President's Message - September 2010

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By John McDonald

Hard to believe summer is nearly over. For me the seasons highlight was the 10th Annual RASCALS Star Party 2010 we held at Metchosin. A very big thank you to Nelson Walker, Bruno Quenneville, Sherry Buttnor and Bill Weir for great work in preparing the event and enlisting the active participation of the Metchosin Community. Once all the work of preparing was done, the final requirement was good weather and this year we hit the jackpot. It was warm, clear and dry with no dew for the whole night and no mosquitoes either. To top that off the skies were pristine and very dark over most of the hemisphere. Some glow from Victoria of course but with a long night it was possible to wait for a favourite target to climb into darkness.

Special thanks also go to the people of Metchosin and surroundings. They provided a great field, power for our gear, helped us get lights out, came to the talks and stayed well into the night to enjoy their sky with us. We will be recognizing their support at an upcoming meeting of Metchosin Council.

Finally, I want to acknowledge the continuing support of Island Eyepiece and Telescope who again donated wonderful prizes for the draws and set up shop to give us access to books and gear right on the field. Many thanks Brian and Joanne.

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