Raoul Lannoy


Global Starparty
On saturday 9th, I went to a village called Forville, not too far from Namur, in Belgium. The Astronamur astronomy club had its Global Stargazing night organized right around the corner from their premisses, on a football field. Very good weather, a bit cold and a great crescent Moon. We tried our various equipment, listened to advices, saw the occultation of a magnitude 7 star , by the Moon, observed Saturn and Messier  objects. I used my Dobson Orion SkyQuest xx12. What is very useful is the proximity between a room and a field. We didn't have much visitors, however.

Lunar Week:
During the Week, the Moon changed phases day by day and from the garden, it was quite a show (Canon 450D with Apex Orion 90mm..

This sunday, I went to a castle at Céroux, near Ottignies, where the inhabitants were opening their doors to  visitors. The Club d'Astronomie d'Ottignies-Louvain-La-Neuve (CAO) had a stand and we showed the Sun during the day (last night, we showed the Moon and Saturn to a group for whom it was a discovery). Today, many children and adults could gaze at the Sun which had lots of activity. My friend Ashraf's 80ED with a mylar filter and my Personal Solar Telescope were constantly used for Sun gazing! Luckily, this afternoon, the Sun was mostly present (lots of other activities were going on around us).


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    Born in Belgium in 1957 (from a Belgian father and an American mother). Here, everything seems a lot more complicated: more taxes, more government, more languages, more people per square kilometer or mile, more light pollution, but, nevertheless, as much passion for things going on up there, naturally or man made. This was thanks to the first time I saw 2001: A Space Odyssey back in 1968, followed by the promises of the Moon. One weakness was my dislike for maths, which led to human science studies (law and a specialization in insurance). I've been working since 1982 in the...


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