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Chairman was Mr. I. L. Thomsen, President of the Society, and Director of the Carter Observatory. After supper, most of the thirty present took the opportunity to visit the Observatory. The weather cleared up nicely, enabling the telescope to be used. The training of third and fourth formers in the operation of equipment has continued. There have been 10 lectures and five films given during the year, in addition to the third and fourth form lecture competitions. The Friday evening sessions were well attended, which shows the interest taken by the junior school. Membership rose to a record 22, and five boys are members of the R.A.S.N.Z. The committee met on several occasions to discuss Observatory matters. Early in the year plans were made for the renovation of the dome, which continues to be difficult to operate. Its great drawback is that more than one person is needed to operate it, thus preventing anyone (including Old Boys) from carrying out his own observational programme. The eclipse of the sun on 31 May was hidden by cloud, but other observational work has been done. The Director completed a series of Saturn drawings during the May holidays and regions of the Moon have been drawn and photographed. Other objects have been observed regularly, and sun-spots are recorded each suitable lunchtime. An interesting graph shows that we have now passed sunspot minimum. A battery-powered supplement for the telescope drive has been installed to protect us against any power failures, and a new shelf has been erected in the darkroom. The

Master I.C.: Mr. G. R. Hunter, B.Sc. Director: I. R. Gordon Assistant Director: G. D. Charles Committee: N. G. Catchpole, S. H. Arnold, N. G. Helson, M. K. Wilson, R. F. Renouf. This year has seen encouraging progress in many fields. The 35 m.m. camera, acquired last year, has produced some excellent results, and a split- image rangefinder was purchased to obtain better focussing. Our prints are now catalogued in a photograph album. A monthly bulletin has been issued. This contains phenomena for the coming month and an article on a subject of current interest. Only two were without diagrams or Observatory news. The April issue contained a full account of the Observatory’s history. The bulletins have been displayed in the College Library. During the August holidays the telescope objective lens was overhauled at the D.S.I.R. Physics and Engineering Laboratory at Gracefield, and is now giving a vastly improved performance. These repairs were long overdue and we are very grateful to Messrs. Barnes and Rumsey, who made such an excellent job possible. On 6 October, at our invitation, the Royal Astronomical Society of New Zealand held its monthly meeting at the College. The speakers were the Director and the Assistant Director, who spoke on the Observatory’s activities and “Astronomy in New Zealand Schools” respectively. The

ABOVE: Moon (age 17d. 1) 1965, July 16. U.T. 08h. 45m. Prime focus 1/30 sec. RIGHT: Moon (age 4d. 1) 1965 July 3. U.T. 06h. 46m. 154x 2 sec. FAR RIGHT: Moon (age 17d. 1) 1965, July 16. U.T. 09h. 23m. 1 54x, 1 sec. 24

1965 Wellingtonian  
1965 Wellingtonian