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The December 2014
President's Report
from David Player...

Joint Meeting and A.G.M.

The Annual General Meeting was one of only two slated to be held jointly between all three cities this year. The election of officers was held and thanks to the hard efforts of the Nominating Committee elected positions were filled. However long time volunteers Jim  Tisdale (Membership) and Frank Stariha (Merchandise) have indicated they would like to step down there are still three vacant Director's positions which need to be filled. Please consider stepping up and volunteer to take over one of these positions.

Okanagan Observatory

Weather permitting, the observatory is still open for Friday night viewing by the public, but soon the snow and cooler temperatures will become an issue. To know if it is open, phone the Event Phone (250-300-8759) after 3 pm Fridays and/or subscribe to the Outreach Email List  (email chohare@shaw.ca to be included.

Kelowna – Tuesday December 2. 7:30pm at Okanagan College Kelowna. There will be a pre-meeting dinner at the Asian Pear restaurant 5 pm. If you haven't already done so, please contact Colleen chohare@shaw.ca to be included.

Penticton -Thursday December 4. 7:15pm at Okanagan College Penticton

Vernon -Wednesday December 17. 7:15pm Okanagan Science Centre.

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

Starting this month Mark Force has been joined by Sharon Carter on the Selection Committee for the Picture of the Month on our Zenfolio website. Many thanks for the years of pondering pictures that Frank Stariha provided for the club. Mark and Sharon remarked on "another wonderful selection of photos to choose from", and after careful consideration they selected David Player's picture of M31 the Andromeda Galaxy as the
December picture of the Month
  It was noted there was a toss up between this photo and David's picture of NGC 6992,
however "David manages to capture not only the central core of M31, but also the many dust lanes just around the nucleus and out into the arms. A wonderful shot." The picture can be seen here: http://rascoc.zenfolio.com/p796264946/h2fa6e744#h2fa6e744
Other shortlist candidates included: Debra and Peter Ceravolo's 'Looking for Mercury from Peggy's Cove' and their picture of the recent partial solar eclipse; Jim Failes' selection of  pictures "juxtaposing celestial sights against terrestrial objects'; Dave Gamble's NGC 891, IC 405 and 410 and the Heart Nebula'; Vlado Neykov's picture of the Waning Gibbous Moon; Hugh Pett's 'Renewed Sunspot Activity' and Jerry Thompson's 'Moon and Venus Setting'. All of these, together with pictures by Shawn Berglund (Nov.) and John Karlsson (Oct.) which
were ineligible due to our two month waiting period can be found on the Zenfolio gallery here: http://rascoc.zenfolio.com/f166015629

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