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President's Message
The Spring message, from the club's president -
  Gerry Bissett.

Next Meeting
Friday, September 12,

7:30pm.
At WLU in the Bricker Building, room BA102.

The Stargazers 101 will meet Friday August 29 7:00. Rain date of Saturday August 30.
At the Conestogo Lake Conservation Area. 

Club Calendar

A full calendar of club meetings and events for the 2013-2014 year.

Next Event

Tuesday August 12.
Perceids Meteor Shower, University of Waterloo, Lower Sports field.  Rain date of August 13.
All can attend.

Visit the Club Events page for future and past Events and Activities.

Youth Astronomy

Resources

Resource Material

Some further astronomy references:

Books

Magazines

Web Sites


Books

The Beginner's Observing Guide
by Royal Astronomical Society of Canada
One of the best books for novices with plenty of information and general star charts to help get you started.

A Walk Through the Heavens
by Milton D. Heifetz and Wil Tirion
Novices and intermediate stargazers will easily learn the skill of starhopping.
It contains numerous star charts showing how to easily navigate from one constellation to another by extending a line from two stars in one constellation toward another constellation.
Stories of the constellations legends are also included.

Nightwatch
by Terence Dickinson
An excellent general book for novice stargazers. It provides the basics of stargazing using your eyes and binoculars. Includes a good introduction to understanding the types of telescopes and what they are used for.

Turn Left At Orion
by Guy Consolmagno and Dan M. Davis
A hundred night sky object to see in a small telescope – and how to find them.
A great book for beginners. It show how to find some of the best objects in the sky using a small scope, even in our light polluted cities.

The Backyard Astronomers Guide
by Terence Dickinson
An excellent book for intermediate and advanced stargazers in understanding the varieties and complexities of telescopes and their uses. Also more in depth knowledge of astronomy.

National Audubon Society: Field Guide to the Night Sky

Summer Stargazing: A Practical Guide for Recreational Astronomers
by Terence Dickinson
An abundantly illustrated guide to the year's best stargazing season.

MoonWatch
by FireFly
The complete starter pack for the lunar observer. It includes a large lunar map, a large moon phase poster and the Moon Observer's Book by Peter Grego. These three items are a real bargain when bought in this package.

Deep Sky Observer
by FireFly
The complete starter pack for the deep sky observer. It includes a larger start chart, a large deep sky objects poster and the Deep Sky Observer's Guide by Neil Bone and Wil Tirion. These three items are a real bargain when bought in this package.

Field Map of the Moon
by Sky and Telescope
This excellent laminated map folds out from 12x12 inches to 24x24. It shows details of the Moon's many craters, mountains and "seas." An index of over 400 features is included listing craters as small as 3 km. in diameter.

Magazines

SkyNews
The Canadian Magazine of Astronomy & Stargazing.

Astronomy
The worlds best selling Astronomy magazine.

Sky & Telescope
The Essential Magazine of Astronomy

Web sites

SkyMaps
The Evening Sky Map, a new chart every month.

The Full Moon Atlas
The Lunar Navigator - Interactive Maps Of The Moon.

NRC Planisphere
An interactive Planishpere from the National Research Council.