Kouchibouguac 2018 Fall Star Fest

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Come join members of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada for our annual Fall Star Fest at Kouchibouguac National Park. Several telescopes will be set-up on Friday and Saturday nights, to allow the public to view the wonders of the night sky. Weather permitting, we’ll be able to see the Moon, the planets Saturn and Mars, as well as various star clusters, galaxies, and nebulae.

During Saturday afternoon, we’ll be at the Let’s Go Biking family event at La Source with our solar-filtered telescopes. Drop by to take a safe, close-up view of our nearest star, the sun.

If you need help with your telescope, experienced amateur astronomers will be available to assist you at the Telescope Clinic during Saturday afternoon.

The observing site will be in the field near campsite #194, in Loop #3 of the South Kouchibouguac campground. Preceding the evening observation sessions, there will be a presentation at the kitchen shelter across campsite #200, where you can learn about the celestial wonders that can be observed that evening.

 

For Visitors: The star party activities are free and open to the public, however, you must have a pass to enter the park. If you want to camp overnight, you’ll need to book a campsite with the park by calling 1-877-RESERVE, or by reserving online. If you’re not camping, you may park at the Ryans Rental Centre.

For RASC New Brunswick Members: If you’re a RASC NB member, we’ll be posting a link to where you can register for your spot. If you’re not volunteering with a telescope (or binoculars), you may still join us, but you must book your own campsite at your expense.

Schedule

Friday, September 14

7:00 PM to 8:00 PM – “What’s Up?” presentation (in English)
At the kitchen shelter across site 200.
Come learn about the celestial wonders that can be observed that evening.

 

8:00 PM to 11:00 PM – Night sky viewing with telescopes
At site 194 (weather permitting).
Come look through our telescopes and enjoy the views.

 

Saturday, September 15

12:00 PM to 2:30 PM – Solar Observing at La Source
(weather permitting)
Come take a close look at our nearest star, the sun.

 

2:00 PM to 3:30 PM – Telescope clinic
At site 194.
We can assist you with adjusting and using your telescope.


7:00 PM to 8:00 PM – “What’s Up?” presentation (in French)
At the kitchen shelter across site 200.
Come learn about the celestial wonders that can be observed that evening.

 

8:00 PM to 11:00 PM – Night sky viewing with telescopes
At site 194 (weather permitting).
Come look through our telescopes and enjoy the views.

 

Observing Site

 


Park Entrance / Entrée du parc

The park entrance is on Route 117, after taking exit 74 off of Highway 11. If you arrive late and the Visitor Centre is closed, the kiosk at the entrance of the South Kouchibouguac campground may still be open.

L’entrée du parc est sur la route 117, située après la sortie 74 de l’autoroute 11. Si vous arrivez tard et le Centre d’accueil est fermé, le kiosque à l’entrée du camping Kouchibouguac Sud sera peut-être encore ouvert.


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Contact the Organizers/ Rejoindre les organisateurs

 


Gala d’étoiles de l’automne à Kouchibouguac

Venez joindre les membres de la Société Royale de l’Astronomie du Canada pour notre Gala des étoiles de l’automne au Parc national Kouchibouguac. Plusieurs télescopes seront en place les vendredi et samedi soirs pour permettre le public d’observer les merveilles du ciel nocturne. Si la météo le permet, on pourra voir les planètes Saturne et Mars, ainsi que des amas d’étoiles, des galaxies, et des nébuleuses.

Pendant le samedi après-midi, nous serons à l’événement Let’s go en vélo à La Source avec nos télescopes solaires spécialement filtrés. Venez voir notre soleil tout agrandi.

Si vous avez besoin de l’aide avec votre télescope, il y aura des astronomes amateurs qui pourront vous assister le samedi après-midi au champ d’observation.

Le site d’observation sera dans le champ près du site #194, dans la Boucle #3 du terrain de camping Kouchibouguac Sud. Précédant les sessions d’observation nocturnes, il y aura une présentation à l’abri près du site 200, où vous pourrez apprendre à propos des merveilles célestes qui seront observables pendant la soirée.

