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Event: [May 5, 2017] Outreach Open Night (West Melton, Canterbury)

Discussion in 'Forthcoming Events' started by CAS Admin, Feb 26, 2017.

Outreach Open Night
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R.F. Joyce Observatory
218 Bells Rd, Mcleans Island, West Melton 7671, New Zealand
Friday, May 5, 2017 - 07:30 PM
(ends Friday, May 5, 2017 - 09:00 PM)
Timezone: Pacific/Auckland

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Start: Friday, May 5, 2017 - 07:30 PM
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  1. CAS Admin

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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 should be pre-purchased online at discount rates via Eventbrite, using the button below
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    ******Please Note******
    For supervision and safety reasons, children MUST be accompanied by a full paying adult.

    LIMITED 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. Grant

    Grant CAS Webmaster CAS Member CAS Committee

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    CAS Members: Our event is another sell out in terms of online sales. Please use the RSVP so that we know how many volunteers we'll have on the night. Recent members are also welcome to join us and shadow regulars to learn the ropes.
     
  3. Heather Skinner

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    That is also my going out Friday, so, not sure..
     
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    Any more members able to help out tomorrow night? Please use the RSVP above,
     
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    My husband and I are new members. This will be our first Open Night. Hopefully we will be more helpful on future Open Nights. I can however pass along a few SOFIA updates. Cheers
     
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    Looking forward to seeing you both there tonight. Setup from about 6.45
     
  7. Heather Skinner

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    AND, it was a good night, the observatory was 'bulging at the seams' with visitors... They were a little surprised at seeing an orange moon, --I used an orange filter to cut down the glare and show more detail...
     

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