Only Star Members are allowed to operate
the clubs professional grade 22" computer controlled
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
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
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!