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

New and Noteworthy:

    It’s May again and that means that it’s Gala time. This year our speaker is Sean Dougherty, from the Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory, who will be presenting a talk entitled “ Canada and Astronomy”. This, our fifth annual Gala, will be held at the Kelowna Curling Club, 551 Recreation Ave. on Saturday May 28th. The doors open at 5:00 PM, dinner is at 6:30 and the presentation will begin at 8:00. Tickets are $40.00 per person and are available at the April meeting or from Colleen O’Hare at: chohare@shaw.ca. There will be a silent auction, so give yourselves time to take a look at the merchandize.

  This is Gala Month; the next regular meetings will be in June.

  This month the congratulations for the Picture of the Month go to Jim Failes for his picture 'Fading In, Fading Out' featuring an almost completely eclipsed Moon rising over the eastern horizon. Jim used a Panasonic digital camera and an exposure of 1/3.2 sec at ISO 100. The picture was taken on September 27, 2015 in Kelowna.
  "Dang, that was tough", was the comment following another marathon assessment project by Picture of the Month Selection Committee members Mark Force and Sharon Carter. After the usual careful deliberations, the team selected Jim Failes' picture Which can be seen at: (http://rascoc.zenfolio.com/p571075264/h5aad340b#h5aad340b). Sharon and Mark commented on the colours, layout and right amount of sharpening which contributed to making the dramatic picture their choice for May.
  Among the close contenders were Shawn Berglund's 'Blue Moon’; Debra Ceravolo's 'Mercury, Moon, Venus conjunction; Dave Gamble's 'California Nebula'; Murray Heiner’s M42; Jim Kanester's 'Blue Moon Rising near the Blue Nose'; John Karlsson's wide selection of excellent sketches and Hugh Pett's 'Green and Blue Flash' pictures.
  To view the new Picture of the Month as well as the other pictures mentioned here, they can be browsed in our Zenfolio gallery at http://rascoc.zenfolio.com

  The Okanagan observatory is open and our first Friday night outreach event was an unqualified success. Guests were treated to a transit of Io as well as the usual slate of early spring highlights. Ten volunteers were on hand to show about forty guests the evening’s splendors. Additionally, the first two Saturday nights of operation have seen members out observing.
The parking area has been expanded and reconfigured in the hope that the attendees will more easily be able to park themselves and take some of the load off the parking crew. So far so good.
Morningside Rotary Club has approved another $1000 in funding this year to assist with operation of our monthly bus service for mobility challenged OO guests! The bus – which comes to us via People In Motion -- is currently in the shop, but is expected to be ready for OO operations beginning next month.
Let the good times roll.

  Stay connected. AstrroOkanagan is your communication link to your fellow members. If you are not yet a member of this Google Group, then contact Moderator, Guy Mackie guy.m@shaw.ca to sign on.

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