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2013: Kingston's Astronomy Club

Saturday January 12th
Time: 7:30-9:00pm
Prof. Theresa van Vliet Wiegert Kingston Astronomy Outreach Network (KAON) Public Observing night at Queen's University Ellis Hall Observatory.

Guest Speaker: Dr. Theresa van Vliet Wiegert (Queen's University)
Title: The Very Large Array
Talk Begins: @ 7:35pm in Ellis Hall Room 324

If the skies are clear there will be telescopes on the Observing Deck with members of the RASC-Kingston Centre.

Report: Regulus, 2013 Feb, page 3.

Monday January 21st
Time: 7:00-9:30pm
Regular Meeting of the RASC Kingston Centre
Location: Ellis Hall Room 324, Queens University

Free parking on University surface lots after 5pm. The largest is the Macintosh Corry Parking lot to the west of University Avenue, entrance off Union Street. A smaller but closer one is in behind Grant Hall. Ellis Hall 324 is accessible with level ramps and elevators to the meeting room.

Agenda:
Guest Speaker: Nathalie Ouellette (Queen's University Observatory Coordinator, PhD Student)

Topic: Nature vs Nurture: The Role of the Cluster Environment in Galaxy Evolution. She will speak on her research using space-based infrared telescopes to investigate this topic as well as a recent NASA press release including her specific contribution using the Spitzer telescope.

The meeting will be broadcast live and recorded on the internet. Goto www.anymeeting.com/rasckc1. the recording will be available the next day. We will start broadcasting approximately 10 minutes before the start of the meeting. Note this is still highly experimental and subject to a lot of issues :)

Report: Regulus, 2013 Feb, page 3.

Saturday February 9th
Time: 7:30-9:00pm
Alexandre David-Uraz (Queen's University) Kingston Astronomy Outreach Network (KAON) Public Observing night at the Queen's University Ellis Hall Observatory.
Guest Speaker: Mr. Alexandre David-Uraz (Queen's University)
Title: TBA
Talk Begins: @ 7:35pm in Ellis Hall Room 324

If the skies are clear there will be telescopes on the Observing Deck with members of the RASC-Kingston Centre.

Report: Regulus, 2013 Mar, page 3.

Tuesday February 19th
Time: 7:00-9:30pm

NOTE CHANGE
OF DATE

Regular Meeting of the RASC Kingston Centre
Location: Ellis Hall Room 324, Queens University
Queens is closed Monday February 18th.
(Free parking on University surface lots after 5pm. The largest is the Macintosh Corry Parking lot to the west of University Avenue, entrance off Union Street. A smaller but closer one is in behind Grant Hall. Ellis Hall 324 is accessible with level ramps and elevators to the meeting room.

Agenda: 30 minute video; observing/imaging reports from Members: Hank Bartlett, Bruce Elliott, Kevin Kell

The meeting will be broadcast live and recorded on the internet. Goto www.anymeeting.com/rasckc1. the recording will be available the next day. We will start broadcasting approximately 10 minutes before the start of the meeting. Note this is still highly experimental and subject to a lot of issues :)

Report: Regulus, 2013 Mar, page 4.

Saturday March 9th
Time: 7:30-9:00 p.m.

Dr. Terry Bridges (Queen's U) Kingston Astronomy Outreach Network (KAON)
Public Observing night at the
Queen's University Ellis Hall Observatory.

Heavenly Errors:
Misconceptions About The Universe

 

Dr. Terry Bridges
(Queen's University)

Talk Begins at 7:35 p.m. in Ellis Hall Room 324

If the skies are clear there will be telescopes on the Observing Deck with members of the RASC-Kingston Centre.

Monday March 18th
Time: 7:00-9:30pm

Regular Meeting of the RASC Kingston Centre
Ellis Hall Room 324, Queens University

(Free parking on University surface lots after 5p.m. The largest is the Macintosh Corry Parking lot to the west of University Avenue, entrance off Union Street. A smaller but closer one is in behind Grant Hall. Ellis Hall is on the Western side of University Avenue, North of the Math Building Jeffrey Hall and south of the administration building, Richardson Hall. Ellis Hall 324 is accessible with level ramps and elevators to the meeting room.

"You Can Almost Touch the Stars"

Tom Field
(via Video Conference)

Even if you wanted to touch a star, they’re impossibly distant. But despite these great distances, researchers have learned a great deal about quite a few stars. How? The most common method to study the stars is called spectroscopy, which is the art and science of analyzing the colorful rainbow spectrum produced by a prism-like device.

