The Lennox & Addington Dark Sky Viewing Area’s event season is set to continue on June 8th and 9th. The ‘Almost Summer Stargazing Tour’ will be presented by dark sky enthusiast, Joe Gilker and is set to begin an hour after dusk, or about 9:45pm (weather permitting). Joe has become well-known in astrophotography circles in recent years and writes the popular “Dark Arts Astrophotography” blog.
The laser-guided tour of the night sky will feature the seasonal Zodiac constellations as well as other early summer constellations. The telescope tour will follow with M13, the Great Cluster in Hercules, M51, the Whirlpool Galaxy, and Jupiter. Time permitting, there may also be an opportunity to view Saturn. The Milky Way will also be making an appearance be rising above the southern horizon.
Please note that these stargazing sessions are very weather dependent and will take place ONLY IF THE SKY IS MOSTLY FREE OF CLOUDS. Please visit www.DarkSkyViewing.com or www.Facebook.com/darkskyviewing for the most up-to-date information about viewing conditions.
Several stargazing events are taking place at the Lennox & Addington Dark Sky Viewing Area in 2018. In addition to the laser-guided tours of the night sky, the site will also host monthly “Astrophotographers Assemble” night sky photography sessions. The first event takes place on June 16th at about 10pm. A new feature at the site, it is an informal evening where night sky photographers – from novice to expert and everyone in between – are encouraged to share ideas while photographing the stars overhead. Events occur on Saturday evenings on or near a new moon.
Visit www.DarkSkyViewing.com for details about the site and the upcoming event schedule.
About Joe Gilker:
Joe Gilker grew up in a small mining town in the sub-arctic tundra of northern Quebec where dark skies and frequent aurorae were his inspiration later in life to pursue amateur astronomy and astrophotography as hobbies. While always having the sky and stars as an interest, Joe only got actively involved in astronomy in 2000 after looking through a friend’s telescope for the first time. He purchased copies of NightWatch: A Practical Guide to Viewing the Universe and The Universe and Beyond by Terence Dickinson which served as a launch pad that put him on his current journey.
Largely self-taught in astrophotography, he’s been practicing his craft relentlessly whenever possible. On most dark, clear nights from spring to fall, he can be found at the Lennox & Addington Dark Sky Viewing Area with his mobile observatory doing deep sky imaging, or taking landscape photographs with the starry night sky as a backdrop. Joe also writes the Dark Arts Astrophotography blog (http://darkartsastro.ca) which chronicles his experience as an astrophotographer and provides tutorials and reviews geared at novices. Several of his articles, reviews and photos have been published in Amateur Astrophotography Magazine, a UK-based publication. His photos have also been published in the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada’s journal, and the upcoming book 100 Nature Hot Spots in Ontario. In 2015, he submitted the winning entry in the Lennox and Addington County Shoot The Stars Night Sky Photography contest.
About the Lennox & Addington Dark Sky Viewing Area:
Located 37 km north of Napanee near the Sheffield Conservation Area, the L&A County Dark Sky Viewing Area (7980 County Road 41) is the most southerly point in Ontario that offers a pristine a night sky experience very similar to what was available more than 100 years ago. The site includes a large concrete pad for camera or telescope setup, or placement of lawn chairs for general stargazing. While the L&A Dark Sky Viewing Area is ideal for both professional and amateur astronomers and astrophotographers, it is designed for anyone wishing to observe the natural wonder of the stars. For more information, please visit www.DarkSkyViewing.com.
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For more information, please contact:
Community Development Officer
Lennox & Addington County
613-354-4883 ext. 3271
Dark Arts Astrophotography