Graduate student Robin Wing made the first of two presentations the digital slide show Our Solar System before the initial group of 19 visitors to the Cronyn Observatory Open House, Saturday, February 25th, 7:00 p.m. More people would arrive later for a total of 24—32 visitors.
Graduate student Tyler Desjardins made the digital slide presentation, The Big Bang before 25 visitors, including 22 students and 3 adults, from the H. B. Beal Secondary School Science Club, at the Cronyn Observatory for Exploring the Stars, Wednesday, February 22nd, 7:00 p.m.
Star Night, for the 2nd Ailsa Craig Brownies and 1st Ailsa Craig Sparks at Camp Sylvan. The forecast was for clearing but the clouds never parted and nothing was visible except small light domes from nearby towns. There were 17 children from the 2nd Ailsa Craig Brownies and 1st Ailsa Craig Sparks along with 4 leaders and one parent. Dave McCarter sat with them around the campfire and told stories about astronomy until it was time for a snack and bed. Dave suggested that we could visit them on a meeting night in April or May when the Moon is at first quarter and Saturn is rising early.
Cold weather and clouds blowing in from the west greeted visitors. Graduate student Emily McCullough directed the 25.4cm refractor in the dome towards the two-day-prior-to first quarter crescent Moon, which made a splendid view in the 32mm Erfle eyepiece.