2020 NOVA EAST

March of the Planets

All activities in Events Building unless otherwise noted.
Upon arrival, please check in at the Nova East Events Building to register.

NO GREEN LASER POINTERS. NO MAGLITES AFTER 11:00 PM 

 

Friday, August 21

Noon–6:30 p.m.

Registration

Host: Pat Kelly, Liz Greenough

Events Building

7:45 p.m.

Welcome & Announcements

Host: Judy Black

Events Building

8:00–9:00 p.m.

TalkLucky Imaging: Astrophotography of the Moon and Planets

Presenter: David Hoskin

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 highspeed “video” camera and using specialized software to identify and stack only the sharpest images. The talk will cover the equipment, software and processing workflow used in lucky imaging.

9:15-11:30 p.m.

Public Observing (in field)—ALL WELCOME

Hosts: Nova East Astronomers

9:30-10:00 a.m.

Sky Tour (in field)

Host: Paul Heath

For beginners learning the night sky, Paul will provide a tour of the planets and constellations in view. He will point them out and relate the legends and stories associated with them.

10:00 p.m. & 10:30 p.m.

ACE Binocular Observing Program (in field)

Hosts: Tony Schellinck with Judy Black and Liz Greenough

For beginners of all ages in astronomy, participants will use binoculars to find objects in the sky.

10:00 p.m.–1:00 a.m.

Astronomer's Lounge

Hosts: Nova East

Throughout the observing night, observers and astrophotographers are welcome to socialize in the Events Building in a red-light zone. Light snacks and beverages will be available.

11:30 p.m.–Dawn

Nova East Registrant observing, astrophotography (in field)

1:00–8:00 a.m.

Quiet Hours

 

Saturday, August 22

9:00 a.m.–Noon

Registration

Host: Pat Kelly, Liz Greenough

Events Building

9:00 a.m.

Astro Breakfast—cooked food, pastries, fruit and beverages

Hosts: TBD

After a night of observing, what better way to get re-energized than to enjoy a breakfast with fellow astronomers. Pancakes and sausages along with a variety of muffins, fresh fruit, juice, coffee, and tea will be provided.

All Day

Telescope Tours & Solar Observing (in field)

Hosts: Nova East Astronomers

Nova East astronomers will have their telescopes set up in the field. Come see the various telescopes in the light of day. Solar scopes will also be available for safe viewing of the Sun.

10:00 a.m.

Youth Activity: TBD

Host: Paul Heath

11:00 a.m.

Beginner Talk: Basic Image Processing for Astrophotographers

Presenter: Kathy Walker

This beginners’ talk will introduce some of the more important concepts and techniques in image processing, to go from raw frames to a finished image.  Examples will be as generic as possible, in order to be applicable to any software.

Noon–1:30 p.m.

Lunch break & FREE TIME

(Lunch is not provided by Nova East.)

1:30 p.m.

TalkAll About Mars—the science of what you're seeing

Presenter: Pat Kelly

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 will look at what we know about Mars, and what you can expect to see when observing it, especially when it is at its closest in October.

2:30 p.m.

Youth PresentationRASC —The Next Generation

Presenters: Keegan Oickle and Fiona Morris

Fiona and Keegan are two recent additions to the RASC Halifax family, both Youth members with a passion for the night sky. They will share with us stories about their interests, their gear, their successes, and their dreams.

3:30–4:30 p.m.

FREE TIME for socializing, alone time, a nap, or walk....

4:30 p.m.

Group photo—All Nova East Participants

All participants registered for Nova East are invited to join us for a group photo on the hill adjacent to the Events Building.

5:00–6:30 p.m.

POTLUCK BBQ Social

Registrants are invited to attend our amazing potluck! Nova East will provide barbecued burgers (beef, chicken, veggie), hotdogs, and sausage. The amazing salads, side dishes, and desserts are again being provided by Nova East registrants. A true feast you do not want to miss! 

7:00–8:00 p.m.

Astrophotography Awards, Observing Awards, and Door Prizes

Hosts: Blair MacDonald, Paul Gray, and Chris Young

The winners of the Astrophotography Contest and the People's Choice award will be announced. The numerous RASC Halifax Centre members who have earned RASC observing certificates over the past year will be acknowledged, and some will be awarded this evening. Bring your door-prize ticket (issued at registration) for a chance to win one of many fabulous door prizes (ticket holder must be present to win).

8:00 p.m.

PUBLIC TALKBackyard Stargazing in the 21st Century

Presenter: Andrew Fazekas (the Night Sky Guy)

Bring astronomy into the modern age with this one-stop stargazing tour from Andrew Fazekas, National Geographic's Night Sky Guy and author of The Backyard Guide to the Night Sky. These days, affordable telescopes, smartphones, and digital tools at our fingertips make it easy for anyone to explore the heavens. Here is all the information beginning skywatchers need to start their own personal journey across the universe. 
 9:15–1:30 p.m.

Public Observing (in field)—ALL WELCOME

Hosts: Nova East Astronomers

9:30–10:00 p.m.

Sky Tour (in field)

Host: Paul Heath

Paul will once again provide a tour of the planets and constellations in view. He will point them out and relate the legends and stories associated with them.

10:00 p.m. & 10:30 p.m.

ACE Binocular Observing Program (in field)

Hosts: Tony Schellinck with Judy Black and Liz Greenough

For beginners of all ages in astronomy, participants will use binoculars to find objects in the sky.

10:00 p.m.– 1:00 a.m.

Astronomer's Lounge

Hosts: Nova East

Throughout the observing night, observers and astrophotographers are welcome to socialize in the Events Building in a red-light zone. Light snacks and beverages will be available.

11:30 p.m.–dawn

Nova East Registrant observing, astrophotography (in field)

1:00–8:00 a.m.

Quiet Hours

 

Sunday, August 23

9:00–10:00 a.m.

Astro Breakfast

Hosts: TBD

After a night of observing, what better way to get re-energized than to enjoy a breakfast with fellow astronomers. A variety of muffins & donuts, fresh fruit, juice, coffee, and tea will be provided.

10:00 a.m.

Youth Activity - TBD

Presenter: Paul Heath

10:30–11:00 a.m.

SPECIAL TALK: Astronomers Without Borders

Presenter: Zoe Chee, AWB Interim Executive Director

11:00 a.m.–Noon

Walk-In Telescope Clinic

Telescope Medics: Jerry Black, David Hoskin, Blair MacDonald, John Read, Kathy Walker 

Bring in your telescopes or other gear for a free consultation. House calls (in field) possible!


Walk-In Mirror & Eyepiece Cleaning Clinic

Optical Hygienists: Dave Chapman & Dave Lane

Bring in your telescope mirrors, eyepieces, and other gear for a refreshing cleanse.

Noon–9:00 p.m.

FREE TIME for socializing, alone time, a nap, a walk, fine tuning your telescope, star or planet watching....

9:00 p.m.–Dawn

Nova East Registrant observing, astrophotography (in field)

1:00 - 8:00 a.m.

Quiet Hours

 

Monday, August 24

 

No scheduled activities. Pack, say your goodbyes, and leave as you wish. See you next year!