2018 – Christmas Star Party at the Seawall

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AAAG Team

We held a successful Christmas star party last year (2018). There was approximately 40 guests who showed up, though at differing time intervals. We had four telescopes that were assembled, ready to observe the Moon and other objects within observable range. Cloud cover did make seeing conditions challenging, but gradually cleared up to allow for decent viewing. Continue reading

Astronomy Outreach at Marian Academy

I spent a couple hours with some very intelligent kids at Marian Academy on Friday, 23rd November. Marian Academy is a beautiful private school with a Roman Catholic heritage based on Carifesta Ave.

I took my ES-AR 102mm refractor telescope to demonstrate to kids the parts of a telescope, and how to use its basic features. We discussed why pursuing astronomy as a hobby could be beneficial in many ways; for instance, developing a sense of passion or meaning in life. Astronomy can do that! I then discussed about astrophotography, explaining how easy it is to get involved in taking pictures of the night sky. I gave them a tour of my own photos, and the equipment I used to take those photos. To my delight, they were engaged and curious. Continue reading

Tracking the Sky with your Own Astrolabe!

This DIY guide includes everything you need to get started. This is a project worth every effort!

Credit to Dominic Ford. Originally produced by Dominic Ford.

Make your own Astrolabe

A brass medieval astrolabe

An astrolabe is an elaborate instrument which combines a mechanical model of the sky’s rotation through the night – similar to a modern planisphere – with an observing instrument which allows the altitudes of objects in the night sky to be measured. Put together, these two components can be used the time of day, by determining the altitude of a star, and also at what time of day the sky’s rotation brings it to that height above the horizon.

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