If you need help with a telescope project, need to clean or align your optics, or just want to talk about telescopes, come to the workshop. Activities include telescope building from scratch or a kit, telescope setup, cleaning, aligning, adjustment, and help using your telescope.
Whether you're a beginner, intermediate or advanced astro-imager — whether you're using a CCD, DSLR, point-and-shoot or film camera — this group can help you achieve better images with less effort and frustrations.
Join us at noon on the first Fridays of every month for good conversation and good food at McMenamin’s on Broadway, 1504 NE Broadway, Portland. Everyone is welcome!
Beginning Astro-Imaging Class, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, Clackamas Community College. Registration at https://rosecityastronomers.wufoo.com/forms/imaging-class/
Camp Hancock is an OMSI-sponsored field station located in a spectacular setting two miles east of the John Day River in Oregon's Clarno Fossil Beds. This is a dark site star party for RCA members and their guests.
More Information will be provided shortly.
Slides from Our General Meeting
Peter Abraham Memorial at Leach Gardens, Sunday April 29, 4-6 p.m.
Peter's memorial will be on Sunday April 29th at 4:00-6:00 pm at Leach Botanical Garden, 6704 SE 122nd Ave, Portland, OR 97236. They have asked for an estimate of the number of attendees to expect. If you plan to attend, please send a head count to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or go to the Peter Abrahams Memorial section of our Forum and post your intentions there.
In lieu of flowers, a donation to one these societies is suggested: The ACLU, the Rose City Astronomers, Sigma Xi Columbia Willamette chapter, or the American Heart Association.
However, flowers can be sent to Leach Botanical Garden on the 29th; someone will be there to receive them from 3:00 onward. Rose City Astronomers plans to send a floral arrangement.
We are all still saddened by the sudden loss of our friend and member, Peter Abrahams on March 4 to a heart attack while visiting his family in Los Angeles. The more I talk to his family and other club members, the more I learn about his wide range of talents and accomplishments.
Peter was probably the least self-promotional person I’ve ever met, yet he cast a wide net in both science and the arts. Fortunately, David Nemo, another past president, is working on preserving Peter’s works from his website, and already someone has stepped forward saying he’d like to take up some of the archival work that Peter was doing. There is a longer memorial article, including many comments from friends remembering Peter, in this article below.
This article appeared in the Rosette Gazette in July, 2008. Dale Fenske is a past president of RCA and former liaison to the Astronomical League. Republished with his permission.
Has it really been 20 years? Time goes so quickly. It seems like only yesterday when I exchanged my 60mm Sears refractor for a giant 10“ Cave reflector with a German equatorial mount. (At that time a monster scope was 12 ½”.) I was anticipating some serious astronomy with the Messier list as the agenda. My new scope could view many deep sky objects that I had been missing with the 60mm telescope. Frustration is the word for what came next.
RCA Youth Programs and Outreach are looking to put together a fleet of 6-8 telescopes for kids to use at various outreach events. In particular, we are looking for donations of table-top, alt-azimuth mount Newtonian telescopes such as the 114mm aperture, f/4, 450 mm focal length Orion Starblast, Meade Lightbridge Mini, or similar.
RCA participates in many events bringing astronomy to kids in the metro area. We would like to be able to provide an even more meaningful experience by giving them the opportunity to use the telescopes themselves.
If you have one these sitting in your garage or closet gathering dust, these telescopes would be put to excellent use by allowing kids a chance to observe through a telescope for the first time. We would be very appreciative of any and all donations of these telescopes. For telescope donations and questions, please contact Yara at email@example.com or Mike at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Don't forget! If you are interested in volunteering at one of the many upcoming RCA outreach events, email Yara at email@example.com.