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2004

Annual Report 2004

Reports of the Kingston Centre Executive and Committee Chairs

President Vice President Secretary Treasurer
Librarian Editor National Council Rep
ATM Awards Education Light Pollution
Publicity Website Observing

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Vice President

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Secretary

During the past year we began each meeting with "the Beginners' Sky," which generally introduced us to a different constellation each month.

We enjoyed guest speakers as well as our own members' presentations. Most notable were two from Leo Enright, who prepared us for the Venus Transit, and introduced us to John Brashear (optician and telescope-maker), whose Kingston connection was through his boat, the "Phoebe." Ken Kingdom regaled us with his memories and pictures from the Texas Star party.

Among our guest speakers was a very exciting introduction to webcam astrophotography by Steve Barnes. This had many of us trying to decide if we should try his technique with our digital equipment or purchase a webcam. Antonina Vassilieva-Durham presented her memories of her father working on the Great Tunguska Mystery, June 30, 1908. John Crossen, the President of the Peterborough Astronomical Association, and Founder of the Buckhorn Observatory gave a talk entitled "the Observatory that went Wonderfully Wrong".

Another highlight was the evening Kevin Kell treated us to the spectacle of the Venus transit, caught on video. We are fortunate to have several members who are involved in astrophotography and like to share their triumphs.

A fun evening was had when the Science Fair winners showed their stuff. Megan Payne, Grade 7, presented her project on "Comets and Shooting Stars". Kristin Smith, Grade 5, and our newest youth member, presented her project on Mars. She constructed a cockroach-sized rover, and tested its ability to move under varying conditions (freezer, room temperature, and heat lamp). Robin Prest, Grade 6, presented her project entitled "Exploring Mars." Her "mini rover" was a BIG hit! We received a Trillium grant from the government. In conjunction with Queen's University, we purchased a beautiful Meade telescope, which is used monthly at Public Observing sessions atop Ellis Hall.

We participated in Astronomy Day and The Sky is the Limit, despite poor member attendance at the latter. Thanks to Don Cooke. There were a fair number of volunteers at the Fall'N Stars event.

Even though it was a priority with us this year, we are still working on incorporation, and still searching for an Observatory site.

Elections for the 2005 Executive were held at the November
meeting. There were volunteers for every post except Vice-President,
which was held over until December when Ken
Kingdom accepted the position.

Diane Torney
Secretary, RASC-Kingston Centre

Treasurer

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Librarian

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Editor

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National Council Rep

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Web Operations

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Observing Group

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Amateur Telescope Making Group

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Awards Group

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Publicity Group

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Education Group

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Light Pollution Abatement

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