Well!! Here we are with another newsletter. Your executive had hoped to get out another newsletter in September, but Paul Ingraham, who had taken over the duties of newsletter editor, found himself too busy to continue. I am hoping that perhaps he, and other interested persons, will be able to contribute a short article now and then. The present editor will do his best to keep you informed with club news, astronomical tid-bits, and what is going on in the sky.
Not a lot has happened of late at TMO. We did, a number of us, complete the outhouse, so that’s progress!! We had high hopes of starting on a power line in the semi-near future, but it now appears now that, although we will probably get a lot of support from College personnel, we will have to go through an electrical contractor and buy the poles (6 in all @ $140 each) plus hardware and wire plus some labour. All this means that we will have to raise a few kilobucks. Your hardworking executive is pursuing the possibility of hosting bingo or a casino night (no, Virginia, the idea is not dead yet). Stay tuned ….
RECENT EVENTS AT TMO
Brian Potts and I went out to TMO on Oct 22/23 and took many pictures of Jupiter, and the Orion and Crab Nebulae. Jupiter and the Crab were underexposed (especially the latter) but the Orion Nebula was good. (Jupiter and the Orion Neb are really easy objects, folks. Why not try your hand?)
We had a really successful observing session at the “Forests of the World” site on Cranbrook Hill on Sept 22/23 with 20 – 30 people form PGAS and the public looking through 3 telescopes. Objects looked at included: Jupiter, M13, M27, M45, M31, M57, Epsilon Auriga, and M17 (the Swan neb in Sag). A great evening.
Our last meeting, Sept 30, was well attended with a display of several members’ telescopes, a demonstration of the Foucault test, and lots of spirited discussions.
The weather in October has been truly fantastic with yours truly going out a total of 6 times this month. We hope to get the phoning “tree” functional (see enclosure) – however…. please be reminded that anyone is free to call me, or any other active observer around suppertime and join a group. All you need is warm clothing and an attitude of eager anticipation. For those of you who have limited experience, we are hoping to give you help.
WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE SKY
- Jupiter is very prominent these weeks – it’s the very bright object in the southeast anytime after sunset. Try looking at it with a pair of binoculars and you should see one or more of the four Galilean moons. Brian and I saw and interesting event – one of the moons just to the side with its shadow on Jupiter.
- Uranus, Saturn, Neptune and Pluto are all fading to the west and hard to see. Mercury was and evening object but was never easy to see. Venus, however will be more and more visible as an evening object as we slip into Nov and Dec.
- We missed the Orionid meteor shower on Oct 21 but the S. Taurid meteors are coming up Nov 3, and the Leonids, on Nov 18.
- Several minor planets (asteroids) are visible now, including 2 Pallas, 4 Vesta, 20 Massalia, and 523 Herculina – consult the editor or the Observer’s Handbook for details. Speaking of the Handbook, we are planning to order around ten 1988 editions for club members by the new year. Get your name in, or better yet, give a deposit to an executive member.
Wednesday, Nov 4 at 7:30 PM in room 2-223 (the Physics Lab) at CNC. We need to go through the formality of having elections but we’ll keep it as brief as possible. Seriously, though, we have proposed an executive of 8 active people – if you’d like to get involved, why not volunteer?
In addition to presenting the latest club and observatory news, we plan to offer a discussion/workshop on deep sky objects in this month’s featured constellation – Orion, and possibly a slide presentation on Mount Palomar Observatory which I was fortunate to visit this summer.
We hope to see you all there!
Bob Nelson, President