The COVID-19 Edition!

in light of the continuing requirement of physical distancing, the speakers originally slated for the Nova East Star Party at Smiley's Provincial Park agreed to a Zoom speaker series.

The sessions was held on Tuesday evenings - August 4 to September 8, each beginning at 7 PM ADT. All sessions were moderated by David Chapman. To learn more about our presenters, please go to Speakers.

Please note that registration was required for each session members and guests wished to attend.

August 4, 2020  - Kathy Walker
Beginner Image Processing for Astrophotographers 
This beginners’ talk introduced some of the more important concepts and techniques in image processing, to go from raw frames to a finished image.  Examples were as generic as possible, in order to be applicable to any software. A recording of the presentation is now at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=otEv6MHW4bo

August 11 - David Hoskin
Lucky Imaging: Astrophotography of the Moon and Planets
Lucky imaging is a technique used to capture high resolution images of the Moon and planets. It involves taking as many images as possible, often several thousand, with a high-speed “video” camera and using specialized software to identify and stack only the sharpest images. The talk covered the equipment, software and processing workflow used in lucky imaging. A recording of the presentation is now at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oyrBMpDCb0A

August 18 - Fiona Morris & Keegan Oickle
RASC —The Next Generation
Fiona and Keegan are two recent additions to the RASC Halifax family, both Youth members with a passion for the night sky. They shared with us stories about their interests, their gear, their successes, and their dreams. A recording of the presentation is now at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KbZ2xo6SZRY.

August 25 - Tony Schellinck
Astronomy on the Cheap - Summer/Fall Challenge Using Binoculars
A ten-minute discussion on how to use binoculars to view deep sky objects in the night sky was followed by an epic road trip! We left home and traveled the galactic highway from North to South, collecting observations to meet the Summer/Fall challenge. The Challenge was to identify ten of twelve asterisms/constellations visited along the way, as well as ten of twelve deep sky object that can be found using binoculars. Galaxies, open clusters, double stars, globular clusters, nebula and small asterisms along the Milky Way super highway were visited. A recording of the presentation is now at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qZ9x_D9YaN8

September 1 - Paul Heath
Walk the Solar System (How to) 
Young and older alike will enjoy watching Paul explain how to make models of the planets and our Sun. He demonstrated the relative distances of the planets and asteroid belt from our Sun by being our tour guide and using the models to take us on  a "walk" of the Solar System. A recording of the presentation is now at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jz9RkQs_KZk

September 12 - Patrick Kelly
All About Mars: The Science of What You're Seeing
Every two years, as Earth passes Mars, the Red Planet becomes much brighter in the night sky, and much larger as seen through a telescope. This talk looked at what we know about Mars, and what we could expect to see when observing it, especially when it is at its closest in October. A recording of the presentation is now at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a4cJTow-IXE