Monday, December 31, 2012

not looking good

Hungry for photons. But it is not looking good for tonight.

Sunday, December 30, 2012

CSC wrong

Was really hoping to do some observing in dark skies... But the Clear Sky Chart proved completely wrong. Totally, completely wrong. Bummer.

delivered red lights

Transported some new red LED lights, two 16 foot strings, to the CAO. We'll put this in the GBO, replacing the incandescent lighting.

We'll install them in the spring.

Friday, December 28, 2012

puny parking pass problem

Sent the CAO winter parking pass to the crew. Lora printed it but reported it very small. Wallet-sized. That's no good. Might be Mac issue. Or it might be that I built it in Powerpoint... Not really the right tool.


A little birdie told me the problem went away...

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

referred Denis to membership team

Denis asked about the recent RASC Toronto Centre fee announcement. Expressed some concerns about changes required to the national system. Hey, I'm just the messenger. Suggested he talk to the membership team or the pres.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

seeing looked bad (Union)

Peaked outside. Could see Sirius to the south. Flickering madly. Bad seeing. Very bad.

Thought I might get some viewing it, maybe spot an airborne sleigh. Alas.


It was cloudy an hour later... No luck. At all.

Monday, December 24, 2012

sent notice to membership

Helped Phil send out a mailing to the whole membership, regarding the fee increase. I pulled the email addresses (once I finally synched the dropbox) from the database. Broke it into two lists. And then used the MailMan list profile set up for the president.

tree in space

Hadfield tweeted a photo of their Christmas tree on the ISS.


researched the 4495C

Manuel sent me a photo of the plate from his family member's old telescope. He described it as a Dobsonian. But on a mount with counterweights. Huh? Asked him to shot more photos if possible.

The Meade Model 4495C. Diameter = 114mm (or 4½"). Focal length = 910mm. Focal ratio = f/8.

OK. Time to do some research.


Seems the Meade 4495C is a reflector on a small equatorial mount and a wooden tripod. Nice little reflector. The bad news though is that it used 0.965" eyepieces. Ugh.

Couldn't find the manual for it. I did find a page at Meade for the 4500. Looks to be similar.

merry spacemas!

Elaine and Charles sent an astronomy-themed card with their Christmas wishes. Cool. From Cafepress.

Thank you! All the best!

Sunday, December 23, 2012

viewed some doubles (Union)

At one point, while watching TV, I looked out the west-facing window and saw the Moon. Headed out to Mom's observatory with netbook.
Instrument: Edmund Scientific 6-inch Newtonian
Mount: equatorial
Method: star hopping
12:38 AM. Plugged in the red LED Christmas lights. Started the setup of the telescope. Attached the mount to the pier. Eyeballed north and tightened it down. Installed the Newtonian to the mount. Added the counter-weights. And my Celestron 26mm. Went smoothly. Put the chair out. There were some clouds in the distance. Not perfect skies.

The Telrad was a little finicky. At first I thought it was bad batteries. Proved to be a loose connection.

Couldn't find a power cord. Headed to the garage for an extension cord. While near the house, I'd grab astronomy box α.

Viewed the Moon to verify the alignment of the finder and get the telescope at focus. It was nearly full. Aged 9.7 days according to SkyTools. Around 78% phase according to my location portal page. Viewed, briefly, some craters. Went to Mizar/Alcor to monitor tracking.

On the netbook, shut down Starry Night (had been testing/reviewing earlier in the evening). Started up SkyTools 3. Was not getting a wifi signal, unfortunately. Had previously built an (ambitious) observing list. 123 items. With priority. I sorted by Observation priority column. That said, some the items were for entertainment purposes, showpieces, for family viewing. Donna and Steve had left about an hour previous. Mom was in bed.

Sorted by priority. The first suggestion was the Winter Albireo aka HR 2764. Since I wasn't trying to impress anyone I moved on. Next up was double star 32 Eridani—from the RASC Coloured Double Stars list. Reviewed the digital atlas. It was in-line with Menkar or α (alpha) Ceti or to Rigel β (beta) and then Saiph κ (kappa) Orionis. Between Menkar and Rigel, almost in the middle.

Checked the tracking. Neither Mizar or Alcor were in the field. Turned out I still at the lock on. Released it.

I kept noticing a "Scope Not Connected" message in the ST3 atlas. It was distracting. 

