All new for the Osprey! Astronomer, Tony Schellinck turns the Osprey into a planetarium with a slideshow and a live guided tour of the stars.
Sponsored by Boxing Rock Brewery.
Admission by donation.
7:00 pm – reception and samples of Boxing Rock’s Dark as Keji at the bar.
7:30 pm – night sky presentation in the theatre.
8:45 pm – 9:00 pm – guests are invited outside with Tony to look at the night sky (weather permitting).
We will be serving Boxing Rock’s Dark as Keji – their newest brew which is named to raise awareness and funds for the dark sky programming at Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site.
Tony Schellinck will be your tour guide on a journey to the centre of our galaxy, the Milky Way. After seeing the show you can begin your own trip on any dark July to September night with a pair of binoculars or a small telescope. Along the way, you will see open clusters, globular clusters, planetary nebula, double stars, emission and reflection nebula as well as constellations that will be the signposts in your journey. These are the best nights to travel through the Milky Way and to see all the wonders it holds, so come out now for our down to earth tour of the sky so that you and your family can take that trip to the centre of the Milky Way Galaxy this summer. 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 near the theatre and find these objects in the night sky using binoculars. Astronomical twilight ends about 9:30, after which we should be able to spot many of the deep sky objects discussed in the show.
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.