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Public Observing, SCC Observatory 18 August

IMG_0194We’ll be opening our SCC Observatory for public viewing on Saturday, 18 August 2018 (weather permitting). Gates open at sunset (8:15 PM). Check this page on the 18th for weather updates.

UPDATE: Saturday, 18 August, 10 AM- Clear Dark Sky is currently showing clouds moving in around 7 PM and increasing to 80% overcast by 10 PM. Not very promising. We’re keeping an eye on it and will update again at 6 PM.

Saturday, 7 PM: We’re not opening tonight. Unfortunately it is overcast.

Warm Room

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The new warm room is located under the roof rails.

On Sunday, 2018 January 7, construction materials were delivered to our observatory at the Sechelt Airport for the building of a storage/warm room for the observatory. Colin Bradley and David Thompson got down to work a few days later and by Friday they’d completed the basic structure. The next step is to install insulation, wiring, lighting/heating, and shelves and a workbench.

Comet Hunting

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Mike Bradley checks out the list of comets and sets up the laptop to steer the telescope (photo by Charles Ennis)

Last night (16 April), 9 people attended the SCC Observatory to hunt comets. We got a good look at comets 41P/tuttle-Giacobinni-Kresak and C/2015 V2 Johnson, added objects to member’s Messier lists, and got a good look at Jupiter. Danny and Neil brought their own telescopes to join the sky survey.

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Charles views stars for alignments while Mike runs the laptop and David looks on (photo by James MacWilliams)

Starlight Coast Star Party a Success

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Setting up for the star party. Solar scopes in the foreground.

We had 85 members of the public show up for our first Starlight Coast Star Party last night. We had a perfectly clear sky for the event, though it was very hot until the sun set. The Rotary Club served hotdogs, hamburgers and sandwiches. We displayed the entries for the poster contest and handed out prizes to the winners. The Coast Reporter photographer showed up to get pictures. We had visitors on site viewing the skies until midnight.

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.

Perseid Meteor Shower

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We’re going to open the SCC Observatory for the Perseid meteor shower Thursday, August 11 and at 8:30 PM.

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