In an unguarded moment I agreed to be Chair of VCON 41 come October 2016. I am determined that all attendees (including pros) have a heck of a good time, great fun for all. Don’t see any point to holding it otherwise.
This is the first of a series of monthly fanzines wherein I promote VCON 41 in the spirit I intend it to be. Hope you find it of interest.
Cheers! R. Graeme Cameron (The fool who dared to be Chair)
RASCal Geoff Gaherty posts an excellent blog for sky events. He tends to concentrate on the moon, planets, and brightest stars, so it’s great for urban star gazers armed with digital devices. You might want to bookmark the site and return to it when the mood grabs you.
On the 3rd of December, Japan’s Hayabasa 2spacecraft, on a six year mission to catch and sample an asteroid, will fly past Earth. Earth’s gravity will slingshot the spacecraft toward its target, 162173 Ryugu, which Hayabasa 2 is expected to reach in July 2018. This animation from JAXA (the Japanese space agency) previews the flyby. READ MORE: http://www.spaceweather.com/
You will not want to miss theGeminid meteor shower, which always puts on a good show. The peak nights are expected to be on December 13-14 (night of December 13 till dawn December 14) and 14-15 (night of December 14 till dawn December 15).
Every night, a network of NASA all-sky cameras scans the skies above the United States for meteoritic fireballs. On Dec. 2, 2015, the network reported 27 fireballs. Automated software maintained by NASA’s Meteoroid Environment Office calculates their orbits, velocity, penetration depth in Earth’s atmosphere and many other characteristics. Daily results are presented on Spaceweather.com.
You’ll get lots of hype when trying to pick a telescope. But by knowing just a few basics, described here, you’ll be able to choose the one that’s right for your observing interests, lifestyle, and budget.
With a little guidance, you can pick a high-quality telescope that can last a lifetime.
S&T: Craig Michael Utter
Here’s a quick guide to help you make sense of all the types of telescope models available today. Armed with these few basics, you’ll have a good idea what to look for (and what to avoid) when scouring the marketplace for your new scope.If you still have questions or need more details, check out these additional resources:
Many (arguably most) good starter scopes cost $400 or more, though some superb choices are available for under $250. But read this article first, so you’ll understand the terminology and what type of telescope will be best for you.
MonSFFA is pleased to be able to offer our members a chance to contribute to our website.
So far, three of our more active members have their own pages on www.monsffa.ca . Look for Danny Sichel’s short story reviews and François Ménard’s stop motion projects under the tab for contributors, and Josée’s convention photos under photo galleries.
There is lots of room for your photos, and personal genre projects such as model building and costuming.
Interested? Contact MonSFFA’s webmaster. You may choose to share your projects with the world, or ask to have your page under the password protected members’ pages.
Third Volume of Free Stories Eligible for 1941 Retro Hugos
Posted on File 770,
Short Fiction Eligible for the 1941 Retro-Hugos Vol. 3, a collection of 30 public domain stories by Ray Cummings and Henry Kuttner, has been issued by File 770 commenter von Dimpleheimer. (Earlier posts contain links to Volume 1, and Volume Two.)
Click on the appropriate link to download a version from a Google storage drive.