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2 Records Broken at the Observatory Last Night

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Bruce Woodburn taking a break from binocular observations to view M13 last night with the big scope.

At last night’s public viewing session at our observatory we broke two records. One concerned yearly attendance, which stood at 311 just two days ago. Last year’s total attendance was only 159, so we knew to double that we needed just 7 more people to attend this year. Attendance last night was 29, which is the highest attendance ever recorded at a public session. So we easily pushed past doubling last year’s attendance to a new record of 340. And the year isn’t done yet! We had people of all ages at the observatory last night. One little girl told us her favorite planet was Saturn, and was ecstatic when she saw it for the first time in the eyepiece. Several members worked on their observing certificates. James MacWilliam showed up with his guitar and entertained us for hours. A thoroughly entertaining evening.

Charles Ennis

Public Viewing at the Observatory: 10 November

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Club members Scott Harlow and Bruce Fryer using the observatory telescope.

We’ll be opening the Sunshine Coast Centre’s Observatory on Saturday, 10 November (weather permitting). Gates open at 6:30 PM. The forecast looks good at present, but we’ll update on this page on Saturday afternoon to confirm. We’re three days past the New Moon, so the conditions should be excellent for viewing.

Saturday, 10 November, 1:30 PM: Clear Dark Sky showing no clouds, good seeing, but average transparency. We’re opening tonight!