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The July 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).

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

The meetings for 2014/15 have changed a bit. Please note that there are only 2 combined meetings, the AGM in Kelowna in November and the Gala in May.

2014-15 Meeting Schedule – Kelowna, First Tuesday of the month for 2014/15

September 2, 2014        7:30 at OC
October 7, 2014            7:30 at OC
*November 4, 2014        7:15 at OC Kelowna (Tuesday)
December 2, 2014        7:30 at OC
January 6, 2015            7:30 at OC   
February 3, 2015                    7:30 at OC
March 3, 2015            7:30 at OC       
April 7, 2015            7:30 at OC
May 5, 2015                           7:30 at OC
May 23, 2015            Gala Dinner (Kelowna 5PM)

Okanagan College - Science building at Okanagan College KLO Road, Kelowna. See map.


2014-15 Meeting Schedule – Penticton, First Thursday of the month for 2014/15

September 4, 2014                  7:15 at OC
October 2, 2014                     7:15 at OC
*November 4, 2014                  7:15 at OC Kelowna (Tuesday)
December 4, 2014                  7:15 at OC
January 8, 2015                  7:15 at OC
February 5, 2015                    7:15 at OC
March 5, 2015                     7:15 at OC
April 2, 2015                  7:15 at OC
May 7, 2015                            7:15 at OC
May 23, 2015                  Gala Dinner (Kelowna 5PM)
                                              
Okanagan College – Penticton Campus. See map.


2014-15 Meeting Schedule – Vernon, Last Wednesday for 2014/15

September 24, 2014                    7:15 at OSC
October 29, 2014                     7:15 at OSC
*November 4, 2014                      7:15 at OC Kelowna (Tuesday)
December 17, 2014                    7:15 at OSC
January 28, 2015                    7:15 at OSC
February 25, 2015                    7:15 at OSC
March 25, 2015                               7:15 at OSC
April 29, 2015                               7:15 at OSC
May 23, 2015                               Gala Dinner (Kelowna 5PM)
June 24, 2015                              7:15 at OSC

OSC - Okanagan Science Centre 2704 Hwy 6, Vernon See map.
                                                                            
* denotes the Annual General Meeting held at 7:15 at the Okanagan College Kelowna

Picture of the Month

Picture of the Month Selection Committee members Frank Stariha and Mark Force commented that again this month it was a difficult decision because of the different objects, the overall picture quality and memories of what the object looked like at the eyepiece.  After all the candidate pictures were considered, their choice for July Picture of the Month was David Player's photo of Messiers 81 and 82. Mark Force commented that he particularly liked the colour slash in M82.

Among the other pictures remarked on were Jim Failes' 'Moon and Venus in Morning Twilight', Dave Gamble's Barnard Dark Nebulae and Markarian's Chain, Vlado Neykov's picture of the Moon, David Player's Messier 17 and Jerry Thompson's 'Moon and Venus Setting'. All of these pictures plus many others can be seen in our Zenfolio image gallery at http://rascoc.zenfolio.com/f166015629, together with others by Fred Fredeen (June) and John Karlsson (May) 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 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, 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