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Annual Report 1980

Reports of the Kingston Centre Executive and Committee Chairs

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1980 was a fairly active year for the Kingston Centre. On February 14th the Centre participated in the Queen's University Open House.
On the 21st, Peter Jedicke and Tom Glinos of the London Centre gave a talk about their cable television programme and their trip to Tucson.
In March, the Centre's president, Angelika Hackett, visited Tucson and the Kitt Peak Observatory.
On May 29th, Dr. A.V. Douglas, our Honorary President, talked about her expedition to India to observe the February 16th total solar eclipse.
At the General Assembly in Halifax, David Levy received the Chant Medal. During the summer, visits were made to David's cottage in Qu&ecute;bec
for observing sessions. Leo Enright and Angelika represented the Centre at the Queen's University Clubs' Night in September and since then
several students have attended our meetings. On October 5th several members made an excursion to the Holleford Meteor Crater, a few miles north
of Kingston. Mr. Covington talked about Radio Astronomy on November 13th, and on November 27th, Leo was awarded the Membership Certificate.
Leo also gave an informative talk about the vast array of atlases on the market. On December 11th, Andrew Ager talked about NASA.

At a recent meeting the Centre's membership decided to change its meetings to Friday nights so that those members who wished to make use of the Centre's 10-inch Newtonian reflector in Gananoque could do so, weather permitting.

Our thanks goes to Leo for his enthusiastic and invaluable work as editor of the Centre's newsletter, Regulus.

James Knox, Secretary


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It has been customary in the past to reflect on the previous year as we
begin a new one. 1980 brought many good things to our centre and it was also
very favourable to many of our individual members.

Our centre had an increase in membership. We were pleased to welcome Mr.
Gus Johnson, one of the well-known observers on this continent, to membership
in our group. We were especially fortunate as a group to be able to hear talks given
by Mr. Covington on radio astronomy and by Dr. Douglas on her trip to India for
the February 16th eclipse. Once again we had an exchange of speakers with the
London Centre.

A couple of individuals were able to attend a memorable General Assembly
in Halifax but the individual milestone of the year was the presentation to
David Levy of the Chant Medal. As an outstanding amateur astronomer in many ways--
observer, columnist, and supporter of our centre's activities--David received
recognition by means of our Society's top award. In addition he was recognized
by the A.A.V.S.O. at its annual meeting in October as the observer with the most
variable observations recorded--a list of 10,892 variables. Besides that, a telescope
of his was a winner at the Riverside Telescope Makers Convention and his
column in Star And Sky magazine became one of the favorites. It was a good year
for David!

Several others should also be mentioned. Leslie Roberts received recognition
in a major publication for his outstanding astrophotography. Angelika's fine sunspot
drawings were published in the National Newsletter in August. Jeff had some
very fine astrophotos to show us. I consider myself fortunate, too, in being able
to undertake some new kinds of observing and thoroughly enjoying the precious
moments at the eyepiece. For the nomination for the membership certificate (which I
received in November and which was explained in what Angelika added at the end of the
last newsletter) I wish to say I am very thankful to Angelika and others who also
kept it a secret for so long.

It was a good year for our Centre.

Leo Enright, Editor

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