Rick Saunders reported a successful star party at Camp Timken with the Klassens, the Johnsons, Pete and Cheri Raine, Mike Roffey and Rick bringing tents and other accommodations. Matt Neima, Dan Tremblay and Harold Tutt didn’t camp but were there. Rick delivered 2 slide presentations to some 42 Scouts and adults, including one presentation, “Our Universe” for the Beavers and one for the Cubs, who were working on their Astronomy Badge. All had the opportunity to view the Sun through the 60mm Coronado H-Alpha solar telescope Saturday morning and afternoon. Evening observing began with a nice crescent Moon, Saturn, Mars and some deep-sky objects. Rick worked with the Cubs, using his green laser pointer on the constellations.
Clear skies with some hazy clouds greeted visitors to the Cronyn Observatory Open House, Saturday, June 30th, beginning 8:30 p.m. Peter Jedicke gave an introductory talk about Hume Cronyn the history of the Observatory. Dr. Martin Houde made his digital slide presentation on, “Submillimetre Astronomy.” This was followed at 9:30 p.m. by a live Webcast of the Helen Sawyer Hogg Lecture at the RASC GA in Edmonton, featuring Dr. Jocelyn Bell, who as a graduate student at Cambridge University, England, was a key figure in the discovery of the first pulsars in 1967. About 20 visitors enjoyed Jocelyn Bell’s presentation, “Does the World End in 2012? Astronomical Evidence.” (Dave and Angela Clark were at the GA and Angela appeared in one of the audience shots.)
Hazy clouds gave way to clear sky for the Springwater Conservation Area Campground star night, Friday, June 29th, 2012. Seven RASC London Centre members with 6 telescopes arrived between 8:00—9:00 p.m., including Steve Imrie, with his 20.3cm Orion SkyQuest Dobsonian; Bob Duff, with his 20.3cm Dobsonian; Everett Clark, with his 11.4cm Tasco Newtonian on its Super Polaris GEM mount; Harold Tutt, with his 80mm Stellarvue Night Hawk refractor on its Vixen alt-azimuth mount; Dave McCarter, with his 25.4cm Dobsonian; Keith Burr, with his 20.3cm Sky-Watcher Dobsonian; and Peter Jedicke.
Mostly cloudy skies greeted visitors to the Cronyn Observatory Open House, Saturday, June 23rd, beginning 8:30 p.m. Professor Shantanu Basu made his digital slide presentation on, “Galaxies,” before some 44 visitors, which soon increased to 61, with some people going directly upstairs to the dome and roof patio. RASC London Centre members Peter Jedicke, Steve Gauthier, Dale Armstrong, and Bob Duff assisted in the dome, while Richard Gibbens listened to Dr. Basu’s slide presentation downstairs in the lecture room.
Mostly cloudy skies greeted some 41 visitors to the Cronyn Observatory Open House, Saturday, June 16th, 8:30 p.m. Graduate student Teznie Pugh made her digital slide presentation, “The Sun,” during the course of the evening. Graduate students Sarah Malek and Richard Cyr were also there.