RASC Hamilton Centre Presents

3rd Annual, June 2015

Saturday June 27 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday June 28 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM


Ontario Science Centre

770 Don Mills Road

Toronto, ON M3C 1T3

June 30th, 2015

AstroCATS 2015 is now officially over, but it would not have been possible without the joint efforts of so many; therefore…

Thank you to our Exhibitors for their support, without which AstroCATS could not exist!

A special thank you to our Sponsors for their generosity and support this year. They never cease to amaze and this year was no exception!

Thank you to the volunteers who gave of their time and skills to help AstroCATS run smoothly and efficiently!

Thank you to the London Centre RASC for their input during committee meetings!

Thank you to the Ontario Science Centre for hosting our third annual Canadian Astronomy and Telescope Show!

... and Thank you to everyone who came out to the show!

We hope to see you all in 2016!

The 2015 AstroCATS Committee, in conjunction with the Hamilton Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada.

Posted by Jeremy Jun.30.2015

AstroCATS Seminar Schedule Released

May 28th, 2015

We have just released the schedule for our speakers and seminars.  Here it is! 

AstroCATS    Speaker    Schedule    2015
Saturday June 27
Time: Room 1 Room 2
  For the Whole Family Advanced Amateur & Astrophotography
10:30 - 11:30 Keynote Speaker  Al Nagler No Speaker
11:40 - 12:40 Ron Brecher Telescopes, Time Machines and Treasures of the Night Sky Paul Mortfield Hunting Exoplanets From Your Backyard
12:50 - 1:50 Chris Vaughan Worlds to Discover - Exploring Dwarf Planets, Might Moons, and the Solar System Dr. Paul Delaney Update on Recent Exoplanet research
2:00 - 3:00 Randy Atwood A Status Report on Space Exploration Ron Brecher History of Astronomical Imaging
Sunday June 28
Time: Room 1 Room 2
  For the Whole Family Advanced Amateur & Astrophotography
10:30 - 11:30  Dr. Chris Talpas A History of the Telescope from Galileo to Modern Day Bob Sandness The Evolution of Astronomy Imaging Software
11:45 - 12:30 Ted Rudyk Objects in the Kuiper Belt - Dwarf Planet Pluto No Speaker
12:50 - 1:50 Rachael Ward A Star is Born! - Uncovering the True nature of Molecular Clouds Jim Thompson Understanding Astronomical Filters

You can also download a PDF copy here.

We are also pleased to welcome new exhibitors and sponsors!

Posted by Jeremy May.28.2015

AstroCATS 2016 is Coming Together Stay Tuned for Details

March 28th, 2015

What is the Canadian Astronomy Telescope Show?

It's just like an auto/boat/outdoor/cottage show, only with astronomy gadgets that will leave you drooling. Some exhibitors will be showcasing brand new products, others will offer a retail purchase opportunity. Some visitors will see this as an excellent opportunity to plan their next investment in new equipment. A trade show is where you get to see the "real thing" and kick a few tires (gently please!). And no trade show would be complete without fabulous door and raffle prizes!

If you are ready to buy new astronomy gear there will be approx. $ 250K+++ of merchandise available for purchase at the show. Everything from telescopes, mounts, CCD cameras, focusers, and more. There is something for everyone...entry level to high-end professional grade equipment will be on display. And there is sure to be a few "new product unveilings" at the show.
For Beginners AND Experienced Astronomers - There is something for everyone!

There will even be a seminar on how to make your own telescope!

We will have a full slate of seminars again this year! Whether you are a "newbie" looking for tips on your first telescope
purchase, an experienced astronomer, or astrophotographer, there are several seminars that offer the opportunity to learn and be entertained.


Door Prizes, Raffle Prizes, and Silent Auction:

Our Sponsors have been generous! There will be thousands of dollars worth of fabulous door prizes and raffle prizes
(last year we gave away over $ 15,000 in prizes). Every visitor will receive a door prize ballot and you can increase your odds of winning a fabulous prize by purchasing a Raffle Ticket ($2 or 3 for $5).

Silent Auction:

We will be hand selecting prizes donated by our generous Sponsors to be auctioned off to the highest bidder. This is a great
opportunity to walk away with some really terrific merchandise at a bargain price! Proceeds are used to fund public outreach programs so it is a win/win for everyone!

A Great Day For Families!

This is a great way to introduce the whole family to a fun, educational, and wholesome hobby. We have special seminars devoted to beginners.  For example, "Family Observing" and "Choosing Your First Telescope". The Keynote Speakers will enjoy seeing young people in the audience!