NOVA EAST 2024 - Program Schedule
STARS and BIRDS

(all activities in event pavilion unless otherwise noted)

Upon arrival, please check in at the Nova East Event Pavilion to register.

No green lasers are allowed except by Certified Presenters at the Sky Tour.
No mag lights after 11:00 PM on Friday & Saturday nights. 

 

Friday, August 9
12:00 PM - 6:30 p.m. Registration Desk
Registrar: Pat Kelly. Event Pavillion

After 6:30 PM, contact the Registrar by cell phone (1 902 472-2322) or in person.
7:45 p.m. Welcome & Announcements
Event Pavillion - Bring your own chair
8:00 p.m. TALK: Celestial Birds, their Lore and Wonder
Presenter: Dave Chapman
Dave will present a light review of the bird constellations, with observing suggestions for beginners. 
9:00–9:30 p.m.
(in field)  
Public Lunar Observing
9:30-10:00 p.m.
(in field)
Public Sky Tour
Presenter: Gary Weber
For beginners learning the night sky. Gary will provide a tour of the planets and constellations in view and the stories associated with them. 
10:00 - 10:45 p.m. (in field) Ace Amatuer Astronomy programme: How to observe the night sky with Binoculars
Presenter: Tony Schellinck
For beginners of all ages in astronomy, Tony will have participants use binoculars to find objects in the sky. If you have them, please Bring Your Own Binoculars.
10:45-11:30 p.m.
(in field)
Public Observing  ALL WELCOME
11:30 p.m. - Dawn Nova East Registrant Dark Sky Observing / Imaging in the Field
Quiet Time: 1:00-8:00 AM
Saturday, August 10
9:00 a.m. - Noon Registration (by phone, on-site)
Registrar: Pat Kelly
Contact Registrar by cell phone (1 902 472-2322) or in person.
9:00-10:00 a.m. Astronomer's Breakfast - pastries, fruit and beverages (Hosted by Nova East)
After a night of observing, what better way to get re-energized than to enjoy a breakfast with fellow astronomers. A variety of muffins, fresh fruit, juice, coffee, and tea will be provided.
all day  Telescope Tours & Solar Observing(all day in field)
10:00-11:00 a.m.
(in Field)
Family Activity: Walk the Solar System
Presenter: David Hoskin
Join David as he leads us from the Sun through our Solar System.
11:00 a.m. - Noon  Lane’s Book Mart: Books for sale from Dave Lane 
All proceeds will go to a new memorial fund being established in Dave’s name for the ongoing maintenance and enhancement of SCO.
Nova East Swap: Equipment and Books from other members   
At the seller's discretion, some portion (or all) of the proceeds may be directed towards SCO maintenance and enhancement.
Noon - 3:00 p.m. Lunch Break & FREE TIME
Lunch is not provided by Nova East.
1:30-2:30 p.m. Talk: All-in-One Smart Telescopes 
Presenter: David Hoskin
The first smart telescopes from Unistellar and Vaonis, which were introduced several years ago, showed promise but were too expensive for the average amateur astronomer. The smart telescope market has recently exploded with updated models from Unistellar and Vaonis being joined by affordable smart telescopes from Dwarf Labs and ZWO. In addition, Celestron is introducing a high-end smart telescope to compete with offerings from Unistellar and Vaonis. David will present an overview of several all-in-one smart telescopes that are currently available, as well as talk about his experience with the Dwarf II smart telescope
2:30-4:30 p.m.  Free Time
4:30 p.m.  Group Photo - All Nova East Participants
All registered participants gather at the Event Pavilion for the traditional group photo on the hill.
5:00 p.m. No-Host Dinner
Registrants are invited to gather either at their campsites or at the Event Pavilion. Masking and Physical Distancing is at your discretion. (There will be no hosted Nova East BBQ this year.)
7:00 p.m.

Welcome back
Door Prizes, RASC Observing Certificates & Awards. RASC Award presentation

8:00 p.m.

Public Talk:  "Women in Astronomy"
Presenter: Tony Schellinck
Tony is a long-time member of RASC Halifax. He enjoys observing the night sky, astro-imaging, and conducting public outreach. This year he received RASC’s Qilak award for outreach. Since 2016 he has offered two courses for the Senior’s College Association of Nova Scotia (SCANS), A Practical Guide to Observing the Night Sky with Binoculars and more recently, Seeing is Believing: How the Telescope Changed Who We Are and What We Know. While researching for the latter he came across a number of women who have made substantial contributions to our understanding of the universe, but who, until recently, were not generally recognized for their contributions.

Tony will introduce several of these brilliant women who furthered our understanding of the universe, despite the academic/scientific research environment that favoured men.

9:00–9:30 p.m.
(in field)  
Public Lunar Observing
9:30-10:00 p.m.
(in field)
Public Sky Tour
Presenter: Gary Weber
For beginners learning the night sky. Gary will provide a tour of the planets and constellations in view and the stories associated with them. 
10:00 - 10:45 p.m. (in field) Ace Amatuer Astronomy programme: How to observe the night sky with Binoculars
Presenter: Tony Schellinck
For beginners of all ages in astronomy, Tony will have participants use binoculars to find objects in the sky. If you have them, please Bring Your Own Binoculars.
10:45-11:30 p.m.
(in field)
Public Observing  ALL WELCOME
  Sunday, August 20
9:00-10:00 p.m. Astronomer's Breakfast - pastries, fruit and beverages (Hosted by Nova East)
After a night of observing, what better way to get re-energized than to enjoy a breakfast with fellow astronomers. A variety of muffins, fresh fruit, juice, coffee, and tea will be provided.
10:00-11:00 a.m. Sherman Williams Walk - Birding at Blomidon
Host: Pat Kelly
11:00 a.m. - Monday Free Time