Cronyn Observatory Open House, Saturday, July 27th, 2013

Clouds and rain greeted arrivals at the Cronyn Observatory for the Open House, Saturday, July 27th, 8:30 p.m. Graduate student Luis Victorero began his digital slide presentation, “Exploring the Universe, Life Beyond Our Planet,” around 9:12 p.m., before 3 visitors including 2 students from Western University’s Faculty of Information & Media Studies Master’s Journalism Program who videotaped the presentation. Other graduate students present included Ted Rudyk, who operated the big 25.4cm refractor in the dome, Beth Grzema, who unlocked the Observatory, and Sarah Malek. Post doctoral student, Sophia Lianou, was crowd manager. RASC London Centre was represented by Everett Clark and Bob Duff, later joined by Peter Jedicke around 9:00 p.m. By the end of the evening Sophia had counted 9 visitors.

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Cronyn Observatory Open House, Saturday, July 20th, 2013

Mostly cloudy skies greeted visitors to the Cronyn Observatory Open House, Saturday, July 20th, 2013, 8:30 p.m. Graduate student Sahar Rahmani made 3 presentations of her digital slide show “How and Where are Stars Born? (Star Formation)” during the course of the evening. Physics and Astronomy Department computer resource person Henry Leparskas was there with a tripod mounted video camera, to interview people. Graduate student Hoori Ghashooni supervised and kept count of visitors. There were 54 people at 8:50 p.m. and the final count at 10:35 p.m. was 105 visitors.

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Banting House Moon Party, Monday, July 15th, 2013

On Monday evening, July 15th, 2013, Banting House National Historic Site, 442 Adelaide St. N., London, Ontario, celebrated the 40th anniversary of the naming of Banting Crater in 1973. Formerly known as Linne E, this small 5-km diameter crater on Mare Serenitatis was renamed in honour of Sir Frederick Banting, the discoverer of insulin.

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Springwater Campground Star Night, July 12th, 2013

Partly cloudy skies greeted 9 RASC London Centre members for a Star Night at Springwater Conservation Area Campground near Aylmer, Friday, July 12th, 2013. Members present included Dan Tremblay, with his 12.5-inch (32cm) f/6.6 Truss-Tube Dobsonian; Steve Imrie, with his Orion SkyQuest 8-inch (20.3cm) Dobsonian; Matt Neima, with his Celestron C8 (20.3cm) Schmidt-Cassegrain on a Losmandy mount; Harold Tutt, with his 80mm Stellarvue Night Hawk refractor on a Vixen alt-azimuth mount and Celestron 15 X 70mm binoculars on a tripod; Bob Duff, with his 20.3cm Dobsonian; and Dave McCarter with his 25.4cm Dobsonian, which he set up later as skies cleared. Other members present included Everett Clark, Peter Jedicke and Patrick Whelan. There were 9 RASC London Centre members present with 6 telescopes and one tripod mounted binoculars in all.

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