By Robert Duff
Display Case at Eldon House
On Sunday evening, April 12th, 2015, 19th Century Star Gazing for Yuri Gagarin Night "Yuri's Night" was celebrated at London’s Eldon House. The evening began with a presentation in the Interpretive Centre, 8:00 p.m., followed by stargazing with period and modern telescopes, 8:30—10:30 p.m.
This event celebrated Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, the first man in space, who orbited the Earth in a Soviet Vostok spacecraft on April 12th, 1961. It was also a celebration of 180 years since Eldon House was built in 1834 by Master John Harris, Royal Navy, who surveyed the Great Lakes following the War of 1812.
RASC London Centre members Mark Tovey and Tricia Colvin made history come alive, dressed in period costume as Master John Harris and Amelia Harris. Event organizer and historian Mark Tovey began the evening around 8:00 p.m. with a slide presentation in the Eldon House Interpretive Centre. There were 52 visitors who registered ($15.00) for the evening.
The London Centre of the RASC is proud to continue our support of the Cronyn Observatory Saturday Evening Open Houses. The summer hours are beginning on Saturday, May 2nd, and will continue every Saturday until August 29th. Time: 8:30—11:00 p.m.
RASC London Centre members are invited to bring their telescopes to set up on the roof patio and front lawn of the Cronyn Observatory.
Parking is FREE on Saturday evenings in the Alumni Hall, Weldon (around the traffic circle) and Springett Parking Lots.
Please vist the Hume Cronyn Observatory website for more information.
Sky and Telescope's "Pocket Sky-Atlas" is a wonderful resource for all amateur astronomers. These challenges are designed for spicing up your observing.
Sky and Telescope Magazine's "Pocket Sky Atlas" has found a place in the tool kit of many amateur astronomers. The convenient size makes it easy to use at the telescope without requiring a separate chart table.
These challenge objects are indexed to the star chart pages containing those objects. The idea is to have fun and perhaps expand your observing past the "usual suspects" that can be found because of past experiences. Seeing conditions may not allow finding these objects every night, but they should be visible at some point during the month.
The April Sky
It's April, and astronomers have visions of galaxy clusters dancing in their heads. Now is the time to get your binocular or telescope rig sorted out for the next few months of viewing. Try to get your eyepieces, battery packs and other assorted bits assembled into a unified kit that is ready to go with observing with your telescope at a moment’s notice. Nights can still be chilling so pack some spare clothes if you are venturing away from home base.
Don’t forget the sky charts and lists you've compiled of objects you want to see. Many months’ cold and snow have dulled out enthusiasm for the night sky, but now the excuses don’t seem so valid. Warmer spring breezes push us back to places of wonder in the night sky. Prepare your equipment, find your charts and guides, get ready to taste the night sky again.
April is also the biggest outreach month amateur astronomy has during the year. Make sure you share your love of the night sky with others. Sharing and explaining how you do astronomy makes you think about what you are doing; in return, makes you better at what you do.
I’ve indexed the object to its star chart page.
Regulus, Algieba, Adhafera and Rasalas, Page 35
Nekkar, Edasich and Thuban, Page 42.
NGC 3193 and NGC 3190, Page 35
NGC 4144 and NGC 4203, Page 43.
NGC 6207 page 52.
UGC 10822 page 52.
Small Scopes and Binoculars
Tania Australis and Tania Borealis, page 33.
14 LMi and 15 LMi, page 33.
M13 page 52.
Alphecca page 53.
IC 2574 Page 31.
NGC 4889 Pages 32, 43.
NGC 3184 Page 33 (good photo op!).
NGC 188 Page 41.