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Full Moon
 Full Moon
New Year’s Day
AstroImagers SIG
 Monthly meeting of the AstroImagers group in the Digital Media Center, 1300 S. Bristol Ave., Santa Ana, CA 92704.

The meeting begins at 7pm and will be in the "Multipurpose Room," which is located on the first floor, south end of the building. Enter the main lobby, turn left to go down the hallway, and we are in the second room on the left. There is a small sign on the wall next to the door that says "Multipurpose Room." There is plenty of free parking.

This very active group includes all levels of imagers, from beginners through experts in CCD, video and film astrophotography. All OCA Members are welcome, at whatever level they may be or the nature of their interest in this topic.

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Quadrantid Meteor Shower
Beginner’s Class - "How to Use Your Telescope"
 7:30:00 PM - 9:30:00 PM This is the "How to Use Your Telescope" session of the Beginners Astronomy Class, held at the Heritage Museum of Orange County in Santa Ana. If you have a telescope and would like some help learning to set it up and use it, bring it along to this class. Or just attend to look through a telescope. As with all sessions of the Beginners Class, it is free and open to the public. For details about the Beginners Class in general, including the schedule of topics and course handouts, please see the webpage on the Beginners Class, under "About OCA" and "Special Interest Groups". Free and open to the public as well as members of OCA. Note: All people who attend will be invited to visit our Black Star Canyon dark site as guests at one of our monthly star parties. More
Last Qtr Moon
 3rd Quarter Moon
Private Outreach - Rose Drive Elementary School
 Event: Rose Drive Elementary
Date: Thursday, 1/11/2018
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 5:02 PM

Place: Rose Drive Elementary
Address: 4700 Rose Drive; Yorba Linda
Location: 33°53’32"N, 117°50’27"W

Directions: Take the 55 Fwy North to the 91 Fwy West. Exit immediately at N. Tustin. Turn right (north) on Tustin 2.8 miles. Tustin turns into Rose Drive. The school is about 0.3 miles north of Yorba Linda Blvd. Turn right at driveway on the south side of the school.
OCA General Meeting

Meetings are FREE and open to the public, and are held at Chapman University

Club Announcements
Whats Up: See Announcement on Home Page.
Main speaker: See announcement on Home Page
Library: Members can check out books from our extensive collection.

Refreshments: will be available (coffee, donuts, soft drinks, etc.).
Private star party - Anza
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
New Moon
Private Outreach - Dysinger Elementary School
 Event: Dysinger Elementary School
Date: Tuesday, 1/16/2018
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 5:07 PM

Place: Dysinger Elementary School
Address: 7770 Camellia Dr.; Buena Park
Location: 33°50’57"N, 117°59’25"W

Directions: From North: Take CA-91 West to exit 23C for Magnolia Ave. Turn left onto S Magnolia Ave; go 0.8 mi. Turn right onto W La Palma Ave; go 0.9 mi. Turn right onto Camellia Dr; go 0.2 mi. Turn right on Periwinkle to gain access to blacktop area.From South: Take the I-5 Fwy north, exit Brookhurst north. Turn left on La Palma. Take La Palma west, to Camellia Dr. Turn right at Camellia Dr and go one block to Periwinkle (south of school). Turn right on Periwinkle to gain access to blacktop area.
Private Outreach - Springbrook Elementary
 Event: Springbrook Elementary
Date: Tuesday, 1/16/2018
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 5:07 PM

Place: Springbrook Elementary
Address: 655 Springbrook N; Irvine
Location: 33°40’10"N, 117°47’54"W

Directions: Take CA-55 S to the 405 and take exit 6B to merge onto 405 S towards San Diego, 8mi. Keep left, follow signs for 405 South towards San Diego, 2.6 mi. Take exit 5 for Culver Drive. Use the left two lanes to turn Left onto Culver Drive. Turn Right onto Main St., 0.2 mi. Make an immediate Right at the first cross street onto W Yale Loop. Follw it for 1 mile and turn Left onto Greenmoor which will turn into Fallingstar. Turn Left into the small cul-de-sac, with the school directly in front of you - This is the location of the gate. Do Not use Springbrook as you will not be able to access the gate from there.
Private Outreach - Bathgate Elementary School
 Event: Bathgate Elementary School
Date: Wednesday, 1/17/2018
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 5:07 PM

Place: Bathgate Elementary School
Address: 27642 Napoli Way; Mission Viejo
Location: 33°34’48"N, 117°38’56"W

Directions: Take CA-55 S to I-5 South. Take exit 11A and merge onto I-5 S; go 5.9 mi. Keep right to stay on I-5 S; go 8.3 mi. Take exit 88 for Oso Pkwy; go 0.3 mi. Turn left onto Oso Pkwy); go 1.9 mi. Turn right onto San Rafael; go 0.7 mi. Turn right onto Napoli Way. School is on the left. Access the basketball court by circling counter-clockwise around the back of the school starting from the north end of the school.
Private Outreach - LePort School HB
 Event: LePort School HB
Date: Thursday, 1/18/2018
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 5:09 PM

Place: LePort School HB
Address: 16081 Waikiki Lane; Huntington Beach
Location: 33°43’40"N, 118°02’38"W

Directions: Take CA-55 to CA-22 west; go 12.1 mi. Take exit 5 for Valley View St toward Bolsa Chica Rd/I-405 S; go 0.4 mi. Turn left onto Valley View St; go 0.2 mi. Continue onto Bolsa Chica Rd; go 3.1 mi. Turn right onto Edinger Ave; go 0.1 mi. Continue a few 100 ft past Waikiki Lane to the gate on the left. Enter the gate and drive across the field to the blacktop area.
Private Outreach - St. John Neumann
 Event: St. John Neumann
Date: Friday, 1/19/2018
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 5:09 PM

Place: St. John Neumann
Address: 5101 Alton Pkwy; Irvine
Location: 33°40’24"N, 117°47’36"W

Directions: From CA-55 South, take exit 11A to merge onto I-5 South toward San Diego; go 6.0 mi. Take exit 97 for Jeffrey Rd; go 0.2 mi. Merge onto Walnut Ave; go 0.2 mi. Turn left at Jeffrey Rd; go 1.7 mi. Turn right at Alton Pkwy; go 0.4 mi. Church is on the right.

