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Astro Cafe: 19 April

20181014_213155_resizedOur astronomers meet on the third Friday of the month for Astro Cafe: This month (19 April) it is at 6:30 PM at Tim Hortons in Sechelt. If the skies are clear after we have coffee and discussion, we take our telescopes down to the seawall in Davis Bay for public viewing. The forecast is looking promising at present. There is a full Moon which will interfere with deep sky viewing. Everyone welcome!

Public Viewing: Saturday, 20 April

IMG_1010We’re planning to open the SCC Observatory on Saturday, 20 April, as the forecasts are for clear skies. We’re only a day past the full moon, which isn’t ideal for deep sky viewing, but there’s all sorts of other things to look at. Gates open at 8:30 PM. We’ll update on this page on the day at 4 PM.

UPDATE, 4 pm: There are a few wisps of high cloud up there, but it is looking pretty good. We’re opening tonight!

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