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Kouchibouguac 2018 Winter Stargaze

(Une description en français suivra ci-dessous.)

Join us for an evening under the winter constellations at Kouchibouguac National Park. Weather permitting, this will be a great opportunity to observe the magnificent Orion Nebula, as well as several other star clusters and galaxies. Members of RASC and their associates will have several telescopes that the public can look through.

This event is free and open to everyone, however, a pass will be required for entry into the park (except for volunteers with telescopes). Please park at the Pijeboogwek parking lot and make your way to the visitor center parking lot, where the lights will be shut off to give us an unimpeded view of the winter skies.

Please check out the Kouchibouguac National Park website for information on how to obtain a park permit. The Pijeboogwek Waxing Shelter should be open until 8PM that evening, so you can purchase a permit there if necessary.


Satellite imagery via Google

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Venez nous joindre pour une soirée sous les constellations d’hiver, au Parc National Kouchibouguac. Si la météo le permet, ce sera une belle occasion pour observer la magnifique nébuleuse d’Orion, ainsi que divers autres amas d’étoiles et des galaxies. Des membres de la SRAC et leur associés auront des télescopes à travers lesquels le public pourra observer.

Cet événement est gratuit et ouvert à tous, cependant un permis sera requis pour entrer dans le parc (sauf pour les volontaires avec télescopes). Veillez stationner au terrain de stationnement Pijeboogwek et vous rendre au terrain de stationnement du centre d’accueil, où les lumières seront éteintes pour nous donner une meilleure vue du firmament de l’hiver.

Veillez consulter le site web du Parc National de Kouchibouguac pour plus d’information sur comment obtenir un permis. L’abri de fartage Pijeboogwek sera ouvert jusqu’à 20 h si vous avez besoin d’acheter un permis.

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Kouchibouguac Fall Star Party 2017

Image Credit: Emile Cormier

(Une description en français suivra ci-dessous.)

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 planet Saturn, 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 Outdoor Theatre, where you can learn about the celestial wonders that can be observed that evening. The Outdoor Theatre is located between the South Kouchibouguac campground and the Ryans Rental Centre.

The star party activities are free and open to everyone. Park admission is free this year, however permits and fees still apply for camping.

RASC Member Registration

The general public is welcome (and encouraged!) to join us in our activities. If you’re not a RASC member and you require a campsite, please reserve your site via Parks Canada by calling 1-877-RESERVE, or reserve online.

If you are a RASC member, and you’ll be volunteering with your telescope, please register online for your spot (RASC members only).

Schedule

Friday, September 22

7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
“What’s Up?” presentation at the Outdoor Theatre (in English).

 

8:30 PM to 11:00 PM
Night sky viewing with telescopes, near site 194 (weather permitting).

 

Saturday, September 23

1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Solar Observing and Telescope Clinic, near site 194 (weather permitting).

 


7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
“What’s Up?” presentation at the Outdoor Theatre (in French).

 

8:30 PM to 11:00 PM
Night sky viewing with telescopes, near site 194 (weather permitting).

 

Where to Find Us


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Gala des étoiles d’automne 2017, au parc Kouchibouguac

Venez joindre les membres de la Société Royale de l’Astronomie du Canada pour notre Gala des étoiles d’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 la planète Saturne, 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’amphithéâtre où vous pourrez apprendre à propos des merveilles célestes qui seront observable pendant la soirée. L’amphithéâtre est situé entre le terrain de camping Kouchibouguac Sud et le centre le location Ryans.

Les activités du star party sont gratuits et ouverts à tous. L’admission au parc est gratuite cette année, cependant il vous faudra un permis si vous voulez faire du camping.

Inscription pour membres de la SRAC

Le public est bienvenu (et encouragé!) de participer dans nos activités. Si vous n’êtes pas un membre de la SRAC, et il vous faut un site pour le camping, veillez SVP réserver votre site de camping à travers Parcs Canada en téléphonant 1-877-RESERVE, ou bien en réservant en-ligne.

Si vous êtes un membre de la SRAC, et vous voulez participer dans nos activités, veillez vous inscrire en-ligne pour votre place (en anglais).

Itinéraire

Vendredi, le 22 septembre

19h00 à 20h00
Présentation “What’s Up” à l’amphithéâtre (en anglais).

 

20h30 à 23h00
Observation du ciel étoilé avec télescopes, près du site 194 (si la météo le permet).