Moon was close to Menkar. Around 16 or 17 degrees apart. I thought 32 Eri might be tricky. Not a lot of bright stars for star hopping. Finally set the correct location and telescope. Checked the field of view. Decided to wing it.

Checked the tracking again. It was not bad. It was off a little. Probably due to the polar alignment.

Aimed in the general area. Kicked myself for not having binoculars. Compared the atlas views.

Found a tight double star after some panning. Looked yellow and orange. The Observer's Handbook described the 32 Eri double as topaz and blue. So, that didn't sound right. More checking and cross-checking.

1:26. (48 minutes.) Someone's car alarm went off.

I was getting frustrated. I wondered if I was going about this the wrong way. Swearing. Did a meridian flip.

1:38. I had definitely found 32 Eri. Just a coincidence. Spotted a little, stretched or flattened diamond pattern. RST 4760B, close to HIP 71855, dim stars. Fainter. HD 23876. Headed a bit south. I definitely thought it the correct colours. Topaz or yellow with a pale blue. Not an intense blue. Easily split at low power (47x). Bumped the power (68x) with the 18mm Meade ocular (after removing the spacer ring).

Haas describes this showcase pair as grapefruit orange and silvery blue. Smyth says they are topaz yellow and sea green.

After reviewing the double more closely, I saw a faint star, in-line, to the north. In an L-shape of stars. Turned out that this mag 11.6 star, at the apex, was another companion, the C star. Cool! A triple, Σ470 (Struve). ST3 showed the tip of the L, the mag 9 star, was over top a mag 14.6 galaxy (MCG-1-10-46), which I did not see. Not a good target to show people...

Still, my first double in Eridanus.

1:42. The stars seemed dimmer. Perhaps the elevation was becoming a factor. Clouds.

Next up was 38 Geminorum. More clouds though. Could not see either of the Bears...

1:49. Swung over to Jupiter. Seeing was really good but the transparency was bad. Good detail. Thin dark band, near one of the equatorial bands. North hemisphere. Almost a Sagitta pattern to the moons. Europa and Callisto were close together. Spotted a faint star, HD 28137, near Ganymede, to the west, almost in-line with the moons.

Conditions improved a bit. But could not see the GRS. A decent view.

Tried again for 38 Gem. Off the left foot, not far from γ (gamma) and ξ (xi). Sky to the south got a lot better. Wondered where to jump off from.

Struggled a bit with the view being offered in ST3, the "hopping" view, with the 3 panels. It was not showing many stars. Part of it was that the software was showing a star HIP 33202 and, for a moment, I thought this was not the correct star. That's actually the designation of the B star. Why would SkyTools do that? Regardless, I planned my Telrad hop...

Needed my large flashlight and couldn't find it. Used deep red.

Was feeling a little chilled. Not too bad. But I wanted to activate the heater in the studio. Couldn't find the remote control for the fireplace. Mom had put it somewhere strange. Who knows where. Could even been in the house... And after a long search, very frustrated, I gave up. Spoiled my mood.

2:11. Gave up on the heater search. Headed back to the deck. Streamer clouds covered the sky. I was upset. Put the weather station outside. Took another look. It was only clear around Canis Major.

2:18. Didn't feel like sucker hole chasing (with a push-to and a Telrad). Decided to quit. Started the tear down. Dropped the mount, before removing the counter weights. No damage, it seems. Lucky.

2:27. The Oregon sensor showed 61% and 3.2°.

Saw the whole constellation of Leo, rising.


I had had it on my list to install the optical finder scope, the old Celestron, to her tube. Never got 'round to it.


Forgot to do time stamps (or splitting) with the Sony recorder. Forgot to bring out red keyboard light.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

The End: cancelled

Stayed up, watching late-night TV... Channels didn't go static-snow. Power didn't go out. Everything didn't fade out. If the The End of The World happened, I must have missed it.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Orion above the pyramid

Enjoyed the photo on APOD. The central Mayan pyramid at Chichén Itzá in the foreground; Orion in the background. Apropos. And a beautiful photo.

Apropos to me on a couple of levels. The goofy end of the world stuff. But also that I'm reading Pat Murphy's Falling Woman.

Chris at ISS

Watched the Soyuz dock to the ISS. Chris is in da house!

This time, no gathering in a Facebook chat. Aside from Manuel. Everybody busy perhaps...

