Telescope Sale & Raffle

eight_dobIn support of providing telescopes to local public libraries, the Sidewalk Astronomers of Charlottetown are organizing a telescope sale and raffle. If you’re interested in getting a telescope of your own, you can buy a 8″ Dobsonian telescope (pictured above) for a special price of $425 (HST and shipping included). Or you can buy a raffle ticket for a chance to win a telescope. These telescopes are a larger version of the easy-to-use 6″ telescopes that are available to borrow from the Charlottetown public library.

If you have questions or are interested in purchasing a telescope or raffle ticket, contact Keith as soon as possible.

2016 Observe the Moon Night

iomn2016-date2016 International Observe the Moon Night (IOMN) is Saturday, October 8 so we will hold a public viewing at our observatory from 8:00PM to 9:30PM.

Our observatory is on the rooftop of UPEI’s Memorial Hall, but we ask that you come first to room 417 to wait for your turn to go up to the telescope. Volunteers from local astronomy groups and UPEI Physics will have information about the Moon and answer any questions for you while you wait.

It is necessary to climb a flight of stairs to reach the telescope, but the elevator can be taken up to the waiting room.

Observatory Location & Parking

In the evening hours, campus parking lots are free, with parking lots B and C being the nearest lots to Memorial Hall.

If the weather is cloudy and we cannot view the Moon, the event will have to be cancelled. Our back-up date is Wednesday, October 12, from 8:00PM to 9:30PM.

September 17 Solar Viewing

On Saturday, September 17 from 12:00-2:00PM, we’ll be viewing the surface features of the Sun through an H-alpha filter using our solar telescope. You’ll find the telescope set up in UPEI Parking Lot A across from the Farmers’ Market (see campus map here).

If the Sun’s behind clouds, we won’t be able to view it, so check this post or the Twitter feed nearer to the viewing date for the event status.

Fall 2016 Public Viewings

Our public viewing schedule for the fall of 2016 is still being worked out, but the first two viewings are scheduled as listed below. We’ll also do a few pop-up solar viewings on the UPEI campus as weather and time permits, so keep an eye on our Twitter feed if you’re typically around UPEI and would like to stop by one of those.

Saturday, September 17, 12:00pm to 2:00pm

We’ll be viewing the surface features of the Sun through an H-alpha filter using our solar telescope. You’ll find the telescope set up in UPEI Parking Lot A across from the Farmers’ Market (see campus map here).

If the Sun’s behind clouds, we won’t be able to view it, so check this website or the Twitter feed nearer to the viewing date for the event status.

Saturday, October 8, 8:00PM to 9:30PM

It’s International Observe the Moon Night! We will join people all around the world to observe our Moon (and maybe a few planets that are in the sky too). Details of this event are still being working out, but we will have telescopes set up on the UPEI campus at a location to be determined.

We will also try to hold viewings in November and early December; more information will be posted when we have confirmed the dates.