Cronyn Observatory Open House, Saturday, June 23rd, 2012

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.

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Cronyn Observatory Open House, Saturday, June 9th, 2012

Clear skies greeted visitors to the Cronyn Observatory Open House, Saturday, June 9th, 8:30 p.m. Dr. Sarah Gallagher made her digital slide presentation, “The Early Days of the Chandra X-Ray Observatory,” twice; the first group included 18 visitors and the second, just 6 people. In all there were an estimated 30—40 visitors at the slide talks and in the dome.

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Cronyn Observatory Open House, Saturday, June 2nd, 2012

Clouds and rain greeted visitors to the Cronyn Observatory for the Saturday evening Open House, June 2nd, 8:30 p.m. Professor Jan Cami made his digital slide presentation, “Transit of Venus, June 5, 2012,” before 11 visitors. Besides the visitors, Henry Leparskas from Western’s Physics and Astronomy Department was there along with RASC London Centre members Bob Duff, Peter Jedicke, Charlie Moher and Richard Gibbens. Faculty member Professor Paul Wiegert gave a tour of the 25.4cm refractor to some of the visitors but rain ruled out opening the dome.

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Cronyn Observatory Open House, Saturday, May 26th, 2012

A sky with hazy clouds greeted visitors to the Cronyn Observatory Open House, Saturday, May 26th, 8:30 p.m. Graduate student Parshati Patel made her digital slide presentation, “Beyond Planets in Our Solar System,”—about asteroids, comets and moons in the solar system—while faculty member Dr. Aaron Sigut operated the big 25.4cm refractor in the dome. Aaron directed the big 25.4cm refractor towards the crescent Moon, visible through hazy clouds. RASC London Centre member Bob Duff set up the London Centre’s 25.4cm Dobsonian and the Cronyn Observatory’s Meade 8-inch (203mm) Model 2080/LX3 Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope on the roof patio, directing both at the crescent Moon.

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