A project of the Royal Astronomical Society
of Canada Okanagan Centre (RASCOC) dedicated to the purpose of
providing our regional community with a public astronomical
observatory. Starting in the autumn of 2002, years of volunteer effort
and public support allowed us to initiate our public program in
September of 2008. We offer weekly Open
that provide educational multimedia presentations and
RASCOC member volunteers act as night sky guides while operating the
instruments of the observatory. Appreciating our astronomical heritage
and our place in the Universe.
Now open for the
2016 season !
Greatest Show on Earth and it's Absolutely
Observatory hosts free public observing
nights every Friday. The Okanagan Observatory is exactly 4 kms up Big
White Rd from Hwy 33. That makes it only 35 kms from Rutland Rd. We
will be pointing out the Milky Way and constellations with special
astronomical laser pointers as we tour the night sky. Club members will
have their telescopes on hand and be using the observatory 25 inch
telescope to show off celestial wonders such as the Moon, planets,
comets, dying stars, stellar nurseries, globular clusters, open
clusters and galaxies.
A Go/No Go will be posted at 3pm on Friday on
Okanagan Observatory Event Phone, 250-300-8SKY (8759).
Interior Savings Funds Eyepiece
Directed funding from the Interior
Savings Credit Union
has made the Okanagan Observatory one
of very few facilities in North America to offer
the inclusivity of direct visual observation of astronomical
objects to persons in wheelchairs.
Free wheelchair accessible bus
transportation is now available thanks to Morningside Rotary.
ensure that we have trained volunteers on hand for your visit,
or to book a special
wheelchair event, please contact:
Please use email as primary contact.
OC RASC is proud to present DRAO Director,
Sean Dougherty, as guest speaker for our 5th Annual Dinner Event.
Sean will be speaking on National Research Council's Herzberg
National Observatories and their contribution to research in astronomy.
an entertaining and informative speaker and sure to enlighten the
proceeds will go toward the running of
our Okanagan Observatory.
Date: Saturday May
28, 2016 (not the long
Time: Open: 5:00pm;
Curling Club, 551 Recreation Ave, Kelowna, BC
See more details and photos here
College students take part in advancing the Okanagan
Observatory facilities! Contributions have
been made towards development of infrastructure needed for public
buildings and systems to promote radio astronomy assets.
- The Okanagan Observatory will resume free
wheelchair accessible bus transportation ...
- 2016 Dinner
was a great success. Our 5th Annual Star
Gala Night featured the speaker:
- Articulating Eyepiece for mobility
challenged guests gets a test drive! See pictures.
- Location map
to help you find our observatory!
- Visit the events
page for details on public nights and other information
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