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Discussion in 'Canterbury Astronomical Society & Outreach' started by CAS Admin, Jun 1, 2017.

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    Explore the Universe at the Canterbury Astronomical Society’s observatory in West Melton. Members of the society will be on hand to help unlock the secrets of the night sky through the wide range of telescopes at the observatory.

    The observatory will be open every night of Kidsfest, weather permitting. A weather status update will be posted every night by 6:30pm on the society website at www.cas.org.nz as to whether we are open or closed. Please be sure to check there before travelling to the observatory.

    The observatory is around 30 minutes drive from Christchurch at 218 Bells Road, West Melton.

    Bookings are essential - THERE IS NO GATE ENTRY TO SOLD OUT EVENTS. Numbers are limited. In the event of a BAD WEATHER CANCELLATION refunds will be issued and you WILL need to rebook for an alternative date.

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    The Canterbury Astronomical Society (CAS) hosts KIDSFEST as part of Community Outreach program. This is a SCHOOL HOLIDAY event for kids aged 5-15 and their caregivers, which runs independently from our normal Public Open Evenings.

    Please note that we are unable to accept youth groups or unaccompanied adults during KIDSFEST. All children (aged 5-15) must be accompanied by a paying adult. CAS Season Passes are not valid for KIDSFEST. If you wish to visit us during a public open night, please see our schedule at CAS EVENTS CALENDAR
     
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    On the night of your visit
    The home page of the CAS website will be updated no later than 6:30pm, advising whether the observatory is open or closed. The observatory may be closed during wet weather, so check the home page before visiting to avoid disappointment. On cloudy evenings, a cloudy-night presentation and discussion will be held. 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!
     
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    If you have been issued tickets and have further enquiries, please use the CONTACT ORGANISER link in the email that contained your tickets.
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    Due to the forecast weather system that is expected from the middle of this week, we have increased the ticket allocation for the remaining dates from 50 to 80. If your preferred date has previously sold out, please check the weather forecast and book where there are sufficient tickets.
     

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