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September RASC Meeting: Summertime Astro Adventures | Fri 21 Sep PDF Print E-mail

September RASC meeting

 "What We Did On Our Summer Vacation"

various presenters

Date:    September 21, 2018

Time:    8:00 - 10:30 PM
Place:  SMU, The Atrium, AT101

As has been the custom in the past few years, September has presentations that answer the question, “What did you do on your summer vacation?” Many members had an interesting summer that they might like to share. To that end, we have a couple of speakers slated for the meeting but we would love to hear from you. Many members had an interesting summer that they might like to share.  Do you have some images (and perhaps challenges you had to overcome to get the shot/look you wanted) you would like to share? How about your newly acquired equipment - scope, binoculars, eyepiece, etc.? Have something else you would like to share? Please contact me if you wish to be included on the agenda and your presentation (5 -15 minutes in length) will be added.

Confirmed speakers at this meeting are:

  • The Elusive Sirius B—Blair MacDonald—Blair will address some of the challenges in spotting the elusive star Sirius B, and what he did to overcome them.
  • Time-Lapses—Jerry Black—Jerry will show some of his time-lapse videos from the summer, including 2018 Nova East.
  • Keji Dark Sky Weekend—Dave Chapman—2018 and Beyond
  • Paul Gray—Constellation Quiz


Treats will be provided for the social time that follows the meeting.



Liverpool—Astronomy Talk: Seeing is Believing | Wed 26 Sep PDF Print E-mail

Seeing is Believing:

How the Telescope Changed Who We Are and What We Know


speaker: Tony Schellinck


Wednesday, September 26th at 7 p.m.

Astor Theatre, 219 Main St. Liverpool NS.


Admission fee: $5

(ALL WELCOME,  though we suggest children be at least twelve years old.)


Tony Schellinck will help you appreciate the significance of what you see in the night sky when you look through a small telescope. Weather permitting, we will venture out into the night sky after the talk and you will experience your own Galileo moments.


On a cool November evening in 1609 Galileo Galilei raised his newly constructed telescope to the sky and changed forever the way humankind views of the universe. The technology had been around for centuries, spectacles having been invented over three centuries earlier. However, looking through a small tube with a lens at either end changed humankind's understanding of who we are and our place in the universe. From then on, each generation would have its own amazing Galileo moments as the technical capabilities for scanning the universe improved. Tony Schellinck will describe the beginnings of this journey of discovery, both in terms of the telescope’s evolution over time and the impacts it has had on our understanding of the cosmos.


Tony Schellinck is an amateur astronomer, a member of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada and a keen observer of the night sky.  He has lectured about astronomy around the province and loves taking people out to view the constellations and stars at night.  He is a popular presenter at the Halifax Planetarium. His goal is to have people appreciate the significance of what they see when they look through small telescopes.


Burke-Gaffney Observatory Public Open Houses - Friday Nights PDF Print E-mail

Join us for a peek through the telescope at Saint Mary's University's Burke-Gaffney Observatory.

Detailed information about our FREE Public Open Houses is here.

The list of upcoming open houses and how to reserve tickets is here.

Any other information can be obtained by contacting Dave Lane, Observatory Director.

We also offer private tours for organized groups of people. Details are here.