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Botanical Garden Harvest Festival: 4 September


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!

Astro Cafe: 16 September


Astro Cafe will convene at Pier 17 in Davis Bay at 7:30 PM on Friday, 16 September, 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

Speaker for 9 September: Dr. Jon Willis

dr jon willis

Our speaker for Friday, 9 September at 7:30 PM will be astrophysicist Dr. Jon Willis from the University of Victoria. His topic will be: All These Worlds are Yours.

NOTE: This meeting will take place at Capilano University, NOT the Sunshine Coast Arts Centre where we met in the past.

Poster Contest Winners

5-9 yr Category



Winners in the under 9 years category

1st Prize  Beginner Telescope: Miyo (5) &  Taho  Shinagawa


2nd Prize    Book: Kianna Hamlin (9)


3rd Prize     Book: Ryder Wood (9)


4th    Book: Molly Jones


10-18 Category



1st place winner in the 10 – 18 category

1st Prize  Telescope: Jessica Carrol  (14)


2nd Prize – Astronomy Book  (Hubble): Eva Starsage (12)


3rd Prize  – Sky Scout: Merriwether Morris(15)


4th (honorable mention)    Book: Alexandra Holden  (  15)


**Honorable mention  – Subscription to Sky News: Trisha Singh


All of the rest of the kids that showed up got a gift bag.

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.

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

Sea Cavalcade 2016: Volunteers Needed


Sea Cavalcade 2014

We will be setting up our information booth at Gibsons Sea Cavalcade 2016 on Sunday, 24 July, at 9 AM and will be there until 4 PM. We’ll have our solar scopes set up to view sunspots and solar flares. Any members who’d like to drop by and assist would be very welcome.