Thanks to generous donations, the two door prizes below were awarded by random draw at the end of the GA on June 7th, 2020.
Sky Quality Meter / donated by Unihedron
Winner: Dave L from Halifax
The Sky Quality Meter (SQM-L) from Unihedron gives astronomers the ability to measure the brightness of the night sky in magnitudes per square arcsecond – “You’ve got to kick at the brightness ’til it bleeds starlight.” – with apologies to Bruce Cockburn.
- Find out how good the night or site REALLY is.
- Compare the sky brightness at different sites quantitatively.
- Document the evolution of light pollution in your area.
- Set planetarium dome illumination to mimic the skies people are likely to experience elsewhere in the city.
- Calibrate the effect of sky brightness on qualitative measures such as the Bortle Scale.
- Investigate how sky brightness correlates with the solar cycle and month-to-month sunspot activity.
- Help provide local ground truth for future sky brightness prediction with the Clear Sky Chart.
- Astrophotographers can correlate the SQM reading and when the background reaches some ADC level.
Customized Space Print / donated by Matthew Cimone
Winner: Terry B from the Okanagan
Your choice of a customized space print of either the Orion Nebula or Andromeda Galaxy captured by the Trottier Observatory and processed by RASC Vancouver’s Matthew Cimone. The winner can customize the print with writing of their choice such as a favourite motivational quote. The image will be a glossy 12×12 printed to metal and ready to hang.
Entries must be received between 11:00 am and 1:30 pm PDT on Sunday June 7th to be eligible. Limited to one entry per person. The door prize will be awarded by a random draw at the end of the Virtual GA. Winners will be contacted by email.