Annual General Meeting Tuesday, November 4, 2014 October 2014

October 2014
Annual General Meeting
Tuesday, November 4, 2014
at 7:15pm at the Okanagan College Kelowna Campus, 1000 KLO Rd., Lab Building, Room C368.
Come One, Come All! This is our once-a-year chance to have exactly the same meeting for all three
groups, so please do make the most of it.
In addition to the usual business meeting, we get an opportunity to add to the list of members found by the
Nominating Committee. Being willing to take on administrative roles in the Centre is important for all of us,
so do come along and maybe even consider challenging someone else for one of the roles you would be most
interested in.
To get us in the mood for our special speaker, John Carpenter will share photos taken at the Arecibo radio
telescope, which he and Anita visited earlier this year. For decades Arecibo has been by far the largest
astronomical parabolic electromagnetic collector, looking far into the past, and next door to radar-image
asteroids and other Solar System objects
The AGM includes a special speaker, to provide a stimulating counterpoint to the somewhat drier business of
running the Centre.
This year, Dr. Ben Tippett of UBCO will be talking about curved spacetime bubbles and time travel. Based
on a paper Dr. Tippett co-authored with Dr. David Tsang entitled “Traversable Achronal Domains In
Spacetime“, this presentation has already been enthusiastically received by the Thompson Rivers University
undergraduate physics society and the UBC physics department to name but two.
Ben received a Bachelor of Science, Honours Physics from UBC in 2003, he got his Master of Science in
Physics from Queens University in 2006 and a PhD in Mathematics from the University of New Brunswick in
2011. He has published a number of papers on such topics as “Gravitational collapse of quantum matter,”
“Closest Safe Approach to an Accreting Black Hole,” “Gravitational Lensing as a Mechanism For Effective
Cloaking” and a host of others. He is a General Relativist with interests too numerous to list fully here but
which include mathematics, public speaking, computer programming, Dr. Who, zombies, differential geometry,
science outreach, Superman, teaching and podcasting to name but a few.
In the field of pod-casting Ben Tippett produces “The Titanium Physicists Podcast”, a great physics podcast
where physicists explain an interesting topic from advanced physics in ways understandable to the nonphysicist. Look for it at – or just Google “Titanium Physicists” and find out how the inside of a neutron star is like a trailer park full of
Observing Reports
Vernon September Observing Challenges
These are the Sept Observing Challenges that were discussed at the Vernon
meeting on Sept 24. Members are take the challenges this month and discuss
them at the Oct 29 Vernon meeting.
1. Observe NGC7789 Caroline's Rose in Cassiopeia near Caph.
2. Observe trio of stars in M45 the Pleiades near Alcyone.
Determine why these stars have descriptions like HD23629, SAO76192,
BD+23536,STFA8, WDS03475+2406 and TYC1800-2201-1.
Observe the two 8th magnitude stars here and find another 8th
Magnitude star in another constellation. Compare them.
For more information, contact: James Kanester, [email protected]
Please send your observing notes and articles to me, any time of the month. I will include as many as
possible in the next issue of the Focus.
Your submissions are better if they give lots of personal details about your observing experience, more than
you would normally send out to the astrookanagan emailing group, for example. The Focus does not attempt to
duplicate the reporting done via astrookanagan, nor should it. This is the forum for, perhaps, a more in-depth
look at what you did, happenings special to you, more information on how you did the observing.
I will gladly work with you to polish up your submission, but you must provide the starting point.
Hugh Pett, Editor, Okanagan Centre’s newsletter the Focus; [email protected]
Fall 2014 Upcoming Outreach Opportunities in Kelowna
At the Rotary Cancer Lodge, we offer a presentation and telescope viewing the second Tuesday of each
month starting at 6:30 pm. Next event is Dec 9.
Other fun ways to spend your fall:
Partial solar Eclipse
Oct 23, 1:30-4:30 pm, Stuart Park, Kelowna
OC Career Fair
Nov 2
Okanagan Observatory
every clear Friday night
Please let me know which events you will be attending.
I have started an Outreach Calendar on our AstroOkanagan Google email discussion site. If you would like
access to this, please let me know.