 

Samedi, le 23 septembre

13h00 à 16h00
Observation solaire et assistance pour télescopes, près du site 194 (si la météo le permet).

 


19h00 à 20h00
Présentation “What’s Up” à l’amphithéâtre (en français).

 

20h30 à 23h00
Observation du ciel étoilé avec télescopes, près du site 194 (si la météo le permet).

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Fundy StarGaze VII

Image Credit: Mike Powell

Come join us at Fundy National Park for our 7th annual StarGaze star party. All star party activities will be happening at the Chignecto South campground.

Members of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada will have telescopes to allow the public to view the wonders of the night sky (weather permitting). Preceding the nighttime observing will be a presentation on what you can expect to see through the telescopes. During the daytime, there will be solar-filtered telescopes which will allow you to see a close-up view of the sun. If you need help using or tuning-up your telescope, we’re offering a free telescope clinic. See the schedule below to learn when these activities will occur.

All of the star party activities are free of charge for everyone, and registration is not required to participate as a spectator (normal fees and permits still apply if you’re camping at the park). Please be advised that white light flash lights must be pointed down while on the observing site to preserve the dark adaptation of the spectators’ eyes. Red flash lights are preferred.

We’ll be on hand all weekend from Friday evening til Sunday morning, and can provide information regarding the weekend’s events as well as answer any astronomy-related questions you may have.


RASC Member Registration

The general public is welcome (and encouraged) to join us in our activities. If you’re not a RASC member and you require a campsite, please reserve your site via Parks Canada by calling 1-877-RESERVE, or reserve online.

If you’re a RASC member, and you’ll be volunteering with your telescope, please register online for your spot (RASC members only).


Schedule

Friday, September 15

8:00 PM – What’s Up Talk

We’ll preview the night’s astronomical showpieces with a slide show, and will talk about what to expect to see through the telescopes.

 

8:30 PM – Public Observing (weather permitting)

We’ll have an array of different telescopes and binoculars to look through at various star clusters, double stars, galaxies and nebulae. There’s also a good chance we’ll be able to observe the planet Saturn and its rings before it sets early behind the trees.

 


Saturday, September 16

10:30 AM – Telescope Clinic

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. In tandem, 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.

1:00 PM to 3:00 PM – Solar Observing (weather permitting)

RASC-NB members will be on hand to show safe and enjoyable ways to observe the sun with various telescopes designed specifically for the Sun, our closest star.

 

8:00 PM – What’s Up Talk

We’ll preview the night’s astronomical showpieces with a slide show, and will talk about what to expect to see through the telescopes.

 

8:30 PM – Public Observing (weather permitting)

We’ll have an array of different telescopes and binoculars to look through at various star clusters, double stars, galaxies and nebulae. There’s also a good chance we’ll be able to observe the planet Saturn and its rings before it sets early behind the trees.

 


Where to Find Us

All star party activities will be held near the shelter in the Chignecto South Campground. The map below shows where you can park, as well as the path leading up to the observing site.

[Satellite imagery courtesy of Google Maps]

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CANCELLED – Mount Carleton Star Party 2017

UPDATE – AUGUST 11, 2017

The Mount Carleton Star Party has been CANCELLED due to the poor weather conditions. We are looking at an alternative date and will keep you informed.

 


Come join us at Mount Carleton Provincial Park for the 2017 Mount Carleton Star Party. We’ll be at the Armstrong campground, at or around site 44 (look for the telescopes).

Our activities are open to everyone, and there is no extra fee to participate (members of the public must still pay for park admission and for their campsite).

Image Credit: Roger Pitre

Schedule (TO BE UPDATED)

Friday, August 11th

8:30PM

“What’s Up” Talk

In Kitchen Shelter north of Site 44, Armstrong campground.

Come learn about what’s in store for tonight. We’ll talk about the celestial objects that will be visible in the night sky and through the telescopes.

9:30PM

Night Sky Observing (weather permitting)

Near Site 44, Armstrong campground.

RASC members will have an array of different telescopes and binoculars to look through. See various planets, star clusters, double stars, galaxies, and nebulae. See the rings of Saturn, and the cloud belts of Jupiter with it’s four Galilean moons. Later that night, we’ll be treated to a great view of Earth’s moon.

Saturday, August 12th

10:30AM

Telescope Clinic

Near Site 44, Armstrong campground.

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. In addition, one of our astrophotographers will be available to show you how to take pictures of the Milky Way with your camera, as well as to answer any questions related to photographing the night sky. We’ll even show you how to snap pics through your telescope using your smart phone.

