Exploring the Stars, Arthur Stringer Public School, March 29th, 2012

Graduate student Robin Wing began the digital slide presentation Our Solar System before 61 visitors (44 children and 17 adults) from Arthur Stringer Public School, grades 6—8, at the Cronyn Observatory for Exploring the Stars, Thursday, March 29th, 7:00 p.m.

Bringing the group up into the dome, Robin explained the big 25.4cm refractor and invited the visitors to view the communications tower in south London through this telescope, using the 32mm Erfle eyepiece (137X). He also explained Standard and Sidereal Time shown on the two big clocks on the wall. On the Observatory’s roof patio, RASC London Centre Bob Duff showed them views of the weathervane on the Engineering building through the London Centre’s 25.4cm Dobsonian, using the 17mm Nagler eyepiece (67X). He gave brochures to 2 adults who had telescopes at home and invited them to London Centre meetings. Robin gave a second presentation on astronomy down in the lecture room. Everybody was gone by around 8:45 p.m. after a very enjoyable evening despite the clouds.