Ottawa Centre, RASC

From OttawaRasc
Jump to: navigation, search



Since early in the last century the Society’s “Royal” Charter has figured large in the consciousness of many members. The fact that we are in the select company of institutions enjoying the privilege of using the adjective "ROYAL" has been and continues to be a source of pride.

His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, has accepted to become Patron of The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada.



The closest approach of Mars will be webcast live Friday evening May 27 from the RASC Ottawa SMARTSCOPE


Service Award for 2016

Our Centre Secretary, Chris Teron has been honoured by the Society with a Service Award for 2016. This very prestigious award was instituted in 1959 to recognize members who, at either the National or Centre levels, have made a significant contribution to the life and vitality of the Society. The presentation will be made by our National President in London, ON at the GA next May.

OTTAWA CENTRE LIVE VIDEO - monthly meetings and select events

Monthly Meeting Agendas

Latest AstroNotes

This Month's Sky

Star Party Schedules

Ottawa Centre, RASC ARCHIVES


The Science Museum's Helen Sawyer Hogg Observatory
The Ottawa Centre is one of twenty-nine centres of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, an organization dedicated to the advancement of astronomy and allied sciences.

The Ottawa Centre was officially formed in 1906 and currently has 350 members. Centre facilities include the Fred P. Lossing Observatory near Almonte which houses several instruments including an excellent 16 inch Newtonian telescope.

We hold regular public meetings plus many special events.

The Centre also operates an astronomical book library, and a telescope loan library.

Become a Member of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada.

For a list of membership benefits, please see our Join Page.

The OTTAWA CENTRE RASC supports the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT)

The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada's Ottawa Centre is proud to support the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) project. This instrument will provide the means to continue and expand our investigation of the universe. Equally important, the TMT project reflects an enlightened approach to the establishment and continued operation of astronomical facilities on Maunakea. This new approach recognizes the importance of protecting Maunakea's unique environment and of respecting the significance of Maunakea in Hawai'ian culture. We encourage you to learn about the Thirty Meter Telescope, and we believe that you will come to share our support for this project.

At 8 p.m. eastern time, Friday November 1, 2013 the Ottawa Centre of the RASC made broadcast history. The Centre did broadcast its monthly meeting from the Canada Science and Technology Museum live via the internet.

By clicking on you will be directed to the web channel designated for the Ottawa Centre.

Our two hour meetings consist of a few speakers and a photo gallery of images. We would love your feedback. Come join the Ottawa Centre in this new avenue of public outreach..

The event will also be recorded and available to play back for free.

Admission to RASC meetings is free. Meetings are open to everyone - you do not have to be a RASC member to attend. Please note that during meetings the rest of the museum is closed.

The link to our meetings can also be found here:


Hello fellow Centres,

On November 1, 2013 the Ottawa Centre streamed its first monthly meeting live over the Internet via Ustream.TV. There was an announcement posted on eNews a few days prior outlining the experiment with a link to the site and I hope a few of your members watched the event. That special night was an initial success as 89 people tuned live in as well as 16 chatted online in the chat room. Of those in chat, it was identified the farthest locations were California and Hawaii . As soon as the live broadcast ended, the event then went into replay mode and to date the counter reads 342 views. We still a few minor improvements to make.

We live in the incredible world of social media where a click of a button can bring you to any part of the world. The RASC and its Centres can take advantage of this free technology for their public outreach as members can enjoy other Centre meetings without the travel. All that is required is a video camera, a fast internet connection, and of course a registered channel on Ustream.TV which is free. Our videographer Eric Kujala can help you with any technical advice you might require. He is cc’d above.

In closing, I believe that opening meetings to the world would help boost the popularity of your Centre as well as the RASC in general. However the ultimate goal is education and public outreach. Astronomy is a fantastic hobby/science that is evolving with new discoveries. Most of us were bitten by the astronomy bug in our early days by a mentor or event that still drives our passion today. I would be great to pass on this to others so they may enjoy the night sky.

If you have never seen our meeting, please click on the link below and enjoy. For those that wish to register a channel, it would be great if we try to keep the link uniform with replacing Ottawa with your Centre name ie: rasctorontolive or rasccalgarylive etc. Next Ottawa Centre LIVE broadcast: December 6, 2013 , 8 P.M. EST.

Thank you for your time and let’s open an ongoing dialogue on this path to the future.

Clear skies,

Gary Boyle

Ottawa Centre RASC

The Position Statement of the
Royal Astronomical Society of Canada - Ottawa Centre
Science & Evolution

Approved by RASC Ottawa Centre Council, April 26, 2007

The RASC Ottawa Centre supports high standards of scientific integrity, academic freedom and the free exchange of ideas. It also respects the scientific method and recognizes that the validity of any scientific model comes only as a result of rational hypotheses, sound experimentation, and findings that can be replicated by others.

The RASC Ottawa Centre, then, is unequivocal in its support of contemporary evolutionary theory that has its roots in the seminal work of Charles Darwin and has been refined by findings accumulated over 140 years.

Some dissenters from this position are proponents of non-scientific explanations of the nature of the universe. These may include “creation science”, “creationism”, “intelligent design” or other non-scientific “alternatives to evolution”. While we respect the dissenters’ right to express their views, these views are theirs alone and are in no way endorsed by the RASC Ottawa Centre. It is our collective position that these explanations do not meet the characteristics and rigour of scientific empiricism.

Therefore the science agenda of the RASC Ottawa Centre and its publications will not promote any non-scientific explanations of the nature of the universe.

Comments to: Keeper-of-the-Web.


The RASC Ottawa Centre would like to thank the donors who provided door prizes for our 2015 Annual Dinner. Their generous donations were great appreciated, both by the organizers of the Annual Dinner and by the lucky Ottawa Centre members who are now enjoying their prizes.

Firefly Books - Nightwatch

Firefly Books - Astronomy Photographer of the Year

Brian McCoullough - Moonfire, 30th Anniversary Edition

Rick Wagner - Gift Basket

Software Bisque - Gift Certificate: $99

Ontario Telescopes and Accessories - Gift Certificate: $50

Canadian Telescope - Umbrella (with logo)

Canadian Telescope - T-Ring adapter - Nikon

Canadian Telescope - T-Ring adapter - Canon EOS

Canadian Telescope - Monocular

Canadian Telescope - Camera mount for counterweight shaft

Canadian Telescope - Cheshire Eyepiece

Canadian Telescope - Red LED flashlight

Canadian Telescope - Hat with red LEDs

Canadian Telescope - OIII filter, 1.25"

Canadian Telescope - Moon and skyglow filter, 1.25"

Focus Scientific - Jeweller's loupe in case

RASC Ottawa Centre - Red LED flashlight

RASC Ottawa Centre - Binocular harness

RASC Ottawa Centre - Binocular tripod adapter

RASC Ottawa Centre - Jeweller's loupe

RASC Ottawa Centre - Barlow lens, 2x

RASC Ottawa Centre - Lens pen

RASC Ottawa Centre - Variable polarizer moon filter, 1.25"

RASC Ottawa Centre - Focus Scientific gift certificate, $75

Anonymous - Celestron Cavalry 10x50 binoculars

London photo-art.jpg


Disclaimer: This section of the RASC Ottawa Centre's web site is made freely available for contributions by members. As such, any opinions expressed anywhere in this section are not, at any time, official views of the website team, the RASC Ottawa Centre or the RASC as a whole.

Personal tools