The Victoria Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society is part of a national society dedicated to bringing information about astronomy to the general public.
Open to everyone with an interest in astronomy. Membership in the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada does not require any knowledge of astronomy. We enjoy helping beginners!
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Victoria Centre Council
Overall responsibility for Victoria Centre, its members and Council & public relations
First Vice President
Monthly meeting & speakers, major events
Second Vice President
Special projects, observing events, volunteers
Financial, retail sales, AGM, taxes
Minutes, official records, correspondence
Lending library – periodicals, books, CDs, DVDs & other media in our library
Progressive Lighting Policies[sc:lpa]
School Program & Telescopes
School telescope program & lending telescopes to members
Business continuity, special projects, nominating committee
National RASC representative and liaison
Skynews, our monthly publication
Enquiries from the public & new members, membership roster
Vested with authority by the National Observing Chair to review and approve observing certificate applications
Technical Committee Chair
Server, Email, Victoria Centre Observatory, Online Services Coordination
Members at Large
James Di Francesco (Dominion Astrophysical Observatory Liaison)
Jim Nemec (Camosun College Liaison)
Lauri Roche (Friends of the DAO Liaison)
Alex Schmid (University of Victoria Liaison)
In 1868 a small group of amateur astronomers formed the Toronto Astronomy Club. In 1903, King Edward VII gave his permission for “Royal” to be included in the title and the Society became the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada. There are now around 5,000 members in 29 Centres, found in most major Canadian cities.
The Victoria Centre was formed in 1914 and quickly developed into one of the largest centres in the country. There are currently over 250 members. Most are amateurs with some being professionals from the Dominion Astrophysical Observatory, the University of Victoria, and Camosun College. Professional astronomers frequently appear as guest speakers at RASC monthly meetings.
Victoria Centre members have a long history of offering public observing sessions to residents of Victoria.