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.
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
On 22 October David, Scott, Charles, and Mike went to the observatory and installed the soffits at the north end of the roof of the SCC Observatory. Mike installed reflectors in key locations and did some work on the pier. The hold down claws on the east side were re secured with stronger bolts and the roof retraction mechanism set up. A good days work!
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
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
On Wednesday, October 14, Charles installed metal flashings over the roof rails of the observatory. All that remains to be done to close in the observatory room now is to put side panels in to close the space between the roof structure and the rails.