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Deep Sky Party 3


Danny, our ambassador for the visitors this weekend

Members and visitors viewed the skies for the second night in a row last night. It was not as clear a sky as Friday night, with clouds drifting through, but we did get some viewing between the clouds.


Everyone getting set up at sunset

Deep Sky Part Two

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Members from other RASC Centres setting up for last night’s star party

Tonight is the second night of the clubs star party at our airport site at the top of field rd…

Last nights conditions were exceptional… at least the clarity of the sky was. While it was not so good for viewing planets because of the turbulence in the air the transparency was excellent. The milky way was etched sharply against a black background of stars and was
clearly visible from the north east horizon down to the southern horizon. The club scope was up and running as well as numerous other scopes from members and guests. Among the numerous star clusters and galaxies we viewed we were also treated to 2 passes of the space station and numerous bright meteors from 2 currently active meteor showers.

We also have several guests from the Victoria centre staying on site and possibly some today from Vancouver… feel free to drop by the site to say hello and welcome them to our beautiful area.

If all goes well, weather wise, tonight should be spectacular!!!!

the gate is closed now but unlocked so members can still access the site…pls leave gate as you find it when you enter.

Members and guests are welcome…

I hope to see you there!

neil sandy
rasc member

Deep Sky Party Commences!


People attending our grand opening of the observatory in June 2015

Tonight and for the next two nights astronomers from the Vancouver and Victoria Centres of the RASC will join us at the SCC Observatory to view the skies. Some will be camping there, others will be staying with RASC members. I hope that all of our members will join us at the observatory with their telescopes to view the skies this weekend. The forecast is for clear skies. Danny will be camping at the observatory this weekend as our “ambassador”. Members are welcome to bring family and guests. Please review the protocols for observatory use on our Observatory page.

Deep Sky Poster Contest

Our Sunshine Coast Centre of the RASC invites youth on the Sunshine Coast to dazzle us with their artistic creativity and scientific knowledge. We will be holding a poster contest for youth. The theme for this poster contest is the Deep Sky and should depict the wonders that can be viewed with telescopes in our skies above the Sunshine Coast. Posters should not be smaller than 8.5 X 11 inches. The original contest deadline was 15 July, but we’ve extended the contest deadline to August 10th. The awards will be handed out at the Starlight Coast Star Party on August 20th at the SCC Observatory. The winning posters will be posted on the SCC web site. Prizes include:

  • Age 9 years or less category: Celestron 76mm (3 inch) Firstscope reflector telescope kit suitable for this age group to view planets.
  • Age 10 years to 18 years category: Meade 76mm (3 inch) Jupiter reflector telescope kit suitable for this age group to engage in beginner’s astronomy.
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Prize for 9 years and younger category.

Winners of both categories will also be invited to the Deep Sky Party to view the skies using our SCC Observatory telescope.

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Prize for 10 – 18 years category

Posters can be dropped off at the Sunshine Coast Arts Centre 5714 Medusa Street,  which is open Wed through Saturday 11 a.m. to 4pm , Sunday 1-4 p.m, or at the Gibsons Public Library, which is open  Monday 12:30 – 4:30, Tues –Sat 10-5:30, Wed 10-7:30, or dropped off or mailed to 5902 Skookumchuk Rd, Sechelt, BC, V0N 3A4. We don’t have a monthly meeting in July or August due to the summer holidays, so it isn’t possible to drop the posters off at a meeting at this time of year.

Please include your name, age and contact information with your Entry and indicate that it is for the Astronomy Poster Contest.

Contact Information:

Check out the Sunshine Coast RASC site at: for contact and schedule information.

Sunshine Coast RASC President Charles Ennis:

e mail: cuhulain@

phone 778-458-2666

Deep Sky Star Party

On the weekend of July 29/31 we will have a deep sky viewing session at the SCC Observatory for members and invited guests only: This is not a public event. Members from all other RASC Centres are welcome: billets can be offered to visiting members, camping on site at the observatory optional. Attendance is by donation. Gates open at the observatory on Friday, 29 July at 5 PM to allow campers to set up. Gates will be closed Monday morning after all visitors have left. Our SCC Observatory is located at Sechelt Airport at the top of Field Rd and has wide open fields around it for camping, telescope set up, and parking. Please visit Our Observatory page for details. This event occurs two days away from the New Moon, so the sky will be excellent for viewing deep sky objects. Our Starry Nights film crew will be there to capture footage for our upcoming BravoFACTUAL documentary. Please contact our Sunshine Coast Centre if you are interested in attending.

e mail:

Phone: 778-458-2666

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