 

Pour les visiteurs: Les activités du gala d’étoiles sont gratuites et ouvertes au public, cependant, il vous faudra un permis d’entrée du parc. S’il vous faut un site pour le camping, veillez SVP réserver votre site à travers Parcs Canada en téléphonant 1-877-RESERVE, ou bien en réservant en-ligne. Si vous ne faites pas de camping, vous pouvez stationner au Centre de location Ryans.

Pour les membres du RASC New Brunswick: Si vous êtes un membre du RASC-NB, on vous enverra un lien où vous pourrez vous enregistrer en-ligne. Si vous ne ferez pas de bénévolat avec votre télescope (ou jumelles), vous pouvez encore nous joindre, mais vous devez réserver votre propre site de camping à vos frais.

Programme

Vendredi, le 14 septembre

19h00 à 20h00 – Présentation “What’s Up” à l’abri-cuisine (en anglais)
Auprès du site 200
Venez apprendre à propos des merveilles célestes qui seront observables pendant la soirée.

 

20h00 à 23h00 – Observation du ciel étoilé avec télescopes
Au site 194 (si la météo le permet)
Venez regarder dans nos télescopes et admirer les objets célestes.

 

Samedi, le 15 septembre

12h00 à 14h30 – Observation solaire à La Source
(si la météo le permet)
Venez voir de près l’étoile la plus proche de nous: notre soleil.

 

14h00 à 15h30 – Assistance pour télescopes
Au site 194 (si la météo le permet)
Emportez votre télescope pour le l’aide avec ajustements et utilisation.


19h00 à 20h00 – Présentation “What’s Up” (en français)
À l’abri-cuisine près du site 200
Venez apprendre à propos des merveilles célestes qui seront observables pendant la soirée.

 

20h00 à 23h00 – Observation du ciel étoilé avec télescopes
Au site 194 (si la météo le permet)
Venez regarder dans nos télescopes et admirer les objets célestes.

 

Site d’observation

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Fundy Park Stargaze 2018

Image Credit: James Stewart

Come join members of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada for our annual Stargaze event at the Fundy National Park. Our activities will be held at the Chignecto South campground.

Several telescopes will be set-up on Friday and Saturday nights, to allow the public to view the wonders of the night sky. Weather permitting, we’ll be able to see the planets Saturn and Mars, as well as various star clusters, galaxies, and nebulae.

Preceding the evening observation sessions, there will be a presentation where you can learn about the night sky wonders that can be observed that evening (location to be determined).

During Saturday afternoon, drop by to take a close-up view of the sun through our safe solar-filtered telescopes. Bring along your telescope for a free set and tuning. If you need instructions on operation, there will be amateur astronomers on hand to guide you through the use and set-up of your telescope. One of our astrophotographers will be there to show you how to take pictures of the Milky Way with your camera, and to answer any questions related to photographing the night sky. There will even be instructions on using your smart phone to snap pics through your telescope.

 

For Visitors: The star party activities are free and open to the public, however, you must have a pass to enter the park. If you want to camp overnight, you’ll need to book a campsite with the park by calling 1-877-RESERVE, or by reserving online. If you’re not camping, you may park at the Chignecto South parking lot (see map below).

For RASC New Brunswick Members: If you’re a RASC NB member, we’ll be posting a link to where you can register for your spot.

Schedule

Friday, July 13

8:00 PM to 9:00 PM – “What’s Up?” slideshow presentation
(location to be determined)
Come learn about the wonders of the night sky you’ll be seeing through the telescopes.

 

9:00 PM to 12:00 PM – Night sky viewing with telescopes
(weather permitting)
Come look through our telescopes and enjoy the views.

 

Saturday, July 14

1:00 PM to 3:00 PM – Solar observing
(weather permitting)
Come take a close look at our nearest star, the sun, through our specially-filtered telescopes.

 

1:00 PM to 3:00 PM – Telescope and astrophotography clinic
Bring your telescope for a free set and tuning.
Learn about astrophotography.


