Star Night, Killarney Provincial Park, July 11th, 2012

Bill Gardner made his annual presentation at Killarney Provincial Park on Wednesday evening, July 11th. The skies could not have been better and park staff brought interested guests to the observing field around 10:00 p.m. Bill gave them a combined slide presentation and live constellation tour. 

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Cronyn Observatory Open House, Saturday, July 7th, 2012

Graduate student Matt Shannon made his digital slide presentation, “Galaxies in the Universe,” before some 36 visitors at the Cronyn Observatory Open House, Saturday, July 7th, beginning shortly after 8:30 p.m. More people arrived with some going directly upstairs into the dome for a total of some 50 visitors by the end of the evening. Other graduate students included Ed Stokan, supervising visitors, and Allison Hill. Undergraduate student Matt Abado operated the big 25.4cm refractor in the dome.

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Camp Timken Star Party, June 22nd—24th, 2012

Rick Saunders reported a successful star party at Camp Timken with the Klassens, the Johnsons, Pete and Cheri Raine, Mike Roffey and Rick bringing tents and other accommodations. Matt Neima, Dan Tremblay and Harold Tutt didn’t camp but were there. Rick delivered 2 slide presentations to some 42 Scouts and adults, including one presentation, “Our Universe” for the Beavers and one for the Cubs, who were working on their Astronomy Badge. All had the opportunity to view the Sun through the 60mm Coronado H-Alpha solar telescope Saturday morning and afternoon. Evening observing began with a nice crescent Moon, Saturn, Mars and some deep-sky objects. Rick worked with the Cubs, using his green laser pointer on the constellations.

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Cronyn Observatory Open House, Saturday, June 30th, 2012

Clear skies with some hazy clouds greeted visitors to the Cronyn Observatory Open House, Saturday, June 30th, beginning 8:30 p.m. Peter Jedicke gave an introductory talk about Hume Cronyn the history of the Observatory. Dr. Martin Houde made his digital slide presentation on, “Submillimetre Astronomy.” This was followed at 9:30 p.m. by a live Webcast of the Helen Sawyer Hogg Lecture at the RASC GA in Edmonton, featuring Dr. Jocelyn Bell, who as a graduate student at Cambridge University, England, was a key figure in the discovery of the first pulsars in 1967. About 20 visitors enjoyed Jocelyn Bell’s presentation, “Does the World End in 2012? Astronomical Evidence.” (Dave and Angela Clark were at the GA and Angela appeared in one of the audience shots.)

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Star Night, Springwater Conservation Area Campground, June 29th, 2012

Hazy clouds gave way to clear sky for the Springwater Conservation Area Campground star night, Friday, June 29th, 2012. Seven RASC London Centre members with 6 telescopes arrived between 8:00—9:00 p.m., including Steve Imrie, with his 20.3cm Orion SkyQuest Dobsonian; Bob Duff, with his 20.3cm Dobsonian; Everett Clark, with his 11.4cm Tasco Newtonian on its Super Polaris GEM mount; Harold Tutt, with his 80mm Stellarvue Night Hawk refractor on its Vixen alt-azimuth mount; Dave McCarter, with his 25.4cm Dobsonian; Keith Burr, with his 20.3cm Sky-Watcher Dobsonian; and Peter Jedicke.

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