Saint Mary's University's Burke-Gaffney Observatory is the world's first fully-automatic Twitter-controlled observatory.

The Deep Sky Eye Observatory, located in North America's first Starlight Tourist Destination, is operated by Tim Doucette in Quinan, NS. 

The Abbey Ridge Observatory (ARO), built in 2003, is the world's second fully-automatic Twitter-controlled observatory located in Stillwater Lake, NS, Canada and is owned by Dave Lane.

Here are links to other groups and observatories:

Other Resources

The RASC Halifax Youtube Channel provides access to numerous educational video resources and records of some of our activities.

The Facebook group Astrophotography Nova Scotia has numerous contributions from local astronomers and photographers as does the group Queens Country Astronomy Group.

Learn about the four supernovae discovered by Centre member Dave Lane, Paul Gray, (then 10 year old) Kathryn Aurora Gray and Nathan Gray.

Michael Boschat's huge compendium of Astronomy Sites.

The Canada-Wide Astronomy Buy & Sell is Canada's trading post for new and used telescopes & accessories. Site maintained by Paul Markov.


The Halifax Planetarium has a long history, dating from its establishment in 1955 at the old Nova Scotia Museum of Science on Spring Garden Road; ; it one of the oldest public planetariums in Canada. The Halifax Planetarium is now located in Dalhousie University's Sir James Dunn Science Building. See map. For information on the availability of public shows, please visit here.

For information about shows for groups (school, community, etc.) write to:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


The Discovery Centre Dome Theatre provides live presentations on astronomy themes.

Visit The Discovery Centre 

The Minas Astronomy Group (MAG) is an informal group of amateur astronomers who meet in Avonport, NS on the 2nd Saturday of each month (unless a holiday weekend).

Astronomy Nova Scotia provides a listing of all astronomy-related events including special lectures, planetarium shows, and public observing events.

Saint Mary's University Department of Astronomy & Physics offers undergraduate and graduate level astronomy & physics degrees.

Saint Mary's University Astronomy & Physics Society is the society for astronomy and physics students at SMU. 

The New Brunswick Centre meets on the 2nd or 3rd Saturday of the month in Moncton, St. John or Fredericton.

Astronomers Without Borders (AWB) brings the world together to share their passion of astronomy and the wonders of the Universe. AWB is dedicated to fostering understanding and goodwill across national and cultural boundaries by creating relationships through the universal appeal of astronomy.

A special group of RASC members from across the country also belong to the "Royal" Astronomical Society of Daves (RASD) which has 7 Nova Scotia members: VIII Lane, XI Turner, XVII Chapman, XXI Parsons, XXX Chiasson, XXXIII Griffith, XXXVII Hoskin

SCO 360¬ļ panorama data sets for use with Stellarium or KStars

In Stellarium, select the sky viewing options and choose ‚Äúlandscape‚ÄĚ and ‚Äúadd/remove landscape‚ÄĚ to select the zip file containing the folder to be added.

In KStars, using the EKOS options to enable and define the reference ‚Äúterrain‚ÄĚ image location.

 SCOEastPad (zip file)

 SCOSouthPad (zip file)

 SCOWestPad (zip file)

 SCORolloffNorthWest (zip file)

 SCORolloffNorthEast (zip file)

 SCORolloffSouthEast (zip file)

 SCORolloffSouthWest (zip file)