AerialA 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 Nights 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.

Fundraising Dinner 2015

  • Saturday May 23, 2015. At Kelowna Curling Club Lounge, 551 Recreation Ave, Kelowna, BC. (same location as in previous years)
  • Speaker: Bob McDonald, CBC Radio’s Quirks and Quarks and author of “Canadian Spacewalkers”
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  • Closed for the season - See you in Spring 2015!

    The Greatest Show on Earth and it's Absolutely Free!

    The Okanagan 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 the 
    Okanagan Observatory Event Phone, 250-300-8SKY (8759).


    What's New

    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

    Okanagan 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.
    Site Highlights
    • 2015 Dinner is in the works. Our 4th Annual Star Gala Night will feature the speaker:
      Bob McDonald, CBC Radio’s Quirks and Quarks and author of “Canadian Spacewalkers”
    • Radio Astronomy collaboration with local post-secondary institutions plus complete
      Business Plan in Business Context section (May 2014).
    • Articulating Eyepiece for mobility challenged guests gets a test drive! See pictures.
    • Photo Gallery!
    • Location map to help you find our observatory!
    • Visit the events page for details on public nights and other information.
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