Clouds and rain greeted visitors to the Cronyn Observatory for the Saturday evening Open House, June 2nd, 8:30 p.m. Professor Jan Cami made his digital slide presentation, “Transit of Venus, June 5, 2012,” before 11 visitors. Besides the visitors, Henry Leparskas from Western’s Physics and Astronomy Department was there along with RASC London Centre members Bob Duff, Peter Jedicke, Charlie Moher and Richard Gibbens. Faculty member Professor Paul Wiegert gave a tour of the 25.4cm refractor to some of the visitors but rain ruled out opening the dome.
Bill Gardner reported spending the weekend at Killarney Provincial Park and opening the Observatory, Saturday evening, May 19th. He had a small group of 7 camp visitors join him for a small night time sky tour. He showed the group the planets Venus, Mars and Saturn, along with the deep-sky classics M13 and M57. One of the visitors said that M13 was the highlight of the entire weekend.
Thursday morning, May 24th, Dave McCarter attended Joan Roffey’s kindergarten class at Blessed Kateri Separate School on Sunnyside Drive near Masonville in London. He set up his 80mm Stellarvue refractor with a Baader film solar filter for the children to view the Sun and sunspots. This was followed by a question and answer session indoors.
Clear skies greeted students, teachers, parents and RASC London Centre members for a star night at Mitchell Hepburn Public School in St. Thomas on Wednesday, May 23rd.
A sky with hazy clouds greeted visitors to the Cronyn Observatory Open House, Saturday, May 26th, 8:30 p.m. Graduate student Parshati Patel made her digital slide presentation, “Beyond Planets in Our Solar System,”—about asteroids, comets and moons in the solar system—while faculty member Dr. Aaron Sigut operated the big 25.4cm refractor in the dome. Aaron directed the big 25.4cm refractor towards the crescent Moon, visible through hazy clouds. RASC London Centre member Bob Duff set up the London Centre’s 25.4cm Dobsonian and the Cronyn Observatory’s Meade 8-inch (203mm) Model 2080/LX3 Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope on the roof patio, directing both at the crescent Moon.