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Public Viewing: 10 June

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We’ll be opening the SCC Observatory at the Sechelt Airport at 9:30 PM on Saturday, 10 June for public viewing. Check out this post on the day of the event for weather updates

UPDATE 10 JUNE: As of 11:30 am ClearDarkSky is showing a viewing window suitable for public viewing this evening. We are opening as planned.

8 PM: Clear Dark Sky still showing a window to observe the sky, but the sky doesn’t look that promising yet. Scott Harlow and I will go up at 9 to take a look. If the sky looks do-able, we will open.

WELL… I took a look at 8:45 and 90% of the sky is overcast. There is a bit of sky clearing to the NE but by the time it gets to the observatory, assuming it doesn’t close in, its going to be midnight. I’m cancelling the opening of the observatory.

Charles Ennis

Public Viewing: 13 May

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We’ll be opening the SCC Observatory at the Sechelt Airport at 8 PM on Saturday, 13 May for public viewing. Check out this post on the day of the event for weather updates

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)

Public Viewing: 15 April

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We’ll be opening the SCC Observatory at the Sechelt Airport at 8 PM on Saturday, 15 April for public viewing. Check out this post on the day of the event for weather updates

15 April, noon: The forecast is looking good for opening the observatory tonight!

5 pm: still looking good!

Public Viewing: 11 March

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We’ll be opening the SCC Observatory at the Sechelt Airport at 7 PM on Saturday, 11 March for public viewing. Check out this post on the day of the event for weather updates

UPDATE: 8:30 AM 11 March. Clear Dark Sky charts showing solid overcast for tonight at present. I don’t expect that to change, but I will update again this afternoon at 3 PM. Not looking promising for opening the observatory tonight I’m afraid. Charles

1:30 PM: Forecast is for rain showers overnight, no change in the Clear Dark Sky charts. Cancelling the observatory session tonight. Charles

Public Viewing: 11 February 2017

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We’ll be opening the SCC Observatory at the Sechelt Airport at 7 PM on Saturday, 11 February for public viewing. Check out this post on the day of the event for weather updates.

UPDATE: The Clear Dark Sky charts do not show clear skies tonight and the posts are frozen into the ground at the gate and the gravel road up to the observatory had not been (nor will be ) plowed and 6 inches deep in compact snow. We are not opening the observatory tonight.

Charles Ennis, President

Public Viewing: 14 January, 2017

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We’ll be opening the SCC Observatory at the Sechelt Airport at 7 PM on Saturday, 14 January for public viewing. Check out this post on the day of the event for weather updates.