Sky and Telescope's "Pocket Sky-Atlas" is a wonderful resource for all amateur astronomers. These challenges are designed for spicing up your observing.
Sky and Telescope Magazine's "Pocket Sky Atlas" has found a place in the tool kit of many amateur astronomers. The convenient size makes it easy to use at the telescope without requiring a separate chart table.
These challenge objects are indexed to the star chart pages containing those objects. The idea is to have fun and perhaps expand your observing past the "usual suspects" that can be found because of past experiences. Seeing conditions may not allow finding these objects every night, but they should be visible at some point during the month.
The March Sky
March finds most astronomers pining for warm weather to go with nights that are long enough to do some serious observing: any possibility for a reasonable night of observing is welcome. Alas, March would rather tease us with few good observing opportunities and cause us to work on our virtue of patience and improve our self control. Beware of being idle in March!
Take from the March sky all you can by being ready to observe whenever the opportunity arises. Be prepared for those nights by making up lists of objects you might want to visit ahead of time. To get the most out of your observing sessions, try to arrange the lists so that each has objects in a close neighborhood. Remember: even a small slice of sky is just packed full cosmic goodies!
And, if you have a green telescope, there is no better time to bring it out than on the 17th of the month.
Saturday 2013-05-03 and Sunday 2013-05-04.
This year will be bigger and better with:
- - Different location with vastly improved facilities at the brand new David Braley Athletic Centre @ Mohawk College
- - More exhibitors and Guest Speakers
- - A full-scale Solar Observing Program sponsored by Lunt Solar Systems
- - In addition to Door Prizes and Raffle Prizes, a Silent Auction.
- - Seminar rooms that are less than 1 minute walk from the exhibit hall
- - Improved food and beverage services
- - Free goodies courtesy SkyNews/Sky & Telescope Magazines and several other sponsors.
The list of exhibitors will grow but there already is an impressive number of new exhibitors along with all of last year’s exhibitors. More vendors will mean an even bigger number of prizes. Last year there was over $15k!
The website is ready to accept advance ticket purchases. Buy ticket(s) on-line and receive a Free Raffle Ticket. A special prize will be given to advance ticket buyers only. If that ticket is not a winner, it will stay in the ballot box for the main prize draws.
For more information, visit astrocats.ca
Mostly clear skies greeted 46 visitors (35 children and 11 adults) from the London Mosque Scouts for Exploring the Stars at the Cronyn Observatory, Wednesday, March 5th, 2014, 6:30 p.m. Graduate student Shannon Hicks made the digital slide presentation “The Scout / Cub Astronomy Badge” and immediately followed this with the “Constellations” activity, distributing some 42 “Star Finder” planispheres and showing everybody how to assemble and use them.Read more...
Mostly cloudy skies with snow flurries greeted 21 visitors (12 children and 9 adults) from the 68th Beaver Group “A” Colony for Exploring the Stars at the Cronyn Observatory, Tuesday, February 25th, 2014, 6:30 p.m. Graduate student Tony Martinez made the digital slide presentation “The Scout / Guide Astronomy Badge” (adapted for the Cubs) and presented the sky charting software “Stellarium". Tony also demonstrated eclipses using 2 different size balls representing the Earth and the Moon with the slide projector light beam representing the Sun.Read more...
Graduate student Parshati Patel made a combined digital slide presentation of “Our Solar System” and “The Small Bodies in Our Solar System” before 21 visitors, including 16 young people (mostly students and several young children) and 5 adults, from the Catholic Central High School Grade-11 class for Exploring the Stars at the Cronyn Observatory, Monday, February 24th, 2014, 7:00 p.m. Following her presentation Parshati fielded questions from the group.Read more...