AstroNotes 2016 December Vol: 55 issue 11

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The Newsletter of the Ottawa Centre, RASC

Volume 55 - No 11 - December 2016


The Annual General Meeting will take place at our regular monthly meeting on December 2. Please attend to vote on a new slate of council members and a proposed by-law change. More details may be found on the website here.

A Mini Astronomy Fair will also take place at the December 2 meeting. This was a huge success last year and promises to be so again. Check it out for exhibits, discussions, instruction and fun!

RASC Observer’s Calendar 2017 – if you haven’t got yours yet, December 2 is your last chance to pick up several before Christmas. $16 each, and $30 for two. A small surcharge of $0.50 will be applied for credit card purchases.

Member News

Many thanks to Martha Farkas for organizing and implementing two recent events, the Star-B-Q and Silent Auction, which together collected $136 towards FLO renovations. Thanks also to donors: RASC National Office, Aviation Museum, Mrs. Tiggy Winkles, and Gracie’s.

As 2016 draws to a close, we rejoice to have welcomed 59 new members during the last 12 months. So many wonderful happy new faces that our mailing list has been overloaded! A nice problem to have.

Congratulations to ??? Each year our Centre recognizes outstanding member contributions as Observer, Presentation and Article of the Year. The 2016 Centre Award winners will be announced at the December meeting.

National Update

The General Assembly is fast approaching. For those planning to use the accommodations at Algonquin College please be aware the YOU MUST RESERVE BY DECEMBER 15. Reservations can be made NOW even though general GA registration is not yet available. This is due to the large numbers of ordinary tourists (ie not the astronomical variety) expected in town for the Canada 150 celebrations. More details and link to the reservations site may be found on the website here.

The National Awards Committee needs your input -- now is the time to nominate that special person in your Centre, or that unsung hero, whoever it may be. Nominations will be accepted up to and including 2016 December 31. Don't hesitate, grab a pen and jot down the details about that special person -- what makes him or her deserving of nationwide recognition. For details see the November Bulletin.

AstroNotes Bookshelf

Edited by Janet Tulloch

Each month our librarian, Estelle Rother, chooses one book from our library of about 800 books to feature. The library is located in a cabinet behind the Aviation Museum theatre and is open immediately after meetings.

Estelle’s Pick for November

The Amateur Astronomer, Shawn Carlson, Ed. (Wiley, 2008)

Next Meeting

7:30 PM Friday December 2, 2016 at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum (directions). There is a $3 parking fee for museum parking.

If you cannot attend in person, follow the proceedings over our live stream here.

This month’s meeting will feature a Mini Astronomy Fair, and the Annual General Meeting.

Centre Information

General enquiries:

The Ottawa Centre 2016 Council

President: Gordon Webster (
Vice President: Tim Cole
Secretary: Chris Teron (
Treasurer: Oscar Echeverri
Centre Meeting Chair: Open
Councilors: Yves Demers, Stephen Nourse, Carmen Rush
National Council Representatives: Brian McCullough, Robert Dick
Past President: Gary Boyle

2016 Appointed Positions

Membership: Art Fraser
Fred Lossing Observatory Director: Ron St. Martin
Smart Scope Director: Open
Hospitality: Art & Anne Fraser
Stan Mott Library: Estelle Rother
Ted Bean Telescope Library: Al Scott
Webmaster: Stuart Glen
AstroNotes Editors: Karen Finstad & Janet Tulloch (