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Speaker for 9 September: Dr. Jon Willis

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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

 

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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

 

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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.

Deep Sky Party 3

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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.

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Everyone getting set up at sunset

Sea Cavalcade 2016: Volunteers Needed

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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.

Halfmoon Bay Country Fair 2016

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Mike, Charles, Scott and Danny manning the solar scopes

Our Centre was at Cooper’s Green for the 50th annual Halfmoon Bay Country Fair on 10 July. 257 people attended the booth and looked through the solar scopes. We even fixed a telescope that someone brought in.

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Charles answering the questions of the public at our booth

Canada Day 2016 Update

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Scott, Danny, and Mike sheltering from rain showers and discussing observatory matters while waiting for visitors to arrive

Mike Bradley, Charles Ennis, Bruce Fryer, Scott Harlow, Neil Sandy, Danny Sklazeski, and Sam Casoria manned the booth and solar telescopes. Bette Chadwick, James MacWilliams, and Serge and Sharon Planidin visited our patch of grass at Hackett Park. The day started out with a downpour that didn’t let up until the parade started. By the afternoon the skies had mostly cleared.

342 people came to visit the booth. We handed out 88 Star Finders, 60 Moon Gazer Guides, 1 Getting Started in Astronomy Guide, and 10 Journal of the RASC special edition on light abatement.

Sechelt Mayor Bruce Milne dropped by the booth to discuss issues with Scott and Charles, including light abatement, and took away one of the Journal Special Editions.

-Scott

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Sam and Danny at the solar scopes

First Anniversary Party for the Observatory: 2 July

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The ribbon is cut by our president, a representative from Swanson’s Ready Mix, and the two mayors on 27 June 2015.

Our SCC Observatory opened on the 27th of June last year. We’re planning a viewing session to celebrate the first anniversary of our first light on Saturday, July 2 (weather permitting). The observatory will open the gates at 9 PM (Sunset 9:12). BYO Telescope and refreshments.

UPDATE: 1 July 1800 hours- Wow. This morning before heading to Canada Day celebrations I checked the forecast for tomorrow and the sky charts and it looked good for an opening at the observatory for 2 July. When I came home in the afternoon and checked again I found that the forecast had dramatically changed: The forecast was now calling for rain in the evening on Saturday, 2 July and the ClearDarkSky chart showing overcast. What a difference a few hours can make! I will keep checking tomorrow and post another update closer to the event. If the forecast doesn’t change, it doesn’t look good for opening the observatory on the 2nd.

UPDATE 2 July 1000 hours:  The forecast has improved somewhat from yesterday. We’ll post later today around 1800 with another update on whether we’ll be opening tonight.

UPDATE 2 July 1800 hours: The forecast has gone back to predicting rain and as I write this the rain is bouncing off my skylights. ClearDarkSky is calling for overcast and Scott, our observer up near the airport confirms this. We will not be opening the observatory tonight.