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A S T R O N O T E S
The Newsletter Magazine of the Ottawa Centre of the RASC
Vol. 24, No. 5 May 1985
Editor...... .Rolf Meier......4-A Arnold Dr....... 820-5784
Addresses.....Art Fraser...... 92 Lillico D r .......737-4110
Circulation...Robin Molson....2029 Garfield Ave...225-3082
OBSERVER’S GROUP MEETING - APRIL 11
The meeting was opened by Centre President Brian Burke at 8:15 pm. Over 40 people were present.
The meeting was handed over to chairman Doug George. He announced that there are currently 205 members.
Also the April issue of Astronotes should be No. 4, not No. 3.
Doug reminded everyone of Astronomy Day on April 27.
He announced that the General Assembly will be held this year in Edmonton from June 28 to July 1. On July 11 to 14, "The Study of Variable Stars with Small Telescopes" will be held in Toronto.
Linda Meier showed slides taken by her husband Rolf. These were taken at IRO. She invited members to take part in the "Sun Day" to be held on April 21. Then she gave a well-researched report on Magnetometer observations, and the relationship between solar cycles and geomagnetism.
Gary Susick introduced some slides and discussed the advantage of using UHC and Deep Sky filters. He urged members to write down details of their observations.
Frank Roy announced a meteor session to be held at IRO on April 20 for the Lyrids.
Vice chairman Sandy Ferguson reminded everyone of Astronomy day at the Museum of Science and Technology and at Merivale Mall on April 27. She asked members to bring out their telescopes for general public viewing outside the
museum on Saturday evening. She then explained how to start observing variables.
Doug George presented and discussed slides. He enlarged nebula slides by rephotographing the projected images. He introduced a photon counter. The optics were contributed by him.
NOTICE: THE DECEMBER 1982 ISSUE OF ASTR IS THE 200TH AND 20TH YEAR FOR ASTRONTES. CONGRADULATI
Max Stuart showed and discussed 2 telescopes built in his workshop. He invited members again to try and build their own. He has 6-inch and 8-inch Sonotube for sale.
Frank Roy has catalogued our library on his Apple.
Brian Burke announced the occultation of a 6.8 magnitude star by an 11.7 magnitude asteroid, possibly visible from Ottawa.
Simon Tsang showed slides. Some were tricolor process done on black and white film, taken by professionals.
Doug George closed the meeting at 10:15 pm.
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COUNCIL MEETING - FEBRUARY 12
Council met at NRC on Tuesday, February 12, for the first time in 1985. Following acceptance of the minutes for the December 11 meeting, matters arising from that meeting were covered. Of prime importance was the necessity of evaluating the buildings and equipment at IRO for insurance purposes. The Observatory Committee was to carry this out and report at the next Council Meeting.
It was reported that there was never any lease between the Centre and the Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority for IRO. Next, some discussion followed concerning snow plowing of the road to IRO, and alternative methods such as snow fences. The problems of cost kept arising.
Brian Burke reported that a former Saskatoon member, now working at Ottawa Cablevision, has arranged for Cablevision to tape the March Observer’s Group meeting, a star night at IRO, and a series on astronomy in this area.
The next item of discussion was Astronotes. NRC had informed us that it would no longer be printing Astronotes and Rolf Meier reported that he had used a commercial printer for the February issue. Council decided to continue using this method. A new Editorial Review Committee was appointed, consisting of Linda Meier, Doug George, and Sandy Ferguson.
Art Fraser reported that Ottawa Centre membership was now composed of 196 dedicated sky lovers.
Treasurer Linda Meier tabled financial statements as at January 31, 1985, and her budget for the coming year. Considering the possibility of greater costs for the production of Astronotes and Observatory Insurance, the budget was ammended.
Following the report from the Annual Dinner Committee chairman, Rob McCallum, it was decided to book Algonquin College again this year for November 22. Alternatives to this site will be considered, but it was agreed that it was essential to book a room as early as possible.
Reports form the Program Committee concerning upcoming Centre meeting speakers and events followed, with some discussion on the budget to cover speakers’ costs.
Brian Burke reported on his attendance of the National Council meeting, and mentioned that the General Assembly would be held in Edmonton on June 28 this year. He also reported on Astronomy Day and our involvement with the
observing of Halley’s Comet.
The meeting ended and the date for the next Council meeting set for May 7, 1985.
Articles for the June issue of Astronotes are due by
May 27. How about some articles on actual astronomy?!
