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
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 - May 2014!
The Greatest Show on Earth and it's Absolutely
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
- Radio Astronomy collaboration with local post-secondary institutions plus complete
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section (May 2014).
- Articulating Eyepiece for mobility challanged guests gets a test drive! See pictures.
- 2014 Dinner
is in the works. Our 3rd Annual Star Gala Night will feature the
"Splendors of the Universe" by Jack Newton
- Location map
to help you find our observatory!
- Visit the events
page for details on public nights and other information.
- Join us on and