Cronyn Observatory Open House, Saturday, June 16th, 2012

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.

After the first talk RASC London Centre members Dale Armstrong and Peter Jedicke took part in a tour of the dome and the short question and answer period about the telescope and Observatory. Sarah directed the big 25.4cm refractor towards the communications tower in south London. Vega and Arcturus later appeared through the clouds and Sarah directed the big refractor towards Arcturus for visitors to observe. Dale directed the Dobsonian towards Vega and then Arcturus providing views to visitors through the new 18mm Tele Vue Radian eyepiece (63.5X). People asked questions and generally had a good time. The Observatory was closed down around 10:45 p.m.

Bob Duff
Higher Education Liaison
RASC London Centre