Location: Fairfield Community Centre, 1330 Fairfield, Victoria
Open every Monday night
Coffee and conversation...observing when weather permits
Time: 7:30pm - 11:00pm
Astronomy Cafe is
restarting Sept 9 after the Summer break.
Malcolm Scrimger and Charles Banville host an informal get together every Monday evening.. from 7:30pm - 11:00pm. All are welcome. Some
telescopes are often on hand, and we observe when conditions warrant.
Location : 1330 Fairfield Road (near the corner of Moss Ave. and Fairfield Road).
Please use the rear parking lot off of Thurlow just before Fairfield (as
you drive down Moss). N48° 24' 56" W123° 20' 50" 23m
elevation See Maps
The Building : A
permanent portable classroom adapted for society services and events by
the Community Centre. It
is located at the rear of the Fairfield school complex, behind the Garry Oak
Room and gym. It has full washroom
facilities, handicap access, a good night viewing field nearby, and easy access
to the parking lot, as well as a nearby bus service
Please call Malcolm at (778) 430-4136 if you have any questions or
to get directions.
Use our Shop Online to buy an
Astronomy Café t-shirt.
2012 - Miles Paul (20Mb PowerPoint)
|Observing from Sossusvlei Desert Lodge, Namibia|
|Planetary nebulae in the Small Magellenic Cloud|
|Haidinger's Brush - a day time apparition|
|White Mountains of Northern California - Oct 2012 observing
|Eureka Valley, California - Nov 2012 observing trip|
|SH2-188 PN, SH2-91 SNR, Fornax Dwarf Globular Clusters,
Quasars 3C 24 & 3C 273 & friends|
|Kichwa Tembo Masai Mara tented camp in Kenya|
10, 2012 - Aurora Borealis (923k pdf)
An introduction to
auroras and interpreting the various graphs during a storm. It
should help you make some sense of things when the next geomagnetic
storm arrives. Links to websites added to this pdf version of
October 15, 2012 - Carpenter & Westley Slides
set of 30 exquisite astronomical slides made by Carpenter & Westley
of London (1808-1914) is part of Victoria Centre's library. Also
held in our library is a Magic lantern projector that was probably
manufactured when Thomas Edison was still alive. Charles used
the projector to give Astronomy Cafe attendees a special treat,
looking back in time.
Magic lantern - Wikipedia
30, 2009 - Observing sites south of Victoria - Miles & Dorothy Paul
The Pauls described in detail some observing sites they make use of
in Central Oregon and Northern California. Here is their
presentation enhanced with details on how to find these sites:
2009.11.30-Dark_sites_south_of_Victoria (3Mb pdf)
April 21, 2008 - Astronomy at Sossusvlei Mountain Lodge, Namibia -
Miles and Dorothy Paul
Dorothy and I have been fortunate to have been
resident astronomers at Sossusvlei Mountain Lodge in the Namibrand Nature
Reserve in Namibia for 3 month sessions several times since 2003. With
a PowerPoint presentation, we will briefly introduce Namibia, talk about the
Reserve and activities at the Lodge with emphasis on the astronomy program.
We will feature some of the highlights of the far southern sky and the
experience of observing in the southern hemisphere.
Sky Viewing in Fairfield - March 17, 2008
The Victoria Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada and the
Fairfield Gonzales Community
Association presented a Night Sky Viewing on March 17th 2008, 6:30 pm to
10:00 at the Garry Oak Room, Sir James Douglas School and in the playgrounds
Sept 24, 2007 - Seeing In The Dark - a film by Timothy Ferris
A showing of this one hour film highlighting amateur astronomy,
originally shown by PBS on Sept 19, 2007. Website:
Seeing in the Dark
Oct 1, 2007 - Double Vision - An Introduction to Double Star
Observations - David Lee
When you look up in the night sky there is something not readily apparent
about the numerous stars that you see. As much as half the stars have a
companion. We know these as double star or binary systems. These are great
subjects for urban astronomy being largely unaffected by light polluted
Learn the basics of double star observations and the equipment that you need
to do it.
Presentation (555kb pdf)
Special Mid-summer Astronomy Café -
August 6, 2007
We took delivery of our new Paramount ME mount on
August 1st, so Victoria Centre is now one step closer to our
being operational. Some members who were interested in seeing this piece
of gear up close, attended a
Paramount ME Box Opening ceremony at a special mid-summer
Feb 5, 2007 - What is the maximum magnification for your telescope?
- Ed Maxfield
The attached are from last weeks
Astronomy Cafe - Feb 5/07. Ed Maxfield kindly agreed to give a brief
presentation on the question we are always asked - What is the maximum
magnification for your telescope? Ed went on to describe a quick way to
work out the eyepiece focal length you need to get the maximum and
minimum useful magnifications given the limitations of the eye.
Ed's talk led to a lot of interesting discussion about the experience of
those present on what magnifications have worked best in different
conditions. For those of you who missed this evening, all the math is on
the whiteboard in two of the pictures although it may be a challenge to
interpret without Ed's help.
Astronomy Café set a new
record on Feb 20th, 2006 with 17 attendees at our previous venue,
Bruno's Rec Room.
Back: Ed Maxfield, David Lee, Chuck Filtness, Sid Sidhu,
Jeff Jones, John McDonald, Martin Shepherd, David Griffiths, Brian
Robilliard. Middle: Joe Carr, Larry Danby, Frank Ogonoski. Front: Doug Simms, Eric Schandall, Charles Banville, Moe Raven. Photo taken by Bruno Quenneville, our