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Dedicated to the Advancement of Astronomy and Allied Sciences

The Halifax Centre of the RASC is an active association of over 200 amateur and professional astronomers, united by their appreciation of the night sky and the wonders it contains. The Centre is located in the provincial capital city of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, but many members live in several outlying communities, other provinces, and even other countries. The roots of the Centre date back to 1951 when, with the help of Father Burke-Gaffney of St. Mary's University, the Nova Scotia Astronomical Society was founded. The NSAS became the Halifax Centre of the RASC in January 1955. The RASC prides itself in educating the general public about astronomy. The public programs sponsored by Halifax Centre include: lectures, public star nights, and activities during special astronomical events.

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RASC Events

RASC March Meeting

The Halifax Centre will be holding its usual monthly meeting on Friday, March 17, 2017 at 7:30 PM.

Room AT101, Atrium Building, St. Mary's University(Map)


1. Paul Heath: Presenting Concepts - Inquiring Minds Want to Know!

Paul will look at some basic concepts in astronomy, distance, size, mass, etc., with simple props and hands-on activities, that can help to show these concepts to both young and old. He promises it will be an interactive talk!

2. David Chapman: Orienting your Skywatcher AZ Telescope to the Sky

Many of us have Skywatcher telescopes with alt-azimuth (AZ) mounts with Go-To capability - the Centre's 16" reflector at Saint Croix Observatory (SCO) is one. Dave will walk through the steps of starting up such a telescope for an evening of viewing, using his much smaller 4.5" Skywatcher Virtuoso reflector. A lot of his tips apply to other telescope brands, although the details may vary.

As always, there will be refreshments and a social time following the meeting.

Dates of future meetings are:

Friday, April 21, 2017

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