Upcoming Events

Nova East Star Party | Aug 10–13 REGISTER NOW PDF Print E-mail

Nova East Star Party  


Mars, meteors, and more!

 The Stars Belong to Everyone

August 10–13, 2018

Smiley's Provincial Park, Nova Scotia


It’s that time again! The agenda is now up on the Nova East web site as well as the registration form.  

http://halifax.rasc.ca/ne/ Watch the promo video here.

We also are planning quite a few workshops focusing on several aspects of amateur astronomy, focussing on visual observing.
There will be a registrants' BBQ and an auction where you might be able to pick up (or get rid of) some astro treasures.
Come to Nova East—you’ll be blown away!

Planetarium: "The Eye and the Sky" | Thu 10 & 24 May PDF Print E-mail
Time: Thursday, May 10 & 24 at 7:15 pm
Location:  Dunn Bldg, Dalhousie U., 6310 Coburg Rd
Presenter: Ben Beck
Title: "The Eye and the Sky"

Telescopes capture stunning images of objects in our galaxy and beyond. Tour the night sky as it appears to the naked eye and learn how modern telescopes have extended our view.
Admission: $5 (at the door); reductions for families (minimum age 8 years)

Reservations are required. To reserve seats, e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it stating show date, number of adults, and number of children (8–15). The show is about an hour long.

Full details will be sent in advance. Please do not be late; no admission after the door closes.

Please note that shows are most suitable for ages 8 and up; for younger children, please ask the Discovery Centre about age-appropriate shows in their new Immersive Theatre.

Guide to Observing the Night Sky (Chester) | Apr 19 – May 24 PDF Print E-mail

A Practical Guide to Observing the Night Sky with Binocular

Saint Stephen’s Church Hall, 60 Regent St, Chester, NS B0J 1J0


April 19 to May 24. 3–5 p.m.
Instructor: Tony Schellinck
This is one of many courses offered to seniors (50 years and older) by the Seniors College Association of Nova Scotia (SCANS). Go to thescans.org to join SCANS and register for this course.

After completing this course the participant should have a greater appreciation of and knowledge about what there is to see in the sky and how to find and observe them. Topics covered include: how to find your way around the summer, fall, winter and spring night skies; how to observe the moon and planets; and what galaxies, globular clusters, open clusters, planetary nebula, diffuse nebula, double stars and interesting asterisms can be found. We will also cover how to view these objects using dark adapted eyes and averted vision, and practice observing using a variety of instruments from binoculars to telescopes. We will also explore topics of interest to participants. If the sky is clear you will put into practice what you learned in class.during two or three field trips when participants can tour the night sky and observe deep sky objects with binoculars.
About Tony Schellinck
Tony has always had an interest in astronomy; but it wasn’t until age 55 that he became active as an amateur astronomer and a member of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada. For the last twelve years he has photographed the night sky. He also participates in public viewing sessions around Nova Scotia, has become a regular presenter at the Halifax Planetarium, and has given lectures at parks and libraries around the province. His most recent innovation is his flat screen planetarium show held at the Astor Theatre in Liverpool and the Osprey Arts Centre in Shelburne where he uses the large movie screens to train people how to observe the night sky using binoculars. Tony has taught four, six week courses, A Practical Guide to Observing the Night Sky using Binoculars for the Senior College Association of Nova Scotia (SCANS) and will be teaching the course in Chester this spring.




Burke-Gaffney Observatory Public Open Houses - Friday Nights PDF Print E-mail

Join us for a peek through the telescope at Saint Mary's University's Burke-Gaffney Observatory.

Detailed information about our FREE Public Open Houses is here.

The list of upcoming open houses and how to reserve tickets is here.

Any other information can be obtained by contacting Dave Lane, Observatory Director.

We also offer private tours for organized groups of people. Details are here.