CAO Bookings

The E.C. Carr Astronomical Observatory provides Toronto Centre Members with a fully equipped observing facility that offers clear dark skies, excellent accommodations, a research-quality 14" Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope, CCD Camera, a networked computer system with image processing software, a red-lit warm room, as well as a sheltered facilities where members can operate their own equipment if they so choose. 

Some important notes about using the facility:

  • You must be a current member of the Toronto Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada to make a reservation.
  • To ensure that adequate space is available to members at the CAO for any given weekend, members must make a reservation to use the Observatory facilities. Reservations will be accepted on or before the Friday for the weekend selected.
  • During the week only house accommodation and camping reservations can be made. There is no access to the Geoff Brown Observatory and the 14" SCT Telescope during the weekdays.
  • Costs: Members who have a valid CAO Annual Pass are not required to pay any further fees to use the facilities, however they are still required to book a reservation. The annual CAO pass fee for single is $85 and for a family is $140.
  • For Members who do not have a CAO Annual Pass there is a fee of $20.00 for in-house accommodation; or, $10.00 for camping or when using the Observatory grounds. Fees are per day per person.

To make a reservation, please complete this form (you will need your National RASC website login information). Look for an automated email response regarding your pending reservation. Later, you will receive a confirmation of your reservation from the CAO bookings coordinator.

Remember that you must bring your own supply of food, drinks, bedding and towels. These are not supplied at the Observatory. Everything else you will need for Observing will be there. (There is a grocery store located on Hwy 26 just west of Thornbury).