RASC London Centre held its Annual Banquet on Saturday, July 28th, celebrating its 90th Anniversary with the special tribute to its founding President, Dr. Harold R. Kingston (1922—1930), whose antique brass telescope was on display, donated to the London Centre by his grandson, John Kingston. Also celebrated was our recent outgoing and longest serving President (1999—2011), Dave McCarter. David Levy was our main speaker and Guest of Honour. However, a few members paid a visit to the Cronyn Observatory after the banquet.
Seven RASC London Centre members, including Dave McCarter, Harold Tutt, Mike Hanes, Peter Jedicke, Everett Clark, Mike Roffey and Bob Duff waited out a short windy rainstorm on Monday, July 23rd, 9:00—9:23 p.m., to present a star night at Wildwood Conservation Area for St. Marys Public Library.
Postdoctoral fellow, Dr. Elisabella Micelotta made 2 presentations of her digital slide show, “Cosmic Fullerenes,” before audiences of 23 and 13, respectively, with 9 visitors, including children going upstairs to the dome and roof patio. A couple more people brought the estimated total to 47 visitors.
Hazy clouds greeted visitors to the Cronyn Observatory Open House, Saturday, July 14, 8:30 p.m. Dr. Peter Brown began his digital slide presentation, “Orbital Debris,” around 8:45 p.m. RASC London Centre member Richard Gibbens was among those listening to the presentation. There were 23 visitors recorded at 9:53 p.m. with 3 more arrivals bringing the number to 26; however the 9:25 p.m. count was recorded as 28.
Bill Gardner made his annual presentation at Killarney Provincial Park on Wednesday evening, July 11th. The skies could not have been better and park staff brought interested guests to the observing field around 10:00 p.m. Bill gave them a combined slide presentation and live constellation tour.