Sunday, September 6, 2009

Algonquin Park’s Spectacular Dark Sky

Astronomy Workshop in Algonquin Park.
Algonquin Park’s Spectacular Dark Sky
September 26, 2009
4:00 pm to 7:00 pm, followed by observing

Algonquin Park, with its clear, dark sky, provides the ideal location for observing the Moon, planets, and stars. Join Francois van Heerden as he introduces you to the basics of observing, recognizing the constellations, and using star hopping to find the hidden treasures of the night sky. He will demonstrate the correct way to set up a telescope and provide you with information on how to get the very best out of binoculars and telescopes. Finally, the group will enjoy looking at the available objects through his 11" and 6" Celestron telescopes. View the surface of the Moon, Jupiter and other planets, and then amazing deep sky objects, from star clusters to distant galaxies.

Workshop instruction will include:
• Settng up a telescope, properly aligning and maintaining it
‐ do's and don'ts of buying a telescope
‐ starting with observing ‐ binoculars and telescopes
‐ viewing the Moon and planets
• An overview of the constellations and how to navigate using them
• Using a star chart and planesphere
• Understanding how to find objects with a telescope
Instruction will be followed by an exclusive viewing session, and every
participant will take home a planesphere and software DVD loaded
with a personal planetarium, tips and hints sheets, observing logs,
and more! Space is limited. Register early to secure your spot.
Francois van Heerden (‘Van’) has been a life member of the
Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, Toronto Centre since the mid‐1970's. He is an avid amateur observer who believes in sharing his hobby and providing entertaining presentations
interspersed with anecdotes from his own experiences.
Pre‐registration required. To register for this workshop, or for more information, contact Sophie
Mazowita at the Algonquin Park Visitor Centre, (613) 637‐2828 ext. 227. When you call to register, please be ready to give a contact phone number, an e‐mail address, and a Visa or MasterCard number.
The cost for this workshop is $20.00 (including applicable taxes) for members of The Friends of
Algonquin Park. Non‐members pay $32.00 for the workshop and a one‐year individual membership.
The workshop includes a star chart (planesphere), a DVD loaded with stargazing software to get you started at home, instruction by Francois van Heerden, and an exclusive observation session with use of his telescopes and binoculars. All ages welcome.

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