October/November 2005 - MARS MADNESS!!!: We had great tournouts for both of our Mars Madness evenings (end of October and mid-November) and the weather more or less cooperated. Both evenings of observing were highlighted by some great views of the red planet and some tasty hot chocolate! Click here for some photos of those who came out.
Here are some images from the 16" telescope in Victoria to which Mr. Hembling connected his CCD camera. When Saturn and Jupiter are up, we should be able to get some great images of them as well!
March 27, 2004: Our decision to cancel Friday's meeting and meet instead on Saturday night was a good one - the skies over Kamloops were perfectly clear for our observing session with Steve Ewald, from H.R. MacMillan Space Centre, who shared with us planetary views as well as some really cool nebulae that our 10-inch scope showcased very nicely.
And the spot part-way up Lac Le Jeune Road was good, other than the party-seekers who kept pulling off the road thinking we were having a party. I mean it was a party, but a star-party wasn't what these folks were looking for.
Thanks to everybody who came out... the students and the teachers! Click here for some photos. Thanks in particular to Steve Ewald for volunteering his time (on the weekend even!) to spend with us. We certainly appreciate it! Those who missed the session will probably recognize Steve from around Sahali this past week, as he put on the STARLAB presentation for the Grade 9 students last week in the Library.
February, 2004: Our first stargazing session at Lac Le Jeune (click for photos) on Saturday night was a success! Thanks to the students who came out and endured some pretty cold temperatures (that felt even colder by the end of the 2 hours)... but the views we had of the planets (Jupiter & moons, Saturn & moon, Mars (briefly) and a star cluster or two were worth the effort. Oh, and we can't forget the moon, of which we took some digital pictures right through the eyepiece.
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