SkyNews to promote clinic

Heard from SkyNews magazine. They agreed to promote the RASC Toronto Centre new owners telescope clinic on their web site. All right!

bestest pal

Malcolm sent me his seasonal "happy solstice" message. And added, "If today really does turn out to be the end of the world, then it's been good knowing you." Sure has.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

hoping for skies

Headed to Mom's. Hoping for some clear weather. In a dark location. But I've been scuppered the last couple of years...

Home for the holi—I mean, the apocalypse.

first 2013 SkyNews arrived

SkyNews magazine arrived... The Jan/Feb 2013 edition.

Exact arrival date unknown. Had it before I headed down to Mom's.

Will need to scan it for the "big" events for the new year.

(No calendar—with big Canon lenses everywhere—this year from SkyNews.)

he found mit-gloves

David said he was browsing my blog and I noticed my "mit-gloves." He liked the idea so went looking for them. He learned that Mountain Equipment Co-op has them for $38. Said he's gonna' get some.

He also didn't think I looked like Skinny Puppy fan...

no December city observing

Stu called a no-go for the RASC City Observing Star Party for Thursday. Clearly we were going to be clouded. He had called it no-go last night too. But the skies cleared up later Wednesday evening. I, once again, did not set up on the porch. Tough calling it, this time of year... The December window closed.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

clear but...

Clear. On a night that I cannot play. Damn it.

angry Stellarium people

After a nasty flame war and some very unfriendly behavior on the Stellarium / Sourceforge forum at the beginning of December, I saw another conversation rapidly erode...

Merv noted that there was no information about the meteors shown in the software, no names, no details. He asked, perhaps a bit abruptly, if this could be rectified.

Rob, the writer of the meteor component, explained that he never intended to simulate a named shower. And the radiant was simply where the Earth was headed toward. So, totally random.

Then Dotan said, "Exactly what technical measure did you expect Stellarium to employ to know where a meteor is falling at any given moment, in real time?" Holy crikey. Here we go again! Dotan needs to take a pill.

Merv seemed to take it somewhat in stride: "I expected that Stellarium would show meteor showers according to the annual dates that they would occur. If, as I understand you to say, they are just randomly generated then I regard it as useless."

Not fun.

worried about that

Allard sent over the latest registrations. Someone signed up for the "new owners telescope clinic" who doesn't have a telescope. I asked if they'd be getting one before Jan 19...

visit gift

Followed up with someone local to the CAO, someone in the Blue Mountains area, who would like to provide a "visit" as a Christmas gift. What a lovely idea!

generated 2011 stats

Generated the Yahoo!Group membership data stats and graph for 2011 for Phil.

Reminded him that this was the year we did a "big purge," kicking out a large number of expired members...

updated database again

Made more mods to the RASC TC membership database for Phil. Including added a sex field so we can do some demographic analyses.

software at OSC upgraded

Doug, from the OSC, sent me a note. The IT staff upgraded the Stellarium on the stage computer. That should make the updating of the comet and asteroid data easier.

He also asked which version of Starry Night would be best to get, the Pro version, Pro Plus, or one of the other ones. I suggested, in addition to Brenda, he could ask Geoff for some perspective. Pointed out I am still a Starry Night n00b.

watched TMA-07M launch

Watched the TMA-07M Soyuz launch on Perfect launch.

They're heading to the International Space Station to join expedition 34.

The ground camera view of the expended boosters created an interesting image. It looked like a little constellation.

Chris Hadfield was aboard at the Soyuz. It was cool to see a Canadian heading uphill. First time in a long time. And cool knowing that he'll be taking command of the ISS in a couple of months.

Enjoyed the launch with fellow RASC members. We had a group chat on Facebook. It was a good turnout with Katrina, Manuel, Ed, Grace, Tony, Andy, Nicole, Sharmin, and Bill. Brenda and Eric jumped in while south of the border. It was fun. Phil didn't join us, unfortunately, while he watched the launch at home. Got thrown off my the "Facebook Live Chat" wording. And I, somehow, did not see him online. Everyone signed off and headed off to work. 

