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Star Member

Only Star Members are allowed to operate the clubs professional grade 22" computer controlled telescope (the Kuhn Telescope) housed in our observatory at our observing site near Anza. The observatory is a roll-off roof design

It is very easy to become a star member, you simply need to pay the one-time $150 donation (which helps with the upkeep and maintenance of the observatory) and then get trained in how to operate the telescope and manage the observatory operation.

Once you have received training you may then reserve the use of the telescope at any time (other than star party weekends) for your own use. The only requirement is that you must have another adult with you at all times while at the observatory. This is both for your safety and the safety of the telescope and observatory.

Access to the telescope and observatory is coordinated via Charlie Oostdyk. While there is a formula we use to fairly distribute observing nights to Star Members we have not so far found it necessary to follow this approach very rigorously. In other words there are plenty of opportunities for Star Members to use the telescope.

Some Star Members are using the observatory facilities to conduct their own astronomical research activities. Others are simply using the telescope as a great observational tool and they invite a few friends out with them.

We do ask that every active Star Member offers to host the Kuhn Telescope at at least one of the star parties trhoughout the year (we have 2 star members at each star party).

One initial and very visible benefit to becoming a Star Member is that you get your very own special Star Member badge. These are very recognizable in that they have gold engraving instead of the regular white and also have a big gold star emblem just below the members name!



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