Solar Observing, Blessed Kateri Separate School, May 24th, 2012

Thursday morning, May 24th, Dave McCarter attended Joan Roffey’s kindergarten class at Blessed Kateri Separate School on Sunnyside Drive near Masonville in London. He set up his 80mm Stellarvue refractor with a Baader film solar filter for the children to view the Sun and sunspots. This was followed by a question and answer session indoors.

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Cronyn Observatory Open House, Saturday, May 26th, 2012

A sky with hazy clouds greeted visitors to the Cronyn Observatory Open House, Saturday, May 26th, 8:30 p.m. Graduate student Parshati Patel made her digital slide presentation, “Beyond Planets in Our Solar System,”—about asteroids, comets and moons in the solar system—while faculty member Dr. Aaron Sigut operated the big 25.4cm refractor in the dome. Aaron directed the big 25.4cm refractor towards the crescent Moon, visible through hazy clouds. RASC London Centre member Bob Duff set up the London Centre’s 25.4cm Dobsonian and the Cronyn Observatory’s Meade 8-inch (203mm) Model 2080/LX3 Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope on the roof patio, directing both at the crescent Moon.

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Michell Hepburn Star Party, May 23, 2012

Eight London Centre members turned out for the clear skies at the Michell Hepburn Public School Star Party in St. Thomas. They were: Harold Tutt, Matt Neima, Gaetan Godin, Phil Marusiak, Mike Roffey, Kelly Manson, Everett Clark, and Dave McCarter. Several parents also brought their telescopes to the show, which started with several white light filtered telescopes showing sunspots. 

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Cronyn Observatory Open House, Saturday, May 19th, 2012

Clear skies greeted visitors to the Cronyn Observatory Open House, Saturday, May 19th, 8:30 p.m. Graduate student Neven Vulic made the digital slide presentation, “Exoplanets,” while faculty member Dr. Jan Cami operated the big 25.4cm refractor in the dome, assisted by graduate student Hoda Rashedi.

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