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Lunar Eclipse Jan 20/21, 2019

The night of January 20, extending after midnight into Jan 21 there will be a total lunar eclipse well positioned for us in Raleigh. The moon will start fading away by 10pm and will then be cast in a reddish hue as the total lunar eclipse begins at 11:41pm. The moon will be fully eclipsed until 12:43am and then take about two additional hours to exit the Earth’s shadow. RAC does not have a public event planned for the eclipse…

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OCTOBER IMAGING MEETING: ASTRO PIXEL PROCESSOR

Our next imaging meeting will be Thursday the 18th at 7:30pm and we will be returning to our new location, Manchester’s Grill. It is located at 9101 Leesville Rd, Raleigh, NC 27613 and we will be using the same meeting room in the restaurant. For this month’s topic, member Rowland Archer will talk about his experiences using the Astro Pixel Processor Software in his imaging workflow. As usual, bring by your astrophotos to share.

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September Imaging Meeting *NEW LOCATION*

Our next imaging meeting will be Thursday the 20th at 7pm and we will be trying out a new location called Manchester’s Grill. It is located at 9101 Leesville Rd, Raleigh, NC 27613. There is a separate meeting room in the restaurant that we can use and have our projector and screen setup. As usual, bring by your astrophotos to share.

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August 2018 Imaging Meeting: Do-It-Yourself

Join us this Thursday, August 16 for our monthly imaging meeting in the back hallway of the Raleigh Brickhouse Restaurant.  The topic will be about Do-It-Yourself projects.  Members are encouraged to bring in their creations to share with the rest of the group.  As always, we will have the usual presentation of images since the last meeting.

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July Imaging Meeting: Image Acquisition

Join us for our July Imaging Meeting. Member Michael Fulbright will be giving a presentation on his workflow of he sets up his telescope and cameras for a night of imaging. We’ll be meeting in the hallway behind the Brickhouse Restaurant on Hillsborough Street at 7pm. As always, bring your new images by to share.

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June 21 Imaging Meeting

Join us for our June Imaging Meeting.  There will be no formal presentation, but there will be some open discussion about changing the schedule of our imaging meetings so as to help offset the instances where the Imaging Group could have back-to-back meetings with the rest of the club.  We’ll be meeting in the hallway behind the Brickhouse Restaurant on Hillsborough Street at 7pm.  As always, bring your new new images by to share.

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June 22 Meeting: Imaging Showcase

Location: NCSU Crafts Center (directions) Date: May 18, 2018 Time: 7:30-9:30pm Imaging Showcase For this months meeting, some of our club’s imagers will show their latest work in photographing the night sky.  Imagers will talk about what cameras and equipment were used and the software for which to acquire the images. RAC Business: After the presentation, we will discuss additional RAC business. We will then adjourn for dinner at a Sammy’s Tap and Grill on Avent Ferry Rd.

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Our Next Public Night

The Raleigh Astronomy Club holds several public observing sessions each year where we provide the telescopes and kids of all ages join in the fun. These events are free of charge – just come on out. Sometimes a blanket or lawn chair are useful for hanging out with us! Our Next Public Observing Session: Dorothea Dix Park Big Field 101 Blair Drive Raleigh, NC 27603 Date: June 15, 2018 Time: 9:00pm – 12:00am NOTE: Always check back close to the…

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Renew for 2018

Members, it’s time to renew your membership!  We’ve made it as easy as 1-2-3.  Individual memberships are still $25 and family memberships are $35.  Please LOG IN to the website Renew Your Membership through Paypal (contact the treasurer to make other arrangements) Ensure your contact information is up to date.      

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Astronomy Days – Space Telescopes and Missions

Astronomy Days RAC partners with the Museum of Natural Sciences and NASA to help you see the big picture — of the Universe! From comet crafts to solar observing, lectures to rocket launches, space enthusiasts of all ages will find something to do at Astronomy Days. You don’t want to miss this year’s theme: Space Telescopes and Missions! Where: NC Museum of Natural Sciences: 11 West Jones Street, Raleigh, NC 27601 When: Saturday January 27 9am-5pm Sunday January 28 12pm-5pm…

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More Info From Astronomy Days

Understanding & Measuring Light Pollution Astronomy Days 2018 Citizen Science Links Globe At Night project: https://www.globeatnight.org/ Loss of the Night project: http://lossofthenight.blogspot.com/ Android app: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.cosalux.welovestars&hl=en iPhone app: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/loss-of-the-night/id928440562?mt=8 Studies/ Governance International Dark Sky Association: http://www.darksky.org/ Raleigh Comprehensive Plan https://www.raleighnc.gov/content/PlanDev/Documents/LongRange/ComprehensivePlan/CompPlanUpdate/Draft/CPUSection05EnvironmentalProtection.pdf Paper on Increasing LED Lighting http://advances.sciencemag.org/content/3/11/e1701528 Measurements Skyglow file definition http://www.darksky.org/light-pollution/measuring-light-pollution/ Sky Quality Meter http://unihedron.com Light Pollution measurement maps http://www.myskyatnight.com/#map http://www.knightware.biz/community/public/sqmmap/sqm_map.php http://cires.colorado.edu/Artificial-light

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Meeting Highlight October 2017 – 60th Anniversary of Sputnik

Our October 27, 2017 Indoor meeting highlight featured our guest speaker, Dr. Russell Philbrick, was a senior at Cary High School and convinced the owners of WPTF radio station to use their antenna to track the satellite. He gave an excellent talk about the history of not only his career but of the history of the Operation Moonwatch. He told the story of how he organized the Cary High School’s moonwatch club and how he got that call at 3:00…

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