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Outreach

One of the fundamental reasons why the OCA was formed over 40 years ago was to help spread the knowledge and appreciation of Astronomy within the local community. Every year literally 1,000's of people, young and old, get to experience the joys of Astronomy, sometimes for the very first time, when OCA Members bring their telescopes out to schools, libraries and other venues. We do this absolutely for free (although we do not usually turn down any donations to the clubs education fund).

The very active outreach program is run by Jim Benet and attracts many OCA Members to help out. Jim is always looking for more volunteers. The qualifications are simple. Whatever telescope you have is fine, big or small, it doesn't matter. You simply need to bring along your telescope and love for astronomy and be willing to share that joy with all the hungry eyes and minds that turn up.

The upcoming outreach events are always entered into the OCA calendar. The outreach events that occur within schools are usually always private (members of the public cannot attend unless they have children at the school). Other outreach events which are scheduled in some of the public parks and areas may be open to the public. If you are not a member of the OCA and you would like to attend one of our outreach events please contact Jim Benet if you are unlear if the event is open to the public.

Please find the contact information for our Outreach Coordinator here

Listing of the upcoming outreaches from our calendar

August
25
Fri
6:00 PM
-
 
Explore the Stars in the Observatory campground on Palomar Mountain.

This is a 2-night public outreach event. Friday night is more informal, generally with fewer viewers and no formal program (it tends to be more of a star party for those volunteers who show up that night). Saturday night is much busier, and starts with a pot-luck for the volunteers, followed by a talk at around dusk, and then public viewing through the volunteers’ telescopes after that. For more information or to volunteer, please contact Bob Nanz at bob@nanzscience.com, or you can visit his website for more information: http://nanzscience.com/explore/index.html.
26
Sat
6:00 PM
-
 
Explore the Stars in the Observatory campground on Palomar Mountain.

This is a 2-night public outreach event. Friday night is more informal, generally with fewer viewers and no formal program (it tends to be more of a star party for those volunteers who show up that night). Saturday night is much busier, and starts with a pot-luck for the volunteers, followed by a talk at around dusk, and then public viewing through the volunteers’ telescopes after that. For more information or to volunteer, please contact Bob Nanz at bob@nanzscience.com, or you can visit his website for more information: http://nanzscience.com/explore/index.html.
September
15
Fri
8:00 PM
-
 
Event: Deerfield Elementary School
Date: Friday, 9/15/2017
Viewing at 8:00 PM, Sunset at 7:01 PM

Place: Deerfield Elementary School
Address: 2 Deerfield Rd; Irvine
Location: 33°41’38"N, 117°47’32"W

Directions: Take CA-55 S to the I-5 South. Take I-5 to the Culver Dr exit. Turn right onto Culver Dr.; go 1.1 mi. Turn left onto Deerfield Ave, go 0.5 mi.
 

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