Year: 
1990

Father Lucien J Kemble joined the Society as an unattached member in 1971, shortly after he acquired his first pair of binoculars. He enjoyed the challenge of finding Venus and Jupiter during daylight. Progressing to an 11 cm telescope he watched Mars occult Epsilon Geminorum while the Sun was still well above the horizon, observed details on Jupiter at 9 am and used the long hours of summer twilight to split double stars. Willi nightfall he moved on to deep sky objects. Kemble’s Cascade is a beautiful chain of stars in Ophiucus which he originally drew to Ilie attention of observers in 1980.

Following a transfer by the Franciscan Order from Saskatchewan to Cochrane, Alberta, he became a member of the Calgary Centre in 1981, a year in which he won two awards - one for the best article in the Centre newsletter, the other being the Messier Certificate for which he presented eyepiece impressions of all 110 objects. This latter award was but a step in an on going project to study all the galaxies he could find and he got further recognition fir this from the American Astronomical League. With his 28 cm telescope installed in his "Roger Bacon Observatory" at the Mount St Francis Retreat west of Calgary, Father Kemble was probably the first in Canada to visually detect Comet Hailey as a faint 14th magnitude glow in August, 1980. His outstanding achievements as an observer won him the Chilton Prize in 1989.

The photograph shows Lucien Kemble on the right with John Dobson, the famed San Francisco Sidewalk Astronomer, also once a Franciscan priest. They are standing in front of Edmonton Centre's 44 cm "Dobsonian" telescope at the Centre's Astronomy Workshop in October, 1990.

—Peter Broughton (?)

John Dobson and Lucian Kemble in 1990