I sent a follow-up note to the Yahoo!Group. Encouraged people to watch the ISS flyover tonight, if it was clear.

recent locations clunky

Asked about the "recent locations" feature in Starry Night. I find it very odd that it doesn't remember your other visited locations from session to session. Sure, some people always observe from the same location. But I would think a good number of users work with the software in different locations: at home, at the cottage, at various star parties, at an observatory, at a campground or two, a conservation area or two. I suspect I have to explore the Favourites feature. Still, it just seems clunky and roundabout (compared to SkyTools). Of course, Stellarium is no better. Strange.

added needed files

Ralph and Charles added some needed files to the new Operations Yahoo!Group.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

generated Yahoo membership stats

As Phil was preparing the RASC Toronto Centre membership statistics, he reached out to get some numbers on the main Yahoo!Group membership numbers. I reminded him that I was, as the IT chair, in charge of this stuff, still assisted by Ralph. Then I verified what he was after and then generated the statistics and a chart for the 2012 season. Sent him an Excel file.

It was interesting to see the group growing by 2 people (median) over the year. Big dips were due to purges...

returned repaired finder

Dropped off the repaired, er, tuned, Orion finder scope to John. He can put it back into the loaner program fleet.

switched to the Ops group

Completed the switch/sign-ups of people on the RASC Toronto Centre Council Yahoo!Group over to the new Operations group.

With everyone on board, I handed the reins to Charles and had him boot me out of the Council group.

SN doesn't do short names

Learned that Starry Night 6 Pro does not do short constellation names. It shows the full name. Or it can show the "common" name. And it normally shows the short, genitive name when referring to stars. But no short forms for the constellation display. Amazing. Well. At least it is not my imagination.

Monday, December 17, 2012

learning SNP6

Started learning Starry Night, Pro, version 6. Perhaps instigated by the problem at the OSC last week, where I could not update (the slightly older version of) Stellarium (due to admin restrictions) and the prospect of using SN, shotgun, in the middle of my presentation, and possibly fumbling around... Ugh. No. No way. I guess it had been lurking in the back of my brain, but this incident turned up the temp. Or maybe it's been the Stellarium seminar date "negotiations" of late, readying for the next event, the next session, to help members. Maybe it's all the grey skies lately. Regardless, late at night, the last couple of nights, I've started exploring the software. Learning the basics.

Still very early in the process.

But it's already clear this application is big! Rich. With a lot of features. And, curiously, a lot of different ways for doing things. It's a little overwhelming, at the moment.

The other thing I keep running into is... differences. Or expectations. That is, I'm expecting that such a rich, complex, established, long-running product would have... well, all the bases covered. So, while I know I need to approach things different than I would in other planetarium software tools and certainly planning software products, I must say I'm a little surprised as I hit "road blocks." Where it seems some things are not possible in the application.

I sent Geoff a note to ask him if I could grill him...

Sunday, December 16, 2012

blinked for streaks

Finally got 'round to blinking the Geminid night photos on a large monitor. No meteors...

a double star solution

Read Michel Michaud's article in JDSO - volume 8 number 4 . He talked about measuring double stars (in the Pleiades) using a Canon DSLR and a big 'scope on a Paramount. Uh huh. And he in turn sited articles in the old Double Star Observer periodical that had inspired him.

This was very inspiring! I was excited to see this technique used with a high degree of accuracy. And the more I thought about it, the more I realised this could be "the magic bullet." The solution I've been looking for, for a long time.

I noted that he's Canadian. And then I noted he's a RASC member. I sent him an email.

avoid shopper remorse

Fantastic resources for the telescope shopper on the Sky and Telescope web site... With links to an online telescope guide and an article on low-cost starter scopes.

There's also a reference to the What to Know Before You Buy article (in PDF, 2MB), from the SkyWatch 2010 magazine. Still chock full of great advice.

OK, that's enough

The curious thread that Zoran initiated (and kept fuelling) on the RASC Yahoo!Group took a turn today. I saw a member show their exasperation today.

I immediately sent out a note to the group and asked that the item be closed, at least online. I encouraged the appropriate parties to follow-up.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

white on black

Cool! Successfully switched the theme for the mobile version on my blog. Easy peasy with blogger, on blogger, while on a full computer. Stumbled across the setting actually. Now in white on black!

Looks much better...

closed the loop

Re-sent the Aug/Sep 2011 SCOPE newsletter to Mom. I was never sure that she received it. Or noticed that I made the cover photo...


She acknowledge receipt. OK. Can close that loop now.

added importing routine

Did more work on the RASC TC membership database. Wrote VBA code to import the CSV data supplied by National Office into the Access database. Specifically to import the new members into the Access database so to eliminate manual keying and laborious copying and pasting. Fun little project. I had to dust off some memories. And dig out some old code from the AMG project. Got everything up and running. Uploaded the revised database to our Dropbox folder. Told Phil to call me when he was ready to test it.

