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Total Solar Eclipse: Oregon, 21 August 2017

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Picture of a solar eclipse by member Ed Hanlon

My wife’s cousin Ron is an engineer lives in Beaverton, a suburb of Portland, Oregon, and has invited me and friends to his place to view the total solar eclipse on 21 August, 2017. This is the first total lunar eclipse visible from the U.S. in over 38 years: The last one passed through the Pacific Northwest in 1979. Bruce Woodburn and I are planning to drive down to view this from Ron’s part of the world. Any other members who are interested in being part of this should contact me.

Clear Skies, Charles Ennis, President

Speaker 10 February: Dr. Howard Trottier

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Dr. Howard Trottier

Our speaker at the Sunshine Coast Arts Centre, 5714 Medusa St., Sechelt, at 7:30 PM on Friday, 10 February, 2017, will be Dr. Howard Trottier, who will be speaking about “Outreach, Education, and Science at Simon Fraser University’s Trottier Observatory and Science Plaza.”

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Telescope at the Trottier Observatory at SFU

Public Viewing: 14 January, 2017

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We’ll be opening the SCC Observatory at the Sechelt Airport at 7 PM on Saturday, 14 January for public viewing. Check out this post on the day of the event for weather updates.

Astrophotography Course: 13 January

At 7:30 PM on Friday, 13 January, our Vice President, Mike Bradley, will be teaching a course on Astrophotography at the Sunshine Coast Arts Centre, 5714 Medusa St, Sechelt. Public is welcome: admission by donation

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Mike on the set of Coyote Science last Spring

Astro Cafe: 16 December 2016

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Astro Cafe will convene at Pier 17 in Davis Bay at 7:30 PM on Friday, 16 December, 2016. Public are welcome!  We’ll have coffee and weather permitting will take our telescopes out to the south end of the seawall for public viewing

Christmas Dreaming

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A spectroscope made by Kata and Erin Payne

ALERT: 1400 HOURS, 9 DECEMBER

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

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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.

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.

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Charles Ennis teaching aboard the Star Princess in September