2015 RASC-OC Gala
The 2015 Okanagan Centre Annual Dinner Gala is to be held in Kelowna on Saturday May 23, 2015.
Our scheduled speaker is Bob MacDonald. Yes, the CBC Radio host for Quirks and Quarks. It will be an
entertaining evening with a blend of social activity and interesting information.
However, there is plenty of planning involved and we need volunteers to assist in the many aspects
of hosting this event. This includes event promotion, ticket sales, acquiring items for the charity auction, etc.
Several previous committee members are returning to assist in the planning. However, others are unable to do
so due to other obligations.
We need additional volunteers. This is where you come in. Please join us!
Our first meeting is set for Sunday October 19, 2014. Please let me know if you will help out. Even if you are
unable to come to the first meeting, please let me know if you still wish to participate in the future so that I can
keep you up to date with the ongoing planning. We will meet at my home, 730 Royal Pine Dr, Kelowna, at
In 1961, a very famous person once said: “Ask not what your astronomy club can do for you - ask what you can
do for your astronomy club”. (I may have slightly misquoted the speech).
David Hawkins
[email protected]
Lead Chairperson
Welcome Ken Tapping to Okanagan Centre
After many years as a member of Ottawa Centre, where he had work- and hobby-related contacts, Ken has
recently transferred his membership to the Okanagan Centre.
Ken continues to work at D.R.A.O. south of Penticton, as a radio astronomer. His passion for this field began
as a teenager in England, and his contributions to solar observing are many.
He has on many occasions spoken to our meeting groups, and also at the inaugural May Observatory
fundraiser in 2012.
Ken has helped Hugh Pett a great deal, as Hugh works towards building a radio telescope at our Okanagan
We look forward to seeing Ken regularly in the future.
Meetings Schedule
Meetings held in Penticton on Thursdays (First Thursday of the month in 2014/15)
Okanagan College – Penticton Campus, Sunoka building, Room C02. See map.
*November 4, 2014
7:15 at OC Kelowna (Tuesday)
December 4, 2014
7:15 at OC
January 8, 2015
7:15 at OC
February 5, 2015
7:15 at OC
March 5, 2015
7:15 at OC
April 2, 2015
7:15 at OC
May 7, 2015
7:15 at OC
May 23, 2015
Gala Dinner/Auction/Speaker; Kelowna 5:00pm
Meetings held in Vernon on Wednesdays (Last Wednesday of the month)
OSC - Okanagan Science Centre , 2704 Hwy 6, Vernon See map.
October 29, 2014
7:15 at OSC
*November 4, 2014
7:15 at OC Kelowna (Tuesday)
December 17, 2014
7:15 at OSC
January 28, 2015
7:15 at OSC
February 25, 2015
7:15 at OSC
March 25, 2015
7:15 at OSC
April 29, 2015
7:15 at OSC
May 23, 2015
Gala Dinner/Auction/Speaker; Kelowna 5:00pm
June 24, 2015
7:15 at OSC
Meetings held in Kelowna on Tuesdays (Second Tuesday of the month in 2013 /14)
Okanagan College Science building at Okanagan College KLO Road, Kelowna. See map.
*November 4, 2014
7:15 at OC Kelowna (Tuesday)
December 2, 2014
7:30 at OC
January 6, 2015
7:30 at OC
February 3, 2015
7:30 at OC
March 3, 2015
7:30 at OC
April 7, 2015
7:30 at OC
May 5, 2015
7:30 at OC
May 23, 2015
Gala Dinner/Auction/Speaker; Kelowna 5:00pm
* combined meeting between the Kelowna, Penticton and Vernon Chapters held at 7:15 at Okanagan College
Elected Officers
President Colleen O’Hare
1st V.P.Jerry Thompson
2nd V.P. Dave Whalley
3rd V.P. Kelowna Olaf Lutz
Treasurer Zoli Boda
Secretary Dennis Krause
Observatory Director Guy Mackie
Librarian Colleen O’Hare
National Representative Richard Christie
Patricia Reid
Raffaele Scotto Sachianca
Chris Purton
Jim Failes
Past President Dave Gamble
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Appointed Positions
Focus Editor Hugh Pett
Andrew Bennett
Dave Gamble
Membership Secretary Jim Tisdale
RASC merchandise Frank Stariha
Outreach Coordinators
Raffaele Scotto Sachianca
James Kanester
Kelowna Colleen O’Hare
Penticton Al Fishler
Picture of the Month
Richard Christie
Frank Stariha
Zenfolio Manager Dave Gamble
What's Up Contributor Dave Gamble
Clothing, New Items, Styles and Colours!
