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Observatory Update: Weekend of 30 – 31 May


David, Charles and Mike attended the observatory on Saturday, 30 May and worked on clearing out the interior and putting up peg board walls. Adrian and Charles came back Sunday morning, May 31, and installed the railing caps and did some staining. Getting closer to opening!

Sunshine Coast Community Foundation Grant Successful!


Thanks to Mike Bradley’s hard work our application for a grant from the Sunshine Coast Community Foundation has been approved! We’re getting a grant of $3,600 to pay for a camera system and video screen for our observatory. Mike and I will be attending a ceremony on the 15th of June to pick up the cheque from the SCCF.

Astro Cafe: Friday, 19 June 2015

Astro Cafe

Astro Cafe

Our Astro Cafe for June will be at Davis Bay on Friday, June 19 at 8:30 PM, which is a return to the regular hours for summer. Meet our members at Pier 17 followed by a viewing of the skies with our telescopes (weather permitting).

Observatory Update: 27 May 2015

ramp lighting conduit

ramp lighting conduit


David, Mike, and Charles attended the observatory this afternoon to work on the electrical system. A conduit was run to the end of the ramp for the ramp lighting system, a whole was dug for the ground plate, and other finishing work was done inside.

Theophilus Crater

Thoephilus waxing crescent by mike 23 may 2015

Our past president, Mike Bradley, got this picture of Theophilus crater during the waxing Crescent Moon (30%) from Roberts Creek, 23rd May, 2015 (Megrez 120mm, DSLR, stack of 100 images, Registax 6.0). Theophilus crater was named after the Greek astronomer who was the Bishop of Alexandria from 385 AD. This is a large crater at the edge of Mare Nectaris, 100km diameter. The terminator line was close by at the time, running along the Rupes Altai creating interesting vistas. The crater is located about 400 km south of the Apollo 11 landing site. Mike wanted to share this as our upcoming speaker on 12 June is Ted Stroman, who will be talking about Lunar Geography.

Observatory Update: 14 May 2015


Danny went up to the observatory and installed pathways to the observatory’s access ramp as well as to the porta pottie. Thanks Danny for donating the time and materials! Meanwhile David has been regularly visiting the observatory to work on the electrical system.

New Horizons Update


Hi Starchasers,

As ‘New Horizon’s’ nears Pluto – here are some links to ‘The First Mission to The Last Planet’. My favourite observations on The ‘New Horizon’s’ mission are these:

When the mission lifted off in 2006 Pluto was still considered a Planet.

Pluto was named by a 15 year old school girl named Venetia.

Clyde Tombaugh’s (the discoverer of Pluto) ashes are onboard the probe (I’m not making this up).

When the mission lifted off in 2006, Pluto had one known moon, Charon.  As of today, it has five moons.

Here are the links:

Clear Skies,

James MacWilliam

RASC – Sunshine Coast Centre