December 8 Indoor Meeting: Field Power

Location: NCSU Crafts Center (directions) Date: December 8, 2017 Time: 7:30-9:30pm Abstract: RAC Co-Chair John Sadler will lead a discussion around field power.   Portable batteries are needed to run dew controllers at a minimum, and for many, they also power telescope mounts, imaging gear, computers, and more.   While some commercial solutions exist, home made solutions are quite typical.   Learn what to consider when building the box including the battery, connectors such as the Anderson Powerpole products, amp meters, voltage regulators,…

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November Imaging Meeting

Our topic for a rundown of available processing programs for astro-imagers will be tentatively postponed for the December Meeting.  Instead there will be an open discussion for new materials/questions members may want to present.

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November 10 Indoor Meeting: Astronomical Spectroscopy

Location: NCSU Crafts Center (directions) Date: November 10, 2017 Time: 7:30-9:30pm Abstract: RAC member Matt Lochansky will show how spectroscopy sheds light on the composition and environment of our universe.  While human exploration has barely left our solar system, much of our understanding of elements, temperatures, and velocities in deep space have been made through spectroscopic techniques.  Amateurs are placing an increasing role in monitoring transient astronomical events and longer term patterns of stellar interactions. RAC Business: After the presentation,…

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October 27 Indoor Meeting: 60th Anniversary of Sputnik

Location: NCSU Crafts Center (directions) Date: October 27, 2017 Time: 7:30-9:30pm Abstract: October marks 60 years since the Sputnik was launched from the Soviet Union.  Our 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. Dr. Philbrick with describe the events leading up to sputnik, the tone of the time, and how we all changed as a result of it’s orbit 60…

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Skywatching at Dix

The Raleigh Astronomy Club, along with CHAOS, Morehead Planetarium, and Raleigh Parks and Rec will be out at Dorothea Dix park for skywatching!  Come out for a great night enjoying the night sky.   Tickets are FREE!! When:   October 28, 2017, 7:30-10:30pm Where: Dorothea Dix Park Big Field, 101 Blair Drive, Raleigh, NC 27603 Over 1000 guests are expected. More Details and Tickets: Details: This is an informal session, so you can arrive and leave any time during the two hours of the program. However,…

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September Imaging Meeting: The Technique of Dithering

What is “dithering” anyway? Two nuances that determine good quality images are eliminating camera noise and taming bad sky conditions. “Dithering” is a clever way of toning down these problems before analyzing the images, saving the headaches of removing some noise and bad sky conditions while taking your pictures. To find out more, come out to our usual location at the Raleigh Brickhouse Restaurant this Thursday at 7pm. Imagers are also encouraged to bring their final eclipse photos and any…

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September 8 Indoor Meeting: Video Astronomy

Location: NCSU Crafts Center (directions) Date: September 8, 2017 Time: 7:30-9:30pm Abstract: Club members Michael Carnes and Michael Keefe will be providing an introductory talk on video astronomy. They will over areas such as what is Video Astronomy, benefits of Video Astronomy, what is needed to start and what you can expect from Video Astronomy. Additionally, our speakers will share some recent examples of their work as well as having examples of their equipment. Please join us this Friday evening…

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August RAC Imaging Meeting

Join us for this month’s RAC Imaging Meeting at its usual venue in the hallway of the Raleigh Brickhouse AT 7pm.  For this meeting, we will be discussing eclipse imaging plans and tips for the next week’s event.

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August 11 Indoor Meeting: Photographing the Eclipse

Location: NCSU Crafts Center (directions) Date: August 11, 2017 Time: 7:30-9:30pm Club member and astrophotographer extraordinaire Chris Cole will present on how to photograph the eclipse.   His talk will cover photography with a smartphone all the way to using a CMOS camera (DSLR) through a H-alpha telescope.  We’ll also talk about the different photographing strategies that can make the experience enjoyable. You may have seen Chris featured on WRAL-TV talking about how to image the eclipse. Eclipse Glasses:  All club members…

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July Imaging Meeting

Join us for this month’s RAC Imaging Meeting at its usual venue in the hallway of the Raleigh Brickhouse AT 7pm.  We will not be presenting a topic this time, but will be having some of the imagers showing their usual, recent work.  We will also briefly discuss the benefits of having our most active imagers as keyholders.

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Solar Observing at Marbles Kids Museum

We had an awesome time doing Solar Observations for the public at Marbles kids museum! Roughly about 100 people looked through our scopes to view the Sun and see the giant sunspot on the Sun’s western limb. Thanks to Matt L. (for organizing), Jacks L., Mike K. & Doug L., and Phyllis L. for answering questions and operating telescopes at today’s event. Additional thanks goes to Hardin from Marbles Kids Museum for arranging parking, carts, and cold water during the…

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July 14 Indoor Meeting: Skywatching with the Public

Location: NCSU Crafts Center (directions) Date: July 14, 2017 Time: 7:30-9:30pm Many RAC members offer their time, expertise, and equipment for astronomy outreach, and partner with other organizations to help make skywatching sessions for the public a success. Join Morehead Planetarium educators and coordinators of the NC Statewide Star Party (the biggest statewide star party for the public in the universe?) for a discussion of skywatching with the public in the Triangle. During this meeting, you’ll get to have some…

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June Imaging Meeting

Join us at the Raleigh Brick House Restaurant this Thursday at 7pm for our monthly imaging meeting.  This month we have no particular topic planned but as always, a screen and projector will be present for anyone wanting to show their latest work or new image-processing techniques.   For any new members of the Raleigh Astronomy Club, who are just getting started in astro-imaging, thinking about astro-imaging or just want to see some nice images of space taken by our club…

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June 9 Indoor Meeting: NEAF Report and Elections

Location: NCSU Crafts Center (directions) Date: June 9, 2017 Time: 7:30-9:30pm RAC members Mark and Phyllis Lang will give a report on this year’s Northeast Astronomy Forum (NEAF). NEAF is held each April in Suffern, NY, and is the largest astronomy equipment trade show in the world. Join Mark and Phyllis for a vendor’s view of the show. Also, learn about the Webb Deep-Sky Society – what it is, what they do and how to join. After the presentation, we…

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