Sidewalk Astronomy

The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada eclipse viewers have arrived. If you reserved them, you can pay for them and pick them up at: Superstore parking lot in front of […]

I expected to be able to be busy this week distributing the solar viewers to local people in anticipation of the partial solar eclipse visible here on 21 August, 2017. […]

In a little over a week, the Sidewalk Astronomers of Charlottetown 2016 Telescope Raffle and Sale has surpassed my expectations. As of today, 6 October, 2016, we have sold 58 […]

LatestThere have been few evenings this year suitable for me to take my CPC 1100 XLT telescope out to Victoria Park for some Sidewalk Astronomy, but tonight looks like one of them.

Forecasts are for milder, but still cool temperatures, less than 25% cloud cover, low winds, and good seeing. That all adds up to getting some great views of the Moon, which is nearly full (99%); Jupiter, Mars and Saturn.

Jupiter Great Red Spot
Great red Spot and IO

For the best opportunity to view planets Jupiter and Mars, come visit after 9:30PM; for Saturn, because it rises later, 10:30PM would be a good time.

Unfortunately, there are no transits of the Great Red Spot or the Galilean moons of Jupiter during the time I will be observing.

If you would like to observe Mars with your own telescope or binoculars, I suggest you read Dr. Brian Ventrudo‘s excellent guide.

As always, observing is weather and whether dependent.

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Today is the last day of April, 2016 and the weather on beautiful Prince Edward Island is finally showing signs of a shift to milder temperatures. Sunny and clear skies […]

On Monday, May 9, 2016 the planet Mercury will begin a pass (transit) in front of the Sun, an event which, weather permitting, will be completely observable from Charlottetown. The […]

LatestOn a cool, nay, cold 14 March I took my CPC out to do some adjustments and complete collimation.

Despite the cold it was a beautiful night for observing the waxing crescent Moon and Jupiter.

I was joined by youthful astronomer Nicolas Dickieson and his parents. Nicolas is the eager young astronomer who I gave the Skywatcher refractor to at Christmas. We have a few bugs to work out with the AZ3 telescope mount but nothing insurmountable.

I am certain with a few more observing nights together, Nicolas will be away on his journey of discovery. 0