Plaskett Report for November 1931

The month though seemingly poor was above the average as on 17 nights, with a total of 122.5 hours observing, a total of 80 plates was secured. The corresponding figures for the 12-year average are 12 nights, 82.1 hours and 90 plates.

Approximately 187 persons visited the observatory during the month. Last month’s total was 480.

[The Federal Government provided funds to Saanich to rebuild the road up Observatory Hill to supplement an unemployment relief fund, Ed.]

Wed, Nov 4, 1931 – 1 · The Victoria Daily Times (Victoria, British Columbia, Canada) ·

Director J.S. Plaskett was in the East from the 7th, testing new mirror for the Ohio Weslyan (sic) University, Delaware, Ohio.

Assistant Director W.E. Harper worked 6 nights, obtaining 40 plates. Measured for radial velocity 50. Gave one seminar talk and one other address. Determined period od HR 1528.

Astronomer J.A. Pearce observed 4 nights, obtaining 22 spectrograms. Computed absolute magnitudes of O-B stars from velocities of interstellar K line in their spectra. Gave one seminar talk. With Mr. Hill computed the proper motions of 100 B-type stars.

[Pearce gave a talk to the Round Table Club at the Empress Hotel on the turbulent career of Nikolai Lenin, Ed.]

Wed, Nov 4, 1931 – 13 · The Victoria Daily Times (Victoria, British Columbia, Canada) ·

Astronomer C.S. Beals observed 4 nights obtaining 8 plates. Designed and had constructed developing tank with thermostatic central. Prepared paper on Recession of Spiral Nebulae for Journal, RASC. Gave one seminar talk.

Astronomer F.S. Hogg observed 3 nights, obtaining 10 plates. Measured two plates. Gave one seminar talk. Revised table of Variable Stars for Handbook. Some minor statistical work on variables.

Computer S.N. Hill prepared a list of B stars and computing proper motion, angles Ψ and χ for same. Preparing 3 new charts to facilitate computational work in precessional corrections. Computational work in connection with reduction of band spectra. Prepared 2 drawings for reproduction in article for RASC Journal.

Clerk-Stenographer Miss L.M. Blake handled correspondence, accounts and computational work for envelopes for 80 spectra. Library assistance. Typing of various articles for publication.

Astronomical Assistant  T.T. Hutchison assisted in observing on 13 nights. Kept telescope in running order.