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Event: [Apr 13, 2017] Outreach Open Night (West Melton, Canterbury)

Discussion in 'Forthcoming Events' started by CAS Admin, Feb 22, 2017.

Outreach Open Night
Posted By CAS Admin

R.F. Joyce Observatory
218 Bells Rd, Mcleans Island, West Melton 7671, New Zealand
Thursday, April 13, 2017 - 07:30 PM
(ends Thursday, April 13, 2017 - 09:00 PM)
Timezone: Pacific/Auckland


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Start: Thursday, April 13, 2017 - 07:30 PM
End: Thursday, April 13, 2017 - 09:00 PM
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  1. CAS Admin

    CAS Admin Administrator CAS Member CAS Committee

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    See planets such as Jupiter or Saturn or perhaps take a closer look at the Moon. Learn about our constellations, closest stars, the galactic core and nebulae in our amazing universe.

    The Canterbury Astronomical Society observatory has 3 fixed telescopes (12", 14" and a 16") and an assortment of portable telescopes. A brief talk and night sky tour will start at 7:30pm, with telescope viewing through to 9:00pm.

    Opening will be dependent on the weather, so please check back here before heading out to the observatory. We will post a status update before 6:45pm confirming whether we are open or not.

    Individuals and small groups of fewer than 10 people are welcome to visit on any Public Night.
    Tickets can per pre-purchased online at discount rates via Eventbrite, using the button below
    ******Please Note******
    For supervision and safety reasons, children MUST be accompanied by a full paying adult.

    Entry is available on the night at the gate, at the non discount rate of $15 for kids and $20 for adults (cash only)

    If your group is between 10 and 35 people, please see Outreach: - Open Nights

    The moon WILL be visible on this evening making conditions suitable for lunar and planetary observations.

    If you click on TOOLS you can add the event to your iCal or calendar.
    On the night of your visit
    Please dip your headlights before arriving. Onsite parking is reserved for society members, please angle-park on the roadside, outside the observatory. Please wait outside the gate until 7:30pm as it will be dark and astronomers will be moving about setting up equipment. Walk down the driveway towards the lodge, following the red lights.

    Suggestions to improve your viewing experience

    • Dress Warm We recommend that you dress warm, as the telescopes (and you) are exposed to the winter night air.
    • No torches Becoming dark-adapted is essential for seeing the faint fuzzies that make up the deep sky. It takes 10-15 minutes for the pupil in your eye to expand to its maximum aperture. Over another 15 to 20 minutes, a chemical reaction in the eye kicks in that further boosts its sensitivity. A single shot of white light can ruin your night vision for up to 30 minutes.
    • No flashing shoes. If your shoes have flashing lights in the heels, please ensure they are covered or taped up.
    • Skymap Free maps of the night sky available at www.SkyMaps.com each month - great for the kids. Make sure you get the southern hemisphere map!

    For additional information about your visit, please see Canterbury Astronomical Society & Outreach
  2. CAS Admin

    CAS Admin Administrator CAS Member CAS Committee

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    The long range weather for Friday night is currently looking favourable. So if you were unsure, best to book those early bird tickets. Tickets will be transferred to the rescheduled date if weather results in the night being moved.

  3. Grant

    Grant CAS Webmaster CAS Member CAS Committee

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    Just a reminder for CAS Members to use the RSVP for this event so that we know how many volunteers can or cannot make it along to help out. If you have not been along before, you will be made most welcome and open night training will be given. It's a great way to give back to others and learn how to use the equipment at the same time. Of course, if the sky's remain clear you can make a whole night of it too. :)
  4. CAS Admin

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    Good evening. All online customer orders for the 7th April have been FULLY REFUNDED due to the weather leading to the event being cancelled. Please be sure to re-book for the rescheduled date of THURSDAY 13th April. We'd love to see you then.
  5. CAS Admin

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    Good afternoon. All online customer orders for the 13th April have been refunded, due to the adverse weather tonight. Spaces for our next session on the 21st April are filling up fast, so please ensure you book to reserve your place at the cheaper price.

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