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The December 2013
from Colleen O'Hare...
Meetings for 2013 – 2014
Meetings for Kelowna and Penticton will be held on the 2nd Tuesday and 2nd Thursday of the month respectively. Vernon will continue to hold meetings on the last Wednesday of the month. All dates, times, and places can be found at http://www.ocrasc.ca/meetings.html.
Pre-meeting Dinner, Dec 10
This year, the Kelowna pre-meeting dinner will be held at Infusions on the OC Kelowna campus. It is located in the Cafeteria building and is run by the Culinary Arts students. The reservation is for 5 pm. If you have not already done so, please let me know if you would like to attend this event no later than Dec 6. Follow this link, http://www.okanagan.bc.ca/Programs/Areas_of_Study/trades/departments/culinary/foodservices/Infusions.html, to see the menu.
Kelowna meeting Tues. December 10
The next Kelowna meeting will feature member Frank Stariha who will give the presentation 'Sirius' which the speaker has been pursuing with dogged determination and which he is hoping will be a howling success. The constellation Canis Major, the Big Dog, is littered with nuggets of information and interest which the speaker will be dropping tonight. Canis Major is of course the forever home of Sirius, the brightest star in the heavens, but there are many other aspects to this area of the sky which have been retrieved for this presentation.
Also on the agenda is a Constellation of the Month (COTM) program by Olaf Lutz who will address the topic 'Why Not Rent?'
The meeting will be held at 7:30pm at the Okanagan College Kelowna Campus.
The meeting will be in Lab Room C 368 on the third floor.
Penticton meeting Thurs. December 12
There is an outstanding program planned for the pre-Christmas meeting in Penticton and it is hoped that members from other meeting groups will join the Penticton circle to hear Sally Kilburg take us on a night's observing session at the 'Historic 60 inch Telescope on Mt. Wilson'. Sally's presentation will include images she took through the big telescope, as well as her experiences at the 'Nov. 3 Solar Eclipse' she observed from a cruise ship west of Africa.
The 'Cookie Kitty' from the joint meeting came to $20.35 and this will ensure some special Christmas treats to go with coffee so it is hoped there will be a large turnout.
The meeting will be held at 7.15pm in the regular C O2 meeting room in the Sunoka building of the Penticton campus of Okanagan College.
Vernon meeting Wed. December 18
The feature presentation at the Dec. 18 Vernon meeting will be Roger Spinks speaking on 'My Star Party Experiences'. In addition, James Kanester will give a review of ’Comet ISON', and Raffaele Lachianca will demonstrate 'The New Celestron Starsense Technology Telescopes'.
A regular feature of Vernon meetings is a pre-meeting 'Beginner's Telescope Session' which starts at 6.30pm. Raffaele Lachianca will talk on 'The Pleiades Star Cluster'.
If there is a telescope topic you would like to learn more about, contact James Kanester, email@example.com.
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
The Picture of the Month selection committee of Richard Christie and Frank Stariha has announced that Jim Failes’ picture of 'The Moon Rising for the Night Shift’ is the December Picture of the Month.
Frank and Richard noted that Jim has been particularly busy with his camera recently and they agreed that his portrait of the Moon rising through trees stood out in the fine array of astro images and deserved Picture of the Month honours for December. Details on the picture can be found in Jim's Zenfolio gallery.
Richard and Frank commented that serious consideration was given both to Guy Mackie's sketch of Messier 31, which was recently published in Sky & Telescope magazine, and to Dave Gamble's picture of Comet ISON. Other contenders included John Karlsson's excellent sketches and Jerry Thompson's pictures of Comet ISON, the Moon and Saturn and Venus, all of which can be seen in their respective galleries.
Among other pictures on our www.ocrasc.ca website's Zenfolio Gallery include images by Gordon Peachey (October) and David Player (November) which were ineligible due to our two month waiting period.
For a better view of pictures on Zenfolio, a suggestion is to click on the centre of a photo that is on the screen for viewing. This will automatically enlarge the picture on your screen. To return to regular viewing, simply click on the picture again.
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.
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!
A new innovation on the 'What's Up' page in January! Jim Failes is now contributing pictures from his vast collection to illustrate some of the coming celestial events.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Mikkel Steine at email@example.com.
President, RASC OC