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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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Grab the opportunity to become "Skyentists" for the evening, as you and your family enjoy the wonders of the southern night sky with local amateur astronomers. See planets such as Mars or Saturn or perhaps take a closer look at the Moon. Learn about our constellations, closest stars, the galactic core and nebulae in our amazing universe.

The Canterbury Astronomical Society observatory has 3 fixed telescopes (12", 14" and a 16") and an assortment of portable telescopes, which will be open during our public open night programme for 2018. Our introduction talks start at 7:30pm with a sky tour and telescope viewing until 9:00pm. Opening will be dependent on the weather, so please check our website www.cas.org.nz before heading out to the observatory. We will post a status update before 6:45pm confirming whether we are open or not on our website.

Please note that we cannot accept gate entry to sold out events. However, you may wish to consider membership, which allows you unlimited access. You can see membership rates at the CAS Membership Store
Unfortunately weather can effect viewing. In the event that we are closed due to weather, you will be issued a refund and given the opportunity to re-book on-line. We may occasionally run a replacement event the following Friday - if that happens, your tickets will be automatically transferred. 

If you are not able to attend, you can request a refund up to 7 days before the event starts, but refunds or re-bookings are not available after this time, unless the event has been cancelled by weather. If you need to contact us after you have purchased tickets, please use the contact organiser link in the email that contained your ticket information.
 

 
On the night of your visit
The home page of the CAS website will be updated no later than 6:45pm, advising whether the observatory is open or closed. The observatory may be closed during wet weather, so check the home page before visiting to avoid disappointment. On cloudy evenings, a cloudy-night presentation and discussion will be held. Please dip your headlights before arriving. Onsite parking is reserved for society members, please angle-park on the roadside, outside the observatory. Please wait outside the gate until 7:30pm as it will be dark and astronomers will be moving about setting up equipment. Walk down the driveway towards the lodge, following the red lights. Suggestions to improve your viewing experience
 
Dress Warm We recommend that you dress warm, as the telescopes (and you) are exposed to the winter night air. No torches Becoming dark-adapted is essential for seeing the faint fuzzies that make up the deep sky. It takes 10-15 minutes for the pupil in your eye to expand to its maximum aperture. Over another 15 to 20 minutes, a chemical reaction in the eye kicks in that further boosts its sensitivity. A single shot of white light can ruin your night vision for up to 30 minutes. No flashing shoes. If your shoes have flashing lights in the heels, please ensure they are covered or taped up. Skymap Free maps of the night sky available at www.skymaps.com each month - great for the kids. Make sure you get the southern hemisphere map!  
More information at Canterbury Astronomical Society Outreach
 
A note for CAS Members ONLY: If you are volunteering to assist at this event, please use the RSVP
 

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DR JOHN CAMPBELL  is a retired physicist from the University of Canterbury, a friend of the late Bill Pickering, and the organiser of the Pickering/Rutherford/Havelock Memorial.
 
John initiated and runs the Ask-A-Scientist programme, is the author of "Rutherford Scientist Supremem" and www.rutherford.org.nz , has several awards for communicating science to the public, and ran a firewalk for the NZAS annual conference in 1993.
This is a GREEN meeting.
Please use the RSVP so that we can estimate attendance numbers
 
CAS Member Meetings open to the public
Our member meetings are held on the 3rd Tuesday of every month at the University of Canterbury. We are currently hosted in Room 701 West (see the red dot on the map below). 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
 

 
 
 

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Grab the opportunity to become "Skyentists" for the evening, as you and your family enjoy the wonders of the southern night sky with local amateur astronomers. See planets such as Mars or Saturn or perhaps take a closer look at the Moon. Learn about our constellations, closest stars, the galactic core and nebulae in our amazing universe.

The Canterbury Astronomical Society observatory has 3 fixed telescopes (12", 14" and a 16") and an assortment of portable telescopes, which will be open during our public open night programme for 2018. Our introduction talks start at 7:30pm with a sky tour and telescope viewing until 9:00pm. Opening will be dependent on the weather, so please check our website www.cas.org.nz before heading out to the observatory. We will post a status update before 6:45pm confirming whether we are open or not on our website.

Please note that we cannot accept gate entry to sold out events. However, you may wish to consider membership, which allows you unlimited access. You can see membership rates at the CAS Membership Store
Unfortunately weather can effect viewing. In the event that we are closed due to weather, you will be issued a refund and given the opportunity to re-book on-line. We may occasionally run a replacement event the following Friday - if that happens, your tickets will be automatically transferred. 

If you are not able to attend, you can request a refund up to 7 days before the event starts, but refunds or re-bookings are not available after this time, unless the event has been cancelled by weather. If you need to contact us after you have purchased tickets, please use the contact organiser link in the email that contained your ticket information.
 

 
On the night of your visit
The home page of the CAS website will be updated no later than 6:45pm, advising whether the observatory is open or closed. The observatory may be closed during wet weather, so check the home page before visiting to avoid disappointment. On cloudy evenings, a cloudy-night presentation and discussion will be held. Please dip your headlights before arriving. Onsite parking is reserved for society members, please angle-park on the roadside, outside the observatory. Please wait outside the gate until 7:30pm as it will be dark and astronomers will be moving about setting up equipment. Walk down the driveway towards the lodge, following the red lights. Suggestions to improve your viewing experience
 
Dress Warm We recommend that you dress warm, as the telescopes (and you) are exposed to the winter night air. No torches Becoming dark-adapted is essential for seeing the faint fuzzies that make up the deep sky. It takes 10-15 minutes for the pupil in your eye to expand to its maximum aperture. Over another 15 to 20 minutes, a chemical reaction in the eye kicks in that further boosts its sensitivity. A single shot of white light can ruin your night vision for up to 30 minutes. No flashing shoes. If your shoes have flashing lights in the heels, please ensure they are covered or taped up. Skymap Free maps of the night sky available at www.skymaps.com each month - great for the kids. Make sure you get the southern hemisphere map!  
More information at Canterbury Astronomical Society Outreach
 
A note for CAS Members ONLY: If you are volunteering to assist at this event, please use the RSVP
 

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