RASC Victoria operates an observatory on Observatory Hill. Please note this is a private and secure facility, for use of members only.

Observatory Hill - aerial photo by Matt Watson
Observatory Hill – aerial photo by Matt Watson


NRC Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics
5071 West Saanich Road
Victoria, British Columbia
Canada  V9E 2E7

N 48° 31′ 19″   W 123° 25′ 14″  Google Maps
Elevation: 224 metres

North side of Observatory Hill


  • TPO 16″ Ritchey–Chrétien strut telescope
  • Paramount ME mount
  • Celestron off-axis guider
  • No imaging cameras are currently available
  • Feathertouch motorized focuser
  • Kendrick dew control system
  • Canon EOS wide t-adapter for use with members’ dSLRs
  • Various high quality 1.25″ and 2″ eyepieces
TPO 16" Richey-Cretien telescope on Paramount ME
TPO 16″ Richey-Cretien telescope on Paramount ME

Computers & software

  • Windows 10 computer with dual monitors
  • The Sky X
  • PHD Guiding
  • Wi-fi network

Equipment outside

  • 20″ Dobsonian telescope
  • 12″ Dobsonian telescope
  • HEQ5 mount and tripod
  • Takahashi 4″ Apo-refractor
  • Weather station

RASC Victoria Centre and National Research Council (NRC) have a Licence to Use Land Agreement in place which gives members of Victoria Centre expanded access to NRC property located on Observatory Hill, including access during times which are outside the normal operating hours of the NRC facilities.

If you are a member in good standing of Victoria Centre RASC, consider yourself an “active observer”, and if you wish to take advantage of observing from Observatory Hill, please read how to register as an Active Observer (members only).

VCO weather station
VCO weather station

Weather at the VCO – real-time weather conditions on Observatory Hill

Observing at the Victoria Centre Observatory (events)

Victoria Centre Observatory History


  • Mar 12, 2013 – Pro-Am Double Star discoveries by Michel Michaud (RASC Victoria Centre member) were published. Full story