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The March 2018
2018 RASC NATIONAL AGM REGISTRATION
CALGARY – JUNE 28 TO JULY 1, 2018
The details of the upcoming 2018 RASC National AGM in Calgary are now
available online. Go to: https://rascga2018.ca
The General Assembly will be hosted at the University of Calgary’s Red & White
Club. Accommodations are available at the UofC’s Hotel Alma.
The website lists the presenters, topics along with the daily schedules and social
Registration for the General Assembly is $235. There are additional charges for
the optional banquet, dinners and tours.
Check it out. The AGM won’t get much closer until we host it at the Okanagan
David Hawkins, RASC-OC President 2018
Attachments to this President’s Message are the details of the RASC OC Budget
for 2018. These were presented by our Treasurer Dennis Krause at the Kelowna
Meeting on February 6th, 2018.
There will be two Interesting topics presented at the OC Speaker Series at the
Penticton Campus. www.ocspeakersseries.weebly.com
Monday, March 26, 2018: Dr. Mark Robishaw
“The Birth of the Dominion Astrophysical Observatory”
Monday, April 9, 2018: Dr. Alex Hill
“Star Stuff: Star formation, interstellar gas, that the Canadian Hydrogen
Intensity Mapping Experiment”
Talks are 7:00 – 8:30pm in the Lecture Theatre (PL 107) Ashnola Building at the
Okanagan College Penticton Campus.
OOO-18 (Okanagan Observatory Outing 2018) will be held on Saturday August 18.
There will be no alternate date. Make plans to join us at the OO site! More
information is to follow in the months to come. Come and join us for the evening
or overnight…your choice.
If you are involved in any RASC related activity that you would like other members
to be aware of then please email me. I can let our members know through the
monthly message. Of course, you can also communicate with other members
UPCOMING RASC-OC MONTHLY MEMBER MEETINGS:
Penticton: Thursday March 1, 2018
7:15pm. Okanagan College Penticton Campus
SunOka Building Room C 16 (across the hall from C 02)
- John/Anita Carpenter: “A Walk Around Arecibo”
- Dave Gamble: “Voyager 2, the Uranus Encounter”
Kelowna: Tuesday March 6, 2018
6:30pm. NOTE START TIME **
OC KLO Campus, Room C-368 – Centre business
- 7:30pm. Move to Room H-115 for the CAP Talk
presented by the Okanagan College and the
Canadian Association of Physicists.
Speaker: Dr. Ken Clark, Department of Physics and
Astronomy at Queen’s University
Topic: Dark Matter: How to Hunt for the Unknown
(see email attachment for poster and further details)
Vernon: Wednesday March 28, 2018
_ Heritage Hall, Okanagan Science Centre, Vernon
- 6:30pm. Novice Pre-Meeting: TBA
- 7:15pm. TBA
Your RASC membership fees help to pay for coffee at our meetings. However,
cookies are not covered. So, please toss some coins in the direction of the stray
Please see the RASC-OC website for meeting updates and further details.
The Centre website provides everything you ever wanted to know about RASCOC,
as well as Outreach and many other club activities. The “What's Up” page
provides heads up notes of what is in the sky nights. The “About Us” page links to
the club Library and other services.
PICTURE OF THE MONTH
MARCH 2018 with Mark Force and Sharon Carter
“Messier 78” – by Dave Gamble
Except for battling colds, Picture of the Month Selection Committee members
Mark Force and Sharon Carter were back to full strength for the March POM
selection process. Both said that again the choice was not easy due to the
quantity and quality of the contenders. Their final choice was Dave Gamble's recently taken picture of Messier 78. http://rascoc.zenfolio.com/p538670507/ea37b6c8f.
Mark noted, "The detail in the nebula is delightful. Just like the Iris Nebula, you
can tell you're seeing the nebula when you're at the eyepiece because there's a
lack of stars with a hint of obscuring smoke."
Among the close contenders were Jim Kanester's 'IC 342 The Hidden Galaxy'
#2 and 'Comet Johnson' #3; Murray Hainer's 'NGC 7331 Spiral Galaxy in
Pegasus' #2 ("wonderful focus and great guiding") and 'M51 Whirlpool Nebula'
#6; Roman Dusil's 'Lunar Eclipse' #5, 'Aurora' #3 and 'Full Moon' #4; Jim Failes'
selection of pictures " Lots of treats"; Harry Dixon's Green Flash pictures; Debra
and Peter Ceravolo's 'Observatory and Orion' #5; Shawn Berglund's 'Running
Man' #28 and other excellent pictures.
It is easy to appreciate what a difficult job Sharon and Mark face each month.
These and many more pictures are yours to appreciate and enjoy
MONTHLY OBSERVING CHALLENGE
– by Jim Kanester
These challenges give some direction to our observing and a good reason to get
outside to look at the night sky, either alone or with friends and family.
Below is the link to the March 2018 Observing Challenges
For March 2018, Jim has selected:
Easy Challenge: Latyshev 2 Asterism
Difficult Challenge: M63 The Sunflower Galaxy
The observatory webpage is www.okanaganobservatory.ca
Friday public viewings nights will restart in the Spring—may not be too far off?
(in our dreams!)
RASC-OC members may use the observatory site at any time they choose.
However, members must advise one of the security team before proceeding to
the observatory, so the alarms can be turned off in advance.
MEMBER TELESCOPE RENTAL PROGRAM
– by Guy Mackie
Your Okanagan Centre has many telescopes and other accessories that are
available for members to rent at very reasonable rates.
Why not rent this telescope? A Celestron C8-S StarBright XLT for only $5 per
week. Be sure to pump some weights before carrying it off.
Other optical observation equipment that are available for you to try out include:
Personal Solar Telescope, 6” Skywatcher Refractor, 8” SCT, Astroscan 4” widefield
reflector, Meade ETX 60. There are additional telescopes, observing aids,
fittings, diagonals and other eyepieces that members can borrow for a test run.
Observing equipment is rent-free for public outreach events.
If you would like to borrow a scope, or learn more about the equipment resources
you can access, contact Guy Mackie email@example.com or 250-861-3074
ASTRO OKANAGAN E-MAIL DISCUSSION GROUP
Another great reason to join in!
The Google Discussion Group is a real-time link between members of our RASCOC
meeting groups. A message might give you a heads-up on a new celestial
phenomenon, an alert about an Outreach event you could take part in or other
Contact: Guy Mackie firstname.lastname@example.org
PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE CONTACT:
David Hawkins email@example.com