1481e 2011/08/29–30 20:30–22:30 EDT Foxmead POD 8 ne 13cmrr Maria, Derek, Connor & Madeleine Friesen
Visit by the Friesen family. Maria is one of my dialysis nurses at Orillia Soldiers' Memorial Hospital.
I had a bit of a problem aligning the mount, but once aligned we observed double stars Albireo (gold and blue) and Epsilon Lyrae (the Double Double), the Lagoon Nebula, the Andromeda Galaxy, and the Owl Cluster (E.T.) We also watched a nice pass of the International Space Station, and spotted several other satellites, especially with Connor's keen eyes. I gave them a laser tour of the late summer sky, including the Summer Triangle (Vega in Lyra, Deneb in Cygnus, and Altair in Aquila), Sagittarius, Delphinus, Sagitta, Cassiopeia, and the Big and Little Dippers. Then we came inside to warm up and Louise showed the kids her spinning wheel.