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Come and join us for a celebration of astronomy at Stardate SI. It all happens at Staveley, on the weekend of February 16th 2018. This year's theme is "Getting started with your tour of the cosmos", and our special guest is Rob Glassey, who has some great talks and workshops to introduce you and your children to amateur astronomy.
 
 
Stardate SI has the following schedule:
Start - Friday February 16th Registration - from 3:30 pm Speakers - Fri 8 pm to 9 pm Viewing - Fri night Speakers - 10 am to 11 am Soapbox - 11 am to noon Group photograph - noon Update on SI astronomical organistions - 12:30-1 pm Free time and solar observing workshops - 1 to 5 pm Trade table - 5 to 6 pm Telescope walk - 6 pm Pot luck tea Saturday - 7 to 9 pm Viewing - Sat night Speakers - Sunday 10 am - 12:30 pm Packup - Sunday or Monday at noon (depending on registrations)  
More information at http://www.treesandstars.com/stardate/ (please note there are a number of errors relating to dates back to 2016, please ignore these)
 
ACCOMMODATION: There are 4 hectares of space for tents if you wish, and also 12 caravan points, 6 old types, 6 new. You are welcome to bring a BBQ. We must restrict the numbers using bunks to 72 and the total to 96 so be quick with your applications.

SATURDAY EVENING MEAL: Bring food for all meals and a dish for a pot-luck dinner on Saturday evening.  Stardate will supply vegetables and salads.  The type of dish should be based on the first letter of your surname:
Surname begins with A-K           Dessert
Surname begins with L-Z            Mains
NOTE: Bring pillows, sleeping bags, towels, warm clothes, eating utensils and food. And don't forget your observing equipment.

CONDITIONS OF ATTENDANCE:
People attending STARDATE 2018 do so entirely at their own risk. Neither the organisers nor the owners of the complex will accept any liability for injury or accidents.  NO alcohol, drugs firearms or animals on site.

REGISTRATION FEES: $20 per night per person from school age on and free per child under 5 years (actual amounts to be determined). The is no charge for a caravan point. After the refund cut-off date, 1 February 2018, there will be no refunds for cancellations. You can register after this date, however.  

Please register on-line.

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REFLECTIONS ON A TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE 
 
Due to the state of emergency issued by Christchurch City Council, and the data suggesting the weather is due peak at 10pm, I have been advised tonight's meeting has been cancelled 
 
Several CAS members were fortunate enough to experience first-hand the total eclipse in North America on August 21 2017 and they have agreed to share their experiences with us. There will be photos and stories of what they saw and tales of what not to do! Join us for a night of jaw-dropping pictures and discover what happens when the moon occults the sun and day turns to night!
 
This is a GREEN presentation - Please use the RSVP so that we can estimate attendance numbers
 
CAS Member Meetings
Our member meetings are held on the 3rd Tuesday of every month at the University of Canterbury, West 701 in the Rutherford Building. We are currently hosted in the room West 701, Rutherford Building. If you are interested in membership, this is a good place to start and you will be warmly invited to attend - just contact one of the committee members beforehand so that we know to expect you. Our meetings start at 7:30pm with a cup of tea and a social chat, before the main topic of the night begins at 8pm prompt. Members and visitors will be asked to sign a register of attendance. The subject matter will range from general appeal to all levels to scientific or data analysis. We will try, where appropriate to identify the level of the presentation on a traffic light basis.
 
GREEN - appeals to all
AMBER - a mixture of general appeal and scientific data
RED - scientific or data based presentation
 
Please note that the building entrance has changed - as per the map below
 

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Astronomy Workshop Series for Beginners

The Heathcote Valley Community Centre (HVCC) is glad to introduce the Astronomy Workshop Series for Beginners, a project designed to satisfy the curiosity of our small community.
The first workshop is going to start on February 26th and there are still some places available, so we would like to make an open invitation to anyone keen to join us.  
 
The Rhythmic Sky – Astronomy Workshop by Erik Vermaat

In this beginners course we are investigating how we see celestial objects move in the sky and why they move that way. This will change the way in which you see the sky, understanding the various rhythms that govern the firmament.

