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Important Dates

General Meeting: March 9

Anza: March 17

Black Star: March 17

Upcoming Events

February 23 (Fri) at 7:00 PM : Private Outreach - Olive Elementary School

March 2 (Fri) at 7:30 PM : Beginner’s Class

March 6 (Tue) at 7:00 PM : Private - Santiago Hills Elementary School

March 7 (Wed) at 7:00 PM : AstroImagers SIG

March 8 (Thu) at 7:00 PM : Private Outreach - Library of the Canyons

March 9 (Fri) at 7:30 PM : OCA General Meeting

More events from the calendar

Discussion Groups

Next General Meeting (all general meetings are free and open to public)

Date: 03/09/2018

Speaker: Ben Zuckerman from UCLA

Subject: The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence, and Why It Will Fail

"What's Up?": Chris Butler from OCA


The February 2018 issue of the Sirius Astronomer is now available to members (log in required).

Back issues are available to all without a log in.

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LAST UPDATE: December 18, 2017 1:01AM PDT

Volunteers needed for January 5th event
Admin |
We need volunteers to help out at the "Bring your Scope" Beginner's Class Friday evening for two hours.

How To Use Your New Telescope Class
Admin |
Do you have a new telescope? Do you have a telescope sitting around that you've never quite learned how to use? Come to the Orange County Astronomers' free class on how to ...

OCA Member Goes From Musician to Student to NASA Intern
Vadim Taver |
I decided to go back to college at 32 for astrophysics and with hard work and determination have already had the honor of finishing two programs at JPL / NASA.

Barbara Toy |
The meetings of the AstroImage SIG have been moved to the first Wednesdays of the month, so the September meeting is on 9/6/17. It will be at the Digital Media Center, 1300 S. Bristol Ave., Santa Ana, CA 92704, in the "Multipurpose Room." Please contact Alan Smallbone for more information.

The OCA Astro Shop is Open!
Charlie Oostdyk |
Purchase T-Shirts, Hoodies, Sweatshirts, Tank Tops, and more. Apparel for Adults, Children, and Dogs!

July 2017 President's Message
Barbara Toy |
Congratulations to Pauline Acalin on her first issue as editor of the Sirius Astronomer, farewell to Amir Soheili as club trustee, welcome to John Hoot as our newest Board member, Starbecue at July Anza Star Party, and comments on the upcoming eclipse.

June 2017 President's Message
Barbara Toy |
Welcome to Pauline Acalin as our new editor for the Sirius Astronomer, in appreciation of our latitude, request for comments on this year's RTMC.

May 2017 President's Message
Barbara Toy |
Looking for a new editor for the Sirius Astronomer, what's involved and significance of the newsletter, a sad farewell to long-time club member and outreacher Tom Drouet, and RTMC.

April 2017 President's Message
Barbara Toy |
Need for weed clearance at Anza, avoiding unfortunate interactions with the local wildlife, Steve Condrey and his family leaving California, need for a new Editor for the Sirius Astronomer, Messier Marathon.

March 2017 President's Message
Barbara Toy |
Changes on the OCA Board, a retrospective of some of Steve Short's accomplishments as President, board member, Black Star Canyon Coordinator, and other areas, a tribute to Steve Condrey in his 14th year as editor of the Sirius Astronomer, and a summary of what happened with the water at Anza.

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