Regular Meeting - How Observant! An Introduction to Observing

Event Date

Due to the COVID19 pandemic, inperson meetings of The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada - Kingston Centre have been cancelled until further notice (since March 2020).  In lieu of inperson meetings, we are holding virtual meetings with the aid of the Zoom videoconferencing system.  An email will go out to all members a few days beforehand with instructions on how to register for the Zoom meeting.

This will also be livestreamed to our Youtube channel (RASC Kingston):

For some people the bandwidth requirements may be much less than a live zoom call, but you will not be able to interact with the meeting as you would in zoom.


  • Introductions & Notes - Kim
  • Guest Speaker: Judy Black President Halifax Centre "How Observant! An Introduction to Observing"
  • What's Up in the Sky - Rick
  • Member Presentations
  • General Q &A
  • Adjourn



Judy was born in Sault Ste. Marie, but marrying a marine biologist in 1977 after graduating from U of Waterloo meant a move to the East Coast. in 2014, her husband convinced her to attend Halifax Centre’s Nova East Star Party. She arrived with zero interest in astronomy and left completely hooked on looking up. Along with viewing the Northern Hemisphere from home and a further afield, she also travelled to San Pedro de Atacama in northern Chile to view the Southern Hemisphere’s night skies.

She became a RASC member immediately following the star party and, after two years sitting in the audience, she was elected Secretary for 4 consecutive years and is now in her second term as President. She completed the Explore the Universe program; her first submission was with 100 items completed and she plans to resubmit with the full 110 completed. She also has the certificate and pin for the Explore the Moon (binocular) and has just about completed the Explore the Moon (telescope). She continues to plug away at the Messier Catalogue, Isabel Williamson Lunar Observing Program, and the Lunar 1000 Challenge.


Presentation Summary:

Judy Black will provide an overview of the various RASC observing and astroimaging programs. She will talk about the 5 W’s of logging observations and how easy it is to do whether a visual observer or an astroimager. She hopes to encourage both new and long-time RASC members to complete one or more of the certificate programs if they haven’t already done so - and to put into writing their observing experiences (and maybe even sketch!).

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