I also took the opportunity, while I had the MDB checked out, to clean up the mailing addresses.

Friday, December 14, 2012

eyeballed meteors (Toronto)

When RASC members started sharing that they were seeing Geminid meteors, I headed out to the porch. And saw 3 meteors! All bright, blue-white. That's a first in the city...

Shot about 20 photos. Didn't capture any... Boo!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

received weather presentation

Frank sent me his presentation on weather. From the RAN meeting I missed a little while back. Thanks! Hopefully I can learn a few tricks.

shared eyepiece info

Built a page on the RASC Toronto Centre site for Doug's eyepiece presentation information.

created new group

Created the new "operations" group on Yahoo for the RASC Toronto Centre. We're going do some reshuffling. There are a bunch of people in the "council" group who technically shouldn't be in there.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

SkyTools raffle a success

Ran the SkyTools raffle. Many members participated. David R won the draw for our final copy of the Standard Edition, version 3, planning software. All proceeds to the centre. Leslie drew from the hat. Tickets from Charles. Hat provided by Ralph.

will demo collimating binos

Stu asked if I might do a seminar, for a future members-only night at the DDO, on collimating binoculars...


There seems to be a lot of interest in this topic, of late. Good idea.

Offered my crummy Bushnells as demonstrators!

delivered last TSTM for 2012

Delivered my presentation The Sky This Month. Covering mid-Dec 2012 to mid-Jan 2013. Used Google Apps again. Provided my double-sided handout as per usual: calendar with comet finder chart.

First time in a long time, I used Stellarium to demo certain events, primarily conjunctions.


Uploaded the presentation content to the RASC Toronto Centre web site. Provided the calendar and finder chart in PDF format. Link killed. Look on the lumpy darkness companion site's presentations page.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

bent peg

Manuel reported the "peg" in his CGEM DX mount was bent. Huh? What's the peg? Asked him to send over a photo.

I still did not recognise this part. Had to dive into the manual. Ah. The peg is the vertical post that the azimuth knobs push and tighten against.

How the hell did that get so pranged?

I offered to straighten it. But I was wondered about repeat damage. Maybe a quick fix would be to rotate it 90. But that would require shimming. Maybe the part should be replaced, if stressed. If replacing it, perhaps a strong material should be used...

on providing material

The matter of providing materials to the participants of the RASC new telescope owners clinic came up again.

Eric suggested that USB keys might be good to do. And he wondered about a source who may provide complimentary units. However, it was a little indefinite. And would not be possible to determine, it sounded like, until January. A little late maybe, this time 'round.

Steve wondered how much USB keys might cost. I surmised that small capacity ones could be had for cheap, probably. That said, I reminded everyone that I did not have a big budget for the event. And much of it would possibly be consumed in advertising and a bit of photocopying. There'd also be the matter of transferring gathered content to the keys.

I did admit to really like the idea in principle. In a perfect world, I'd like us to provide branded keys. USB keys with the RASC logo. That'd be really awesome. Alas...

Someone suggested optical discs. Again, not a bad idea, but still expensive. And tedious to make. Probably more time consuming then USB.

And then Steve suggested the perfect solution. We can just put the material and links on our web site. Cheap. Easy to update. Easy to keep fresh. Most of the stuff is online anyway. And it would drive people back into our web site. At least once. We can track it. Cool. Not as easily lost. Arguable. All we'd need to do would be to provide a single, one-page handout, neat and tidy, with one link!

Done! (Well, consider it done.) Now we need to assemble good content...

Monday, December 10, 2012

get ready for bad weather

I bumped the weather notice article on the RASC Toronto Centre web site. And reminded meeting organisers that we're heading into the "bad driving season." And that we agreed, in the future, to make the cancellation of a meeting happen earlier in the day...

Sunday, December 09, 2012

reviewed membership additions

Phil and I did a brief review of the membership updating process.

I believe that I can greatly simplify his work in terms of adding (completely) new members. I offered to develop an import process to pull the new member data from the CSV file available from National Office.

fine tuned N11

I tuned the NexStar 11 GPS. The azimuth clutch was too tight. Unfortunately, this required a full tear down.

Saturday, December 08, 2012

camera 4 up

Tony and I repaired the camera 4 wiring.