THE ROYAL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY OF CANADA
OFFICERS AND COUNCIL, 1985
TELEPHONE NO.* POSITION: NAME
Honourary President: Dr. Jack Locke 523-0182
Treasurer: Mrs. Linda Meier 820-5784
Librarian: Mr. Stan Mott 722-0957
President: Mr. Brian Burke 521-8856 (home) 990-9291 (work)
Recorder: Ms. Sandy Ferguson (Observers' Group Vice-Chairwoman) 829-7514
First Vice-President: Mr. Robert McCallum 225-3167
Second Vice-President: Mr. Rolf Meier (Astronotes Editor) 820-5784
Immediate Past President: Mr. Peter MacKinnon 827-0934
Past Presidents: Mr. Ken Tapping 993-6060 (work), Mr. Romeo Wlochowicz 822-1799
Secretary: Mr. Robin Molson (Observatory Committee Chairman) 225-3082
Observers' Group Chairman: Mr. Doug George 725-0668
Mr. Art Fraser (Membership Committee Chairman) 737-4110
Mr. Michael Harrison 733-0431
Mr. Malcolm Lambourne 729-8112
Mr. Frank Roy 820-0874
Dr. Gary Susick 836-2451
* Home telephone numbers unless otherwise indicated.
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1 -INDEX TO ASTRONOTES VOLUME 21 (1982)
ASTROPHOTOGRAPHY AT I.R.O.; FRANK ROY; DECEMBER? 11
BOOK REVIEW; JUNE? 3
COMETS , ASTEROIDS , NOVAE
THE COMET REPORT; DAVE FEDOSIEWICH; MARCH; 8
THE COMET REPORT; DAVE FEDOSIEWICH; JUNE; 7
COMETS; AUGUST; 4
COMET AUSTIN 1982G; OCTOBER; 10
HALLEY’S COMET SEEN; NOVEMBER; 1
COMET CHURYUMOV-GERASIMENKO; ROLF MEIER; NOVEMBER; 4
OPTICKS; JANUARY; 14
DEEP SKY; ROLF MEIER; DECEMBER; 8
10 AND 20 YEARS AGO IN ASTRONOTES; DECEMBER; 1
OBSERVER’S GROUP AWARDS - PART 1; TED BEAN; JANUARY; 2
OBSERVER’S GROUP AWARDS - PART 2; TED BEAN; FEBRUARY; 1
CALCULATING SIDEREAL TIME; FRANK ROY; MARCH; 8
STARGAZERS OF THE WORLD UNITE; Jo-ANN PLUCIENNICK; APRIL; 3
THE SUN’S LAST 15 YEARS IN ASTRONOTES; ROB DICK; DECEMBER; 2
ILLUSTRATIONS AND PHOTOS
SOLAR ACTIVITY; JANUARY; 6
SOLAR DISC; JANUARY; 7-8
ARO RESULTS; JANUARY; 10-11-12-13
SOLAR ACTIVITY; MARCH; 5-6-7
CARTOON; APRIL; 6
SOLAR ACTIVITY; MAY; 5
PLUTO; MAY; 7
JUPITER PERTUBATIONS; MAY; 0
DOBSONIAN DESIGN; MAY; 10
BOOK REVIEW; JUNE; 5-6
SOLAR ACTIVITY; JULY; 5-6GRAZE CURVE; JULY; 9
TELESCOPE MOUNT; JULY; 10
METEOR PLOTTING MAP; AUG; 6
NYAA; AUGUST; 8-9-10
COMPUTER FRINGES; OCTOBER; 5-6
CARTOON; NOVEMBER; 6
PERSEUS; DECEMBER; 10
2 INCH FOCUSING HOLDER; DECEMBER; 14
THE PORTABILITY OF TELESCOPES; ROLF MEIER; MAY; 9
2 - INCH FOCUSING HOLDER FOR $2.39; ROLF MEIER; DECEMBER; 13
MEETINGS, CONVENTIONS, STAR NIGHTS
JUNE IS INSTRUMENT NIGHT; ROB McCALLUM; MAY; 8
CENTRE MEETING - MAY 20; JUNE; 1
STAR NIGHT AT QUIET SITE; JUNE; 2
STELLAFANE; JUNE; 2
STELLAFANE; AUGUST; 7
JULY 16 STAR NIGHT AT I.R.O.; AUGUST; 7
NYAA OBSERVING CONVENTION; AUGUST; 8