Until recently, spectroscopy was too expensive and too complicated for all but a handful of amateurs. Today, though, new tools make spectroscopy accessible to almost all of us. You no longer need a PhD, dark skies, long exposures, enormous aperture … or a big budget! With your current telescope and FITS camera (or a simple web cam or even a DSLR without a telescope) you can now easily study the stars yourself. Wouldn’t you like to detect the atmosphere on Neptune or the red shift of a quasar right from your own backyard?!

This talk, with lots of interesting examples, will show you what it’s all about and help you understand how spectroscopy is used in research. And, it will show you how to get started.

Speaker Biography

  • Tom Field of Field Tested Systems and is a Contributing Editor at Sky & Telescope.
  • Tom's first article in the magazine appeared in August 2011 on the topic of spectroscopy.
  • He's the author of the RSpec software (www.rspec-astro.com) which received their "Hot Product 2012" award last year.
  • Tom is a popular speaker who has spoken at many different venues, including NEAF, the NEAF Imaging Conference, PATS, the Winter Star Party, the Advanced Imaging Conference, SCAE, and others.
  • His enthusiastic style is lively and engaging.
  • He promises to open the door for you to this fascinating field!

The meeting will be broadcast live and recorded on the internet *AFTER* the guest speaker has completed his webinar. Our presentation computer does not have enough horsepower to even think about trying to run both sets of remote presentation at the same time.
Goto www.anymeeting.com/rasckc1. the recording will be available the next day. We will start broadcasting approximately 60 minutes after the start of the meeting. Note this is still somewhat experimental, but well worth a try, so if you can't make it in person feel free to tune us in online!

Report: Regulus, 2013 Apr, page 3.

March13- Comet 2011 L4 (PANSTARRS) visible after sunset. See the ephemeris here. No public event is scheduled.
Friday April 12th CANCELLED April 10 7pm DUE TO WINTER STORM WARNING, poor road conditions and poor cell phone reception in the area.
Cabin holders will be notifies by telephone.
Special Meeting of the RASC Kingston Centre
Location: Elbow Lake Nature Conservancy of Canada Reserve/ Queen's University Biological Station, (NOT the University as it is exam time and rooms are unavailable). Google Map
From Kingston and the 401, go north on Division Street/Perth Road past Inverary and just across Loborough Lake (about 15km). Turn right onto North Shore Crescent then right again after 300m onto North Shore Road. Follow North Shore Road for approx 6km. Turn left into the Elbow Lake Environmental Education Centre. Follow the road for approx 2km when it ends at the Centre.

Agenda: Telescope workshop outdoors in late daylight, observing session in early evening and throughout the night for those staying.

Contact President Susan Gagnon if you wish to rent or share a cabin for the night ($65/cabin, could be shared for ½ price).

Report: Regulus, 2013 Apr, page 3.

Saturday April 13th
9:00-10:30 p.m.

Joel Roediger Kingston Astronomy Outreach Network (KAON)
Public Observing night at the
Queen's University Ellis Hall Observatory.

Speaker: Mr. Joel Roediger (Queen's University)

Title: Is Our Galaxy Hiding a Ticking Time Bomb?

Talk Begins at 9:05 p.m. in Ellis Hall Auditorium

Note that the location of the talk has been changed due to final exams at the University in the regular room

If the skies are clear there will be telescopes on the Observing Deck with members of the RASC-Kingston Centre.

Sunday April 21 Lyrid Meteor Shower - Best observing time is Sunday April 21, though the peak at 5 a.m. on Monday April 22. The moon is 86% illuminated. ZHR = 20. No public event is scheduled. See Observer's Handbook 2013 page 254 for more information.
Monday April 22
7:30-9:30 p.m.
The Kingston Photo Club is having guest Speaker Terence Dickinson on "Photographing the Universe" at the Dupuis Hall auditorium at Queen's University Campus.
Admission is $15

Author of 15 books, Terence will be showing many of his celestial images, sharing his techniques and signing books.

Thursday May 9th, 2013
4:30-6:30 p.m.
RASC-Kingston Centre Board Meeting.
Saturday May 11
9:00-10:30 p.m.

 

MAY OPEN HOUSE CANCELLED
Kingston Astronomy Outreach Network (KAON)
Public Observing night at the
Queen's University Ellis Hall Observatory.

