Speaker: Tim Cole, Royal Astronomical Society of Canada.
Details: Tim Cole will discuss some of the software and hardware options available to budding astronomers. He will share information about some excellent planetarium programs and apps that are available as well as numerous options for using computers to run a telescope. For the technically-inclined Tim will also touch on home-brew projects for astronomy.
Bio: An amateur astronomer since childhood, Tim Cole is a past president of the Ottawa Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada. He is a writer, illustrator, educator, and an amateur astronomer. An operator of the Canada Science and Technology Museum’s 15-inch telescope, Tim taught astronomy at the Museum for 25 years and now teaches a course for Loyalist College. His main interests are lunar, planetary, and solar observing with a particular interest in planetary nebulas, stellar evolution and spectroscopic analysis. Although out of professional engineering for decades, Tim tinkers with microcontroller boards and programs in C and C++ as well as Python, helping feed his astronomy hobby.
Topic: Getting started with Astrophotography with a Star tracker
Speaker: Andrea Girones, Royal Astronomical Society of Canada.
Details: Andrea is a long time visual astronomer. She has recently started taking pictures of nebulae and galaxies in her free time from her suburban Ottawa backyard. Recent advances in technology have made astrophotography more accessible to non-professional astronomers than ever before.
Bio: Andrea Girones is an Ottawa lawyer with a keen interest in astronomy and astrophotography. She is a member of the RASC-Ottawa chapter and enjoys sharing images with both her Instagram page (andrea_girones) and anyone else who may want to learn more about our vast universe.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, this meeting will be via Zoom video conference.
Join us at https://tinyurl.com/opcug-meeting. The Zoom link will be live at 7:15 pm. The meeting will begin at 7:30 pm.
The above link includes the meeting ID and password. However, if you are prompted for the information, use:
Meeting ID: 924 9556 0898
Instructions for using Zoom are provided here: https://opcug.ca/wp-content/uploads/Zoom-instructionsv3.pdf
Until further notice, Q&A sessions are no longer held after regular monthly meetings. Hence, monthly meetings now end 1 hour earlier at 9 pm. Everyone is welcome to join us on all other Wednesdays for weekly Q&A sessions.