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Public Viewing, SCC Observatory, 9:30 PM,  15 July

Astro Cafe, Davis Bay, 8:00 PM,  21 July

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Public Viewing: 15 July

The SCC Observatory will be open for public viewing Saturday, 15 July, at 9:30 PM.  Check this page for weather updates on 15 July.

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Astro Cafe: 21 July

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Astro Cafe will convene at Pier 17 in Davis Bay at 8 PM on Friday, 21 July, 2017. Public are welcome!  We’ll have coffee and weather permitting will take our telescopes out to the south end of the seawall for public viewing

Night Lights Shoot: The DRAO

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Steve and Brittany preparing to film Bruce and Dr. Sean Dougherty, Director of the DRAO, in front of the synthesis array

On Tuesday, 11 July, Bruce Fryer and Charles Ennis teamed up with Coast Cable TV staff Steve Sleep and Brittany Broderson and drove up to the Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory (DRAO) at White Lake near Penticton to film sequences for the 3rd season of Night Lights. We spent several hours doing interviews of DRAO director Sean Dougherty and Dr. Ken Tapping at the various radio telescopes and in control rooms. Due to the numerous forest fires in the interior the skies were smoky.

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The 26 meter John Galt telescope with the new CHIME array in the background in the lower left

Later we drove up to the Okanagan Centre’s observatory to get more footage.

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Bruce, Jack, and Charles in Jack’s 16 foot observatory dome

After spending the night in Kelowna, we drove down to Jack Newton’s Observatory B & B in Osoyoos to film some segments before returning to the Coast.

Observatory Open to Public: 24 June

The SCC Observatory will be open for public viewing Saturday, 24 June, at 9:30 PM.

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Astro Cafe: 16 June

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Astro Cafe will convene at Pier 17 in Davis Bay at 7:45 PM on Friday, 16 June, 2017. Public are welcome!  We’ll have coffee and weather permitting will take our telescopes out to the south end of the seawall for public viewing

 

Public Viewing: 10 June

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We’ll be opening the SCC Observatory at the Sechelt Airport at 9:30 PM on Saturday, 10 June for public viewing. Check out this post on the day of the event for weather updates

UPDATE 10 JUNE: As of 11:30 am ClearDarkSky is showing a viewing window suitable for public viewing this evening. We are opening as planned.

8 PM: Clear Dark Sky still showing a window to observe the sky, but the sky doesn’t look that promising yet. Scott Harlow and I will go up at 9 to take a look. If the sky looks do-able, we will open.

WELL… I took a look at 8:45 and 90% of the sky is overcast. There is a bit of sky clearing to the NE but by the time it gets to the observatory, assuming it doesn’t close in, its going to be midnight. I’m cancelling the opening of the observatory.

Charles Ennis

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