The Grumpy Old Astronomer
Larry McNish

Photo credit: From the Calgary Herald article: "Calgary Herald Best of Alberta 2010-5" by Colleen De Neve


Larry is a retired Computer Consultant with a BSc in Electrical Engineering and has been an amateur astronomer and astrophotographer for the past 31 years.

He is currently a member and the Webmaster of the Calgary Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC). The RASC is a non-profit organization of more than 4000 amateur astronomers affiliated with 28 coast-to-coast regional 'centres'.

After he and his family moved to Calgary from Winnipeg in 1988, Larry joined the Calgary Centre of the RASC in 2003, volunteered to be the Webmaster of its extensive astronomy web site ( in 2004 and also served as its president from 2006-2008. Larry served on the Organizing Committee for "Astronomy Roundup 2007" which saw over 300 members of the Canadian RASC, and the American AAVSO and ALPO organizations hold their annual meetings at a joint astronomy conference at the University of Calgary in the summer of 2007. In 2008, Larry was pleased to preside over events surrounding the 50th anniversary of the Calgary Centre of the RASC. In 2008-2009 Larry was on the regional Organizing Committee for the Calgary and area events for the International Year of Astronomy and attended at many public outreach events during the IYA. Larry also designed and constructed observatory buildings for their Centre and the University of Calgary's.

The RASC Calgary Wilson Coulee
Rolloff Roof Observatory

The University of Calgary's RAO
Rollaway Building Observatory

When he's not working on educational articles or Public Outreach Event photo pages for their website, Larry can usually be found at any public "star night" in the Calgary and surrounding area with his computer-guided telescope showing members of the public the stars, planets, deep-sky objects or how astrophotography is done in real time.

The Orion Nebula by Larry

Larry and his Celestron NexStar-8 telescope

Larry's scope
Larry's Public Outreach Event photo pages can be found here and here.

Contact Information:
Those who know me, know how to contact me.