SkyNews at AstroCATS

This annual event is the largest astro-gear showcase held in Canada.

SkyNews editor emeritus at the magazine's AstroCATS 2016 booth. All images courtesy David Webster

SkyNews editor emeritus Terence Dickinson at the magazine’s AstroCATS 2016 booth. All images courtesy David Webster

AstroCATS 2016 was held over the Victoria Day long weekend in London, Ontario. Thousands of astronomy enthusiasts gathered at Fanshawe College for the event, which coincided with this year’s Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC) General Assembly. Among the many highlights of AstroCATS 2016 was the launch of the Canadian Astro Photography School, Canada’s first astrophotography school, and the release of Charles Ennis’ book, Building A Small Observatory: Lessons from Builders.

The SkyNews booth was visited by the magazine’s editor emeritus, Terence Dickinson, and Canadian astronaut Jeremy Hansen. Meanwhile, at the RASC booth, Charles Ennis was on hand to answer questions and sign copies of his book.

AstroCATS is a great event for checking out the latest astro gear. It’s also a great opportunity to meet some of the people behind the equipment that makes our hobby so enjoyable.

SkyNews at AstroCATS2016

Canadian astronaut Jeremy Hansen chats with author Charles Ennis (middle) and SkyNews publisher Randy Attwood.

AstroCATS volunteers

A few of the many AstroCATS volunteers who helped put on the event. Pictured (from left to right) are Sarah Whelan, Joe Pipitone, Jason Blane, Andrew Blanchard, Charleen Ferguson and Michael Jefferson.


It’s all about the gear — or at least mostly about the gear, as the Ontario Telescope booth demonstrates.

Steve Chambers ATIK

Steve Chambers of Atik Cameras travelled from England to attend AstroCATS 2016.


Special thanks go to Rock Mallin and the Mallincam team for their support of AstroCATS 2016. From left are Michael Burns, Murray Romisher, Glenn McDonald, Rock Mallin, Micheline (Mitch) Grandmont and Francois van Heerden (kneeling).

SteveMallia and RogerRivers

Roger Rivers (right) from iOptron and Steve Mallia were on hand to answer questions at the Ontario Telescopes & Accessories booth.

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