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Robert B. Schultz Lecture Theatre
91 Ralph Campbell Rd, Winnipeg MB

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Date

Mar 07 2020

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Come and go as needed, as your schedule allows!
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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RASC Winnipeg Mentor Event: Getting Ready for Spring

RASC (almost-Spring) Indoor mentor session

If you’re interested in attending, leave a comment on the event forum (link below). Please let us know what equipment you will be bringing and which stations you’re interested in.

Topics will be done on demand somewhat, and people can go back and forth if needed. We will likely divide attendees in “stations”, with mentors assisting in various areas:  

  1. General equipment help – existing gear to help with making sure it’s operational (how to do collimation, how to use, any recommendations for additional accessories, etc.)
  2. Specific equipment help – existing gear to help with SOME Goto issues some new members are having (don’t worry we are only helping enough here to get you going and I’ll request if anyone does this they bring their manual so we can consult it).
  3. Mars and Spring Accessories – Also help for those wishing to add new accessories for the upcoming Mars and spring seasons: What do look for and best ways to do it!
  4. Equipment maintenance – My optical cleaning module, and how to do it. (plus touch ups for those needing it; Will also assist with binocular hinge service if we can do it, some tips for re-greasing gears if needed, etc. Tips for those with used equipment needing help. (Cords needed, adjustments, tweaks, etc.)
  5. AP/Camera help – this one again is like the Go-tos… they bring manual – I don’t expect anyone to be an expert on all cameras, but most of these will the usual ones. What you may need to attach to scope (T-rings, etc.) and general tips for use on wide field and planetary/lunar shooting. Basic settings, etc.
  6. Star-hopping and Explore program help – Some hands-on chart and planisphere guidance, and tips for finding objects and regions of the sky coming up this spring/early summer. Good check for the members doing the explore lists to see what they still need to finish their lists for pins.  
  7. General Q&A – this will include help and suggestions on getting new gear, what to look for as good choices given interest in various targets and foreseeable future plans in the hobby.
  8. Loaner Scopes – What is available going into March and early April for loaner equipment, book it now – galaxy and Messier season is upon us very soon!

 So, come down to our usual meeting place at St. John’s college from 1-4pm on Saturday, March 7th! If you bring your scope or binocular, please make sure it can be placed in an area of the room so we can work on it. I would prefer anything larger than 10” stay at home, unless you are having a real tough time with it. If things thin out at some point, that might work. If we get like 25+ folks in, with gear, the room could get pretty busy!

If you’re interested in attending, leave a comment on the event forum (link below). Please let us know what equipment you will be bringing and which stations you’re interested in.

We look forward to you coming out! I hope that all of us can assist you all in getting the most of the 2020 Spring and Summer seasons!

Comments 2

  1. i am interested two stations 1)General equipment help 2) equipment maintenance… I have an older orange Celestron C8 (has not been used for about 8 years).

  2. I am interested in 3 stations in particular… 1) General equipment help (4) equipment maintenance , and (5) AP/Camera help. I have a Celestron 5SE Schmidt-Cassegrain, which I’ll bring, and a SkyWatcher HEQ5 8” reflector telescope. I’m particularly interested in instruction on collimation, and how to properly use hand controls. I’ve recently purchased a Nikon d5600 camera and wish to use it for astrophotography so will appreciate advice as to what to buy etc. to couple it to my telescopes. Thanks very much in advance for this great session for RASC members!

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