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.
Open for the
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).
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.
To ensure that we have volunteers
trained in it’s use on hand for your visit, or to book a special
wheelchair event, please contact:
Jim Failes firstname.lastname@example.org. Please use email as primary contact.
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 ...
- 2015 Dinner
was a big success. Our 4th Annual Star
Gala Night featured the speaker:
Bob McDonald, CBC Radio’s Quirks and Quarks and author of “Canadian
- 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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