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Beginner’s Class
 7:30:00 AM - 9:30:00 AM The 6th session of the Beginners Astronomy Class covers covers the basics of astrophotography, covering different types of imaging, how different types of cameras are used for this kind of photography, and other equipment and considerations for taking a good picture. This session is taught by Kyle Coker, who is active in the club�s AstroImaging section. The Beginners Astronomy Class is held at the Heritage Museum of Orange County in Santa Ana. For details, please see the webpage on the Beginners Class, under "About OCA" and "Special Interest Groups". Download the sample information package. Free and open to the public as well as members of OCA. Note: All people who attend will be invited to visit one of our monthly star parties at Black Star Canyon as a guest. More
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Private Outreach - Annual Fountain Valley Campout
 Event: Annual Great Fountain Valley Campout
Date: Saturday, 8/5/2017
Viewing at 9:00 PM, Sunset at 7:51 PM

Place: Annual Great Fountain Valley Campout
Address: 16400 Brookhurst St.; Fountain Valley
Location: 33°43’31"N, 117°57’14"W

Directions: Take CA-55 South to I-405 N towards Long Beach. Merge onto I-405 North, travel 4.9 miles. Take exit 14 for Brookhurst St towards Fountain Valley. Keep right at the fork and follow signs for Brookhurst. Merge onto Brookhurst, 0.3 mi.
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Full Moon
 Full Moon
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AstroImagers SIG - TEMPORARY NEW LOCATION
 As we don’t have access to our usual meeting location until September, the AstroImage SIG meeting will be at a different location:

The Village on 17th
1505 E. 17th Street
Santa Ana, CA

This is on the corner of Wright and 17th, which is located between Tustin Ave. and Grand Ave., and it is on the northeast corner of the intersection.

Next month (September) the meeting will be back in its usual location in the Digital Media Center.

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

Please click here for Details
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Private Outreach - Shipley Nature Center
 Event: Shipley Nature Center
Date: Thursday, 8/10/2017
Viewing at 8:45 PM, Sunset at 7:46 PM

Place: Held at Central Park
Address: 17851 Goldenwest; Huntington Beach
Location: 33°42’11"N, 118°00’33"W

Directions: Take CA-55 S to I-405 N. Slight left at I-405 N; go 7.0 mi. Take exit 15 for Warner Ave toward Magnolia St; go 0.2 mi. Keep right at the fork and merge onto Warner Ave; go 1.5 mi. Turn left at Beach Blvd/CA-39; go 0.5 mi. Turn right at Slater Ave; go 1.0 mi. Turn left at Goldenwest St; go 0.3 mi. Park is on the right. Drive into park and then down the path on the north side of the park.
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Kuhn Reservation
 Tom Munnecke has reserved the Kuhn telescope and the club observatory.
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OCA General Meeting
 

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

Agenda:
Club Announcements
Whats Up: See Announcement on Home Page.
Main speaker: See announcement on Home Page
break
Ask An Astronomer: bring your questions for our panel of experts.
Library: Members can check out books from our extensive collection.

Refreshments: will be available (coffee, donuts, soft drinks, etc.).
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Last Qtr Moon
 3rd Quarter Moon
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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!
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Private star party-Black Star Canyon
 Monthly Star Party at our Black Star Canyon site, open to OCA Members and their guests only. NOTE: The actual time the gate opens may be different from what is shown above. Black Canyon star parties generally begin with the opening of the gate about 30 minutes before sundown and close at midnight. Please contact Steve Mizera, Black Star Canyon Coordinator, at mizeras@cox.net for details, and to be put on the BSC mailing list.
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Private star party - Anza
 
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North American Full Solar Eclipse
 
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New Moon
 
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Explore the Stars
 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.
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Explore the Stars
 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.
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Kuhn Reservation
 Tom Munnecke and Tom Caldwell will host a visiting group of fellow amateur astronomers from Norway, and the Kuhn telescope and the club observatory are reserved for this event.
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1st Qtr Moon
 1st Quarter Moon







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