Private meeting-Astropysics SIG
 Our Astrophysics group meets to discuss and learn about how the universe works as a seminar group that bases its discussions on topics of interest introduced by the participants and the videos that are shown during the meetings on different aspects of astrophysics. The meetings are held in the classroom at the Heritage Museum of Orange County, located at 3101 W. Harvard Ave., Santa Ana. The museum is located about a half-block west of Fairview; Harvard is about two miles north of the 405 Fwy, between Warner and Edinger. The driveway is at the western end of the museum property; follow it around to the back of the property to the parking area; the classroom faces the parking area. All members are welcome - come join us for a stimulating evening!
Private Star Party - Orange County
 Monthly Star Party in the OC Parks Open space (Location may vary), open to OCA Members and their guests only. NOTE: The actual time the gate opens may be different from what is shown above. The Orange County star parties generally begin with the opening of the gate about 30 minutes before sundown and close at midnight. Please contact Steve Mizera, the Star Party Coordinator, at mizeras@cox.net for details, and to be put on the OC Star Party mailing list.
OCA Board Meeting
 2:00:00 PM - 6:00:00 PM The regular meeting of the OCA Board is at 2:00 p.m., at the Labor Ready office at 696 Commonwealth Ave., Fullerton, CA. All members are welcome to attend, but please contact our host, Greg Schedcik, in advance to let him know you will be attending.
Private Outreach - Corey Elementary School
 Event: Corey Elementary School
Date: Monday, 1/22/2018
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 5:13 PM

Place: Corey Elementary School
Address: 7351 Holder St.; Buena Park
Location: 33°51’16"N, 118°01’17"W

Directions: Take CA-91 West to Knott Ave. Take exit 23A for Knott Ave then turn left onto S Knott Ave; go 0.2 mi. Take the 1st right onto Houston St; go 0.5 mi. Turn right onto Holder St.; go 400 ft. School is on the left.

Private Outreach - Warren Elementary
 Event: Warren Elementary
Date: Tuesday, 1/23/2018
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 5:14 PM

Place: Warren Elementary
Address: 12871 Estock Dr.; Garden Grove
Location: 33°47’08"N, 117°54’36"W

Directions: Take the CA-55 S to the CA-22 Freeway. Go west on CA-22 to Haster (4.2 miles). Turn right onto Haster St. and go 0.5 miles. Turn left onto Twintree Ln. and go 0.1 miles . Turn right onto Sungrove St. and then turn left onto Estock Dr.
1st Qtr Moon
 1st Quarter Moon
Private Outreach - Castille Elementary School
 Event: Castille Elementary School
Date: Wednesday, 1/24/2018
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 5:14 PM

Place: Castille Elementary School
Address: 24042 Via La Coruna; Mission Viejo
Location: 33°36’50"N, 117°39’28"W

Directions: Take CA-91 E to CA-241. Take CA-241S toward Irvine; go 16.5 mi. Take exit 7 for Portola Pkwy. Keep right and merge onto Portola Pkwy; go 0.7 mi. Continue on Santa Margarita Pkwy; go 0.7 mi. Turn right at Marguerite Pkwy; go 2.8 mi. Turn right at Trabuco Rd; go 0.3 mi. Turn right at Puerta de Luz; then turn right at Via la Coruna. School is on the left. Set up on the field up the hill in the back. Enter through gate on the right side of the school.
Private Outreach - Peters K-3 Elementary
 Event: Peters K-3 Elementary School
Date: Thursday, 1/25/2018
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 5:16 PM

Place: Peters K-3 Elementary School
Address: 13162 Newhope St; Garden Grove
Location: 33°46’18"N, 117°55’43"W

Directions: Merge onto I-5 N; go 6.0 mi. Take exit 106 to merge onto CA-22 W toward Long Beach; go 3.9 mi. Take exit 11 toward Euclid St; go 0.3 mi. Turn right onto Trask Ave; go 0.3 mi. Turn left onto Newhope St; go 0.3 mi. School is on the right.

Private Outreach - Gates Elementary School
 Event: Gates Elementary School
Date: Friday, 1/26/2018
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 5:16 PM

Place: Gates Elementary School
Address: 23882 Landisview; Lake Forest
Location: 33°36’57"N, 117°41’47"W

Directions: Take the 55 Fwy south to the I-5 south. Go south on the I-5 20 miles to the El Toro Rd exit. Turn left on Avenida de la Carlota - go 0.1 mi. Turn left on El Toro Rd - go 0.3 mi. Turn right on Rockfield Blvd - go 0.2 mi. Turn left on Silverbay Dr - go < 0.1 mi. Silverbay Dr becomes Belgreen Pl - go 0.2 mi. Turn left on Landisview Ave and go past the school. Turn right on Arrowhead St and the hop the curve at the gate.
Lunar Eclipse
Full Moon
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