We started by looking at the power source. We confirmed that wall warts, one for each camera, were connected to the UPS behind the server. Curious. Dietmar must have missed there. We swapped the supplies. Confirmed the number 4 supply was good (it powered a different camera). And confirmed a known-good supply did not recover the camera 4 feed.

Outside we tested the power line and saw good volts up to the junction. All right. That meant we'd not need to do attic recon.

On wiggling the cables, we saw the camera image come up briefly. This confirmed the problem was in the power line between the junction and the camera body.

We brought the camera inside and looked closely at the wire. At first I wondered if it was oscillating from the wind. But we decided that mice gnawed on the power wire. Little bastards.

We repaired the line. Reinstalled. All good.

Friday, December 07, 2012

TPL approved

The Toronto Public Library approved the RASC flyer! w00t!

another brilliant image

He caught the moon shadow too! In addition to the two other moons...

Awesome. Look at that detail on the surface of the planet. That's everything working right. What I find more impressive is the detail on the surface of the moon! Breath-taking.

I'm really happy with the collimation work we did on this 'scope. It looks spot on. It's letting Manuel get good data.

Kickin' myself now...

Thursday, December 06, 2012


Stu asked if anything needed anything. He was heading to KW Telescope tomorrow.

Homer Simpson moment!

a dark spot

Bill found a very dark spot in Ontario. He's kickin' around a visit next year. Cool. Shhh! It's a secret.

announced raffle

Announced, on the listserv, a raffle for the RASC Toronto Centre December 12 meeting, like we did last year.

Another draw for the amazing SkyTools 3 planning software. The Standard Edition.

This is our last copy in inventory.

Jim was curious

Jim asked about the particulars of Manuel's image. I had to bite my tongue...

fantastic image by Manuel

Manuel sent me a partly processed image of Jupiter. Wow!

Made with an CGEM DX mount, Celestron 8", Powermate 2.5, DFK camera, focused manually. Incredible detail. Looks like the seeing was awesome. And that's mighty-fine collimation too, if I may say so myself.

He's gettin' really good at this.

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

declined his offer

Manuel invited me over to do some imaging. I told him of my blood donation appointment after work. When it ran very late and then when I finally finished dinner, I told him that I did not feel very energetic. Had to pass. Too bad too. The skies looked decent.

who's on board

New prez Charles asked who would like to maintain (or take on) committee chairs. I'll need to send him a note about staying on as the information technology chair...

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

registered first person

Booked the first registrant to the new owners telescope clinic.


Orion finder fixed (Toronto)

Did a star test and the final adjustment on the loan program's Orion finder scope. Locked the focus ring.

I actually looked at the Great Orion Nebula from the deck! I could see two stars in the Trapezium. Clear. Good focus (with my glasses on). Mini observing session!

I did not find anything really wrong with it. My initial impression, when I tested it in the daylight, was simply that the focus ring had been turned too far. Easy repair.

Reported to John.

posters and cards out

Delivered posters and post cards for the RASC new owners telescope clinic to stores in the GTA. Dropped materials in Ralph's mailbox earmarked for KW. Let the games begin.

more data needed with small 'scopes

Sissy emailed the double star team.

Said that Bill's site had been updated.

Asked for observations on Σ 389 in Cam.

She also reminded us that we could choke a big 'scope to get into her preferred instrument range.

I could do this with the RASC C14. Or even my C8...

Monday, December 03, 2012

Phil followed up with UK visitor

Phil took the ball. He contacted David in the UK to get some clarification on his expectations and wishes regarding visiting the CAO. He sent the committee a detailed communication. Thanks.

to find another way

Manuel and I had discussed going to Kitchener-Waterloo but, unfortunately, his plans changed. I'd have to meet Dr Brady another time. And I'd have to find another way to get the RASC telescope clinic flyers down that way...

Sunday, December 02, 2012

welcome desk accolade

Charles sent out a nice note...
Hello Sharmin, Tanya and Blake,

I would just like to say on behalf of the RASC Toronto Centre thank you for doing a great job on our new welcome desk.  This has been something that was needed for awhile and from what I saw and the pictures on FB it looked great.

I am sure that this will make us more welcoming for new and potential members as they come to our meetings.  And please provide feedback to the TC council and the Strategic Planning Group as I am sure that they all will be interested.

Once again on behalf of the Centre I thank all of you.

Charles Darrow
President RASC Toronto Centre
You're welcome. Wearin' his new hat, I see.

Saturday, December 01, 2012


I wished the Toronto Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada a happy birthday.