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May 17 Imaging Meeting

There will be no formal presentation, but there will be some open discussion about strategies for powering all our imaging gear. We’ll be meeting in the hallway behind the Brickhouse Restaurant on Hillsborough Street at 7pm. We had a lot of new images posted in recent weeks. Bring them by to share.

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May 18 Indoor Meeting: Mars at Opposition

Location: NCSU Crafts Center (directions) Date: May 18, 2018 Time: 7:30-9:30pm Mars at Opposition: Historical context and what to expect RAC Member and Associate Professor of Hispanic linguistics at NC State, Jim Michnowicz Gain some background on the upcoming Mars Opposition. Mars won’t be this close again until 2035, so this is the summer to spend some time on the Red Planet. Look at a brief history of Mars observations, as well as what to expect in the eyepiece during…

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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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April 27 Indoor Meeting: Stephen Hawking and his work

Location: NCSU Crafts Center (directions) Date: April 27, 2018 Time: 7:30-9:30pm Abstract: Stephen Hawking and his work: One possible view. Steve Christensen, RAC Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy UNC-Chapel Hill Abstract Steve met Hawking in 1972 and much of his research has been in similar fields, in particular, the nature of black holes. Steve will talk about his interactions with Hawking and his collaborators, his discoveries, and what still needs to be understood related to his work. RAC Business:…

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April Imaging Meeting

For our April Meeting, bring by any of your new images to share with the group. There also will be a discussion of other future topics. We will be meeting in the usual place behind the Brickhouse Restaurant in the hallway at 7pm this Thursday, April 19.

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March 23 Indoor Meeting: Getting Started in Astronomy

Location: NCSU Crafts Center (directions) Date: March 23, 2018 Time: 7:30-9:30pm Abstract: RAC Member and Co-Chair Ann Murphy will give a lecture on getting started in Astronomy. The lecture talks about some of the things to see in the night sky and how to start looking at them. 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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March Imaging Meeting: Imaging at Staunton River

This month’s RAC Imaging Meeting will be held a week early (March 8) due to the Staunton River Star Party occurring during our usual meeting time.  We welcome discussion about plans for imaging at the star party.  The meeting will be at its usual venue in the hallway outside of The Raleigh Brickhouse Restaurant at 7pm.

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February 23 Indoor Meeting: Time Lapse

Location: NCSU Crafts Center (directions) Date: February 23, 2018 Time: 7:30-9:30pm Abstract: RAC Member extraordinaire Mark Lang will demonstrate how the night sky changes over time and how he captures the images using his equipment. His astrophotography catches the motion of objects against the background stars. 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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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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January Imaging Meeting: Imaging OTAs

We will be discussing the pros and cons of different types of imaging optics that can be found throughout the hobby of Astrophotography. Any member can bring in their favorite imaging OTA and share their experiences and images taken with it.

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December Imaging Meeting: Plate Solving

We will be meeting in the usual place in the outside hallway of the Brickhouse Restaurant, Thursday December 21. For this months topic, we will have a brief discussion on plate solving. Plate solving is a technique in which a computer program can identify exactly where your telescope is pointing in the night sky. This allows you to quickly frame photo in whatever orientation you want instead of manually.

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