8:00 PM to 9:00 PM – “What’s Up?” slideshow presentation
(location to be determined)
Come learn about the wonders of the night sky you’ll be seeing through the telescopes.

 

9:00 PM to 12:00 PM – Night sky viewing with telescopes
(weather permitting)
Come look through our telescopes and enjoy the views.

 

Park Location

Fundy National Park is located along highway 114, just west of Alma, New Brunswick.


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Observing Site

Our activities will be held at the Chignecto South group campground. Visitors should book their campsite at the nearby Chignecto North campground.

 

Contact the Organizers

 

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Mactaquac 2018 C.O.W. Star Party

Image Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls

Come join members of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada for our annual Camping and Observing Weekend (C.O.W.) at the Mactaquac Provincial Park. Our observing activities will be held in Campground #2, in the open field across the baseball diamond near the recreation centre (look for the telescopes).

This year’s C.O.W. lands on the same weekend as the peak of the Perseid meteor shower, best seen during the pre-dawn hours of Sunday, August 12th with a predicted rate of 150 meteors per hour. The Perseids will also appear during the nights preceding and following the peak, but at a lesser rate.

Several telescopes will be set-up on Friday and Saturday nights, to allow the public to view the wonders of the night sky. Come look through our telescopes and enjoy the views, as we observe the planets Jupiter, Saturn, and Mars, as well as other deep sky treasures (weather permitting).

Preceding the evening observation sessions, there will be a presentation at the Recreation Centre where you can learn about the night sky wonders that can be observed that evening.

During Saturday afternoon, drop by to take a close-up view of the sun through our safe solar-filtered telescopes. Come see the the different telescopes on display and feel free to ask any questions about their use and care.

 

For Visitors: The star party activities are free and open to the public, however, you must have a pass to enter the park. If you want to camp overnight, you’ll need to book a campsite with the park by calling 1-506-363-4747, or by reserving online.

For RASC New Brunswick Members: If you’re a RASC NB member, we’ll be posting a link to where you can register for your spot.

 

Schedule

Friday, August 10

7:30PM – “What’s Up?” slideshow presentation
At the Recreation Centre
We’ll talk about the celestial objects that will be visible in the night sky and through the telescopes.

 

9:00PM – Night sky viewing with telescopes
(weather permitting)
Come look through our telescopes and enjoy the views. Keep an eye out for the Perseid meteors!

 

Saturday, August 11

12:00PM to 4:00PM – Solar observing
(weather permitting)
Come take a close look at our nearest star, the sun.

 

12:00PM to 4:00PM – Ask an Astronomer
Come see the different telescopes on display and feel free to ask any questions about their use and care.


7:30PM – “What’s Up?” slideshow presentation
At the Recreation Centre
We’ll talk about the celestial objects that will be visible in the night sky and through the telescopes.

 

9:00PM – Night sky viewing with telescopes
(weather permitting)
Come look through our telescopes and enjoy the views. Keep an eye out for the Perseid meteors!

 

Observing Site

Our observing activities will be held in Campground #2, in the open field across the baseball diamond near the recreation centre (look for the telescopes). The presentation preceding the night sky observing will be held in the recreation centre building.

 

Park Location

Mactaquac Provincial Park is located along Route 105, west of Fredericton, New Brunswick.


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Contact the Organizers

 

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Mount Carleton 2018 Star Party

Image Credit: Paul Owen

Come join members of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada for our annual star party at the Mount Carleton Provincial Park, a Designated Dark Sky Preserve with pristine dark skies!

Our activities will be held at the Armstrong campground, at or around site 44 (look for the telescopes).

Several telescopes will be set-up on Friday and Saturday nights, to allow the public to view the wonders of the night sky. Weather permitting, we’ll be able to see the planets Jupiter and Saturn, as well as various star clusters, galaxies, and nebulae.

Preceding the evening observation sessions, there will be a presentation at the kitchen shelter near site 44, where you can learn about the night sky wonders that can be observed that evening.

