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Public Viewing: 11 February 2017

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We’ll be opening the SCC Observatory at the Sechelt Airport at 7 PM on Saturday, 11 February for public viewing. Check out this post on the day of the event for weather updates.

UPDATE: The Clear Dark Sky charts do not show clear skies tonight and the posts are frozen into the ground at the gate and the gravel road up to the observatory had not been (nor will be ) plowed and 6 inches deep in compact snow. We are not opening the observatory tonight.

Charles Ennis, President

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.

Public Viewing: 17 December 2016

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We’ll be opening the SCC Observatory at the Sechelt Airport at 7 PM on Saturday, 17 December for public viewing. Check out this post on the day of the event for weather updates.

Public Night at SCC Observatory: 13 August

photo 4We’ll be opening the SCC Observatory at the Sechelt Airport at 8:30 PM on Saturday, 13 August for public viewing. The Moon, Saturn, and Mars will all be on display, as well as many deep sky objects.

UPDATE 8 AM 13 August: Clear Dark Sky charts showing clear skies this evening for the opening of the observatory.

NOTE: We discovered a notice in the newspaper saying we were doing public viewing at Porpoise Bay  Provincial Park 13 August, and this is NOT the case. We used to hold events there, but this year’s event is the Starlight Coast Star Party at our Observatory on August 20.

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.

Starlight Coast Star Party: 20 August

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SCC Observatory

On 20 August the SCC Observatory will be open to the public from 4 PM with solar scopes set up to view solar flares and sunspots until the sun goes down and then the main observatory telescope and member scopes set up after sunset for viewing the night skies. We will be handing out our prize for the Deep Sky Poster contest at this event at 7 PM. The posters submitted by children will be displayed for the visitors to view. The Rotary Club will have their concession stand there with refreshments with all proceeds going to the Observatory.

This event replaces our Astronomy in the Park event that we did for so many years.

UPDATE 20 August, 8 AM: Everything looking good for today’s event. Should be clear skies tonight for viewing.

New Focusser and TV News

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David Thompson testing the new Antares focusser

On 25 June members of our club went up to the SCC Observatory for a viewing session and tested a new Antares focusser for the main optical tube. We were impressed with it.

Dodie Graham McKay, director and production manager for the BravoFACTUAL documentary we’re working on, dropped by to view the sky with us. Dodie and Charles Ennis, our president, have been working since 21 June on the production schedules and legal details for this Bravo documentary as well as final submissions for the Telus Optik project.

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Dodie and Charles in the SCC Observatory