Cronyn Observatory Public Night, Saturday, July 25th, 2015

Partly cloudy, later clearing skies greeted some 70 visitors to Western University’s Cronyn Observatory Public Night, Saturday, July 25th, 2015, 8:30 p.m. Beginning with 3 slides from the New Horizons spacecraft flyby mission of Pluto, Professor Jan Cami made 4 presentations of his digital slide presentation “Fingerprinting the Universe” and “Spectroscopy Demonstration” using 4 low pressure high voltage gas lamps, containing hydrogen, helium, mercury vapor and neon. A limited number of diffraction glasses were distributed to the audience who crowded around the table at the front of the lecture room where the gas lamps were set up. RASC London Centre members Bob Duff counted 43 visitors by 9:00 p.m. and Peter Jedicke counted 57 by 9:45 p.m. With some 10—16 later arrivals the estimated total number of visitors for the evening was around 70.

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Star Night, Springwater Conservation Area, Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015

RASC London Centre Past President and Public Outreach Coordinator Dave McCarter and fellow member Harold Tutt had already set up their telescopes in the West Campground playground area of Springwater Conservation Area when Peter Jedicke and Steve Gauthier arrived, Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015, around 8:40 p.m. Springwater Conservation Area, Springwater Road, Aylmer, Ontario (south or Orwell).

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Cronyn Observatory Public Night, Saturday, July 18th, 2015

Mostly cloudy, hazy skies greeted some 70 visitors to Western University’s Cronyn Observatory Public Night, Saturday, July 18th, 2015, 8:30 p.m. Professor Sarah Gallagher made the first of her 2 digital slide presentations, “On Top of the Mountain All Covered with Ash: An Astronomer at the Telescope”, before an audience increasing to more than 50 people, with 59 arrivals at the Observatory by 9:15 p.m. She followed this with her second presentation, “Highlights from the New Horizons Flyby”, after inviting everybody to take a break and visit the dome. There were an estimated 70 visitors by the end of the evening.

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Cronyn Observatory Public Night, Saturday, July 11th, 2015

Partly cloudy, hazy skies greeted some 75 visitors to Western University’s Cronyn Observatory Public Night, Saturday, July 11th, 2015, 8:30 p.m. Graduate student Laura Lenkic made her digital slide presentation “Ground Based Telescopes (but really) a Look at Radio Astronomy” before an audience numbering 52 people by 9:00 p.m., and with more arrivals there were an estimate 75 visitors by the end of the evening.

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Star Night, Fanshawe Conservation Area, July 5th, 2015

Partly cloudy hazy skies greeted some 20 visitors for a Star Night near the boat launch area in Fanshawe Conservation Area on Sunday, July 5th, 2015, around 9:00 p.m.  RASC London Centre members with telescopes included Rick Saunders, 80mm Stellarvue refractor; Harold Tutt, 80mm Stellarvue Nighthawk refractor; Rob McNeil, Williams Optics 72mm refractor; and Norman McCall, Explore Scientific 152mm Maksutov-Newtonian Comet Hunter.  They observed Venus and Jupiter and by 10:30 p.m. it was obvious that nothing more could be seen in the hazy sky.