During Saturday afternoon, drop by to take a close-up view of the sun through our safe solar-filtered telescopes. Bring along your telescope for a free set and tuning. If you need instructions on operation, there will be amateur astronomers on hand to guide you through the use and set-up of your telescope. One of our astrophotographers will be there to show you how to take pictures of the Milky Way with your camera, and to answer any questions related to photographing the night sky. There will even be instructions on using your smart phone to snap pics through your telescope.

 

For Visitors: The star party activities are free and open to the public, however, you must book your own campsite by calling 1-800-561-0123, or by reserving online.

For RASC New Brunswick Members: If you’re a RASC NB member, we’ll be posting a link to where you can register for your spot.

Schedule

Friday, July 13

8:30 PM to 9:30 PM – “What’s Up?” slideshow presentation
At the kitchen shelter near site 44
Come learn about the wonders of the night sky you’ll be seeing through the telescopes.

 

10:00 PM to 12:00 PM – Night sky viewing with telescopes
(weather permitting)
Come look through our telescopes and enjoy the views.

 

Saturday, July 14

1:00 PM to 3:00 PM – Solar observing
(weather permitting)
Come take a close look at our nearest star, the sun.

 

1:00 PM to 3:00 PM – Telescope and astrophotography clinic
Bring your telescope for a free set and tuning. Learn about astrophotography.


8:30 PM to 9:30 PM – “What’s Up?” slideshow presentation
At the kitchen shelter near site 44
Come learn about the wonders of the night sky you’ll be seeing through the telescopes.

 

10:00 PM to 12:00 PM – Night sky viewing with telescopes
(weather permitting)
Come look through our telescopes and enjoy the views.

 

Campground Location

Our activities will be held at the Armstrong campground, at or around site 44.


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Please be aware that due to the remote location of Mount Carleton Provincial Park, there is no cell phone reception, internet, or electrical hookups. Also be aware that the park accepts cash only for payment. Please ensure that you have sufficient cash on you. Remember to fill-up on gas before taking the secondary road to the park.

Keep in mind that the remote nature of the park is why it has such fantastically dark skies!

 

Contact the Organizers

 

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Kouchibouguac 2018 Spring Star Fest

Image Credit: Mike Powell

(Une description en français suivra ci-dessous.)

Come join members of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada for our annual Spring Star Fest at Kouchibouguac National Park. Several telescopes will be set-up on Friday and Saturday nights, to allow the public to view the wonders of the night sky. Weather permitting, we’ll be able to see the planets Venus and Jupiter, as well as various star clusters, galaxies, and nebulae.

During Saturday afternoon, drop by to take a close-up view of the sun through our safe solar-filtered telescopes. If you need help with your telescope, experienced amateur astronomers will be available to provide you with assistance at the telescope clinic.

The observing site will be in the field near campsite #194, in Loop #3 of the South Kouchibouguac campground. Preceding the evening observation sessions, there will be a presentation at the kitchen shelter across campsite #266, where you can learn about the celestial wonders that can be observed that evening.

 

For Visitors: The star party activities are free and open the public, however, you must have a pass to enter the park. If you want to camp overnight, you’ll need to book a campsite with the park by calling 1-877-RESERVE, or by reserving online. If you’re not camping, you may park at the Ryans Rental Centre.

For RASC New Brunswick Members: If you’re a RASC NB member, please click here to register for the event. If you’re not volunteering with a telescope (or binoculars), you may still join us, but you must book your own campsite at your expense.

Schedule

Friday, June 15

8:00 PM to 9:00 PM – “What’s Up?” presentation (in English)
At the kitchen shelter across site 266
Come learn about the celestial wonders that can be observed that evening.

 

9:30 PM to 12:00 PM – Night sky viewing with telescopes
At site 194 (weather permitting)
Come look through our telescopes and enjoy the views.

 

Saturday, June 16

1:00 PM to 3:30 PM – Solar Observing
At site 194 (weather permitting)
Come take a close look at our nearest star, the sun.

