Hello, everyone! Well, there has been good progress on the new observatory since the last newsletter. See below for details.
Other news involves the Science Council. There is still hope that this agency will fund the classroom addition. There is a lot of enthusiasm locally and the application will go to the B.C. Science Council (the parent body) sometime in the future. The application will require local support from the schools and I have been phoning around for that purpose. It looks as if, once we have the classroom, local teachers will ring the phone off the hook making bookings. Therefore several things come to mind:
- Don’t make the classroom too small. I am told that the nominal 20’x 30’room we were planning might better be 30’x 30’. Since a school bus can hold anywhere from 25 to 60 people, we had better be able to handle 60 eager students, as teachers tend to stuff buses.
- We had better be able to attract volunteers to give presentations. Before scaring off most of you, let me reassure you by saying that a) we plan to set up 2 or 3 well prepared presentations that just about give themselves, and b) children are easily satisfied and appreciate just about anything that you can give them. Most of them are really excited about astronomy and that is one of the reasons we are doing all this. (That and to get more members into the club, to enhance our facilities, etc – it all fits together.) I must say that the times I have given talks to young people, I have really “gotten a bang out of it”.
However, we must have the facilities. I hope that, down the road, we will have a first class observatory that will be well-equipped for all that we want to do.
We had a good meeting in September with some new members in attendance. We looked at slides and videotape of construction at the new observatory this summer. It was hilarious at times.
The good news is that the roofers, A.V. Jay Roofing have completed the roof on our new observatory. It really looks quite substantial and it’s relief to get it done. They did no charge and many thanks to them for their generosity. Now we don’t have to worry about the plywood getting wet anymore.
The next piece of good news is that, by the time you read this, we may well have moved the telescope and dome. At time of writing (Oct 18), Larry Heavy Hauling has tentatively agreed to move it on Tue/Wed (transport on the highway has to be between 2 AM and 6 AM). Stay tuned!
WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE SKY:
Mars 1992-3 apparition (opposition is in January). ORLA – can you write something or should I?
THURSDAY October 29 (note day change) at 7:30 PM at the College (room 2-223, Physics lab). This is our annual general meeting at which we must go through the formality of electing an executive. (This is usually, like most clubs, by acclimation. However, there is always the change of a spirited election.)
On the program, we plan to give an introductory-type talk about how to find celestial objects in the sky, celestial coordinates, etc. If there’s time, we could have another of the popular series “Constellation of the Month”.
Hope to see you there!
Bob Nelson, President.