Founded in 1918, the Montreal Centre is part of a Canada-wide network of 29 Centres affiliated under the banner of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada.
Our members are hobbyists from all walks of life. Some members look at the sky through telescopes, others through binoculars, or with the unaided eye. Still others are armchair astronomers who don’t observe at all. What they do have in common, though, is an interest in astronomy.
The Montreal Centre presents major talks by professional astronomers, graduate students in astronomy as well as the Centre’s own members on various aspects of astronomy. Talks are scheduled about once a month (may vary), with a major Townsend lecture at the end of the year. Talks are usually held at the Morgan Arboretum Conservation Centre (our Clubhouse) but may be held at other places at times.
The Montreal Centre library
The Montreal Centre maintains a library devoted to astronomical literature in Canada. There are over one thousand books. Many of the volumes are of a historical nature; indeed we have a few books that were first published in the nineteenth century! Our books deal with every aspect of astronomy from studies of the moon to research on galaxies and quasars at the frontiers of the universe.
Our library is located at JAC (John Abbot College) with limited access. We are working at ways to make it easier for members to access our collection of books.
Bellevue Observatory / Clubhouse
We have our own observatory located at the Morgan Arboretum in Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue close to the Conservation Centre. Our 10′ dome houses a Meade LX200 14″ telescope. We use the Conservation Centre building as our Clubhouse. Our location is the darkest area on the island of Montreal.
We observe mostly at the Morgan Arboretum and have regular scheduled outings at several dark sites off island. It is a good opportunity to learn about different kinds of telescopes and to use your own telescope as there are usually a good mix of telescopes among our members.
Newsletter – Skyward
The Montreal Centre publishes a bi-monthly newsletter chronicling events and activities at the Centre. Its name is Skyward and it has the distinction of being the oldest, continuously published astronomical newsletter in Canada. You will find a broad range of articles in its pages; everything from articles relating to events at the Centre through to articles offering tips on observing and getting the most out of your astronomical equipment.
The Montreal Centre is offering a program whereby binoculars or small telescopes are loaned out for free (refundable deposit). Loans are typically for 1 month.
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The Montreal Centre and the RASC offer certificates upon completion of the following:
– Binocular Challenge
– Explore the Universe
– Isabel K. Williamson Certificate (Moon)
– Messier Certificate (Deep Sky)
– NGC 100 Certificate (Deep Sky)
– Finest NGC Certificate (Deep Sky)
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Besides receiving the Montreal Centre newsletter Skyward, members also receive three publications issued by the RASC nation-wide:
The Observer’s Handbook – an astronomy guide-book, published yearly
SkyNews – a bi-monthly full colour astronomy magazine
Journal – a bi-monthly magazine featuring Canadian astronomy news
Our BOD Team:
Please click here to see our current Board of Directors.
To down-load a pdf document with our Centre’s By-Laws, please click here.
If you want to become a member of “RASC – Montreal Centre” you can sign up online with the following link.
Please select “RASC Montreal Centre”
For a temporary mailing address or for an e-mail enquiry, please get in touch with us by email:
Our Bellevue Observatory is located at the Morgan Arboretum in Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue.
We hold most of our public and members only events at this location. See Calendar section.
150 chemin des Pins
Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, Quebec H9X 3V9