1:00PM to 3:00PM

Solar Observing (weather permitting)

Near Site 44, Armstrong campground.

Come take a close look at our nearest star, the sun, through our specially-designed telescopes and filters that allows safe viewing of the sun. Depending on solar activity, you can see sun spots and solar prominences.

8:30PM

“What’s Up” Talk

In Kitchen Shelter north of Site 44, Armstrong campground.

Come learn about what’s in store for tonight. We’ll talk about the celestial objects that will be visible in the night sky and through the telescopes.

9:30PM

Night Sky Observing (weather permitting)

Near Site 44, Armstrong campground.

RASC members will have an array of different telescopes and binoculars to look through. See various planets, star clusters, double stars, galaxies, and nebulae. See the rings of Saturn, and the cloud belts of Jupiter with it’s four Galilean moons. Later that night, we’ll be treated to a great view of Earth’s moon.

Contact the Organizers

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C.O.W. Summer Stargaze XIV

Come join us at Mactaquac Provincial Park for our 14th annual Camping and Observing Weekend (C.O.W.).

Our public activities will be held in the fields by the recreation building

[Featured image credit: Mike Powell]

Schedule

Saturday, July 29th

12:00PM to 4:00PM

Solar Observing (weather permitting)

Come take a close look at our nearest star, the sun, through our specially-designed telescopes and filters that allows safe viewing of the sun. Depending on solar activity, you can see sun spots and solar prominences.

Ask an astronomer

Come see the the different telescopes on display and feel free to ask any questions about their use and care.

7:30PM

“What’s Up” Slideshow Presentation

Come see what’s in store for tonight. We’ll talk about the celestial objects that will be visible in the night sky and through the telescopes. Stars, planets, the moon and other deep sky treasures.

After Dusk

Night Sky Observing (weather permitting)

Come look through our telescopes and enjoy the views, as we observe the moon, the planets Jupiter and Saturn, and other deep sky treasures.

Contact the Organizers


Livingston Lake Star Party

DUE TO LIMITED SPACE, THIS STAR PARTY IS FOR ASTRONOMERS ONLY (and their guests).

Site Details

Field

The site is at 310m elevation. There is large field between the buildings and the lake, with plenty of room for telescopes. There is also plenty of room for tents.

The southern treeline covers roughly 10-15 degrees of angular elevation.

Click on left and right arrows to see other pictures.

 

Main Building

The main building is split into a large open room and a kitchen. The kitchen includes a stove, fridge, and a microwave. The open room has folding tables and a few chairs.

There is a large deck where we can hang out and have our meals. It would not be advisable to set-up a telescope on the deck due to vibrations.

There is now a propane barbecue available at the campsite that we can use.

The main building has electrical power, but you’ll have to provide your own extension cords if your telescope or imaging rig requires electrical power.

Bunk House

For those who do not wish to sleep in their own tent, there is a bunk house at our disposal. The bunk is divided into three partitions. There are no separate rooms with doors, although a blanket can be pinned at the entrance of each partition to provide a little privacy.

The outside door opens into the main partition which has 6 bunks. The two other partitions each have 4 bunks. Only 6 of the bunks have mattresses. You must provide your own blankets or sleeping bag. The main partition has room for air mattresses on the floor.

We will try to allocate the bunks and partitions in a sensible manner (men in one partition, women in another).

 

Bathrooms and Showers

There is one bathroom and shower that we can use in the main building. There is also a separate bathroom/shower outbuilding with 6 stalls. The showers in the outbuilding may not have hot water due to the hot water needing replacement. However, the shower in the main building does have hot water.

 

Lake

A short distance from the cabin and down a small slope is Livingston Lake.

If you plan on swimming, kayaking, or canoeing on the lake, you do so at your own risk. The rental agreement requires that you wear a life jacket if you go boating on the lake. There might be leaches in that lake, so check yourself thoroughly if you decide to go for a swim.

There is supposedly trout in that lake, but who knows whether or not the locals will have already fished it out. A New Brunswick angling license is required if you want to try your luck at fishing.

Directions

On highway 144, around 3km east of Alma, take the 45 Road north. After 3.6km, take the Livingston Lane driveway west. The campsite is a few hundred meters away.

Cost

The cost of the campsite rental and other needed supplies (such as cleaning supplies) will be split evenly among all guests. A copy of the rental invoice will be sent by email to all attendees. The campsite rental cost is $225 for Friday and Saturday nights, for up to 36 guests.

