Thursday, May 19, 2022

AIR day 11

The following is a blog post from the Astronomer-In-Residence (AIR) web site, reproduced here. Text and images used with permission.

Day 11 blog entry.

Thursday 19 May 2022: First day with rain.

Woke to the sound of rain. Amazingly, this is the first rain I have encountered at Killarney. And it looks like I'm in for a couple more days of it. Which will make everything all the more green, when the Sun returns.

Well, it'll give me time to catch up!

Informed Elaina and Bruce of my Tips and Tricks documentation for the future AIR people. Noted on all my little discoveries and suggestions. We briefly discussed plans for shooting some video. I’ll bungee-cord my smartphone to my tripod again!

Received a message from the RASC national office. The June 2022 Journal is available for members to download. In my Binary Universe column, I reviewed the latest version of FITS Liberator, the 4th edition, with many welcome improvements. I look forward to reading Alister Ling's article on De-rotating and De-trailing Tripod Shots. There's also a book review of Vera Rubin by Mitton and Mitton. Sounds quite interesting. Another intriguing issue, if I may be so bold.

SkyNews magazine at Shoppers in Sudbury

I needed some supplies so I headed to Sudbury. During one of my excursions, I drove past Science North, the big snowflakes perched on the dark rocky outcrops. I'll have to coordinate a visit if I return...

Did some Stellarium Training Series wrangling. Two courses ran tonight: a level 1 in the Mountain time zone; and a level 2 in Eastern.

Received an automated email from Telescopius with some interesting suggestions for celestial targets, as the sky darkens over the coming days. Hmmm.

At 6 PM, I joined the Six Nations Polytechnic's Haudenosaunee Astronomy Webinar facilitated by Tom Deer. Three hours long! Lots of good learning and knowledge exchange. With another session next week. I was grateful for the invitation.

Wow. Today went by super-fast.

The Astronomer-In-Residence program is coordinated by the Allan I Carswell Observatory (AICO) at York University with the Killarney Provincial Park Observatory (KPPO).

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