 

1:00 PM to 3:30 PM – Telescope Clinic
At site 194 (weather permitting)
We can assist you with adjusting and using your telescope.


8:00 PM to 9:00 PM – “What’s Up?” presentation (in French)
At the kitchen shelter across site 266
Come learn about the celestial wonders that can be observed that evening.

 

9:30 PM to 12:00 PM – Night sky viewing with telescopes
At site 194 (weather permitting)
Come look through our telescopes and enjoy the views.

 

Observing Site


Park Entrance / Entrée du parc

The park entrance is on Route 117, after taking exit 74 off of Highway 11. If you arrive late and the Visitor Centre is closed, the kiosk at the entrance of the South Kouchibouguac campground may still be open.

L’entrée du parc est sur la route 117, située après la sortie 74 de l’autoroute 11. Si vous arrivez tard et le Centre d’accueil est fermé, le kiosque à l’entrée du camping Kouchibouguac Sud sera peut-être encore ouvert.


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Contact the Organizers / Rejoindre les organisateurs

 


Gala d’étoiles du printemps à Kouchibouguac

Venez joindre les membres de la Société Royale de l’Astronomie du Canada pour notre Gala des étoiles du printemps au Parc national Kouchibouguac. Plusieurs télescopes seront en place les vendredi et samedi soirs pour permettre le public d’observer les merveilles du ciel nocturne. Si la météo le permet, on pourra voir les planètes Vénus et Jupiter, ainsi que des amas d’étoiles, des galaxies, et des nébuleuses.

Pendant le samedi après-midi, venez passer voir le soleil agrandi dans nos télescopes spécialement filtrés. Si vous avez besoin de l’aide avec votre télescope, il y aura des astronomes amateurs qui pourront vous assister.

Le site d’observation sera dans le champ près du site #194, dans la Boucle #3 du terrain de camping Kouchibouguac Sud. Précédant les sessions d’observation nocturnes, il y aura une présentation à l’abri près du site 266, où vous pourrez apprendre à propos des merveilles célestes qui seront observables pendant la soirée.

 

Pour les visiteurs: Les activités du gala d’étoiles sont gratuites et ouvertes au public, cependant, il vous faudra un permis d’entrée du parc. S’il vous faut un site pour le camping, veillez SVP réserver votre site à travers Parcs Canada en téléphonant 1-877-RESERVE, ou bien en réservant en-ligne. Si vous ne faites pas de camping, vous pouvez stationner au Centre de location Ryans.

Pours les membres du RASC New Brunswick: Si vous êtes un membre du RASC-NB, veillez clicker ici pour vous enregistrer à l’événement. Si vous ne ferez pas de bénévolat avec votre télescope (ou jumelles), vous pouvez encore nous joindre, mais vous devez réserver votre propre site de camping à vos frais.

Programme

Vendredi, le 15 juin

20h00 à 21h00 – Présentation “What’s Up” (en anglais)
À l’abri-cuisine près du site 266
Venez apprendre à propos des merveilles célestes qui seront observables pendant la soirée.

 

21h30 à 00h00 – Observation du ciel étoilé avec télescopes
Au site 194 (si la météo le permet)
Venez regarder dans nos télescopes et admirer les objets célestes.

 

Samedi, le 16 juin

13h00 à 15h30 – Observation solaire
Au site 194 (si la météo le permet)
Venez voir de près l’étoile la plus proche de nous: notre soleil.

 

13h00 à 15h30 – Assistance pour télescopes
Au site 194 (si la météo le permet)
Emportez votre télescope pour le l’aide avec ajustements et utilisation.


20h00 à 21h00 – Présentation “What’s Up” (en français)
À l’abri-cuisine près du site 266
Venez apprendre à propos des merveilles célestes qui seront observables pendant la soirée.

 

21h30 à 00h00 – Observation du ciel étoilé avec télescopes
Au site 194 (si la météo le permet)
Venez regarder dans nos télescopes et admirer les objets célestes.

 

Site d’observation

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