addressalign-toparrow-leftarrow-rightbackbellblockcalendarcameraccwcheckchevron-downchevron-leftchevron-rightchevron-small-downchevron-small-leftchevron-small-rightchevron-small-upchevron-upcircle-with-checkcircle-with-crosscircle-with-pluscontroller-playcrossdots-three-verticaleditemptyheartexporteye-with-lineeyefacebookfolderfullheartglobegmailgooglegroupshelp-with-circleimageimagesinstagramFill 1light-bulblinklocation-pinm-swarmSearchmailmessagesminusmoremuplabelShape 3 + Rectangle 1ShapeoutlookpersonJoin Group on CardStartprice-ribbonprintShapeShapeShapeShapeImported LayersImported LayersImported Layersshieldstartickettrashtriangle-downtriangle-uptwitteruserwarningyahoo

Boundary Bay Observing - PanSTARRS Comet and more

Forecast is for clear skies on Saturday, March 30. The site at Boundary Bay has an unobstructed + unpolluted view of the West horizon and will be ideal for comet observing. Sunset is at 7:36pm, the comet is most visible about 1 hour afterward.

All RASC Observing events are free to attend and no telescope is required. Please approach the site at the end of 72nd Street with your headlights dimmed. Remember to dress warm!

*edited March 28 - map location updated*

Join or login to comment.

  • Joseph U.

    Thanks Scott for letting me use your telescope to take a picture of Panstarr. It was a little bit out-of-focus, but generally ok. Will send you a picture of it after post processing. how do i upload the picture? What is your email address?

    1 · March 30, 2013

    • Scott M.

      Hi, Joseph. You can email me at [masked], or you can click the "upload" link near the top of this page. Looking forward to seeing it!

      April 1, 2013

  • Bernadette

    THANKS muguette and to all of you for sharing your learning and your equipment. It was a beautiful night to star gaze.

    March 31, 2013

  • David A.

    The sky was amazing and it was great to have access to the telescopes. Thanks!

    1 · March 31, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    We had a great time. Loved seeing all the stars and some amazing telescopes. I enjoyed listening and learning.

    March 31, 2013

  • Joseph U.

    Awesome meetup! Let's do more of it!

    March 30, 2013

  • Terry M.

    I always enjoy the friendliness and helpfulness of the crowd, as much as the viewing. A really warm, pleasant evening at a terrific and handy site. Thank you for putting it together, Scott.

    March 30, 2013

  • Arash

    I will be leaving from downtown and I have space in my car if anyone still needs a ride. I'm aiming to be there around 7:30 to set up my gear.

    March 30, 2013

  • Jacobus Philip H.

    Bringing my dad along. I may need some help, being a noob that hasn't done much in a long time. That would be awesome. Looks like it should be sweet.

    March 29, 2013

    • Scott M.

      You'll definitely be in the right place to learn. If you have binoculars, bring them!

      March 30, 2013

    • Jacobus Philip H.

      I unfortunately do not have binoculars. I am, however, bringing an equatorial-mounted 80mm that I've only really used once. I still need to figure it all out, really. Thanks for the response.

      March 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Next time...something came up. Cheers

    March 30, 2013

  • Shawn C.

    Tried to view from North Van last night (during an event I was attending) but I didn't have a great view of the NW sky. It is a lot lower than I expected (at 8:20 PM).

    This begs the question, is this Boundary Bay location appropriate? Meaning, does it have a good, unobstructed view of the lower NW part of the sky?

    I was actually thinking of going to one of these areas:
    - Alaksen National Wildlife Area
    OR
    - River Road, Richmond near Terra Nova Rural Park

    Just wondering.

    March 29, 2013

    • Shawn C.

      FYI, I meant won't become visible to naked eye, due to twilight.

      March 30, 2013

    • Scott M.

      We used the Boundary Bay observing site several times last year because it's pretty awesome for observing within a half hour of the city. It has no obstructions (a 360 degree view of the horizon) and there are only a couple farm houses nearby with almost zero lighting. The comet will definitely be visible from there if the clouds cooperate. You can also set up your scope right beside your car which is handy if you have a heavy one that needs 12 volts of power.

      March 30, 2013

  • jan h.

    Hey All: I'd love to go to this, but don't feel comfortable driving out there at night to a place I've never been and on my own. Anybody carpooling? Anybody that can offer me a ride, maybe? (I'm at Cambie St and 20th in Vancouver.... You can phone me @[masked], and I don't have a lot of gear, either - just binocs and a tripod!)

    March 28, 2013

    • Tamara S.

      I think Rhonda meant don't drive in the actual counter flow lane itself or you will be in a bad position and unable to take the exit. The counter flow lane should not be active on a Saturday night so I wouldn't worry.

      March 29, 2013

    • Rhonda

      Yes, sorry - I meant to stay in the regular lane and just not use the counterflow lane. Counterflow doesn't rejoin the regular lanes until after the ferry exit. But Tamara is right, on a Saturday night counterflow isn't likely to be active.

      March 30, 2013

  • Marco Marquito C.

    I am looking forward to it!

    March 30, 2013

  • Norman S.

    Sry....heading to the island. Have fun all!

    March 29, 2013

  • Shawn C.

    Gone out every clear night for a week now and every time, the western horizon was cloudy and blocking the view of PanStarrs. :-(

    Here is hoping for clear skies (at least on the western horizon).

    March 28, 2013

    • Alex

      Can we see the Milky Way or another galaxy?

      March 28, 2013

    • Scott M.

      Alex, we should be able to see several galaxies tomorrow night. The moon is a few days past full, so it won't interfere. Bring those binoculars you won in the RASC raffle a couple months back.

      1 · March 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I would love to come with my son but need to carpool. I live in the Joyce Station area of Vancouver. Anyone have a couple extra seats?

    March 29, 2013

    • Rhonda

      That's not too far out of my way.

      March 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    If no telescope is required, does that mean somebody's bringing some? Not sure if this will be visible to the naked eye:-)

    March 27, 2013

    • Scott M.

      Joseph - For sure! I'll have my 6" Schmidt on EQ Goto, you can definitely try image the comet with it... but you have to share your pics!

      Steve - Every scope is different and every astronomer has their own reasons for observing (photography, deep space objects, quick + easy solar system viewing, etc). The best way to learn about scopes is to attend RASC events. We have a loaner program, so a benefit of RASC membership is you can borrow club telescopes whenever you like. I never owned a scope until last year, I just signed out RASC scopes all the time until I figured out exactly what I wanted. Now I own two scopes which are ideal for the style of observing I enjoy most.

      March 28, 2013

    • Joseph U.

      Hello Scott, Thanks...I will bring my SONY NEX7 and my T-Adapter 1.25" for it. Of course, I will share the pictures and give credit for using your scope as well. See you Saturday.

      March 29, 2013

  • J.Karl M.

    Sorry, can't make it; I'm picking a family member up at the Van Int. Airport at 9pm.

    March 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I hope to make it! Just getting over a cold, so I'm 50/50!

    March 28, 2013

51 went

Sign up

Meetup members, Log in

By clicking "Sign up" or "Sign up using Facebook", you confirm that you accept our Terms of Service & Privacy Policy