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Public Viewing at Observatory- 16 June

2017-04-16 11.00.39_resizedThe weather forecast for viewing at the observatory tonight is very promising, but the summer solstice is only 5 days away, so the nights are getting very short and the sunset (21:11 hours) very late. We’ll open the gates at 2100 hours. We’ll have people there to help you if you’re working on your observing certificates.


Public Viewing at the Observatory: 9 June

2017-04-16 11.00.39_resizedOur observatory will be open at 8:30 PM on Saturday, 9 June (weather permitting) for public viewing. Check this website that afternoon for updates.

Warm Room


The new warm room is located under the roof rails.

On Sunday, 2018 January 7, construction materials were delivered to our observatory at the Sechelt Airport for the building of a storage/warm room for the observatory. Colin Bradley and David Thompson got down to work a few days later and by Friday they’d completed the basic structure. The next step is to install insulation, wiring, lighting/heating, and shelves and a workbench.

Observatory Update

David is shown here putting the finishing touches to the cover he made to protect the roof opening/closing mechanism. It also keeps curious fingers from getting trapped.

The electrical system with its safety interlocks is fully functional now and moving the roof is done by pushing a button. Very smooth!


Perseid Meteor Shower August 12th

Due to inclement weather this event has had to be cancelled.

Comet Hunting


Mike Bradley checks out the list of comets and sets up the laptop to steer the telescope (photo by Charles Ennis)

Last night (16 April), 9 people attended the SCC Observatory to hunt comets. We got a good look at comets 41P/tuttle-Giacobinni-Kresak and C/2015 V2 Johnson, added objects to member’s Messier lists, and got a good look at Jupiter. Danny and Neil brought their own telescopes to join the sky survey.

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Charles views stars for alignments while Mike runs the laptop and David looks on (photo by James MacWilliams)

Perseid Meteor Shower

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We’re going to¬†open the SCC Observatory for the Perseid meteor shower Thursday, August 11 and at 8:30 PM.