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The August 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
Held at Okanagan College, Kelowna

Penticton meeting Thurs. September 4
    Held at Okanagan College, Penticton

Vernon meeting Wed. September 24
    Held at Okanagan Science Centre, Vernon

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

Picture of the Month
With Mark Force off exploring New Brunswick, his Picture of the Month Selection Committee colleague Frank Stariha soloed on the choice of the August Picture of the Month. Frank concluded that "August honours go to Jim Failes, our main man for the Mount Kobau Star Party, for a lunar shot taken back in February of this year." The picture 'Above the Housetops' was taken from Dilworth Mountain. As well as being an excellent image, Frank noted that "it would be most appropriate for this month inasmuch as we're in the midst of the year with four 'supermoons' which has even caught the attention of the mainstream media."

Frank noted that a number of other entries garnered serious attention including Dave Gamble's 'Markarian's Chain' and John Karlsson's talented sketches. These pictures plus other candidates can be seen in our Zenfolio image gallery at
http://rascoc.zenfolio.com/f166015629, together with others by David Player (July) and Fred Fredeen (June) 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