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The July 2016
President's Report
from Olaf Lutz...



New and Noteworthy:

    From the RASCals email discussion:
  RASC is considering a plan to extend discounts to RASC members for the SkyTools software. The developer offers reduced pricing for astronomy groups and clubs. If you are interested in obtaining this software, please let us know. With sufficient interest we will obtain the software which members can then purchase via the RASC online store. Show of hands, please?
  SkyTools is a powerful astronomy planning application. It is used by visual astronomers as well as photographers. One can plan observing or imaging sessions, filter target lists based on the date and time, location, Moon phase, target elevation, etc. It works well for star hoppers and people using push-to and go-to telescopes. The tool includes a variety of visualisations and charts and supports logging. See the April 2015 Journal for a review. See the SkyHound web site (http://skyhound.com/skytools.html) for product information. 
  Contact Blake Nancarrow at astronomy@computer-ease.com to register your interest.

  If anyone is interested in obtaining a Jacket or Shirt with a BC Centres logo, details and ordering information is available at the Vancouver Centre website, here: http://rasc-vancouver.com/rasc-jacket/

UPCOMING MEETINGS:
Vernon: September 28, 2016: 7:15 Okanagan Science Centre
Kelowna: September 20, 2016: 7:30 Okanagan College
Penticton: September 21, 2016: 7:15 Okanagan College

ASTRONOMICAL PICTURE OF THE MONTH:

  Picture of the Month Selection Committee members Mark Force and Sharon Carter did not take long in choosing Shawn Berglund's picture of the May 9 transit of the planet Mercury across the Sun's disk as July's feature picture. Shawn's picture shows the tiny black dot of the planet part way across the disk, together with very sharp images of several sunspot groups. The picture with notes of how it was taken can be found here: http://rascoc.zenfolio.com/p229933384/h78eed282#h78eed282

  Together with a number of other pictures of the transit, Sharon and Mark also considered Shawn's recent picture of Mars; Peter and Debra Ceravolo's 'Mercury, Moon and Venus conjunction'; Jim Failes' 'Sun at Mountain Rise'; Murray Hainer's 'M42'; Jim Kanester's 'Horsehead and Flame Nebula'; John Karlsson's 'Dumbell Nebula'; and Hugh Pett's Blue and Green Flash pictures. All of these pictures and more can be browsed in our Zenfolio gallery at http://rascoc.zenfolio.com.

OKANAGAN OBSERVATORY:

  To take advantage of this wonderful dark site, contact Observatory Director, Guy Mackie about obtaining keys and security instructions.

OUTREACH EVENTS:

  Friday night at the Okanagan Observatory Continues as usual and we look forward to more enthusiastic crowds.

Links:
Observatory Clear Sky Chart
RASC Okanagan Centre
RASC National
Zenfolio
Focus
Live Comet Data
Satellite Tracker
Criminal Records Review Act
Criminal Record Check Information
CONTACT: OLAF LUTZ