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Event: [May 20, 2017] CAS Members Practical Astronomy (West Melton, Canterbury)

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CAS Members Practical Astronomy
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R.F. Joyce Observatory
218 Bells Rd, Mcleans Island, West Melton 7671, New Zealand
Saturday, May 20, 2017 - 07:30 PM
(ends Saturday, May 20, 2017 - 09:00 PM)
Timezone: Pacific/Auckland

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  1. CAS Admin

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    Continuing our practical astronomy nights. @Rob Glassey intends to continue his 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 (weather permitting). 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.

    It is anticipated that the talk itself will not be weather dependent, but the observing afterwards will be.
    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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    This is great. I look forward to coming along and learning with the pros regards Jim
     
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    Enjoyed it a lot being a new member this last Saturday night. Look foward to Mays star lit night
     
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    Members and season pass holder only.

    Many telescopes come with Equatorial mounts, but for many people these can be something like a Rubic's cube!

    This months talk explores the mysteries of the EQ mount, and offers tips and tricks to get these beasts to do what you want!

    Bring along your telescope, or try one of our small telescopes, and have a go at getting that EQ mount under control!

    If you don't have an EQ mount, bring your telescope along anyway and enjoy the night sky with us. We're always happy to help with any telescope!

    I'll also have the charts from last time so we have some targets to look at!

    Saturday 20th May, 7:30pm, RFJ Observatory, West Melton.
     
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    Equatorial mount
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    if someone can bring along a goto EQ mount I'd love some help learning how to polar align and do a star alignment !

    weather is looking cold but showers dying away and cloud is quickly clearing here

    maybe someone can give me some instruction on the meade LX200 too :)
     
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    Should be a good night. Glimpses of aurora between the clouds too.
     
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    was a good night! thanks to all who attended.

    Spent a happy few hour or so with Rob and his 6" newt chasing Jupiter and the Tarantula Nebula before the clouds rolled in again, and then out again as we finished packing the car!!!

    was clear on way home but clouded up again around midnight.

    Was surprised how well the motor driven EQ mount tracked objects on such a simple tripod.

    Def need a talk on choosing eye pieces!

    The board session with practical works great! learnt a lot about EQ mounts - even how to turn an EQ mount into an Az-Alt one!

    Some good tips from Gary thanks for the tips and hints as well!

    Looking forward to the next one!

    Hope to have my own scope there soon!
     
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