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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

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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!

Mike

Perseid Meteor Shower August 12th

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

Comet Hunting

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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.