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December 2008 Journal on-line!

The December 2008 issue of the Journal has gone to the printers, and here is the link to the on-line version in the Members'-Only part of the Web site, http://www.rasc.ca/jrasc/backissues

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Canadian Comet Discovery: C/2008 T2 Cardinal

Rob Cardinal, an astronomer at the University of Calgary's Rothney Astrophysical Observatory, is the second Canadian observer to discover a comet using a Canadian telescope this decade. The discovery was made on 1 October 2008 with the observatory's 0.5m f/1.0 Baker-Nunn telescope. Cardinal was using this wide-field instrument to search for asteroids at the time of the discovery. Observatory director Phil Langill credits the local community's light-pollution abatement efforts for keeping the skies dark just 35 km outside of Calgary.

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Regina Centre joins with RSO

Here's how it came to be, in the words of Regina Centre President, Alden Foraie:

When discussing how to kick off the fall observing season combined with a public-observing session, Regina Centre Secretary, Shane Ludtke, mentioned that the Regina Symphony Orchestra (RSO) was having its season-opening concert in a few weeks with a show entitled “Out Of This World” that would end with Holst’s symphony, The Planets.

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The October Journal is Now On-line!

Get the latest issue now!

Go to: http://www.rasc.ca/jrasc/backissues The regular username and password apply - look for the announce email.


  • The Plaskett Telescope at 90
  • Astronomical Art and Artifact: The View From the RASC Archives

Plus, all your favourite regular columns:

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WorldWide Starparty 2008

Weather permitting, astronomers from different parts around the world will be broadcasting the moon, Jupiter and other celestial objects from their observatories over the internet. The WorldWide Star party 2008 will take place on Saturday September 6, 2008. I am scheduled to start broadcasting at 8 p.m. eastern time. Other time zones include a few stations across the USA as well as Australia to name a few. Looks like Sweden will be clouded out. In fact a few of the stations might suffer the same cloudy fate. Come join us in this unique event at:


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August Journal Now On-line

Get the newest issue of our flagship publication!

Go to www.rasc.ca/journal/currentissue.shtml

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Annual Report complete version now on-line

The complete Annual Report of the RASC is now available on-line (members-only area).

Note that all URLs in the document are live links; and the Table of Contents and Bookmarks are active links within the PDF.

Thanks to all who helped prepare the report - Bonnie Bird, Jo Taylor, Maureen Okun, and especially Catherine Berry.

James Edgar
National Secretary

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CGRT Project news

The Chris Graham Robotic Telescope

May 2008

by Craig Breckenridge
Vancouver Centre CGRT Coordinator

Back in early 2005, an individual approached some of the executive of Vancouver Centre to see if there would be any interest in participating in a remote-telescope project. Needless to say, Council thought this would be an excellent project to bring the ability to work in new technologies to our membership. The initial planning meetings with Chris Graham, the equipment owner, and the interested Vancouver Centre members were held and an agreement in principle was worked out; Chris would provide the equipment and most of the software, and the RASCVC would provide some setup expertise, operation labour, and processing experience. It was a match that would evolve over time with both sides learning a great deal about remote-telescope operation.

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April 2008 Journal On-line

Get the newest issue of our flagship publication! Go to www.rasc.ca/journal/currentissue.shtml

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February Journal has gone to print - PDFs now on-line!

What's inside?

Here's a rundown of what you'll get:

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