Monday May 20
Tuesday May 21st
7:00-9:30 p.m.

Monday May 20th, 2013 is the Victoria Day Stat Holiday and the University will be closed. We will be moving the meeting to Tuesday May 21st at 7pm AND moving location to MacIntosh Corry Hall Room B201

Regular Meeting of the RASC Kingston Centre
Location: Ellis Hall Room 324 Macintosh Corry Hall Room B201 Queens University

Agenda: National Council and the new By-law report; Elbow Lake report; Terry Dickinson:"The Lennox & Addington Dark Sky Area."; Briefing on the David Levy Talk on June 3rd; Notes on the North Frontenac Dark Sky Preserve Proposal; Kingston LED Streetlight Program;

Saturday May 25
1:00-3:00 p.m.
SPECIAL RASC-KC Members Torus Project Phase I work party & BBQ
Location: At the home of the members hosting the project (contact Kevin via email at kingston@rasc.ca) The plan of action for today is to move the mount from storage to the observatory and mount it on the observatory pier.
A review of the operational aspects of the roll-off building and plans for the Phase II work party will follow during the BBQ (we will provide hamburgers, hotdogs, cutlery and chairs - you bring a snack and drink of choice).

Report: Regulus, 2013 Jul, page 2.

Monday, June 3
8:00-9:00 p.m.

SPECIAL MEETING of the RASC Kingston Centre

Location: Ellis Hall Auditorium, University Avenue,
Queen's University, Kingston Ontario

Open to the Public! Free!
Free Parking on Queen's Campus Surface
Parking lots: MacCorry Parking Lot

Ellis Hall Auditorium is accessible.

  • Welcome by RASC Kingston Centre Life member Ruth Hicks
  • Introduction by Terence Dickinson
  • Speaker: David Levy — "Visual Comet Searching: A Requiem?"

David will be signing books for a short time afterward. Please bring along a copy of your favourite David Levy book!

Note to members: Please contact the President, Susan Gagnon, to reserve a seat for dinner with David. We need firm numbers for the restaurant. Susan will let you know of the time and location info.

Report: Regulus, 2013 Jul, page 1.

David Levy Tour 2013
Saturday June 8
9:00-10:30 p.m.

CANCELLED  

Kingston Astronomy Outreach Network (KAON)
Public Observing night at the
Queen's University Ellis Hall Observatory.

Speaker: TBA
Speaker Topic: TBA
Talk Begins at 9:05 p.m. in Ellis Hall Auditorium

If the skies are clear there will be telescopes on the Observing Deck with members of the RASC-Kingston Centre.

CANCELLED

Monday, June 17
7:00-9:30 p.m.
Regular Meeting of the RASC Kingston Centre
Location: Ellis Hall Room 324 (Ellis Hall will be unavailable due to renovations.)
Macintosh Corry Hall Room B201 Queens University

Agenda: Telescope Workshop; Torus Project Phase I results

Having trouble, questions with your new/old small telescope? Bring it along and have members assist and answer your questions.

** This meeting will be broadcast on the internet as a web conference.** You will be able to hear the presenter, see their presentation and ask typed questions. You will need highspeed internet as dialup will not do.
Click on this URL at 7:00pm EDT anymeeting.com/rasckc1

Last meeting before the summer. We adjourn for July and August and will return in September 2013. The room location for the fall of 2013 will not be known until mid-late August. Watch this website for details!

Saturday, June 22
1:00-4:00 p.m.
SPECIAL RASC-KC Members Storage Shed work party & BBQ
Location: At the home of the members hosting the project (contact Kevin via email at kingston@rasc.ca) The plan of action for today is to assemble the Storage Shed from kit form (no cutting required!).
A review of the operational aspects of the roll-off building and plans for the Phase II work party will follow during the BBQ (we will provide hamburgers, hotdogs, cutlery, drinks and chairs - you bring a snack and drink of choice if your don't like soft drinks or water).

Report: Regulus, 2013 Jul, page 9.

Saturday, June 29-
Tuesday July 2
General Assembly of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada - Hosted by the Thunder Bay Centre of the RASC.
Saturday, July 13
9:00-10:30 p.m.

Kingston Astronomy Outreach Network (KAON)
Public Observing night at the
Queen's University Ellis Hall Observatory.

