Exploring the Stars, 97th London Beavers, November 27th, 2017

Mostly cloudy, later clearing skies greeted 25 visitors (18 children and 7 adults) from the 97th London Beavers, for Exploring the Stars at Western University’s Cronyn Observatory, Monday November 27th, 2017, 6:30 p.m. Graduate student Daniel Hatfield presented the digital slide presentation “Constellations” and fielded questions.

RASC London Centre was represented by Everett Clark and Bob Duff. Everett made ready the big 25.4cm refractor in the dome, installing the 52mm Erfle eyepiece (84X), and directing it towards the one-day-past-first-quarter Moon. When everybody arrived upstairs in the dome, Everett and the Beaver leaders supervised as the children viewed the Moon—which was periodically obscured by clouds—through the 25.4cm refractor. When everybody had viewed the Moon and the sky began to clear, Everett directed the 25.4cm refractor to show them the star Vega, which made a fine sight through the 52mm Erfle eyepiece (84X). Bob and Everett talked to the visitors and answered questions. The visitors were gone by around 7:35 p.m. after and interesting and enjoyable evening of astronomy.