Star Night, Springwater Conservation Area, Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015

RASC London Centre Past President and Public Outreach Coordinator Dave McCarter and fellow member Harold Tutt had already set up their telescopes in the West Campground playground area of Springwater Conservation Area when Peter Jedicke and Steve Gauthier arrived, Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015, around 8:40 p.m. Springwater Conservation Area, Springwater Road, Aylmer, Ontario (south or Orwell).

Dave had already set up his 25.4cm Dobsonian and Harold his 80mm Stellarvue Nighthawk refractor, on a Vixen alt-azimuth mount directed at the 7-day-past new crescent Moon. Peter and Steve set up Peter’s 40.6cm (16-inch) Truss-Tube Dobsonian and directed it at the Moon. With deepening twilight all telescopes moved to Saturn and besides Titan, 3 other moons were observed. Some 30 guests showed up, including 20 children and 10 adults. Continuing into the evening, Dave showed people M13, M57 and M27 in his telescope. Peter showed the visitors M57, M71 and M56, all using a magnification of 56X. They packed up at 11:10 p.m. after a very enjoyable evening of astronomy.

Report by Peter Jedicke, Revised with Additions by Robert Duff