Check out the Zenfolio pictures of the Okanagan Observatory’s new line of clothes! T-shirts ($20), Polos ($40),
Hats ($15) and anything else you like from the catalog. To find the pictures go to
Let me know if you would like to order anything. ([email protected])
Things to Buy
-RASC toques, good quality, one size fits all, with RASC logo. Perfect for those chilly viewing nights. $14.
-RASC full-colour stickers, $2.50 each.
-Welders glass, 2 ¼” by 4”, ideal for solar viewing.
-White RASC tee-shirts, with logos. Available in medium, large, and extra-large. A perfect companion for
your black Okanagan Observatory tee-shirt. $15.
-Beginners Observers Handbooks, $15.
-Planispheres, an invaluable item for charting the heavens, $15.
-RASC key chains (everyone can use one), $3.
-RASC Baseball caps, two white, one navy (if you really want to look like a police SWAT team member), $14
Also available are some miscellaneous items, including cloth crests, lapel pins, mugs, and one RASC golf shirt.
All these items can be purchased at RASC meetings in Kelowna from Frank Stariha, purveyor of Fine
Astronomical Merchandise, or by contacting Frank at [email protected]
Telescope Package for sale!
contact Percy Crosthwaite, 250-594-5858, [email protected]
asking $ 2300 for the package
Nextstar 8 SE Celestron
Power Tank 7 AH-12V
Solar Filter
Diagonal 2” XLT-SCT
Laser Collimator w/sideview
Scope Cloak
$ 1349.95
$ 49.95
$ 79.95
PMt – 2200
Eyepiece 20.0 mm Nagler Type 5
Eyepiece 12.0 mm Nagler Type 4
Powermate 2.0x
Green Lazer Pointer
2” Density Filter
#7675 07227
#7056 92110
#13756 94005
EZ Finder
Red Dot Finder
Observing chair ( Not used )
Celestron StarSense
$ 129 95
Accessory Package
Contact: Roland Oliynyk (250-808-6800) or [email protected]
Prefer to sell as one package: $500.
8aK4 Burgess Optical
Eyepiece( 2 units) for Binoviewer
Edge-On 19mm Flat-Field Orion
Eyepiece (2 units) for Binoviewer
20 mm Bino-Lites Burgess Optical
Eyepiece (1 Unit) Super Plossl
26mm Multi-Coated Meade
Eyepiece (1 unit) E-lux 25mm Plossl
Eyepiece (1 unit) 8mm
Radian Tele Vue
Eyepiece (1 unit) 13mm Ethos
100deg Tele Vue
Lens (1 unit) 2X Barlow Lens
Lens (1 unit)
Moon filter ND. 13 Antares
Lens Case (1 unit) Orion
Astronomer Chair
For sale – 8” Celestron reflector telescope (CPCseries)
Telescope comes with locking case holding 40mm, 25mm & 15mm
eye pieces, 2x Barlow lens, black, orange, green & blue filters as
well as red/white flashlight.
There is a power connector to use with a nearby outlet as well as a
rechargeable battery unit to use as an alternate power source.
Also included is a manual and the original boxes the telescope was
purchased in.
Asking $1,250 (or best offer) (purchased in 2008 for $2,500)
Contact Jim Gray at 250-768-1404
NOTE: Colleen O'Hare (President, RASC-OC) monthly sends out a report, containing some material not
presented in the Focus. Do email her if you are not yet receiving her monthly report: ([email protected])
The Focus newsletter of the RASC Okanagan Centre is published on the 15th of each month, September
to June. Deadline for submitting material to the Editor, Hugh Pett ([email protected]), is the 8th of
the month.