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 3rd, and will continue every Saturday until August 30th. 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.
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.
Saturday 2014-05-03 and Sunday 2014-05-04.
This year will be bigger and better with:
- - Different location with vastly improved facilities at the brand new David Braley Athletic Centre @ Mohawk College
- - More exhibitors and Guest Speakers
- - A full-scale Solar Observing Program sponsored by Lunt Solar Systems
- - In addition to Door Prizes and Raffle Prizes, a Silent Auction.
- - Seminar rooms that are less than 1 minute walk from the exhibit hall
- - Improved food and beverage services
- - Free goodies courtesy SkyNews/Sky & Telescope Magazines and several other sponsors.
The list of exhibitors will grow but there already is an impressive number of new exhibitors along with all of last year’s exhibitors. More vendors will mean an even bigger number of prizes. Last year there was over $15k!
The website is ready to accept advance ticket purchases. Buy ticket(s) on-line and receive a Free Raffle Ticket. A special prize will be given to advance ticket buyers only. If that ticket is not a winner, it will stay in the ballot box for the main prize draws.
For more information, visit astrocats.ca
Cloudy skies with rain showers greeted some 50 visitors (adults and children) for the Cronyn Observatory Public Night, Saturday, April 12th, 2014, 8:00 p.m. Graduate students Dilini Subasinghe and Tony Martinez hosted the event. RASC London Centre was represented by Peter Jedicke and Bob Duff, later joined in the dome by Everett Clark. Dilini made her digital slide presentation, Saturn and fielded questions. Peter listened to Dilini’s presentation but had to leave soon afterwards.Read more...
Cloudy skies with occasional rain greeted 6 visitors (3 children and 3 adults) from a private group for Exploring the Stars at the Cronyn Observatory, Thursday, April 10th, 2014, 6:30 p.m. They immediately went upstairs into the dome where RASC London Centre member Everett Clark showed them the communications tower in south London through the big 25.4cm refractor (32mm Erfle eyepiece, 137X). He also gave them 3 Moon Gazers’ Guide cards.Read more...
Clear skies greeted 44 visitors (22 children and 22 adults) from the London District Catholic School Board Gifted Grade-8 students for Exploring the Stars at the Cronyn Observatory, Wednesday, April 9th, 2014, 7:00 p.m. Graduate student Tony Martinez made his digital slide presentation Our Solar System — an updated version including material from the presentation The Small Bodies in Our Solar System — and then fielded questions. He then introduced the activity Constellations, with a demonstration of the sky charting software Stellarium. Tony then distributed 25 Star Finder planispheres and explained how to assemble and use them.Read more...