The Royal Astronomical Society, Victoria Centre 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!

Joining the Victoria Centre of the Canada-wide RASC is easy – Join Now

Contact Us


Chris Purse Email


Chris Purse Email

Mailing Address


Victoria Council


Overall responsibility for Victoria Centre, its members and Council & public relations

Chris Purse Email

1st Vice President

Monthly meeting & speakers, major events

Reg Dunkley Email

2nd Vice President

Special projects, observing events, volunteers

Deb Crawford Email


Financial, retail sales, AGM, taxes

Bruce Lane Email 250-544-2038


Minutes, official records, correspondence

Joe Carr Email 250-744-9981


Lending library – periodicals, books, CDs, DVDs & other media in our library

Michel Michaud Email 250-477-1414

Progressive Lighting Policies

Lighting Committee Email


School telescope program & lending telescopes to members

Sid Sidhu Email 250-391-0540

Public Outreach

Coordinating public outreach events

Ken Mallory Email

Past President

Business continuity, special projects, nominating committee

Sherry Buttnor Email

National Representative

National RASC representative and liaison

Nelson Walker Email 250-477-4820

Skynews Editor

Skynews, our monthly publication

Reg Dunkley Email

Membership Coordinator

Enquiries from the public & new members, membership roster

Chris Purse Email

Observing Chairs

Vested with authority by the National Observing Chair to review and approve observing certificate applications

Michel Michaud Email 250-477-1414
Jim Stilburn Email 250-479-4662

Technical Committee Chair

Server, Email, VCO, Online Services Coordination

Matt Watson Email 250-891-5910


Website content

Joe Carr Email 250-744-9981

Members at Large

James Di Francesco (Dominion Astrophysical Observatory Liaison)
Jim Hesser
Jim Nemec (Camosun College Liaison)
David Lee (Observing)
Alex Schmid (University of Victoria Liaison)
Li-Ann Skibo

RASC Roots

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 200 members.  Most are amateurs with some being professionals from the Dominion Astrophysical Observatory and the University of Victoria. 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.