ANNUAL DINNER FOR 1982; OCTOBER; 4
LAST MONTH PICNIC; OCTOBER; 7
STELLAFANE; OCTOBER; 8
DEEP SKY WEEKEND THIS MONTH; OCTOBER; 9
ANNUAL AAVSO MEETING IN OCTOBER; OCTOBER; 10
DEEP SKY WEEKEND; NOVEMBER; 1
ANNUAL DINNER MEETING; NOVEMBER; 2
71TH AAVSO MEETING; ROLF MEIER; DECEMBER; 7
OBSERVER’S GROUP MEETING - DECEMBER 3 1981; SUSAN ARGUE; JANUARY; 1
OBSERVER’S GROUP MEETING - JANUARY 8 1982; DAVID FEDOSIEWICH; MARCH; 1
OBSERVER’S GROUP MEETING - FEBRUARY 2 1982; DAVID FEDOSIEWICH; MARCH; 2
OBSERVER’S GROUP MEETING - MARCH 5 1982; DAVID FEDOSIEWICH; MAY; 1
OBSERVER’S GROUP MEETING - APRIL 1 1982; DAVID FEDOSIEWICH; MAY; 2
OBSERVER’S GROUP MEETING - MAY 7 1982; DAVID FEDOSIEWICH; JULY; 1
OBSERVER’S GROUP MEETING - JUNE 4 1982; DAVID FEDOSIEWICH; JULY; 2
OBSERVER’S GROUP MEETING - JULY 2 1982; AUGUST; 2
OBSERVER’S GROUP MEETING - AUGUST 6 1982; DAVID FEDOSIEWICH; OCTOBER; 1
OBSERVER’S GROUP MEETING - SEPTEMBER 3 1982; DAVID FEDOSIEWICH; OCTOBER; 3
OBSERVER’S GROUP MEETING - NOVEMBER 5 1982; DECEMBER; 5
OBSERVER’S GROUP MEETING - OCTOBER 1 1982; DECEMBER; 6
METEORS AND AURORA
THE QUIET SITE; APRIL; 5
QUIET SITE; MAY; 3
BEWARE THE PERSEIDS; DAVID LAUZON; AUGUST; 5
THE 1982 PERSEIDS; OCTOBER; 7
AURORA REPORT; ROLF MEIER; NOVEMBER; 4
FIREBALL SEEN; ROLF MEIER; NOVEMBER; 5 O N O
MISCELLANEOUS O N SINTRODUCING A NEW OBSERVER TO THE NIGHT SKY; SANDY THUESEN WITH JAMIE BELLINGER?
END OF MONTH LUNAR GRAZE; BRIAN BURKE; MARCH; 7
THE PLANETS IN APRIL; ROLF MEIER; APRIL; 2
THIS MONTH’S GRAZING OCCULTATION; BRIAN BURKE; APRIL; 5
IT’S PLUTO TIME AGAIN; DAVID FEDOSIEWICH; MAY; 6
ECLIPSE REMINDER; JULY; 4
REPORT ON TWO GRAZE EXPEDITIONS; BRIAN BURKE; JULY; 7
THE JULY 5/6 LUNAR ECLIPSE; AUGUST; 7
THE ARO RESULTS; PAUL FELDMAN, FRANK ROY; JANUARY; 9
IRORI BACK ON THE AIR; FRANK ROY; APRIL; 1
THE COMPUTER AND RADIO ASTRONOMY; FRANK ROY; OCTOBER; 4
IRORI - 4 YEARS AND STILL GOING STRONG; FRANK ROY; NOVEMBER; 5
REPORTS, LETTERS, COMMENTS
CHAIRMAN’S REVIEW 1981; BRIAN BURKE; JANUARY? 4
WINTER ASTRONOMY IN ARIZONA; ROLF MEIER; FEBRUARY; 4
ASTRONOTES ANNIVERSARIES; AUGUST; 4
AN ARTICLE GETS AROUND; OCTOBER; 8
WELCOME BACK, TOM!; OCTOBER; 9
SORRY ABOUT THAT, FOLKS; OCTOBER; 9
CALENDER OF COMING EVENTS; NOVEMBER; 6
NEXT ISSUE OF ASTRONOTES THE 200TH; NOVEMBER; 6
COMING EVENTS; DECEMBER; 14
SOLAR REPORT; ROB DICK; 5
SOLAR ACTIVITY; ROB DICK; MARCH; 3
RECENT SOLAR ACTIVITY; ROB DICK; MAY; 4
SOLAR ACTIVITY? ROBT DICK; JULY; 3
SOLAR ACTIVITY; ROBT DICK; AUGUST; 3
SOLAR REPORT; ROB DICK; NOVEMBER; 3
TABLES AND LISTS
LIST OF KEYHOLDERS TO THE INDIAN RIVER OBSERVATORY; AUGUST; 1
1981 VARIABLE STAR AWARD; ROB McCALLUM; FEBRUARY; 1