Planetarium Star Party – 8pm
On Any Night…Take a Journey to the Farthest Reaches of the Universe: A Beginner’s Guide to Observing the Night Sky
Monday April 9
8:00pm – Flat Screen Planetarium Show.
9:30pm – Night sky observing if clear
Admission is a $5 donation to the Astor Theatre. Pay at the door. Recommended minimum age is 12.
Host, Tony Schellinck will show you how, with minimal training and investment you can start to find deep sky objects (DSOs) in the night sky. Using photographs he has taken of the stars, he will take you on a tour of the night sky and then show you how to use binoculars and small telescopes to find a galaxy, planets and their moons, nebula, open clusters and globular clusters. Viewing the night sky will never be the same again. If you have binoculars please bring them to the show as you will be able to practice finding deep sky objects while in the theatre. Tony has binoculars to borrow during the show if you do not have a pair to bring. If the weather cooperates, after the show we will go out to a darkish place nearby and find these objects and constellations in the night sky using binoculars.
Tony Schellinck is an amateur astronomer who took up astronomy on his 55th birthday under the premise it is never too late to pursue your dreams. An avid photographer, he intersperses viewing of the stars with photographing them. Most of his viewing time is spent in Port Mouton, south of Liverpool where he built an observatory on the shore. Tony enjoys sharing his viewing experiences by giving talks at the Halifax Planetarium, libraries in Halifax and Bridgewater, the Astor Theatre in Liverpool, Kejimkujik National Park and Hal-Con. His goal is to inspire people to view deep sky objects in the dark night sky using binoculars.