Located next to the Space Centre, the Gordon MacMillan Southam Observatory features a ½-metre Cassegrain telescope to explore the skies around Vancouver.
More specifically, the telescope is a ½-metre, f/16 classical Cassegrain reflector telescope on a fork-style equatorial mount, and equipped with a 15cm f/15 refractor guidescope (achromatic lens). For specifications on the telescope, please click here.
The drive system of the telescope is “go-to” (fully computer controlled), and is based on an Astrometrics Instruments servomotor package.
The Observatory dome was built in 1979 and has a span of 10 metres in diameter and hemispherical.
Knowledgeable and enthusiastic staff and volunteers will guide your exploration and answer your questions.
Public viewing sessions are Friday and Saturday evenings (opens at 8:30pm).
To confirm observatory openings, please call (604) 738-2855 or guest services at (604) 738-7827 ext 240 after 8:00 pm.
Admission by donation
More information: https://www.spacecentre.ca/gordon-southam-observatory