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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: 17 December 2016

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We’ll be opening the SCC Observatory at the Sechelt Airport at 7 PM on Saturday, 17 December for public viewing. Check out this post on the day of the event for weather updates.

Public Viewing: 15 October

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We’ll be opening the SCC Observatory at the Sechelt Airport at 7 PM on Saturday, 15 October for public viewing. Saturn, Mars, and Venus will and many other dark sky objects will be up there for viewing.

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.

Public Night at SCC Observatory: 13 August

photo 4We’ll be opening the SCC Observatory at the Sechelt Airport at 8:30 PM on Saturday, 13 August for public viewing. The Moon, Saturn, and Mars will all be on display, as well as many deep sky objects.

UPDATE 8 AM 13 August: Clear Dark Sky charts showing clear skies this evening for the opening of the observatory.

NOTE: We discovered a notice in the newspaper saying we were doing public viewing at Porpoise Bay  Provincial Park 13 August, and this is NOT the case. We used to hold events there, but this year’s event is the Starlight Coast Star Party at our Observatory on August 20.

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