Speaker: Gwendolyn Eadie (Queen's University, McMaster University)
Speaker Topic: TBA
Talk Begins at 9:05 p.m. in Ellis Hall Auditorium

If the skies are clear there will be telescopes on the Observing Deck with members of the RASC-Kingston Centre.

Report: Regulus, 2013 Jul, page 14.

Saturday August 3
7:30 p.m.
 

North Frontenac Township announces the official opening of its newly constructed Dark Sky Preserve on Saturday August 3, 2013 starting at 7:30 PM.

Location is adjacent to the helipad at 5816 Road 506, 4 kilometers south-west of the Township offices near Plevna, Ontario.
The facility includes parking, washroom, electrical service and the concrete pad embedded with its true north indicator.
The date has been chosen right before the new moon of August 6, and of course we’re all counting on some clear skies.

For more info see: http://www.northfrontenac.com/council-news.html?ac=post&id=505&cat=&m=&y=&p=1
and
http://www.frontenacnews.ca/2013/13-29_jul_25/dark_sky_13-29.html

Report: Regulus, 2013 Jul, page 3.

Saturday August 10
9:00-10:30 p.m.

CANCELLED  

Kingston Astronomy Outreach Network (KAON)
Public Observing night at the
Queen's University Ellis Hall Observatory.

Speaker: TBA
Speaker Topic: TBA
Talk Begins at 9:05 p.m. in Ellis Hall Auditorium

If the skies are clear there will be telescopes on the Observing Deck with members of the RASC-Kingston Centre.

CANCELLED

Thursday, August 29th, 2013
12 noon
Terry DickinsonCounty of Lennox and Addington Award for Lifetime Achievement : Terence Dickinson

Location: Lennox & Addington County Dark Sky Viewing Area, 7980 County Road 41, Erinsville, Ontario

The Award for Lifetime Achievement is presented to individuals who demonstrate exceptional dedication and make an outstanding contribution to the County of Lennox & Addington.

Mr. Dickinson is a very deserving recipient of this award. A light lunch will be served. Please RSVP by August 27th by calling 613-354-4883 or by emailing rplumley (at) lennox-addington.on.ca.

Report: Regulus, 2013 Oct, page 3.

Fri-Sun,
September 6-8
Fall'N'Stars 2013 Star Party
Chair: Mark Coady; Lead Centre: Kingston
Registration Deadline for Saturday Dinner: Received by August 23rd in Mark's hands. Location: Vanderwater Conservation Area
Thursday, September 12th
7:00-9:00 p.m.

Regular Meeting of the RASC Kingston Centre
Location: Macintosh Corry Hall Room B201 Queens University

Agenda:

  • Member reports from the Summer;
  • Fall'N'Stars Observing Reports;
  • Torus Project Phase 2 Results

** This meeting will be broadcast on the internet as a web conference.** You will be able to hear the presenter, see their presentation and ask typed questions. You will need high-speed internet as dialup will not do. Click on this URL at 7:00pm Eastern Time (23:00 UT) anymeeting.com/rasckc1

Unfortunately we were not able to book our old room in Ellis Hall.

Regulus, 2013 Oct, page 3 (2013 July 13 session)

 

Saturday, September 14
8:00- 9:30 p.m.
 

Kingston Astronomy Outreach Network (KAON)
Public Observing night at the
Queen's University Ellis Hall Observatory.

Speaker: Jonathan Sick (Queen's University)
Speaker Topic: A Journey Through the Andromeda Galaxy
Talk Begins at 8:05 p.m. in Ellis Hall Auditorium

If the skies are clear there will be telescopes on the Observing Deck with members of the RASC-Kingston Centre.

Regulus, 2013 Oct, page 3 (2013 September 14th session)

Thursday, October 10th
7:00-9:00 p.m.
Regular Meeting of the RASC Kingston Centre
Location: Macintosh Corry Hall Room B201 Queens University

Agenda: Announcements, Upcoming Annual General Meeting, Upcoming Elections, Video on Light Pollution/Responsible Lighting, Discussion on how to best use a grant for Responsible Lighting Projects/Outreach; Expressions of interest for 2013 rasc calendar bulk order.

** This meeting will be broadcast on the internet as a web conference.** You will be able to hear the presenter, see their presentation and ask typed que stions. You will need highspeed internet as dialup will not do.
Click on this URL at 7:00pm Eastern Time (23:00 UT) any meeting.com/rasckc1

Unfortunately we were not able to book our old room in Ellis.

