Plaskett Report for February 1932

The month was porer than the average for observing. On 12 nights with 76.2 hours observing 71 plates were secured. The 13-year average for the month show 14 nights, 92.8 hours observing and 111 plates secured.

Approximately 235 persons visited the observatory during the month

Director J.S. Plaskett – besides the usual administrative work and correspondence new computations were made on the value of the rotational constant and some of the M.S. of Volume 5, Number 3 corrected and rewritten.

[An article in the February 1, 1932 edition of the Victoria Daily Times noted the J.S. Plaskett had been awarded the Bruce Medal by the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, Ed.]

Mon, Feb 1, 1932 – 13 · Times Colonist (Victoria, British Columbia, Canada) ·

Assistant Director W.E. Harper worked 6 nights securing 59 plates. Measured for radial velocity 19. Determined orbit of HR 1528. Nearly one week spent on line residuals in A-type stars. Gave four outside addresses.

[One of Harper’s talks in Victoria was a reprise of the talk he gave in Vancouver in January, Ed.]

Mon, Feb 1, 1932 – 13 · Times Colonist (Victoria, British Columbia, Canada) ·

Astronomer J.A. Pearce observed 1 night, obtaining 3 plates. Measured 18 plates. Completed orbit of HF 208095. Worked on the orbits of HD 44701 and HD 29376. Gave four lectures.

Astronomer C.S. Beals observed 3 nights, obtaining 3 plates. Spent the month largely working out consequences of Zanstra’s theory on nebular luminosity in its application to the temperatures of Wolf Rayet stars, novae, and P Cygni. Gave one seminar talk.

Astronomer F.S. Hogg observed 2 nights, securing 3 plates. Measured 6 plates for radial velocity. Tested new collimator lens for UV spectrograph. Worked on a raster for photometric standardization. Gave one seminar talk.

Computer S.N. Hill did computational work on proper motion, position angle τ and υ components. Work in connection with measurement and reduction of band spectra. Preparing two graphs velocity curves for publication. Preparing two velocity curves and computing phases of HD 190387 for Detroit Observatory. Work on binary HD 176818.

CLerk-Stenographer L.M. Blake handled correspondence, accounts, reports and library assistance. Envelopes for spectra of 71 stars. Proof reading – Volume VI, Number 5. Typing and preparing for printer Volume V, Number 3. Preparing for distribution Volume V, Numbers 1 and 2.

Astronomical Assistant T.T, Hutchison assisted in observing on 8 nights. Kept telescope in working order.