Encore Summer Star Party at the Dominion Astrophysical Observatory
In partnership with Friends of the DAO, National Research Council of Canada, and Science Literacy Week, we present one final "encore" Star Party of Summer 2016! We have a great guest speaker lined up, plus all the other terrific activities you enjoyed all summer: planetarium, tours of the historic Plaskett telescope, observing through RASC members' telescopes and Centre of the Universe 16" telescope (both weather permitting), static displays inside the Centre of the Universe.
Tickets are required, and are FREE. One ticket required per person. Tickets will be available starting at 1pm, Friday September 16th. There is NO waiting list if tickets are sold out. Since there often are cancellations, please keep checking back in case some become available. If you reserve tickets but cannot attend, PLEASE cancel your order so others can use those tickets.
To obtain your free tickets:
1) Click on Register (green button upper right), click the drop-down menu for next available event date, then choose the number of tickets your require for the people attending in your party.
2) Proceed to Checkout. Please fill in your information on the Checkout page and check it for accuracy, then click on the Complete Registration button at the bottom of the page. You will be taken to the next page where you will find information for your free event ticket delivery.
3) Print your ticket(s) and bring with you to the event.
You must show your ticket(s) to the staff at the main Observatory gate. Tickets will not be available at the gate. If you do not have a valid ticket, you will not be permitted entry.
*Gates open to the public at 7:30pm, and close at 10:45pm*
Tickets may be printed out, or downloaded to a device. Tickets must be presented to gate staff upon arrival.
What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
The address of the observatory is 5071 West Saanich Rd. Walking and cycling up to the observatory are NOT permitted for safety reasons. Taxis are allowed to drop off/pick up at the top. If you arrive by bus, you must find a ride to the top.
Is smoking allowed at the Observatory?
No. Due to the dry conditions on the hill throughout the summer, and the difficulty for fire engines to summit the hill, there is absolutely no smoking allowed anywhere on the hill (Including e-cigarettes).
This extends everywhere, including your vehicle.
ABSOLUTELY NO SMOKING.
Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Please use the organizer contact button (just above the map at the bottom of this page) and we'll try to get back to you ASAP.
Is my registration/ticket transferrable?
No. We ask that if you cannot attend, please cancel your registration to make your tickets available for others.
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
Yes. Alternately, you may download your ticket to a device. Printed or downloaded tickets must be shown to gate staff for entry.
The name on the registration/ticket doesn't match the attendee. Is that okay?