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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

In Memoriam: Nairn Robertson

I makes me very sad to announce that one of our youngest members, Nairn Robertson, passed away from his illness on 28 December, 2016. He’d received an intestine transplant weeks earlier in an attempt to save him, but ultimately he succumbed to his condition. Nairn’s mother called us in August of 2015, asking us if we could teach him how to use a telescope given to him by the Make A Wish Foundation. We got him a free membership in the RASC and got down to work. He had a chance to learn how to operate our Celestron telescope at the SCC Observatory shortly afterwards. In the fall of 2015 he went into Sechelt hospital as his condition worsened. We got the astrophysicists that came to talk at our monthly meetings to visit him in hospital. His passion for astronomy inspired us all.

nairns-scopeNairn’s mother has donated the 12 inch Meade LX90 telescope to our Centre. We’re in the process of putting together a program named for Nairn to allow young people to explore the skies with his telescope.

The memorial service for Nairn is 21 January, 2017, at YMCA Camp Elphinstone at 12:30 PM in the Welcome Centre Exploration Hall.

Astro Cafe: 20 January

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Astro Cafe will convene at Pier 17 in Davis Bay at 7:00 PM on Friday, 20 January, 2017. 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

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.

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

Astro Cafe:18 November 2016

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Astro Cafe will convene at Pier 17 in Davis Bay at 7:30 PM on Friday, 18 November, 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

Botanical Garden Harvest Festival: 4 September

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solar scopes at the 2013 Botanical Garden Harvest Festival

Our members will be at the Sechelt Botanical Garden’s Harvest Festival on Sunday, 4 September, from 10 AM to 4 PM with our information booth and solar scopes. Hope to see you there!