Strathcona Wilderness Institute

‘The View From My Backyard’ on Saturday


Every clear night the sky puts on a show for the unaided eye. Whether it is the grandeur of the Milky Way band against a black velvet sky, stars twinkling as diamonds, a dazzling meteor shower, spectacular comets, or a big golden moon against the eastern horizon, there is always something to see. In addition, if one puts camera to telescope, objects normally invisible to the unaided eye and rarely seen can be discovered that add to the splendours of the night.

North American Nebula in Cygnus

Strathcona Wilderness Institute is pleased to present astrophotographer Les Disher who will give a talk and a slide show entitled ‘The View From My Backyard’.

Les has been capturing deep sky celestial images since 1994 from his home near Courtenay and from various locations in B.C. and western North America. An avid astrophotographer, he has been a member of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, and his photos have received a number of awards. He has been a witness to the transition from the unique requirements of film astro-imaging to those of digital imaging.

Les Disher with his Telescope

Les will put on a slide display of his celestial images that illustrate the majesty of the deep sky splendours to be found in the night skies right over our heads, and talk about his experiences taking them. He will also talk about the processes involved in taking and producing these images. The talk will be flavoured with interesting & humorous anecdotes and new & little-known facts. He will also do a few interesting & fun demonstrations to review some relevant basic concepts.

The presentation is at the Theatre at North Island College on Ryan Road on Saturday February 23. Doors will open at 6 p.m. with the show running from 7 – 9. There is a cover charge of $10 per person at the door.

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