The facility has very special offerings and features
that will enhance the visitors experience.
Private Viewing With
The Public Telescopes
On selected nights, the public telescopes will be available to
individuals and small groups who want to observe at their own
leisure. There will be an interpreter on hand to assist with the
equipment and act as guide. This is a rare opportunity to view
our corner of the Milky Way and the larger universe at ones
own pace, with a large high-performance telescope and a superbly
dark night sky. Both the 40" (1m) and 30" telescopes
will be made available to visitors on these very special occasions.
Winter Viewing With The Public Telescopes
The facility will operate year round and offer heated jackets,
boots and gloves. The winter sky is completely different from
the summer sky and offers the brightest stars and a distinct Milky
Way. The constellation of Orion in the south, with seven very
bight stars will be glimpsed against a pitch black background.
Being fairly low in the south this view of Orion is quite breathtaking.
The Observatory will host unique celestial viewing events a few
times a year. One example would be the Perseids meteors viewable
in August. The exceptionally dark skies will permit a great many
meteors to be seen. Lunar eclipses and other special events such
as bight comets and discoveries made with the professional telescopes
will be also showcased.
Occasionally special invited guests will speak about the latest
discoveries and research being conducted at the facility. This
a rare opportunity to visitors to meet with the researchers.
Geo and Nature Walks on The Marked
Our site is located directly upon the Canadian Shield. We will
offer guided geo and nature walks on our marked planetary trail.
The package offering will be combined with an introductory presentation
in the lecture theatre, located in the Visitors Centre. The high
plateau, 450 meters is amongst the highest in Ontario and offers
a 360 degrees panoramic view on the surrounding area.
Planetary And Pulsar Viewing
The visitor telescopes will be equipped with high performance,
high frame rate, cameras, catching the rare instances where the
atmosphere is calm, and will produce exquisite views at the full
resolution of the telescope. Vast amounts of detail will be visible
on the planets, and details of Jupiters largest satellites
can be seen. Huge volumes of tiny craters will be become visible
on the moon. This configuration permits viewing of pulsars, these
rapidly rotating objects that weight as much as the sun but are
just a few kilometers across!