RVs

There are no water/sewage/electrical hookups for RVs at the site. If you still want to bring your RV, please be aware that Barrett Road is a fairly steep dirt road, and that the turn into Livingston Lane might be tricky.

The organizer reserves the right to limit the number of RVs so that there’s enough space for cars, tents and telescopes. When filling out the registration form, please indicate if you plan to bring your RV. If there’s no room left, you will be notified by the organizer. RV spots will be assigned in the order registrations were received.

RVs are to be parked along the eastern fork of the campsite’s driveway.

Note that Fundy Park is only 10km away, so one possibility for RVers would be to sleep in your RV at Fundy Park after you’ve finished observing for the night.

Local Amenities

There is a general store in Alma that sells gas, some groceries, liquor, and coffee. It’s open every day from 8:00AM to 9:00PM.

Fundy National Park is only 10km away if you’d like to visit during the daytime. Entrance passes are free this year.

Rules

The rental agreement with Livingston Outdoor Adventures requires that every guest respects the following rules:

A. Water Supply: The water supply for the camp is from a well so please ensure there is no waste of water. Do not turn off water pump unless advised by camp representative.

B. (This rule was waived for our group)

C. Fire Precautions: It is the duty of all camp users to exercise extreme care in the use of materials that might cause forest fires. Keeping that in mind there is NO SMOKING allowed on camp property nor candles / open flames allowed in buildings or teepees.

Note: The NO SMOKING rule is intended for youth groups booking the site. We are permitted to smoke, but we should use the provided bucket for disposing of cigarette butts.

D. Campfires: All campfires are to be held in the designated pit near the waterfront. Before starting a fire it is mandatory to check with the Department of Natural Resources for fire index and permission. Call 1-866-458-8080 – lines open 24/7. Please ensure there is a bucket of water nearby for extinguishing fire. It is the responsibility of the users to ensure fire is attended to at all times and is completely extinguished before leaving campfire area.

Note: The event organizer is banning nighttime campfires as per rule #2 below.

E. Trees: Do not cut down any standing trees.

F. Waterfront: The Lake is used at renter’s own risk; LOA does not accept any responsibility for water use.

G. Canoes/Kayaks: Although LOA does not provide canoes or kayaks, groups using them MUST wear life jackets while on the water. Standard safety practices MUST BE FOLLOWED.

H. Pets: No domestic animals or pets of any kind are permitted on the property.

I. Recreational Vehicles: No unlicensed motorbikes or other ATV’s are allowed to operate on camp property.

Organizer’s Additional Rules

1. Green Laser Pointers: The use of green laser pointers is banned for this event. This is because several of our members will be capturing astro images, and green lasers can ruin their photographic exposures.

2. Campfires: Nighttime campfires are banned if the skies are clear. This is to prevent the campfire’s bright glare from ruining the stargazers’ dark adaptation. If we are clouded out, then campfires are permitted as per rule D above.

3. Alcohol and Smoking: We have been given permission to consume alcohol (legal age adults only). But please keep alcohol consumption to a moderate level to prevent rude and obnoxious behavior. Smoking has also been permitted for our group, but please smoke outdoors and away from other guests. To prevent forest fires, you must dispose of your butts in the pail near the main building.

4. Light Etiquette: During nighttime observing, please avoid the use of white light near the stargazers. Please park your vehicle so that its headlights are pointing away from the stargazers.

5. Non-Astronomer Guests: Please remember that this is not a public outreach event. If members of your party don’t have their own equipment, you are responsible for keeping them “entertained” during the nighttime viewing. If you bring young children, please don’t allow them to run or bike near telescopes.

6. Music: We all have different musical tastes, so please don’t impose your musical preferences on others by playing loud music. Let’s all enjoy the sounds of nature!

7. Kitchen: If you use the kitchen facilities to prepare food, please clean up after yourself. Wipe down spatters on the stovetop and in the microwave.

8. Food and Garbage: This is bear country! Do not store your food or garbage inside your tent or vehicle. Please store them inside the main building or bunkhouse.

9. Firearms: Firearms are prohibited. If you feel that you need protection against wildlife, bring a can of bear spray.

Contact

If you have general questions about this event, please contact Emile Cormier:

Email: emile dot cormier dot jr at gmail dot com
Phone: 962-0269

Registration

Fill out the form below to register spots for your party.


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