All good things must come to an end, and so must Astronomy Moncton also come to an end. It's been a good 6-year run, but it's now time to shut down this informal club.
Unfortunately, we seem to have lost the interest, commitment, and enthusiasm among members to keep this club going. Astronomy Moncton will therefore be shut down by the end of 2023.
If you want to be part of some kind of astronomy club, there is the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC) - New Brunswick Centre that you can join: https://rascnb.ca/ . They have monthly Zoom meetings outside the summer months, and during the summer they host a number of star parties throughout the province. Several of our members also happen to be members of the RASC, and they will continue to be involved in astronomy through them.
It's been a pleasure sharing our passion for astronomy with you, and we hope that you'll continue looking up.
The New Brunswick Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada has released a telescope buying guide.
Print-friendly PDF version: https://rascnb.ca/wp-content/uploads/TelescopeGuide-Rev_1_0.pdf
The Moncton High School student's astronomy club recently had their first outing of the school year. They starting learning how to use their two new 8" Dobsonian telescopes, graciously donated by Atlantic Photo Supply and Astronomy Moncton.
Dobsonian telescopes are great for beginners due to their simplicity and the best possible "bang for buck" in terms of mirror size. They range in size from 5-inch tabletops to monster 16-inch light buckets (and some even bigger).
Atlantic Photo Supply carries the SkyWatcher line of Dobsonian telescopes, as well as Celestron telescopes. They are the closest store from Moncton (to our knowledge) that sell real telescopes that are not just toys. They can do mail order.
One of these Dobsonian telescopes was graciously donated by:
During our upcoming National Star Party event on July 29, 2017, we'll be selling eclipse glasses for a reduced price of only 2$ a pair. As you may already know, there will be a solar eclipse visible across the US and much of Canada on August 21st, 2017.
These ISO-certified glasses will allow you to safely view the eclipse. Don't miss out on this rare phenomenon that only happens a few times in one's lifetime! We only have a limited supply, so don't miss your chance to grab your eclipse glasses before they're gone! Funds raised will go towards Astronomy Moncton's costs associated with public outreach and education.
Sunday afternoon, April 30th, between noon and 3:00PM, a few of our members will be out in Bore View Park with solar telescopes. Feel free to drop by and take a look. You should be able to see sunspots and perhaps some prominences.
On December 5th, 2016, Astronomy Moncton held a telescope clinic at the Moncton High School to help beginners learn more about telescopes before purchasing one for Christmas.
As part of its 2016 Annual General Meeting, the RASC New Brunswick Center hosted a number of talks on November 5th at the Moncton High School. The guest speakers were Randy Attwood, James Mosher, Laura Sponagle, and David Levy. RASC member Chris Curwin won an award for his outstanding outreach efforts. Observing had to be cancelled that night due to unfavorable weather.
The New Brunswick Center of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC) will be hosting presentations from guest speakers on November 5th, at the Moncton High School. Among the speakers is comet hunter David Levy, who discovered the Shoemaker-Levy 9 comet debris that amazed the world when it impacted Jupiter in 1994.
There will also be solar observing during the noon break, as well as nighttime observation at the school's observatory (weather permitting).
This event is free and open to the public (seating is limited).
Please consult the following brochures for the event's schedule, guest speakers, and contact information. Feel free to print and post them on your local bulletin board!
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We had a fun time at our October 7-8 workshops and observation session at the Moncton High School. On October 7th, we held our telescope clinic, where one of our members instructed a family on how to setup and use their Christmas gift telescope. During the same evening, we observed the Moon as part of the International Observe the Moon Night. We also observed Saturn, Mars, and other deep sky objects.
On October 8th, we had our first meeting where we gave beginner-level talks on astronomy: observing with the naked eye, observing the solar system, and observing with binoculars. One of our members also helped a beginner on how to setup their telescope. Seven new members joined our growing club on that day.