Public Talk: Backyard Stargazing in the 21st Century

Andrew Fazekas                

We are thrilled this year to bring Andrew Fazekas to Nova East as the speaker for the public talk on Saturday, August 22. Andrew, also known as the Night Sky Guy, is a science writer, speaker, and broadcaster who shares his passion for the wonders of the universe through all media. He pens the popular online column StarStruck for National Geographic, and is the author of the book Star Trek: The Official Guide to our Universe and The Backyard Guide to the Night Sky. He is a syndicated correspondent for television and radio broadcast networks, is the communications manager for Astronomers Without Borders and is an active skywatching member of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada since 1983. He has never met a clear night sky he didn’t like.

 

Guest Speakers
(in alphabetical order)  

Paul Heath  Paul Heath

Paul, the 2017 recipient of the RASC Qilak Award, has been a member of RASC Halifax Centre for numerous years and is very active in public outreach, especially with youth. As a school bus driver, Paul challenges his students with astronomical questions and alerts them to astronomical events. Paul is a poet and contributes his monthly Food for the Soul poem at Halifax Centre meetings. He is a member of the Board of Directors and serves as the Outreach Chair for the Centre. 

 

  David Hoskin

David Hoskin is a member of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada Halifax Centre. Although David enjoys all aspects of amateur astronomy, his passion is astroimaging. He has earned RASC's Wide-Field, Solar System, and Deep-Sky Astroimager certificates, and is active in outreach activities. David resides in Halifax with his partner Eva and their two mischievous Tibetan Spaniels.

 

  Pat Kelly

Patrick Kelly has been fascinated by the night sky as far back as he can remember. He has shared his love of astronomy through talks, planetarium shows, and has taught first-year astronomy at several Nova Scotia universities. An active member of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada's Halifax Centre since joining the Centre in 1981, he has also been involved with the society at the national level, including editing the RASC's Observer's Handbook from 2007 to 2012. He was made a Fellow of the RASC in 2016, much to his surprise!

 

 Fiona Morris

Fiona Morris has lived in Springhill, Nova Scotia for all 16 years of her life. She attends Springhill Jr/Sr High School (currently Grade 10) and her favourite subjects are science and math. She has several hobbies, but astrophotography is her favourite. She has been interested in imaging the sky for almost 2 years and plans to continue for many more. Fiona was recently profiled in SkyNews magazine, and is a Youth member of RASC.

 

 Keegan Oickle

Keegan Oickle is a 16-year-old amateur astronomer from Milton, Nova Scotia. Like most astronomy enthusiasts, he’s been interested in astronomy and space ever since he was very young. His first astronomy-related memories include stargazing episodes during family canoe trips into the Kejimkujik back country. He took up astrophotography around three years ago and he’s been excited about it ever since. Keegan is a Youth member of RASC and serves on the RASC Youth Committee.

 

Tony Schellinck Tony Schellinck

Tony, as an ardent supporter and promoter of astronomy observation using binoculars, developed the popular Ace Amateur Astronomer (AAA) Certificate program used in Halifax Centre. Tony has served on the Halifax Centre Board of Directors and as Nova Notes Editor 2015-2017. He has received numerous RASC observing awards, including the Messier Objects certificate (2016), Explore the Universe (2017), and all three Astro-Imaging Certificates in 2017 (Solar System, Wide Field and Deep Sky). He has also contributed articles to RASC publications.

 

  Kathy Walker

This is Kathy’s fourth talk at Nova East. Kathy got started in astrophotography ten years ago, while living on an island off the coast of BC.  She has her own observatory in Hall’s Harbour, NS, and images the sky whenever weather permits.  One of her recent images has won local and national competitions and has been published in Sky News and the RASC Calendar.

 

Optical Hygienists—Walk-In Mirror Cleaning & Eyepiece Cleaning Clinic

These intrepid amateur astronomers never met an optical component they did not like (to clean). They will bring their portable cleaning unit to Nova East and assist participants in cleaning their valued optical gear.

Dave Chapman (aka Prof. Telescope)

Dave Lane

 

Telescope Medics—Walk-In Telescope Clinic

Bring your ailing astronomical gear to our resident team of telescope medics to get hands-on healing and tips for care and feeding. No problem too big or small (although, honestly, there usually pretty small).

Jerry Black 

Jerry Black is a member of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada Halifax Centre. Jerry developed an interest in astronomy later in life through his first Nova East Star Party in 2014 while looking for places to do holy-grail time-lapse photography. Not surprisingly, his main interest now is astroimaging (and apparently collecting telescope equipment). Jerry participates in outreach activities and particularly enjoys the Kejimkujik Dark-Sky Weekends and backcountry astrophotography. Jerry resides in Lower Sackville with Judy aka El Presidente.

  David Hoskin

David Hoskin is a member of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada Halifax Centre. Although David enjoys all aspects of amateur astronomy, his passion is astroimaging. He has earned RASC's Wide-Field, Solar System, and Deep-Sky Astroimager certificates, and is active in outreach activities. David resides in Halifax with his partner Eva and their two mischievous Tibetan Spaniels.

Blair MacDonald

  John Read

In 2010, John's wife bought him a twelve-inch Dobsonian Telescope for Christmas (to be fair, she got leather boots). He joined the Mount Diablo Astronomical Society in California, volunteering as many as four nights per week under cloudless skies. In 2013, he published his first book, 50 Things to See with a Small Telescope. Three years later, John left corporate America to become a full time author and astrophysics student in Halifax, Nova Scotia. 

  Kathy Walker

This is Kathy’s fourth talk at Nova East. Kathy got started in astrophotography ten years ago, while living on an island off the coast of BC.  She has her own observatory in Hall’s Harbour, NS, and images the sky whenever weather permits.  One of her recent images has won local and national competitions and has been published in Sky News and the RASC Calendar.