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Summer Star Quest 2015, Merritt, 11 – 19 September.

merrit astro

Suzanna Nagy, Vice President for the Vancouver Centre of the RASC, has notified us about the upcoming Summer Star Quest 2015 in Merritt, BC from September 11 – 19, which they are putting on in conjunction with the Merritt Astronomical Society. It is a great event and is considered by many to be one of the darkest sky star parties in Canada. Details can be found at:

If you have questions for Suzanna, you can contact her here:

Suzanna Nagy

Vice President and Event Coordinator

RASC Vancouver Centre

Observatory Update: 29 March

Today David, Mike and Charles got the battery box bolted down and the batteries installed in the observatory.

Batteries for the solar power system

Batteries for the solar power system

We have power!

We have power!

They also began the process of setting up and wiring the pier now that the flooring is down.

pier tried out and wires pulled

pier tried out and wires pulled

Observatory Update: 26 March 2015

Rubber flooring done

Rubber flooring done

Mike, Charles, and David installed the rubber flooring in the observatory and started the installation of the battery box.

Purchasing Astronomy Gear

PST Mounted

PST Mounted


I was offering some links to one of our members and thought I would share the info as other may benefit. Its has some links and advice on buying and selling astro gear!

If you buy from the US make sure they ship by USPS (United States Postal Service) and not by Courier. When shipping by courier the courier will charge a brokerage fee for the service and will assess duty and taxes owed and you will be charged accordingly. Not to mention you never know where your parcel will delivered to… how about Gibsons, Alabama! When shipped by the USPS there is no brokerage fee often no taxes or duty charged and the parcel often arrives.

Here are some online sources for astronomy gear that I have used:

This one is in the US and has reasonable prices and shipping charges

This one is in Quebec
you have to call or email them to get the updated price and the shipping charges but sometimes there prices are better than others in Canada!

Canadian telescopes is located in vancouver and offers free shipping on every item I find there website easy to navigate and informative

Vancouver Telescope Centre in Vancouver  doesnt currently offer online sales. They appear to specialize in astro consignments and microscopes. They also carry a mixed bag of accessories and miscellaneous “stuff”. Its worth checking out if you are in the area but if you are looking for something in particular you might want to look elsewhere.

Here is the canadian used astro buy and sell site

Here is the biggest and busiest buy and sell on the net… its American and is called astro-mart. It cost $15 to join  but you can still check out the ads here
its like a mini astro stock market… hundreds of items a day are listed and sold here. Some of my best deals have come from here. I sometimes sell here too.

This is another US buy and sell and its free

I often buy used. You often get items in like new condition at a good discount. In most cases you need a paypal account. Sellers are rated and the number of transactions they have done are listed. Its usually pretty easy to spot a scam but as always its Buyer Beware!

Last but not least dont forget good old EBAY! I use Ebay a lot with over 300 transactions on my profile. I find ebay easy to use as a buyer and a little difficult to use as a seller. Paypal account is mandatory here… if you have never checked out ebay check it out! You dont have to join to look.

“Now go get that new (or used) telescope”

Neil Sandy
member-rasc sunshine coast centre

Speaker for June 2015: Ted Stroman

Ted Strohman lecturing on the Apollo moon landings

Ted Strohman lecturing on the Apollo moon landings

Our speaker for 12 June 2015 will be Ted Stroman, a member of the Vancouver Centre of the RASC. His topic is lunar geography and features. He will talk about the history of the formation of the moon that led to its appearance now. You can check out his web site at:

Earth Day 2015, Roberts Creek


We will be setting up an information booth and solar scopes at Robert Creek Earth Day, Sunday, 26 April, 2015. The event runs from noon to 5 PM. Come down and see us and take a look at solar activity! The Roberts Creek Earth Day web site for 2015 is here. Below is the site map for the day showing where our booth will be located.


April Astro Cafe: 17 April 2015, 7:30 PM

Astro Cafe

Astro Cafe

Our Astro Cafe for April will be at Davis Bay on April 17 at 7:30 PM. This is an hour earlier than in the past because the store changed their closing time to 9 PM. Meet our members at Pier 17 followed by a viewing of the skies with our telescopes (weather permitting).