Advice for Beginners – Purchasing Equipment


The Calgary Centre of the RASC has produced 3 great articles about the purchasing equipment for the purpose of looking at the stars.  These tips are great for the beginner as they explain the different types of telescopes and binoculars and what to look for, as well as an article about what you can (and can’t) expect to see when you peer into the heavens with your new scope. Check out these articles for a lot of great information! Choosing and Using Binoculars in Astronomy Choosing and Using a Telescope What Will Your New Telescope Show You?

December Club Meeting – Thursday Dec 3 8pm: The Universe in 3D

Special Guest Speaker – Cathy McWatters You wanted fun? Don’t miss this! This will be a visual trip with your senses with an anaglyph presentation of the universe. 3D Glasses will be provided. Surprisingly NASA uses anaglyph to measure distances and height of mountains and other geological features on Mars and other planets. There are many astronomical images that give the illusion of being “in space” that have scientific value. Come and be amazed. Cathy McWatters is well known at Starfest and the NYAA, and is also a life member of RASC.  She is a professional astronomy educator who loves to … Continue reading

November Club Meeting – Thursday November 5th at 8 pm

We have a great guest speaker lined-up: Stan Metchev, Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Western University Topic: “From exoplanets to comets: a (random) walk through planetary astronomy.” Stan will discuss the direct imaging of exoplanetary systems, and novel ways to look for faint asteroids and comets in the solar system. We will also making some exciting announcements: – New Club Activities – Observatory Facility Improvements – Observatory Equipment Updates

Annual General Meeting – Thursday October 1st at 8pm

RASC Hamilton is holding its annual general meeting and election of the new board this Thursday at the Waterdown Royal Canadian Legion Hall. Please come out and support your club! There will also be a discussion with the membership on what type of activities they would like to see as well as future direction for the club. See you there!!

September Club Meeting – Thursday September 3rd at 8 pm

Location: Legion Hall in Waterdown As tradition holds it…our first meeting is a time for the membership to tell us all about their astronomical adventures over the summer. If you have an event or pictures you have taken over the summer, or have a new piece of equipment you would like to share…. please let me know so I can slot you into the program for Thursday evening. Let me know how much time you will need….it should be a fun night getting back together and reviewing what we did over the summer.. See you all then!

June Club Meeting – Thursday June 4th at 8 pm

Title: Chandrasekhar’s Limit Speaker: Keith Jarvie, Ph.D. Keith’s talk examines (at the level of an amateur enthusiast with minimal math skills) the interplay between the birth of quantum mechanics, and its application to understanding the life cycles of the stars’. The historical record is traced through the lives of the scientists who contributed to the field, each of whom provides clear evidence of their genius, and in numerous instances, their eccentricities. Central to the narrative are the points of collision between Dr. Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar, and Sir Arthur Eddington, a ‘founding father’ and dominant force in early cosmology. The passage of … Continue reading

May Club Meeting – Thursday May 7th at 8 pm

Speaker….Paul Mortfield Topic…40 years of astrophotography Paul Mortfield is an astronomer and computer scientist who has returned to Canada after nearly 20 years in California. While there, he was involved in creating innovative education and public outreach activities with Stanford University’s Solar Observatories Group, and their involvement in NASA’s SOHO Solar spacecraft. He continues collaborations with NASA scientists on a variety of projects and is a member of NASA’s Education Products Review team. Paul is chair of the Solar Division of the American Association of Variable Star Observers (AAVSO), a group that has been responsible for computing the American Relative … Continue reading

Westfield Pioneer Village Star Party – Friday April 24th

Westfield and the Hamilton Centre are going to have another event on the evening of Friday April 24. We would like everyone with a telescope or binoculars to come out to Westfield to join in the fun. Many people have never looked through a telescope at all, and many others have limited experience of the beauty of the night sky. We would encourage everyone to take some optical equipment because it’s going to be fun, and other people will feed off you and your enthusiasm. The Hamilton Centre is also going to use the 131-year old Bell telescope and the … Continue reading

April Club Meeting – Thursday April 2nd at 8 pm

Chris Talpas, who is the librarian at RASC Hamilton Centre will give a talk on: The Impact Threat from Near Earth Objects Chris Talpas will be presenting the talk in the Royal Canadian Legion in Waterdown. Near Earth Objects which include asteroids and comets can cross Earth’s orbital path and potentially collide with our planet. The talk will highlight a number of past impacts, discuss the frequency of these events as well as the search efforts underway to discover and track them. Finally a number of options will be presented to avert significant impacts.

March Club Meeting – Thursday March 5th at 8 pm

Rachel Ward, who is in the final year of her PhD studies in astrophysics at McMaster University will give a talk on: A Star is Born: Uncovering the True Nature of Molecular Clouds Giant molecular clouds are the birthplace of stars; however, the true nature of these clouds remains a great mystery. The first step towards achieving a greater understanding of star formation is exploring the structure and evolution of the clouds in which they form. Learn how powerful supercomputers are used to visualize both simulated and observed star-forming clouds to help solve several major unanswered questions in star formation. … Continue reading