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Christmas Dreaming


A spectroscope made by Kata and Erin Payne


Dear Members:

I’ve been in phone contact with various members, watching the weather on line, and watching the weather out my window up in Sandy Hook. As I write this David Thompson says it is snowing heavily by the Beer Farm in Gibsons and it is coming down fast and furious in Sandy Hook. Mindful of the snowfall warning, in the interest of safety, and not wanting people to come to tonight’s meeting and then not get home afterwards, I am cancelling the meeting tonight.


Regards, Charles Ennis

President, Sunshine Coast Centre


At 7:30 PM on Friday, December 9, we will be having our annual Christmas gathering at the Sunshine Coast Arts Centre. This will be a pot luck (appetizers). This year we’re going to have a brainstorming session to come up with ideas about what direction we’d like the club to go in during the next few years. In recent years we’re made a lot of dreams come true: the observatory, a community TV show, a Bravo Channel documentary, to name but a few. I am sure that some of the more quiet of you have wonderful dreams too: ideas you’d like to see come to life. Come share those with us all so we can make them happen too.

Closing In On the Fine Cut


Jeff, Dodie and Charles in the office at Merit Motion Pictures working on editing Starry Nights

I spent the last 6 days in Winnipeg in studios at Merit Motion Pictures and MoonGazy Films working on turning the rough cut of our Bravo film “Starry Nights” into a finished film. We worked on recording voice overs, editing, special effects and art work, adding astrophotography, adding the music, and creating the credits. This week it will be going to technicians for color correction and sound editing. By the end of this week we hope to have it wrapped!

Charles Ennis


Jeff and Dodie working through lunch to get the film edited.

Explore the Universe Guide is Here!


Julia and Renata at RASC HQ with the new Explore the Universe Guide

The RASC’s new Explore the Universe Guide just arrived at head office and will soon be shipped out to customers. You can order this book and other RASC publications here. This would make an excellent holiday gift for friends and family.

2017 Board of Directors

As a result of the elections at the AGM on 14 October, here is your Board of Directors of the SCC:


  Sunshine Coast Centre RASC Board of Directors
Name Position Telephone E-mail Term Start
Charles Ennis President 778-839-4702 14/10/2016
Mike Bradley Vice President 604-740-8244 11/13/2015
Bruce Fryer Treasurer 604-885-6094 12/12/2014
Brian Lucas Secretary 604-885-7051 14/10/2016
Scott Harlow Director at Large 604-741-9959 14/10/2016
Bruce Woodburn Director at Large 604-740-2029 14/10/2016
Debra MacWilliam Director at Large 604-741-7953 14/10/2016
Bill Clark Past President 604-740-5860 14/10/2016

Star Hopping: Demystifying Observers Handbooks and Star Atlases

On Friday, 11 November, at 7:30 PM at the Sunshine Coast Arts Centre, Sunshine Coast Centre President Charles Ennis will be teaching a course on how to use star atlases and the RASC Observer’s Handbook to locate objects in the sky.  Admission is by donation.


Charles Ennis teaching aboard the Star Princess in September

Do You Just Belong?


Danny, one of our most active members

Are you an active member, The kind that would be missed,

Or are you just contented, That your name is on the list?

Do you attend the meetings, And mingle with the flock,

Or do you meet in private, And criticize and knock?

Do you take an active part, To help the work along,

Or are you satisfied to be, The kind who just belongs?

Do you work on committees, To this there is no trick,

Or leave the work to just a few, And talk about the clique?

So come to meetings often, And help with hand and heart.

Don’t just be a member, But take and active part.

Think this over colleagues, You know what’s right from wrong.

Are you a valued member, Or do you just belong?

Author unknown.

Princess Cruise Courses


teaching in the Explorer’s Lounge

I took a 25th anniversary cruise to Hawaii at the end of September and while on board the Star Princess taught 8 basic astronomy “enrichment lectures” which were very well received. I also helped with three star gazing sessions on board during the trip to Hawaii and back.


answering questions after class

Charles Ennis