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Night Lights Shoot: The DRAO

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Steve and Brittany preparing to film Bruce and Dr. Sean Dougherty, Director of the DRAO, in front of the synthesis array

On Tuesday, 11 July, Bruce Fryer and Charles Ennis teamed up with Coast Cable TV staff Steve Sleep and Brittany Broderson and drove up to the Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory (DRAO) at White Lake near Penticton to film sequences for the 3rd season of Night Lights. We spent several hours doing interviews of DRAO director Sean Dougherty and Dr. Ken Tapping at the various radio telescopes and in control rooms. Due to the numerous forest fires in the interior the skies were smoky.

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The 26 meter John Galt telescope with the new CHIME array in the background in the lower left

Later we drove up to the Okanagan Centre’s observatory to get more footage.

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Bruce, Jack, and Charles in Jack’s 16 foot observatory dome

After spending the night in Kelowna, we drove down to Jack Newton’s Observatory B & B in Osoyoos to film some segments before returning to the Coast.

DAO Day

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Steve, Charles, Brittany of the filming crew and Dan Posen from the Victoria Centre RASC in front of the Plaskett Observatory

I jumped in the TV truck Monday morning with Steve and Brittany from Coast Cable and headed off to Vancouver Island to for a whirlwind visit to the DAO (Dominion Astrophysical Observatory), NRC Herzberg Institute, the Center of the Universe, and the VCO (Victoria Centre Observatory) to get footage for the second season of our Night Lights TV show. We did interviews with graduate student Dan Posen regarding the history of the DAO, which is coming up on its 100th birthday and is still in use. We interviewed Dimitri Monin, the technical director of the Plaskett Telescope, about its structure and operation. We interviewed Dr. Dennis Crabtree, the acting director of the NRC Herzberg Institute, regarding the many telescopes that the NRC manages as well as the telescopes they intend to build in the future, such as the 30 meter mirror telescope. The blue line you see on the parking lot behind us represents the diameter of that 30 meter telescope. We also interviewed Victoria Centre member Diane Bell and toured the VCO with her and Dan. It was a very productive session.

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Steve and Brittany speaking to Dimitri Monin (in the background gesturing) and Dr. Crabtree (in the Hawaiian shirt) at the base of the Plaskett telescope

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Plaskett Telescope

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2nd Season of Night Lights

Charles and Mike getting ready to record episodes of Night Lights

Charles and Mike getting ready to record episodes of Night Lights

Got the first 8 episodes of the second season of Night Lights as well as a lot of the mail bag sessions taped today at Coast Cable’s studio at Elphinstone Secondary School in Gibsons. Hope to get the last episodes filmed this coming Thursday.

Night Lights Update

Our Night Lights TV show on Eastlink Coast Cable is being uploaded to the On Demand system this week and hopefully will be available by the end of the week. Steve Sleep of Coast Cable informs us that it will be upconverted to HD. We submitted topics for the second season and will start filming in April.

working on the first episodes of our TV show

working on the first episodes of our TV show

TV Shoot at the HR Macmillan Space Centre and Vancouver Telescopes

I went with a Coast Cable crew to the HR Macmillan Space Centre and the Vancouver Telescopes Center yesterday to film footage for upcoming episodes of our Night Lights TV show. The shoot at the Space Centre went very well, including tours of the Gordon Macmillan Southam Observatory, the Planetarium, and the Space Centre exhibits. We got some good footage interviewing the owner of Vancouver Telescopes afterwards.

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half meter cassegrain telescope in the Gordon Macmillan Southam Observatory at the Space Center

half meter cassegrain telescope in the Gordon Macmillan Southam Observatory at the Space Center

"Harold", the retired projector in the HR Macmillan Space Centre Planetarium. A year ago a new computer projection system replaced him.

“Harold”, the retired projector in the HR Macmillan Space Centre Planetarium. A year ago a new computer projection system replaced him.

Second Taping Session for Night Lights TV Show

On Friday, 24 October, Mike, Garth, and Charles took to the Elphinstone Secondary School studio of Coast Cable to shoot more footage for upcoming episodes of our Centre’s Night Lights TV show. On Wednesday, 29 October Charles will head to Vancouver with Coast Cable to shoot more footage at the MacMillan Planetarium, Southam Observatory, and Vancouver Telescopes.

MIke taping intros for episodes of Night Lights

MIke taping intros for episodes of Night Lights