Telescope clinic helps keep your eyes on the skies

By Mario Carr

As the nights become longer there is more time to enjoy the wonders of night sky with your telescope.

If you’re not sure how to use it, or plan to buy one as a gift, the Hamilton Amateur Astronomers has a solution. They’re having their Telescope Clinic and Open House on Saturday November 19 from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. at the Hamilton Spectator Building, Frid Street in Hamilton.

You’ll find knowledgeable amateur astronomers with their telescopes and gear to answer all your celestial questions. This is a great opportunity if you’re thinking about getting into astronomy. Learn where to get started, the type of gear you should buy and more importantly avoid.

If you’re already an amateur astronomer, this is also a great way to take your hobby to the next level. You’ll learn about CCD imaging, auto guiding and more. An optional non-perishable food donation for the Hamilton Food Share program will also be collected and appreciated at this family event.

Here are November stargazing events. Most are listed in the Hamilton Amateur Astronomers calendar.

Planet watching

Mercury can be seen in the western evening twilight sky after November 13. Bright Venus can be seen in the western evening sky. Mars sets mid-evening. Jupiter is low in the morning sky.

November 2 – The crescent Moon is above Venus and Saturn in the evening sky.

November 5 – The crescent Moon is above Mars in the evening sky.

November 6 – Move your clocks back an hour because daylight time ends and standard time begins.

November 7 – First quarter Moon.

November 11 – Hamilton Amateur Astronomers meeting 7:30-9:30 p.m, Spectator Building, 44 Frid St., Hamilton. Free admission, door prizes and everybody is welcome. An optional food bank donation of non-perishable goods will be collected and appreciated.

November 14 – The Full Moon called the Beaver Moon happens to be a supermoon.

November 16 – The Leonid meteor shower peaks under moonlight and is best seen after midnight.

November 21 – The last quarter Moon is close to Regulas.

November 24 and 26 – The crescent Moon is near Jupiter in the morning sky.

For more information, see the Hamilton Amateur Astronomers website at http://www.amateurastronomy.org or call (905) 627-4323. The club offers a basic astronomy course for members.

Mario Carr is the club’s director of publicity and can be reached at mariocarr@cogeco.ca. Twitter: @MarioCCarr

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About Mario Carr

Mario Carr has a Physics degree from McMaster University and hosts this blog. He is the director of public education for the Hamilton Amateur Astronomers and has helped to raise the profile of the group. He writes an astronomy column and appears on CHCH-TV to talk about the night sky. Mario is the founder of the Carr Marketing Group in Burlington, Ontario and can help with your marketing, communications, publicity and public relations needs. He can be reached at www.carrmarketinggroup.com or mariocarr@cogeco.ca.
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