Hello, everyone!! Well, with the lovely weather we have been having, yours truly has been doing more observing. Two weeks ago, the astronomy class at the College observed Mercury in the west, just after sunset. I did do some other observing later, but it was near full moon and windy, so viewing was not as good as it could have been. With the dark of the moon upon us, more should be possible. Let me know, any of you, if you’d like to go out!
We looked at a NASA videotape on Jupiter which was quite good.
Bad news, I am afraid. I received a note from the Public Gaming Commission that, owing to the large numbers of applications for casino events, there will be a 7 to 8 month delay in the Prince George area. For us, this means that the earliest we could get a casino date is October or November. Since I had hoped for May or June, this may mean a cash flow problem in building the new observatory.
Based on anticipated expenditures and on the money we have on hand, I believe that we can get the foundations laid, the walls up and the roof on with available funds. The interim refund from B.C. Lotteries (33% of expenditures) will help. To move the telescope and dome, however, we may need to float a loan (which I believe we could get using the mirrors as collateral) to tide us over until the fall. The reason not to wait is that I will have time available this May and into the summer, and now is the time to act.
A full discussion will be held at the upcoming meeting this Wednesday. If you can’t make it, talk to me or one of the directors privately.
WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE SKY:
Mercury is no longer visible. Jupiter is high in the southeast after sunset and sets before sunrise. It is a fine object; you should be able to see the four Galilean moons with binoculars. All other planets are morning objects or are not visible.
I have not seen Nova Cyni yet but will try soon.
Wednesday, Mar 25 at 7:30 PM at the College, room 2-223. As I mentioned above, I’d like to hold a discussion of what we should do regarding the financial situation. Also, I have back my slides from Hawaii and we can look at what I have (none yet from inside the the CFH telescope or the Keck telescope) but there are a number from the summit of Mauna Kea and a few beach scenes may find their way into the tray. Also, we could look at another videotape.
Hope to see you there!
Bob Nelson, President