RASC Vancouver Observing @ Bloedel Conservatory

Update - Due to a high cloud cover that rolled in late Friday afternoon, we are postponing the observing session by one day.  We will try again on Saturday, Feb 16 at 6pm, same location.

 

It's time to bring out your scopes again. The forecast shows breaks in the clouds throughout the weekend and early sunsets give us lots of time under the stars including an hour or two with a young lunar crescent.

This weekend's observing will be in the Bloedel Conservatory parking lot in Queen Elizabeth Park. It's a rare location in the middle of Vancouver with no traffic, surrounding trees to block any direct light pollution, and a clear view of at least 70% of the sky. We'll try for Friday at 6pm. If it's cloudy Friday then Saturday, and if it's cloudy Saturday then Sunday. Follow @RASCVancouver on Twitter for updates!

The entrance to Bloedel Conservatory is near the intersection of Cambie and 33rd Avenue. Scopes will be set up in the parking lot highlighted with a yellow arrow. You may park in the lot, but remember to dim your headlights on the way in.

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  • lizhiming

    I was there at 6:20 pm and looked around the Conserrvatory many times and could not find anyone. I stayed there until 7:20 and was wondering where everybody was.

    February 16, 2013

    • Scott M.

      I'll PM you and figure out how we missed each other.

      February 17, 2013

  • Scott M.

    Thank you to everyone who attended on Saturday. We had 10 people, 7 telescopes, and about 2.5 hours of observing with clear skies from 6:30 until 9. Popular targets were Jupiter, the Orion nebula, and many clusters + binaries.

    1 · February 17, 2013

  • Bruce B.

    Unable to attend but would appreciate some comments as to how the affair went, scopes, targets, etc.

    February 17, 2013

  • Shawn L.

    Good to meet everybody & thanks for sharing your experience & your scopes. Look forward to next time.

    February 16, 2013

  • Scott M.

    At the moment the weather in Vancouver is cloudy, but not raining and it looks like it may clear up. I'd give tonight a 50/50 chance of happening. I will be going to the site for 6pm regardless of the weather. I'll post an update on this thread and on Twitter (@RASCVancouver) when I get there.

    Weather network says it should be completely clear between 6 and 7pm tonight. Tomorrow evening's forecast is heavy cloud + some rain, so tonight is our only chance.

    February 16, 2013

  • Peter B. L.

    The Clear Sky forcast http://cleardarksky.com/c/Vancouverkey.html?1
    is from 8AM this morning. I think it may be showing a "sucker hole". I have found the CSC to be very accurate predicting the arrival of longer periods of clear weather, (days) but when it comes to short breaks in unstable weather, (as this is) it isn't to be relied upon. I think the chart will update around 4PM. I am holding my decision to drive to the Big Smoke until I have fresher data. I'm not too hopeful, if the truth were known; It's raining in Squamish right now. (3 PM)

    February 16, 2013

  • Jeremy van den D.

    Hey! Which parking lot: the one on the west side of the hill or the one on the top?

    February 16, 2013

    • Angela S

      Good ? CS clock shows 5-11pm clear

      February 16, 2013

    • Scott M.

      It's the one with the yellow arrow on the map, just off the road going through the South end of the park, between Cambie and the basketball / tennis / hockey courts.

      February 16, 2013

  • Johanna

    I am a complete beginner when it comes to stargazing and my attempt to go out with my book and figure some things out tonight was foiled with the cloud cover that came in. Is it ok for a non-RASC members + newbie to come to this?

    February 15, 2013

    • Sean H.

      Total newbie here as well!

      February 16, 2013

    • Scott M.

      Yep, you don't need to be a member to show up, nor do you need a telescope. You'll get to look through them all.

      February 16, 2013

  • Jeremy van den D.

    Great opportunity to try out my Meade Autostar. First time experimenting with it. Keeping my fingers crossed for tonight. Looking forward to this and meeting others of a similar bent.

    February 16, 2013

  • Scott M.

    Due to a high cloud cover, we're postponing tonight's observing session by one day. The forecast looks much better for tomorrow, so the new date is Saturday, February 16. We are still meeting at 6pm in the same location.

    February 15, 2013

  • J.Karl M.

    I won't come to the Boedel observing event tonight. According to cleardarksky, the weather looks like it's closing in just around the time set for this. I suggest tomorrow evening - the CDS shows clear sky all the way past midnight.

    February 15, 2013

    • Scott M.

      Yeah, the high clouds are rolling in, it looks like we'll have to postpone until tomorrow (Saturday).

      February 15, 2013

  • Angela S

    Rats, I'm hosting an evening event, good location btw.

    February 15, 2013

  • Peter B. L.

    My clear sky chart for Squamish indicates Saturday is the best bet. Matter of fact, all charts in the area show clouding over at about 6 PM this evening and clearing up about 6PM on Saturday. I'll be bringing a selection of scopes. Looking forward to meeting other astronomers. It is lonely being an astronomer in Squamish.

    1 · February 15, 2013

    • Scott M.

      Cool, thanks for the update, Peter! We're gonna keep an eye on the sky and post updates here and on Twitter - @RASCVancouver. If it clouds over this evening, we'll give it another go tomorrow.

      February 15, 2013

  • Sean H.

    I am literally buying my first telescope tomorrow, what amazing timing! See you there!

    February 14, 2013

    • Scott M.

      Congrats on the purchase, Sean! If I can give you any advice, download a star finding app for your phone... something like Google-Sky for Android. This will be exceptionally handy tonight.

      February 15, 2013

  • Bruce B.

    What scopes will be there? Bring your own is assumed but are the group owned scopes being brought and erected by ??

    February 14, 2013

    • Scott M.

      A few of the RASC loaner scopes will probably show up. There are usually more people than scopes at our events but everyone will get lots of eyepiece time through every scope. I will be bringing two... a 6" Schmidt and a smaller refractor.

      February 15, 2013

  • Angela S

    Sunday?

    February 14, 2013

  • Angela S

    Sat or Sun is possible for me.

    February 14, 2013

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