Click on the thumbnail at the bottom right of this page to go to the bitmap scan of this document. The text of this document appears immediately below.
ROYAL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY OF CANADA Standing Committee on Observational Activities Programme for Solar Eclipse of July 20, 1963 Bulletin No, 4 Basic Observation Programme April 6, 1963 Section B. Photographic Projects For the July 20th eclipse, we expect that the emphasis will be on photography. This bulletin gives brief descriptions of basic photographic projects. Some are comparatively simple and others are much more complex. It is hoped that members who have the equipment will undertake some of the more exacting projects. Observing groups should plan their programmes to snake the best use of the equipment available. All photographs will be of value, however, if taken with care and precision and if accompanied by a report giving complete information on method and circumstances. Once again we' stress the extreme care that must be taken to protect the eyes during the partial phases. The descriptions and instructions in these bulletins are, of necessity, very brief and there is always a danger in over-simplification. Upon re-reading Bulletin No. 3, we realized that it would have been wise to inject a word of caution about eye protection even when experimenting with diffraction gratings. * * * * * You will be interested, we are sure, in hearing how the eclipse plans of the various Centres are progressing. In Bulletin No. 2 we mentioned the tentative plans of some groups. We have now learned that le Centre de Quebec will have three field stations, each with the same programme and equipment, one station to be near Abitibi, one in the Shawinigan region and the third near the U. S. border. The Montreal Centre has decided on the location of one field station in the Grand'mere area and is still considering several sites for another station south of the St. Lawrence. In addition to its field stations, the Montreal Centre is sponsoring a special train which will leave Montreal on the Saturday morning and return that evening. Tickets will be offered first to members and then to the general public. Details will be available shortly. The Regina Astronomical Society and the Saskatoon Astronomical Society, which are closely associated with the R.A.S.C., are planning together to charter a DC-3 and fly in to the Lake Athabaska region to observe the eclipse. As you know, the National Co-ordinators rely on a contact in each Centre to keep members informed on each field of activity. However, the R.A.S.C. has many members in Canada, the United States awl other parts of the world who are not att- ached to any Centre. Therefore, a special eclipse bulletin has been sent to these unattached members inviting those who want to receive subsequent bulletins to send in their names. Every mail brings in a few more replies. To date we have heard from members in British Colmthia, Ontario, Saskatchewan, California, Idaho, Indiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Denmark and Puerto Rico. All this keeps us very busy! Fortunately, your Eclipse Co-ordinator has a good Committee - Kenneth Chalk and Charles Good whose able assistance in planning pro- gramme and bulletins is much appreciated and Miss Ella Dack who has taken on the substantial job of mailing the bulletins. Isabel K. Williamson National Co-ordinator 1963 Eclipse 5162 Belmore Avenue, Montreal 29, Canada.