Regulus, 2013 Nov, page 3

Saturday, October 12
7:30- 9:00 p.m.

Prof. Theresa van Vliet Wiegert Kingston Astronomy Outreach Network (KAON)
Public Observing night at the
Queen's University Ellis Hall Observatory.

Speaker:
Prof. Theresa van Vliet Wiegert (Queen's University)
Speaker Topic: Arecibo: In The Footsteps of 007
Talk Begins at 7:35 p.m. in Ellis Hall Auditorium

If the skies are clear there will be telescopes on the Observing Deck with members of the RASC-Kingston Centre.

Regulus, 2013 Nov, page 3 (October 12th Session)

Saturday, October 26th
13:00-16:00

Observatory Work Day at the StarlightCascade Gardens & Observatory: 16" primary and secondary mirror removal, cleaning, replacement, and collimation. The weather is not cooperating as we need at least a three hour period of not-raining. Postponed due to bad weather forecast.

Sunday, October 27th
13:00-17:00

Observatory Work Day at the StarlightCascade Gardens & Observatory: 16" primary and secondary mirror removal, cleaning, replacement, and collimation. More information is available in the members section.

Regulus, 2013 Nov, page 7 (Torus Telescope Optics Cleaned)

Friday November 8th 7:00pm Observing Session hosted by member Tessa Clark.
Clouds are moving in for Saturday so Friday is the night! For more info look in the members section.
Saturday, November 9
7:30- 9:00 p.m.

Dr. Martin Duncan Kingston Astronomy Outreach Network (KAON)
Public Observing night at the
Queen's University Ellis Hall Observatory.

Speaker: Prof. Martin Duncan (Queen's University)
Speaker Topic: Planets in Chaos

Talk Begins at 7:35 p.m. in Ellis Hall Auditorium

If the skies are clear there will be telescopes on the Observing Deck with members of the RASC-Kingston Centre.

Friday November 8th, 2013
7:00- 9:00 p.m.

An Observing Group Session hosted by member Tessa Clark. Saturday is out due to the bad weather so Friday is the day!

Thursday November 14th
7:00-9:00 p.m.

Regular Meeting of the RASC Kingston Centre
Location: Macintosh Corry Hall Room B201 Queens University

Agenda: Annual General Meeting & Elections; Torus Status Report; Members Observing Reports

Annual General Meeting - Annual Election

  • Welcome
  • Presentation of Agenda
  • Approval of Agenda
  • Approval of minutes of the 2012 AGM
  • Reading of annual reports:
    • President
    • Secretary (report and approval to update at year end.)
    • Treasurer & Auditor report
    • Library
    • National Council Representative
    • Editor
  • Centre Elections
    • President
    • Vice-President
    • Treasurer
    • National (Advisory) Council Representative - has been vacant
  • Auditor
  • Adjourn with thanks.

** This meeting will be broadcast on the internet as a web conference.** You will be able to hear the presenter, see their presentation and ask typed que stions. You will need highspeed internet as dialup will not do.

2014 Calendars will be available for sale at $20 (remember, it's a fund raiser!)

Unfortunately we were not able to book our old room in Ellis.

Saturday, November 16th
2:00 p.m.

Tardis Observatory / Torus work party
For more info see the members section

 

Thursday December 12th
6:00-9:00 p.m.

Holiday Banquet of the RASC Kingston Centre

Location: Aunt Lucy's restaurant, Princess St at Portsmouth Ave., Kingston

Cocktails: 5:30 p.m., Dinner 6:00 p.m. Select and pay for your own choice of meal. Please RSVP to Kim Hay as we need to know the numbers in advance in case the private room is too small. To date we have 18-20 confirmed.

Remaining 2014 Calendars will be available for sale at $20 (remember, it's a fund raiser!)

Saturday, December 14
7:30- 9:00 p.m.

Prof. Greg Wade (Queen's U) Kingston Astronomy Outreach Network (KAON)
Public Observing night at the
Queen's University Ellis Hall Observatory.

Speaker: Prof. Gregg Wade (Royal Military College)

Speaker Topic: Earth v2.0: Have We Already Discovered an Earth-Twin Orbiting a Nearby Star?

Talk Begins at 7:35 p.m. in Ellis Hall Auditorium

If the skies are clear there will be telescopes on the Observing Deck with members of the RASC-Kingston Centre.

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