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The April 2014
President's Report
from Colleen O'Hare...

The Third Annual Okanagan Observatory Fundraising Dinner will be held May 24, 2014 at the Kelowna Curling Club. Our very special speaker for the evening will be Mr. Jack Newton. Again, a wonderful dinner, Silent Auction and Door prizes will round out the evening.

Tickets available from Colleen, chohare@shaw.ca, 250-763-3573

We need your help! Silent Auction items and Door Prizes are needed! These can be anything. Last year we had books, wine, pictures, jewelry, gift certificates and lots of other items. They don’t need to be astronomical in nature. Think what businesses you come in contact with every day and ask them if they’d like to advertise by donating an article for the Silent Auction.

We can also make up baskets for them with books, wine, chocolates etc. that they can purchase and then personalize with something from their business. Maybe you have something around the house that would be appropriate. Just let the Dinner committee know and we will gladly pick it up.

Members of the OO Dinner committee are: Grant (grantrice2@gmail.com), Guy (guy.m@shaw.ca), Jim T (jimbit@shaw.ca), Penny (nilepenny@gmail.com), Frank S (frasta@telus.net), Jean (1chiki@live.ca), Sharon (cart5993@telus.net), and Colleen (chohare@shaw.ca).
And, of course, you can always join the committee and help put this great evening together!

Vernon Wed. April 30, 7:15 pm

The program for the April 30 Joint Meeting in Vernon will feature Vice President Jerry Thompson who is a retired aerospace engineer speaking on '40 Years in the Aerospace Industry'.
The Constellation of the Month program will feature another 'Mystery Constellation' by John Karlsson and James Kanester.
A regular feature of Vernon meetings is a pre-meeting 'Novice Session' from 6.30 to 7.15pm. The session will feature the RASC Lunar Observer's Certificate which will be led by Jerry Thompson and James Kanester.
If there is a telescope or astronomy topic you would like to learn more about, contact James Kanester.
The regular meeting will start at 7.15pm, also in the basement of the main building of the Okanagan Science Centre on the east side of Polson Park just off Highway 6. The entrance to the nicely appointed room is from the rear of the building.

Picture of the Month
Again this month Picture of the Month Selection Committee members Frank Stariha and Mark Force had a plethora of strong picture and sketch candidates to choose from for the April Picture of the Month.

After a lot of careful consideration their choice was 'Mercury and New Moon' which is a photo taken by Debra and Peter Ceravolo on January 31 from their home on Anarchist Mountain.

They commented, "Wow, it is hard to pick (one from all of the candidates)."  Since Guy Mackie's sketch was the March POM it was decided that this month it would be a picture. The Ceravolo's 'Mercury and New Moon' they described as 'a stunner', with composition, colour, detail in the earthshine and Mercury itself which combined for an outstanding image to take top spot.

Among many other entries in the running was the remarkable range of excellent photographs added to Jim Failes' gallery, including the team noted, a picture of the Moon and Mercury taken the same evening. Among Jim's contenders that were noted was 'Space Station in Winter Sky', 'Venus at Inferior Conjunction' which "is delicate but made all the more notable with the Sun glinting off the needles that form their own version of Venus."

Also commented upon was David Player's 'M42 - The Orion Nebula' and John Karlsson's excellent sketches. Other contenders included Hugh Pett's captures of the 'Green Flash' from Hawaii and several earlier pictures taken by Jerry Thompson.

All of these pictures and more can be viewed in our Zenfolio image gallery through www.ocrasc.ca or directly here: http://rascoc.zenfolio.com/f166015629, including pictures by Dave Gamble (February) and sketches by Guy Mackie (March) which were ineligible due to our two month waiting period.

Editor Hugh Pett welcomes submissions of astronomy observations, experiences and other ideas and topics. These should be forwarded to him by April 8. The issue will be sent out on April 15.

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 as pictures contributed 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.

Colleen O’Hare
President, RASC OC