Exploring the Stars, London 4th Cub Group, March 27th, 2014

Cloudy skies with some rain greeted 22 visitors (13 children and 9 adults) from the London 4th Cub Group for Exploring the Stars at the Cronyn Observatory, Thursday, March 27th, 2014, 7:00 p.m. Graduate student Dilini Subasinghe made the digital slide presentation The Cub Scout Astronomy Badge and answered a lot of very good questions. She immediately followed this with the activity Constellations, distributing 20 Star Finder planispheres. Dilini and RASC London Centre member Everett Clark then went around with Scotch tape to help everybody assemble the planispheres. Dilini used a slide showing a Star Finder planisphere and slides of the constellations to show them how to use them.

Everybody then went upstairs into the dome where Everett and Dilini gave brief talks about the big 25.4cm refractor. They did not open the dome since it was expected to rain. Everett had set up the 25.4cm Dobsonian (17mm Nagler eyepiece, 66X) on the roof patio, directed towards the weathervane on the Engineering building. He brought it in when it started to rain and the visitors looked at the weathervane through the 25.4cm Dobsonian from inside the door. The visitors were gone by around 8:20—8:30 p.m. after an interesting evening learning about astronomy and looking through the 25.4cm Dobsonian telescope.