud over in the early hours of the morning, but, by then, I think everyone had had their photon fix,-or close to it... :)(y)
     
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