Focus Scientific

RASC Free Public Star Party

The Ottawa Royal Astronomical Society proudly presents Free Public Stargazing for 2016. Fun for all ages. Come out and share the wonders of the universe with knowledgeable astronomers. Many telescopes owned by Ottawa and Gatineau area amateur astronomers will be set up, trained on various astronomical treasures.

Stargazing runs from sunset to 12:30am.

Events are weather permitting.

New telescope owners: need help setting up? Please arrive one hour early.


Ottawa Public Library
3911 Carp Road
Carp ON  K0A 1L0

Star parties are held in the parking lot at the Carp Library / Diefenbunker, a short 28 minute drive from Focus Scientific.

Ottawa RASC Public Stargazing Schedule for 2017

Month Planned Date Rain Date 1 Rain Date 2 Rain Date 3
May Fri May 19 Sat May 20 Sun May 21 Fri May 26
June Fri June 16 Sat June 17 Fri June 23
Fri June 30
July Fri July 14 Sat July 15
August Fri Aug 18 Fri Aug 25
September Fri Sept 15 Sat Sept 16
October Fri Oct 20 Sat Oct 21

Recommended Items

  • Red LED flashlight - preserve night vision by using low-intensity red light. Red flashlights available through Focus Scientific.
  • Thermacell Mosquito Repellent - safe, reusable *DEET-free device to ward off mosquitoes. Available through Bushtakuh, Canadian Tire, Home Depot, Home Hardware and Walmart
  • If bringing a telescope, extra batteries for motor drives and finderscopes

* DEET can damage rubber, plastic, polymer fabrics and optical coatings. If using DEET-containing insect repellent, clean area around the eyes and hands with a wet cloth or moist towelette to prevent damage to telescopes.

Star Party Etiquette

  • No white flashlights
  • No flash photography, please turn off camera flash
  • Avoid running around the telescopes
  • Do not grab onto telescope eyepiece to prevent misaligning and shaking the scope view
  • Apply insect repellent in an area away from telescopes and vehicles