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Sticks
2006-Oct-05, 07:25 AM
Next Thursday I will be travelling down to Manchester to catch a flight out on Friday 13 October ( :shifty: ) to Vancouver to visit with my brother who lives with his partner at Port Co Quitlam.

Any decent observatories or planetariums in that part of the world. We may also go across the border to Birch Bay as well.

Any ideas?

Maksutov
2006-Oct-05, 08:17 AM
Hope the soup is decent there. Friday the 13th is always a busy day for us pagans! http://img137.imageshack.us/img137/566/iconwink6tn.gif

The "I'm off to" reminded me of that outstanding Tom Lehrer song:

So Long, Mom (A Song for World War III) (http://members.aol.com/quentncree/lehrer/solongmo.htm) (from that peaceful year of 1964)
(spoken)This year we've been celebrating the hundredth anniversary of the Civil War and the fiftieth anniversary of the beginning of World War I and the twentieth anniversary of the end of World War II so all in all it's been a good year for the war buffs and a number of LPs and television specials have come out capitalizing on all this "nostalgia" with particular emphasis on the songs of the various wars. I feel that if any songs are going to come out of World War III we'd better start writing them now. I have one here. You might call it a bit of pre-nostalgia. This is the song that some of the boys sang as they went bravely of to World War III.

(sung)
So long, Mom,
I'm off to drop the bomb,
So don't wait up for me....
I'll look for you when the war is over, (pause)
An hour and a half from now! :)

TriangleMan
2006-Oct-05, 08:34 AM
The H.R. MacMillan Space Centre (http://www.hrmacmillanspacecentre.com/) is the planetarium in Vancouver. I don't recall any nearby observatories - Vancouver is generally cloudy for much of the year. Any observatories I can think of are many hours drive away up in the mountains. I'm sure there are astronomy groups in Vancouver so see if you can find them on Google and ask them for recommendations.

And I think 'Coquitlam' is one word. :)

Since you're going in October expect it to rain.

teddyv
2006-Oct-05, 02:30 PM
The H.R. MacMillan Space Centre (http://www.hrmacmillanspacecentre.com/) is the planetarium in Vancouver. I don't recall any nearby observatories - Vancouver is generally cloudy for much of the year. Any observatories I can think of are many hours drive away up in the mountains. I'm sure there are astronomy groups in Vancouver so see if you can find them on Google and ask them for recommendations.

And I think 'Coquitlam' is one word. :)

Since you're going in October expect it to rain.

There is a small observatory right at the MacMillan Space Centre. It's right outside the downtown core so the viewing isn't great.

Sometimes on weekends the departments observatory at UBC is open, but you'd probably have to call. Ahh, found a link:
http://tabitha.phas.ubc.ca/wiki/index.php/UBC_Telescope

There is the Dominion Observatory near Victoria on Vancouver Island (ferry ride). I have visited it but not on a general public tour.
Here's a link with some info on hours:
http://www.victorialodging.com/observatory/index.html

If you head inland a few hours, there is the Dominion Radio Astophysical Observatory. There is a short walking tour (or at least was, it has been a while).
http://www.drao-ofr.hia-iha.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca/index_eng.shtml

teddyv
2006-Oct-05, 02:36 PM
Oh, and should you go to the UBC scope, the other dome is where I spent many happy hours. It was the department's old scope (12") that they donated to the astronomy club.