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.
the season - See you in 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).
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 email@example.com
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.
- 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
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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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