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The January 2015
President's Report
from David Player...




Happy New Year Everyone
  If you haven't done so already, now would be a good time to plan your astronomical adventures for the upcoming year. Make use of your 2015 Observers handbook and note the dates for items which particularly interest you. If you're heading out to a dark site to observe or take images and you'd like some company, let others know well in advance so they can make arrangements to join you. Don't forget the club has several telescopes for rent for a very low cost. If you need to rent a club telescope contact Guy Mackie.

Okanagan Observatory

  Open to club members as per usual, but is now closed to the public until the snow is gone.

Meetings

Kelowna – Tuesday January. 6, 2015, 7:30pm in Room C368 at Okanagan College on KLO road Kelowna.
Penticton - Thursday January. 6, 2015, 7:15pm in Room C02 Sunoka Bldg at Okanagan College on Duncan Ave. West in Penticton
Vernon - Wednesday January. 6, 2015. There will be a pre-meeting presentation by Hugh Carter of “Star Magnitudes: How to Estimate A Star's Brightness Visually and Telescopically”. Regular meeting will begin at 7:15pm in the Heritage Bldg. At Okanagan Science Centre Hwy 6, Vernon.
  All dates, times, and places can be found at http://www.ocrasc.ca/meetings.html.

Calendars will be available at the meeting, $20. Pictures from members Debra and Peter Ceravolo are featured on the cover and for April and November.

Picture of the Month

  Picture of the Month Selection Committee members Mark Force and Sharon Carter have started the new year off with a bang with the selection of an imaginative picture by of Harry Dixon'Crescent Moon and Fireworks'. Harry explains that the fireworks portion of the montage was filmed in HD on December 17 and combined with a photo of the crescent
Moon.
  Among other contenders mentioned by Mark and Sharon were: Debra and Peter Ceravolo's 'Looking for Mercury from Peggy's Cove', their picture of the recent partial solar eclipse, 'Crepuscular Rays' and others; Jim Failes' selection of pictures particularly 'Jupiter and Venus' 'Mercury and the Moon' and others; Dave Gamble's NGC 891, IC 405 and 410 and
the Heart Nebula'; and Vlado Neykov's picture of the Waning Gibbous Moon.
  Other contenders included newly posted pictures by James Kanester of M31, the Pleiades and Comet Jacques; John Karlsson's 'Satellite Family', M27, NGC 7332 and 7339; Hugh Pett's partial solar eclipse and 'Renewed Sunspot Activity' and Jerry Thompson's 'Moon and Venus Setting'. All of these, together with pictures by David Player (Dec.) and Shawn Berglund (Nov.) which were ineligible due to our two month waiting period can be found on the Zenfolio gallery here: http://rascoc.zenfolio.com/f166015629

Focus
Editor Hugh Pett welcomes submissions of astronomy observations, experiences and other ideas and topics. Deadline for material is the 8th of the month, to be published on the 15th; September to June.

Website 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 website is also a portal to many links including our Zenfolio Image Gallery.

What's Up
Remember to check out Dave Gamble’s ‘What’s Up’ page for a whole month full of observing musts as well at pictures contributes to by Jim Failes.
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.


David Player
President, RASC OC
davidplayer@telus.net