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




Mid Winter
  Unfortunately, the Okanagan Observatory remains under a blanket of deep snow reaching
just below the level of the entrance gate. We are well past the busy Christmas season but for
the most part remain under the rather persistent blanket of low cloud over the Okanagan
valley. However in recent weeks, some will have noticed the low cloud is quite thin and on
several nights it has been quite easy to find relatively clear skies over higher terrain such as
the Goudie Road and Brenda Mines chain-up sites. The wonderful dark skies of winter are
becoming shorter each day so why not take advantage of the early nights at the next
opportunity.

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


Meetings
Kelowna – Tuesday February 3, 2015, 7:15pm in Room C368 at Okanagan College on KLO
road Kelowna.

Penticton - Thursday February 5, 2015, 7:15pm in Room C02 Sunoka Bldg at Okanagan
College on Duncan Ave. West in Penticton

Vernon
- Wednesday February 25, 2015.

  All details including dates, time and places are located 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 Sharon Carter and Mark Force have
named Dave Gamble’s picture of Comet Lovejoy taken on January 19 as the February Picture of the Month. Sharon noted that ‘Captured’ must certainly apply to a picture of a comet - “ a blend of grace and energy”.
Among other finalists were Hugh Pett’s #14 Green Flash from Hawaii. Sharon commented, “I
really like this shot and always appreciate the time spent getting the result.” Another was Jim
Failes’ #34 ‘The Sun at Mountain Rise’ where the light of the morning sky and the way Jim
told the story were noted. Debra and Peter Ceravolo’s #16 ‘Crepuscular Rays’ was also
mentioned as it has been in several earlier reviews.
Other candidates in the OCRASC Zenfolio gallery included pictures by Shawn Berglund,
several newly posted pictures by James Kanester of M31, the Pleiades and Comet Jacques;
John Karlsson’s ‘Satellite Family’, M27, NGC 7332 and 7339; Vlado Neykov’s picture of the
Waning Gibbous Moon; 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 Harry Dixon (Jan.) and David Player (Dec.) which were
ineligible due to our two month waiting period can be found in 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