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Next Meeting

Club General Meeting - Friday 13 September, 2019
Location: Bricker Academic Building - Wilfrid Laurier University:

Room: 112 at 7:30 PM.
We will have our stand-up sign near the front entrance.



The Stargazers 101
Saturday 28 September 2019 @ 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm. --At Zehrs - Laurentian Mall (750 Ottawa St S, Kitchener) -upstairs conference room


Next Event:

Star Party "Perseids" - University Waterloo: Monday, August 12 @ 8:00 p.m.
Star Party "101" - Conestoga Lake: Friday, August 23 @ 8:00 p.m. Parking Lot


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IYA 2009 Past Events

A Short Description of how the IYA 2009 Events went.

KW-RASC IYA2009 Past Club Activities

A report on the events after they occurred.  

Herschel - his Music and Astronomy

Sunday, October 18

The Nota Bene Period Orchestra and the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada present an afternoon of Herschel's Music and Astronomy.  This was held at the Registry, 3pm Sunday Oct 18.

Public Star Party at Waterloo Park

Saturday, September 26, 2009
The Club is holding a Waterloo Park Star party, free and open to all members of the public.  From Dusk onwards, members of the KW-RASC will delight the public with live views through the telescopes of:

  • The Moon (1st Quarter)
  • Jupiter
  • M31 - The Andromeda Galaxy
  • M57 - The Ring Nebula
  • Mizar & the Big Dipper
  • Polaris - The North Star
  • Plus a whole lot more...

For more information you can download the PDF brochure here.

The Weather was overcast and rain so this event was cancelled.

Harry Potter Children's Day at KW-Telescope

July 18, 2009

Come out to KW-Telescope where we are holding a Harry Potter and the Cosmos Children’s Day at KW-Telescope. We will explore the Astronomy references used throughout Harry Potter and have telescopes displays, crafts and games for the children.
Saturday, 12 to 4, bring the family to KW-Telescope.

A well attended event with an excellent presentation running showing the connection between Harry Potter and the Stars.

Dark Sky Observing Clinic at Conestogo Lake

June 13, 2009
Come and Learn, Come and Contribute:

Download the Event Poster here.
For a Map to the Park, click here.
For the Map within the park, click here.

Our goal is to create the atmosphere of a club observing event – attract a few really interested people rather than a broader public.

We're targeting members, 101 attendees, "keen" members of the public.

We'd like to replicate the Boyde's “event” of a month or so ago  with “format” (several on this mailing list were there).

The content would consist primarily of:

  • Telescope demos (various types – daylight - dusk walkaround)
  • Talks on Observing tips & tricks, e.g. averted vision, breathing, prep, not getting stuck (if you can't find your object), filters for DSOs, collimation, star testing (maybe), challenges (Messier, top NGC), remember to have fun, ergonomics (be comfortable)

We had a good turn out of club members and campers from the park.  The event was very successful at getting many people introduced to our new observing site.  Since then the site has been used more often by more people.

Astrophotography Gala at KW-Telescope

May 11-16, 2009
As part of its celebrations for the International Year of Astronomy, KW Telescope hosted a major celebration entitled “A Photographic Celebration of the Night Sky”. It featured an extensive open house display of over 70 astrophotography exhibits, done by Canadian amateur astronomers.

Public Star Party at Waterloo Park

Saturday, May 2, 2009
The Club is holding a Waterloo Park Star party, free and open to all members of the public.  From Dusk onwards, members of the KW-RASC will delight the public with live views through the telescopes of:

  • The Moon
  • Saturn
  • M13 - Globular Cluster
  • Mizar & the Big Dipper
  • Polaris - The North Star
  • Leo & Regulus
  • Plus a whole lot more...

For more information you can download the PDF brochure here.

The weather was raining during the day, but cleared up by event time.  We had over 200 members of the public out to view through over 25 scopes from club members.
Everyone had a good time viewing Saturn and other stellar objects.

Children's Day at KW-Telescope

Saturday, March 21, 2009
From 1pm to 4pm (or when the kids go home)
Another successful event and as best described by Cari:

Hello everyone, just some feedback on another successful event.  Brian H. and Brady hosted a fantastic day at KW Telescope.  There were at least 50 kids who came with their parents to take part in the days activities.  Activities included:

  • Solar system display - heliocentric vs. geocentric solar system with related jigsaw puzzle - Sue
  • Slide Show presentation - Phil
  • Rock and Meteor Display - Hollander Family
  • Microscope Display - Hollander Family
  • Lunar Phases Display - Cari and Brian G.
  • The Universe DVD series on big screen T.V - Brian G.
  • Solar Scope outside - Ron  ( I got to see the Sun for the first time through a scope! Very cool!)
  • Indoor Telescope set up on picture of the moon for simulated outdoor viewing - Brian H.
  • Activities Table - assemble Planispheres, colour, search a word, puzzles, constellation find etc. - Maryanne and Hollander Family
  • Tons of Handouts/Info compliments of National

A very special thank you to everyone for all their wonderful work today and to Brady (and KW-Telescope crew) for opening the store to us.  Keep your eyes posted on the Kitchener Record as a reporter came by and talked to Brian H. for about 30 min. (she took 4 pages worth of notes) 

IYA 2009 Kick-Off Star Party

January 17, 2009

Our first event was not only clouded over but lots of snow too.  For a blustery winter evening we still had over 150 attend.  The rotating lectures were informative and well attended.  Also the displays gave the public a look at the types of telescopes we use and how they are used.

Representatives of the media were there too, all raising the profile of Astronomy and RASC in the local community.

All things considered a good event for all.