Cape Centre News Letter, 07th August 2017

Dear Cape Centre members and friends,

Upcoming Events:

9 August, 20:00, SAAO Auditorium: Another fun quiz based on the questions asked at outreach events. If you have any interesting examples please email them to or

30 (NOT 23) August, 20:00, SAAO Auditorium: Dr. Michelle Dougherty, a South African born professor of space science at Imperial College London will present a talk.

V & A Waterfront Outreach

Another successful outreach took place on Sunday 29 July and thanks again to all who helped. The next is on Saturday 26 August and members and friends are invited to participate or simply to drop by. A message on Starline 088 131 1001 by 12:00 will indicate whether it is going ahead or not. Contact Eddy Nijeboer on 082-335-4851 / or reply to this email, if you would like to participate.

SAAO Open Nights and Public Events

12 August, 20:00, SAAO Auditorium:   Dr. Paul Anthony Wilson will present a talk entitled: Exploring the atmospheres of the planets beyond our Solar System

All open night talks will be followed by a tour of the site and star gazing if weather permits.

The Royal Society Of South Africa And The Academy Of Science Of South Africa

16 August, 17:00, SAAO Auditorium:  Professor Ken Findlay, Research Chair: Oceans Economy, Cape Peninsula University of Technology will present a talk on Oceans economies, governance and the need for a blue economy.

Iziko Planetarium

The new digital planetarium is an ideal destination for a wet winter day. It is astonishingly versatile but based on the wealth of astronomical data that has become available in recent years. Details can be found on

What’s Up:

Consult the ASSA website  , the Cape Centre Facebook page.  or the SAAO What’s Up page  for observing highlights this month.


The SAAO Viewing the Sky page contains a wealth of general information about observing, including a list of interesting objects in the Southern sky, calendars of solar and lunar information including eclipses and a page of useful websites.

Items For Sale:



Sky-Watcher EQ3-2 German Equatorial mount with aluminum tripod (unused – still boxed)

Sky-Watcher Stainless Steel Tripod Upgrade For EQ3-2/EQ5 (unused – still boxed)

Sky-Watcher EQ5 German Equatorial mount with steel tripod (used)


Sky-Watcher MAK150 PRO OTA D=150 F=1800 (unused – still boxed)

Sky-Watcher 200mm f/5 Newtonian OTA D=200 F=1000 (used)

Celestron AstroMaster 70 (used)

Prices are negotiable but looking for a quick sale.

Contact Brendon van der Hoek | Tel: 087 577 7767 | Cell: 071 975 6577


Dr Ian Glass is an authority on the history of the SAAO and of astronomy in South Africa and his recently updated book on the identification of Proxima Centauri as the nearest star to the sun, as well as his beautifully illustrated The Royal Observatory at the Cape of Good Hope can be ordered directly by emailing or from Thembela Mantungwa at

Cape Centre Mugs

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the launching of the Hubble Telescope we have printed new mugs with 25 spectacular images. They are available to members for R70.

Please let us know if there is news that you may be aware of and that may also interest our other members.  Direct your mail at the general Cape Centre e-mail address and we’ll be happy to consider your item for inclusion.

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