Exploring the Stars, Western University, History, Science & Technology Class, October 24th, 2012

Partly cloudy skies greeted 25 visitors (24 students and 1 instructor) from Western University’s History, Science & Technology class to the Cronyn Observatory for Exploring the Stars, Wednesday, October 24th, 7:00 p.m. Since the lecture room beneath the dome was not available, graduate students Allison Hill and Emily McCullough arranged chairs in the dome to accommodate the visitors for the digital slide presentation.

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Exploring the Stars, St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Secondary School, October 23rd, 2012

Overcast skies and misty rain greeted 34 visitors, including 25 children and 9 adults, from St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Secondary School grade-9 class to the Cronyn Observatory for Exploring the Stars, Wednesday, October 23rd, 7:00 p.m. Graduate student Tyler Desjardins made two digital slide presentations, the first one being “Mars” and the second one, “Seeing the Sky Through Different Eyes.”

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Exploring the Stars, 26th Scouting Group, October 18th, 2012

A partly cloudy sky greeted 22 visitors, including 10 children and 12 adults, from the 26th Scouting Group to the Cronyn Observatory for Exploring the Stars, Thursday, October 18th, 7:00 p.m. Bringing the group immediately upstairs into the dome, graduate students Emily McCullough and Allison Hill showed them the crescent Moon through the big 25.4cm refractor, using the 28mm Meade Super Wide Angle eyepiece (157X). They then took the group back downstairs and Emily made her digital slide presentation for “The Cub Badge.” Returning to the dome after the presentation, Allison directed the 25.4cm refractor towards Epsilon Lyrae and then M13, showing the visitors good views with the 32mm Erfle (137X) eyepieces.

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Exploring the Stars, Space Society of London, October 17th, 2012

A clear sky with some hazy clouds greeted 13 visitors from the Space Society of London to the Cronyn Observatory for Exploring the Stars on Wednesday, October 17th, 7:00 p.m.  Graduate student Tyler Desjardins made the digital slide presentation, “Mars,” and this was followed by observing.  

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Cronyn Observatory Open House, October 13th, 2012

Clouds and rain greeted 10 visitors to the Cronyn Observatory Open House, Saturday, October 13th, 7:00 p.m. Graduate student Ted Rudyk gave his slide presentation, “Top 10 Reasons Why Jupiter is an Interesting Planet.” They then went upstairs where graduate student Neil Bhatt was in charge of the big 25.4cm refractor in the dome, which remained closed because of the rain. RASC London Centre member Peter Jedicke explained the history and operation of the big 25.4cm refractor. Peter reported that the visitors were very keen and asked many interesting questions, which Ted, Neil and Peter did their best to answer. Everybody left at 9:00 p.m.

Bob Duff
Higher Education Liaison
RASC London Centre