Cronyn Observatory Public Night, Saturday, March 14th, 2015

Cloudy skies greeted visitors to Western University’s Cronyn Observatory Public Night, Saturday, March 14th, 2015, 7:00 p.m. Graduate student Parshati Patel made the digital slide presentation "Telescopes" and fielded questions. Graduate students Dilini Subasinghe and Emily McCullough worked in the dome. Dilini counted 26 people in Parshati’s slide presentation and, with 7—8 people arriving later in the dome, the estimated total was 33—34 visitors.

RASC London Centre was represented by Tricia Colvin, Mark Tovey and Peter Jedicke, later joined by Bob Duff, arriving 7:55—8:00 p.m. London Centre member Richard Gibbens was also there and listened to the slide lecture. Following up on Parshati’s slide presentation "Telescopes", Peter gave a talk about different types of telescopes including the big 25.4cm refractor in the dome and the history of the Cronyn Observatory. He also explained the Standard and Sidereal Time clocks on the east wall. Dilini showed visitors the flashing red lights on the communications tower in south London through the big 25.4cm refractor (52mm Erfle eyepiece, 84X). On the roof patio outside the dome, Tricia and Mark showed people the wind turbine on the roof of the Engineering building through the London Centre’s 25.4cm Dobsonian (17mm Nagler eyepiece, 66X).

Peter also spent some time talking with another couple downstairs in the lecture room about astronomy. The visitors were gone by around 9:00 p.m. after an interesting evening of astronomy despite the cloudy weather.