Mostly cloudy skies greeted 3 visitors to Western University’s Cronyn Observatory Public Night, Monday, October 17th, 2016, 7:00 p.m. They were welcomed by graduate student Dilini Subasinghe and, since there was no slide presentation, were directed upstairs into the dome.
RASC London Centre was represented by Everett Clark and Bob Duff. Graduate student Robin Arnason was telescope operator and directed the big 25.4cm refractor (32mm Erfle eyepiece, 137X) in the dome towards the lights on the communications tower in south London. Everett also set up the London Centre’s 25.4cm Dobsonian (17mm Nagler eyepiece, 66X) on roof patio outside the dome so as to view the wind turbine on the Engineering building. Bob later observed the yellow and blue double-star Albireo with the 25.4cm Dobsonian (17mm Nagler eyepiece, 66X). Everett Clark talked to one lady and her young son and gave them a “Star Finder” planisphere.
There were in all 3 visitors, including on lady and her young son and one student (who did not stay). The event was scheduled for 7:00—9:00 p.m. but the observatory was closed down early at 8:30 p.m.