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The September 2014
President's Report
from Colleen O'Hare...





Okanagan Observatory now Open!
The Okanagan Observatory is now open every Friday evening for free public viewing, weather permitting. To know if it is open, phone the Event Phone (250-300-8759) after 3 pm and/or subscribe to the Outreach Email List (email chohare@shaw.ca to be included).

Meetings

Kelowna meeting Tues. September 2

The first meeting of the fall season will take place in Kelowna on Tuesday, Sept 2.
The presentation will be by Joel Wrinch on the topic 'Building a Home Observatory'.
The Constellation of the Month topic is a 
 'Report on the 2014 Mount Kobau Star Party' by Jim Failes.
The meeting will be held at 7:30pm in the Lab Building at the Okanagan College Kelowna Campus in Room C368.
eld at Okanagan College, Kelowna

Penticton meeting Thurs. September 4

    
The first Penticton meeting in September will feature a presentation by Ryan Ransom who is returning to the faculty of Okanagan College after a year's sabbatical which included continued studies of the interactions between old planetary nebulae and the interstellar medium at the Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory (DRAO). Ryan will talk about
 'The interesting and perhaps unique case of Sharpless 2-174'.
The meeting will be held at 7.15pm in the regular C O2 meeting room in the Sunoka building†of the Penticton campus of Okanagan College.


Okanagan Observatory Meeting Sept. 14

Progress on the development of the Okanagan Observatory continues apace and if you are interested in taking part in this very worth enterprise, or just learning more about it, you are very welcome to attend the next meeting of the Okanagan Observatory committee which will take place at 5:30PM on September 14th at the Kelowna Curling club, 551 Recreation Avenue. Pizza will be served to attendees and astronomy appreciation served to our community.


Vernon meeting Wed. September 24

    
The program for the September 24 meeting in Vernon will feature 'Observing with Astronomical Filters' by John Kerr and Jim Kanester together with 'Mystery Constellation and Observing Challenge' which will be led by John Karlsson and Jim Kanester.
**** An interesting feature of Vernon meetings are pre-meeting beginners telescope sessions which start at 6.30pm. This month this will spotlight M13 Galaxy Challenge and other member images' featuring various club members.
The regular meeting will start at 7.15pm, also in the basement of the main building
of the Okanagan Science Centre on the east side of Polson Park just off Highway 6.
The entrance to the nicely appointed room is from the rear of the building.


Please check http://www.ocrasc.ca/meetings.html for information on topics as they are updated.

Picture of the Month

At the end of August Mark Force was investigating the skies at the Merritt Star Quest so his Picture of the Month Selection Committee colleague aFrank Stariha again soloed on the choice for the September Picture of the Month. Frank perused the candidates and said that one stood out for him... the picture of Markarian's Chain of galaxies which was taken by Dave Gamble on April 30, 2014.
Frank gave kudos to the other candidate pictures, particularly John Karlsson's sketches. As well as John's latest sketches, other contenders included pictures by Vlado Neykov and Hugh Pett. Among the many pictures that can be seen in our Zenfolio image gallery at http://rascoc.zenfolio.com/f166015629 are additional photos by David Player (July) and Jim Failes (August) which were ineligible due to our two month waiting period.


Focus
Editor Hugh Pett welcomes submissions of astronomy observations, experiences and other ideas and topics.
The next issue will be sent out on September 15 so items for publication should be forwarded to him by September 8.


www ocrasc ca
The club website is updated by Andrew Bennett and Dave Gamble with a view to providing everything you ever wanted to know about Okanagan Centre RASC. As well as Outreach and many other club activity pages, the What's Up page provides heads up notes of what is in the sky on particular nights. The About Us page links to the club Library and other services.

   The Buy and Sell page has just  been updated with
two new telescopes for sale!


What's Up
Remember to check out Dave Gamble’s ‘What’s Up’ page for a whole month full of observing musts. As well, Dave will be regularly sending What’s Up information to everyone on the AstroOkanagan email discussion group. Another great reason to join in!

Google Group
The Google Discussion Group is a real-time link between members of our OC RASC 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 timely news.
You can start to receive the messages by contacting Guy Mackie at guy.m@shaw.ca or Mikkel Steine at deepskygazer@gmail.com.


Colleen O’Hare
President, RASC OC
chohare@shaw.ca