Open House Information
The Open House is an invitation to the public, to come out
to the Sunridge observatory. An Open House will be
filled with information about astronomy and the astronomy club. If there is
any special astronomical event taking place, the night will focus on
that event. There will be telescopes setup to view various
celestial items such Binary stars,
Nebula's or planets. All viewing depends on the weather.
Directions to Sunridge Observatory.
East on the Number 3 highway towards
North on Range Road 72.
Click on the image for a larger view.
Open House nights are open to all
Sunridge Observatory will be open from 19:30 (7:30pm) until 23:00 (some times later). The Open House is not structured and is run more as a drop-in centre.
Please note that younger children may get bored while waiting.
As it is necessary to have low or no light when star gazing, it will be
dark most of the time while actually observing.
As the telescopes are designed for adults, it may be necessary to lift
and hold any younger children that want to look through a
telescope. We do have some stools but they may not be tall enough.
Also, we are away from the city. This allows the nights to get colder. Please dress for the weather as necessary. It is not pleasant to stand outside when it is cold and heat can affect the ability to view fainter objects.
For the latest information on open houses, please download the Astronomy Club Calendar"
When the temperature is below
-20 degrees, including windchill, the Visitors night will be cancelled.
This is for health and safety concerns.
A lot of time in astronomy is standing looking through a telescope in
the outdoors. Even in the telescope dome, the temperature is the same