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KidsFest: [Jul 18, 2016] Observatory Open Evening (West Melton, Canterbury)

Discussion in 'Forthcoming Events' started by CAS Admin, Jul 4, 2016.

Observatory Open Evening
Posted By CAS Admin

R.F. Joyce Observatory
218 Bells Rd, West Melton 7671, New Zealand
Monday, July 18, 2016 - 07:30 PM
(ends Monday, July 18, 2016 - 09:00 PM)
Timezone: Pacific/Auckland

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Start: Monday, July 18, 2016 - 07:30 PM
End: Monday, July 18, 2016 - 09:00 PM
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  1. CAS Admin

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    Give your kids the opportunity to become "Skyentists" for the evening, as you and your family enjoy the wonders of the southern night sky with local amateur astronomers. See planets such as Mars 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, which will be open every night of KidsFest 2016 from 7:30pm 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.

    We are open for individuals and groups less than 10 people (no booking needed, just turn up). If your group is between 10 and 35 people, please note that we will be unable to cater for you during KidsFest. Please see Outreach: - Open Nights to make a booking.

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

    An entry fee of $5 for kids and $10 for adults applies (cash only).

    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!
     
  2. Grant

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    I think tonight will depend on how far East this cloud pushes. You can see a nice cloud hole between the 2 systems. This is the 6pm GFS, so its possible Christchurch could be in cloud but further West, it would be clear, especially if the Port Hills hold the tail of the low up.

    2016071712H018_NZ00_SFC.jpg

    Compares to MetService forecast of: Mainly fine, but showers about Banks Peninsula, clearing this evening. Southwesterlies, strong in exposed places, gradually dying out.
    Issued: 11:08am 18 Jul
     
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    Is tonight going ahead?
     
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    I'm nearly there so hope so
     
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    I'll join you shortly.
     
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    On a second thought, I've just seen the red notice on the site
     
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    Ok well I'll cover any stragglers who may turn up because they've not read the site. It's Ok here. Infact its completely clear so I'm going to setup a camera
     

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