Members Nights at the RASC Victoria Centre
Observatory for 2008
August 18, 2008 - Victoria Centre Observatory Official Opening (Observatory Hill, 5071 W Saanich Road).
VCO Official Opening Photos
Centre Observatory (VCO) was officially opened, with RASC members,
corporate partners, and NRC staff helping to celebrate this milestone in
Victoria Centre’s history. All the participants and volunteers that
made the VCO a reality were thanked by President Joe Carr and Project
Manager Bruno Quenneville. A special commemorative award was presented
to Jim Hesser, Director of the DAO - a key supporter of the project from
“Today is an
historic occasion for Victoria Centre, since in its long history this is
the first observatory that Victoria Centre can call its own. The
project would not have completed on time and under budget without help
from our corporate partners, generous donations of funds and labour from
Victoria Centre members, and especially without the goodwill and support
from the National Research Council. Victoria Centre members put their
hearts into this project, and can be justifiably proud of the result.
Thank you everyone!”
Joe Carr, President
(2008), RASC Victoria Centre
Construction & Commissioning
Thank you to our
two vice presidents during 2008, Sid Sidhu and John McDonald for the significant amount of
work they have put into this project.
Thank you to Bruno Quenneville, who volunteered to be our Project Manager
for building the observatory, and who's enthusiasm for the project has infected
Thank you to all our volunteers, who gave freely of their time and
talents. A project such as this brings out the best in people, and so many
of our members genuinely wanted to help out. Please have a look at our Online Photo Gallery
to see our volunteers in action:
Centre Observatory Construction.
Thank you to Geoff Jones, a member who opened his house to the
Technical Committee, so testing of the Paramount ME, computer systems and
weather station could take place in town. Geoff's generosity enabled the
Committee to complete their work in record time.
Without these folks' efforts and dedication, this project would not have
completed on time.
A special thank you must be offered to all our corporate supporters, who
donated their time and materials (either outright donations, or by offering us discounts), estimated to be worth
|Shanahan's Building Supplies|
|Camosun College - welding trades|
|Victoria Powder Coating|
Please patronize these (mainly local) businesses, and let them know why.
Site before construction
December 28, 2007
May 10, 2008