THE RHYTHMIC SKY – 6 Week Workshop
Mondays, 7.30 – 9.30 pm (120 min)
26 February – 2 April 2018
Price: $ 90 per six sessions

Course description and enrollment information here: http://heathcotecommunitycentre.org.nz/2018/01/25/astronomy/

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    The Canterbury Astronomical Society AGM will be held on 2Oth March 2018.
     
    This is the time of the year when we hold our annual AGM. If you are a member, please do attend and have your say on who is elected to represent you. If you are feeling that the time is right for you to get more involved in CAS affairs, we welcome you and your input. 
     
    An AGM gives all members a chance to find out how the Society has been performing through the Annual Reports of the President, Treasurer, Observatory Director, and others. This coming AGM we will be voting on changing some parts of our Constitution (these will be advertised in CASMAG before the meeting so that you have time to read through them).
    Do come along for a coffee/tea and biscuits beforehand and to meet other members. New members are most welcome.
     
    This is a GREEN presentation - Please use the RSVP so that we can estimate attendance numbers
     
    CAS Member Meetings
    Our member meetings are held on the 3rd Tuesday of every month at the University of Canterbury. We are currently hosted in the Biology building, above the fish tanks. If you are interested in membership, this is a good place to start and you will be warmly invited to attend - just contact one of the committee members beforehand so that we know to expect you. Our meetings start at 7:30pm with a cup of tea and a social chat, before the main topic of the night begins at 8pm prompt. Members and visitors will be asked to sign a register of attendance. The subject matter will range from general appeal to all levels to scientific or data analysis. We will try, where appropriate to identify the level of the presentation on a traffic light basis.
     
    GREEN - appeals to all
    AMBER - a mixture of general appeal and scientific data
    RED - scientific or data based presentation
     
    Please note that the building entrance has changed - as per the map below

     

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  • 16 February 2018     

    Come and join us for a celebration of astronomy at Stardate SI. It all happens at Staveley, on the weekend of February 16th 2018. This year's theme is "Getting started with your tour of the cosmos", and our special guest is Rob Glassey, who has some great talks and workshops to introduce you and your children to amateur astronomy.
     
     
    Stardate SI has the following schedule:
    Start - Friday February 16th Registration - from 3:30 pm Speakers - Fri 8 pm to 9 pm Viewing - Fri night Speakers - 10 am to 11 am Soapbox - 11 am to noon Group photograph - noon Update on SI astronomical organistions - 12:30-1 pm Free time and solar observing workshops - 1 to 5 pm Trade table - 5 to 6 pm Telescope walk - 6 pm Pot luck tea Saturday - 7 to 9 pm Viewing - Sat night Speakers - Sunday 10 am - 12:30 pm Packup - Sunday or Monday at noon (depending on registrations)  
    More information at http://www.treesandstars.com/stardate/ (please note there are a number of errors relating to dates back to 2016, please ignore these)
     
    ACCOMMODATION: There are 4 hectares of space for tents if you wish, and also 12 caravan points, 6 old types, 6 new. You are welcome to bring a BBQ. We must restrict the numbers using bunks to 72 and the total to 96 so be quick with your applications.

    SATURDAY EVENING MEAL: Bring food for all meals and a dish for a pot-luck dinner on Saturday evening.  Stardate will supply vegetables and salads.  The type of dish should be based on the first letter of your surname:
    Surname begins with A-K           Dessert
    Surname begins with L-Z            Mains
    NOTE: Bring pillows, sleeping bags, towels, warm clothes, eating utensils and food. And don't forget your observing equipment.

    CONDITIONS OF ATTENDANCE:
    People attending STARDATE 2018 do so entirely at their own risk. Neither the organisers nor the owners of the complex will accept any liability for injury or accidents.  NO alcohol, drugs firearms or animals on site.

    REGISTRATION FEES: $20 per night per person from school age on and free per child under 5 years (actual amounts to be determined). The is no charge for a caravan point. After the refund cut-off date, 1 February 2018, there will be no refunds for cancellations. You can register after this date, however.  

    Please register on-line.

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