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Next Meeting

Club General Meeting - Friday 11 October, 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
Friday 25 October 2019 @ 7:00 pm --At Zehrs - Laurentian Mall (750 Ottawa St S, Kitchener) -upstairs conference room



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StarGazing 101 - Observing

Stargazing 101 is dedicated to the promotion and facilitation of visual observing.

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Monkton and other Local Observing Sites

The Monkton site is a good dark site with excellent horizons. At about 50Km from Kitchener-Waterloo it is located at the end of a dead end road. This map also shows some other good sites too.

Map to Boyd's Lane

In 2005, a number of us started to observe from a site just north of Crosshill on a 'very' quiet gravel road called Boyd's Lane.

Tim's Observing Sites

Some of Tim's Dark Sky Observing Sites and Good Food & Drink.


Tim provided these general tips for observing:

Safety tips:

  1. Don't put yourself at risk.
  2. Avoid precarious perches, bridges, docks, cliffs.
  3. Watch out for traffic.
  4. Beware of bulls.
  5. Take a friend.
  6. How far away is help?
  7. Don't get stuck.
  8. Don't count on cell phone coverage.
  9. Tell someone where you are going.


  1. Don't trepass.
  2. Ask for permission.
  3. Public places.
  4. Be courteous, i.e. parking lots, trails, summer roads.

Darker the Better:

  1. Away from cities and towns.
  2. 20-30 km radius is great.
  3. Away from outdoor lighting.

Big Horizon:

  1. Seek out large flat fields.
  2. Away from trees, buildings, towers.
  3. Allows extended viewing season esp. south and west.