Coming Events

KW Telescope-Perceptor Event Schedule

Seminars and Cabin Fever events are held at our store located at 25 Manitou Drive, Unit 3D, Kitchener Ontario N2C1K9.

Seating is limited to a first come, first served basis.

To reserve a seat please email For directions click this link.


March 2020

Astrophotography: Image Aquisition, Calibration, Processing

Saturday, March 7, 2020 at 1-3pm

Guest Speaker: Steve Holmes

Join Steve Holmes as he discusses imaging and processing.  

Steve Holmes is the President of the KW Royal Astronomical Society, and has been doing Astrophotography for many years. Steve most recently has his work displayed at the Kitchener City Hall exhibit “Imaging the Night Sky” and will be doing the Astrophotography talk on Feb 18, 2020. He brings great experience, and has a knack for presenting information in a straightforward way.

Seats are FREE, and limited. Reserve your seat today. You do not want to miss this!


February 2020

Introduction to the Night Sky, How to Use Your Telescope

Saturday, February 1, 2020 at 1pm – 3pm 
Join us for an introduction to astronomy here at KW Telescope, where a member of the KW Royal Astronomical Society of Canada will help teach you the basics. Reserve your seat now! Absolutely FREE  
During this seminar you will be taught how to use a planisphere to help learn the night sky.  You will be taught a variety of the basics, from how to learn what will be up, where it will be and when to look.  You will be given resources for how to see sky quality, and apps that can be used on your phone to assist you.  A finderscope alignment demonstration will take place, and we will discuss what magnifications are best for particular objects, and how to calculate magnification.  We will discuss tricks and tips that will assist you in using your telescope as a beginner, that you will carry forward as you become more familiar with the night sky.

November 2019

 Astrophotography Gear 101

 Saturday, November 30, 2019 9:30 AM – 12 PM

Join astrophotographers Ron Brecher and Shawn Nielsen as they discuss some of their experiences with various types of astrophotography equipment made to enhance your equipment for imaging. During this seminar, Shawn and Ron will discuss a variety of gear they have tested and reviewed over the past year. Enjoy this information session that will help you understand hardware that can make your imaging easier to do, with better results! Limited space available, first come, first served. NO CHARGE.

About the speakers:

Shawn Nielsen is an astrophotographer living in Kitchener. His astro images have been published in Astronomy, Sky and Telescope, SkyNews and the RASC Journal magazines as well as featured online. When not imaging the cosmos Shawn runs his YouTube channel, Visibledark Astrophotography, where he discusses astronomy hardware and Pixinsight image processing.

Ron Brecher has been working to master the “dark arts” of astrophotography for about 15 years, shooting galaxies, nebulae, star clusters and more from his observatory. Ron’s images have been published in print and online journals, books and magazines, as CD cover art and on beer labels. His image of the Flying Bat and Squid Nebulae is on the cover of the 2019 Observer’s Handbook. He was the Technical Reviewer for the reference text “Inside PixInsight,” by Warren Keller. He writes regularly for Sky & Telescope and other publications, most recently “Lost in the
Glare” in the October 2018 S&T.  Ron speaks at star parties, club events and astrophotography conferences in Canada and the U.S., on topics related to backyard astronomy, astrophotography and image processing. Ron is available for private or group tutoring on any aspect of equipment selection and use, and image processing with PixInsight.
Ron lives in Guelph, Ontario where he and his wife Gail live with two dogs, two cats and two kids. In “real life,” Ron holds a PhD in biomedical chemistry and is a board-certified toxicologist with more than 30 years’ consulting experience, specializing in risk assessment and risk communication. To round things out, Ron plays rhythm guitar and lead vocals in the R&B Band “The Exceptions.”


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September 2019

Ontario Field Ornithologists Annual Convention

September 28, 2019
Stop by and visit Shannon Cameron and Gary Stephey at the Hamilton Ornithologist Convention!  We will be demonstrating Celestron and Kowa product lines that are carried here at KW Telescope.  These products were chosen carefully to demonstrate the versatility of gear that is made specifically for birding.  We will demonstrate some of the finest optics available from both brands, along with some great tripods and even some digi-scoping gear!  We are happy to showcase these product lines with everyone in mind, from introductory gear to advanced-in all price ranges!
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August 2019

Starfest 2019

Thurday August 22 - Sunday August 25

KW Telescope at event to help award winning entries in astrophotography.

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June 2019

Paris Night Market

Saturday June 29

Stop by our tent and try out some of our exciting new products for stargazing!  Jupiter will be observed here through a couple of our hand picked beginner level telescopes.  While there is no such thing as a real "beginner" telescope, we want to show you that with the right setup, there are great options out there, with every budget!   We will also demonstrate some awesome products for daytime use, like spotting scopes, binoculars and cell phone camera adapters!  The crowds will love to see what a simple camera adapter can do:  from snapping pictures of birds, to looking as a group through a telescope.  See us demonstrate a green laser pointer that appears to be beaming up to about 25,000 feet in the sky!


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Royal Botanical Gardens - RBG After Dark

Thursday June 20 7:30pm - 10:30pm


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May 2019

3 Day PixInsight Workshop

Friday May 10 - Sunday May 12

Ron Brecher and Warren Keller lead the way to image processing with PixInsight.