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We Need You!

Bill Clark cuts the cake

Bill Clark cuts the cake

A knowledge of astronomy is not essential for volunteers for public outreach or for running the Sunshine Coast Centre. Charles tells you why: https://youtu.be/G3PzX2q0l4c

Our AGM is scheduled for 7 PM, Friday, 13 November, 2015, at the Sunshine Coast Arts Centre.

SCC Observatory Operations Manual

Mike and David powering up the telescope

Mike and David powering up the telescope

I’ve just loaded the first edition of the SCC Observatory Operations Manual to the Observatory page of our website. If you’re interested in becoming a Qualified Operator (QO) for the SCC Observatory, you’ll need to study this manual to learn its safe use: Observatory_Manual 6th draft

Think of what we could accomplish…

dignitaries checking out the telescope once the roof was rolled back

dignitaries checking out the telescope once the roof was rolled back

Look what we accomplished since we first started:

Over 2200 hours of volunteer work at outreach events every year.

8 nationally recognized experts as speakers at our meetings every year.

We built a “NASA class” observatory (to quote one of our District of Sechelt counsellors)

This happens because a small group of people from our membership donate some of their time, creativity, and ideas, making us one of the most active RASC Centres in Canada, even if we are nowhere near being the largest.

Think of what we could accomplish if a few more of you members came forward…

We’re looking for a new Vice President, Secretary, and some directors at large at our AGM in December. Who’d like to help us push even further into the amazing?

If you’re interested in volunteering or in being part of our executive board, contact me!

Regards, Charles Ennis

President SCC RASC

Lunar Eclipse Photos

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Bryan Kelso took these three photos of the eclipse on 27 September at our SCC Observatory site with a DSLR & 300mm lens. Only a few weeks left to get your astrophotos in for the Bill Iden Astrophotography Contest. Entries must be in by the meeting on 13 November.

Regards, Charles Ennis

Directors Wanted

Charles, Mike, and Bill at the RASC Board Meeting at the Victoria GA

Charles, Mike, and Bill at the RASC Board Meeting at the Victoria GA

Participation in the SCC Board of Directors is a leadership experience that provides a rich opportunity for personal and astronomical growth. Our centre is one of the most active in the country with 67 members, the busiest speaker program in the country, a very active outreach program, and a new observatory. This all happens because of people willing to help out and serve the Sunshine Coast Centre. This December we have our Annual General Meeting and we are looking for a new Vice President and several directors at large. Members of the board are required to meet once a month on the 4th Saturday. In addition they may volunteer to take on tasks such as media director or librarian to assist in the running of the society. If you are interested in helping our Centre continue to provide the services it now does and bring in new ideas to make it even better, please contact me by e mail or phone me. Don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

Regards, Charles Ennis

President, SCC RASC

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