By John McDonald
Well, as every astronomer knows, keeping the equipment in good shape is
important. I got a vivid reminder of this when one of my most important pieces
of equipment needed attention recently. It was my left eye. The good news - I
got some very prompt and effective medical attention for what turned out to be a
detached retina and I am well on the road to a full recovery. The downside - I
was not able to do some of my duties in the past while but thanks to Lauri who
stepped in to chair the Light Pollution Committee meeting on May 5 and many
others who made sure other things got done, all is well. Thanks.
Summer is fast approaching and the nights are starting later and later. The
RASCals Star Party will be at a new
location this year and gives us a chance to see the southern sky from Metchosin.
There is interest in light pollution abatement in that community thanks to the
work of Bill Weir, Gary Seronik and others so having the star party there is a
good opportunity to demonstrate to the citizens what a treasure they have in
their dark sky.
Summer also means evening viewing at the CU and once again we are asking our
members to consider being volunteers. It is fun and certainly a worthwhile
contribution that anyone who is willing can make. You don�t have to be an
expert. People appreciate it when they are able to ask a question that makes you
think. If you need to consult another volunteer to get an answer do it. Your
honesty will be much appreciated.