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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

Observatory Update: Soffits and Hold Downs 29 October

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south end soffits

south end soffits

David, Mike, Scott and Charles completed the soffit on the south side of the observatory and replaced hold down claw bolts with more substantial ones on 29 October. Last weekend Adrian installed the center support for the ceiling panels.

Observatory Update: 22 October

Charles and Scott installing the soffit on the N side

Charles and Scott installing the soffit on the N side

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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!

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

Observatory Update: We Have Rail Flashings!

Roof rail flashing

Roof rail flashing

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.