Astronomy Section

The Astronomy Section of the Nelson Science Society meets on the first Thursday of the month every month of the year except for January.  Meetings are held in the Milton Seminar Room at the Cawthron Institute on Milton Street near the corner with Halifax Street.  Start time is 7:30 pm.  The meetings usually include a presentation by one of the members.  Meetings are open to all, but people are encouraged to become paid up members of the Nelson Science Society.  There is no extra charge to be a member of the Astronomy Section.

The Astronomy Section operates the Cawthron Atkinson Observatory which is on the grounds of the Clifton Terrace School.  The observatory houses the Atkinson Telescope, a 5" refractor made in 1879 by Thomas Cooke & Sons of York, England. It was originally owned by Arthur Atkinson who once resided at Fairfield House in Nelson.  The Section has public viewing sessions known as "Star Parties" on Friday nights nearest the time of the first quarter of the moon, weather permitting (please see Calender of Events or Friday night star parties pages for dates and times).  We ask for a gold coin donation from people who come to viewing nights.  The observatory can be opened for viewing on other nights for groups of interested people like school classes, scout groups, etc. by special arrangement.
 

The public enjoying a Friday night star party at the
Cawthron Atkinson Observatory:





Star Parties 2017

(weather permitting)


Friday March 4, 8:30 pm

Friday April 7, 7:00 pm

Friday May 5, 7:00 pm

Friday June 2, 7:00 pm

Friday June 30, 7:00pm

Friday July 28, 7:00 pm

Friday September 1, 7:00 pm

Friday September 29, 8:00 pm

Friday October 27, 8:30 pm



Contacts
 
President -
Barry Korcheski: bkorcheski@gmail.com

 
Secretary - Paul Fisher:
wildlands.nelson@gmail.com


For the latest newsletter (November 2016 - AstNov16) click on PDF file below (previous newsletters are also available):


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