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NEW DATE - 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.

Please click here for Details
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Full Moon
 Full Moon
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Beginner’s Class
 7:30:00 PM - 9:30:00 PM The 2nd session of the Beginners Astronomy Class covers the different types of equipment used to observe the night sky, including telescopes, mounts, eyepieces, filters, and advantages and disadvantages of different options. 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". 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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Last Qtr Moon
 3rd Quarter Moon
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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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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 Outreach - Laguna Woods
 Event: Laguna Woods Astronomy Club
Date: Tuesday, 10/17/2017
Viewing at 7:30 PM, Sunset at 6:17 PM

Place: Clubhouse 5
Address: 24262 Punta Alta; Laguna Woods
Location: 33°36’30"N, 117°44’54"W

Directions: Take CA-55 to I-5 South. Merge onto I-5 South; go 11.9 mi to the El Toro Rd exit. Merge onto Paseo de Valencia; go 0.2 mi. Turn right onto El Toro Rd and go 2.1 mi to Calle Corta. Turn right on Calle Corta into Gate 9. Turn right at Avenida Sosiega; go 0.2 mi. Turn left at Monte Hermoso; go 0.3 mi. Turn right at Punta Alta, Clubhouse 5 is on the right.
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Private Outreach - Cypress Village Elementary
 Event: Cypress Village Elementary
Date: Wednesday, 10/18/2017
Viewing at 7:15 PM, Sunset at 6:16 PM

Place: Cypress Village Elementary
Address: 355 Rush Lily; Irvine
Location: 33°41’08"N, 117°45’31"W

Directions: Take CA-55 towards I-5 South. Merge onto I-5 South towards San Diego, go 9.5 mi. Take exit 96A for Sand Canyon Ave and make a Left at the stop light. Turn Left onto Nightmist, 03 mi. Then turn Right onto Rush Lily. School will be right in front of you - enter the parking lot and immediate turn right. Gate to the blacktop is furthest right of the parking lot near Rush Lily Ave.
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New Moon
 
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Private Outreach - Bonita Canyon Elementary
 Event: Bonita Canyon Elementary
Date: Thursday, 10/19/2017
Viewing at 7:15 PM, Sunset at 6:15 PM

Place: Bonita Canyon Elementary
Address: 1 Sundance Drive; Irvine
Location: 33°38’02"N, 117°48’47"W

Directions: Take the CA-55 south exit towards Costa Mesa Fwy/Newport Beach. Take the I-405 south and exit on Culver D. Turn right on Culver Dr and go 1.4 mi. Turn left on Campus Dr - go 0.4 mi. Turn right on Turtle Rock Dr - go 1.6 mi. Turn left on Sundance.
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Private Outreach - Mission Viejo Campout
 Event: Mission Viejo Campout
Date: Friday, 10/20/2017
Viewing at 7:15 PM, Sunset at 6:13 PM

Place: Held at Murray Community Center
Address: 24932 Veterans Way; Mission Viejo
Location: 33°36’08"N, 117°39’05"W

Directions: Take CA-55 S to I-5 S. Take the I-5 S exit toward San Diego; go 1.1 mi. Merge onto I-5 S; go 13.0 mi. Take the La Paz Rd exit; go 0.3 mi. Turn left onto La Paz Rd. Slight left to stay on La Paz Rd; go 1.7 mi. Turn left onto Veterans Way; go 0.3 mi. Set up in parking lot on the left past the community center - most likely on the field with no lights.
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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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Kuhn Reservation
 Tom Munnecke has reserved the Kuhn telescope and the club observatory.
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Private star party - Anza
 
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Private - Trabuco Hills High School
 Event: Trabuco Hills High School
Date: Tuesday, 10/24/2017
Viewing at 7:15 PM, Sunset at 6:09 PM

Place: Trabuco Hills High School
Address: 27501 Mustang Run; Mission Viejo
Location: 33°39’16"N, 117°39’05"W

Directions: Take CA-91 east to CA-241 South. Follow CA-241 to for about 19 mi to exit 22A for Portola Pkwy. Turn slight right onto Portola Pkwy; go 0.5 mi. Continue onto Santa Margarita Pkwy; go 0.5 mi. Turn right onto Los Alisos Blvd; go 0.1 mi. Turn right onto Mustang Run; go 0.1 mi. School is on the right.
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Private Outreach - Beacon Park Elementary
 Event: Beacon Park Elementary School
Date: Wednesday, 10/25/2017
Viewing at 7:15 PM, Sunset at 6:08 PM

Place: Beacon Park Elementary School
Address: 200 Cultivate; Irvine
Location: 33°41’28"N, 117°44’00"W

Directions: Take CA-133 to Irvine Blvd. From North turn left on Irvine Blvd or from South turn right on Irvine Blvd. Go 0.4 mi to Ridge Valley. Turn right onto Ridge Valley; go 0.1 mi. At the traffic circle, take the 2nd exit and stay on Ridge Valley; go 0.3 mi. Turn left onto Benchmark; go 0.1 mi. Continue past Cultivate and enter the gate on the side of the school.
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Private Outreach - Cerro Villa Middle School
 Event: Cerro Villa Middle School
Date: Thursday, 10/26/2017
Viewing at 7:15 PM, Sunset at 6:07 PM

Place: Cerro Villa Middle School
Address: 17852 Serrano Ave; Villa Park
Location: 33°49’12"N, 117°49’11"W

Directions: Take CA-55 to Katella Ave exit. Go east on E Katella Ave; go 0.5 mi. Turn left at N Wanda Rd; go 0.3 mi. Continue on N Santiago Blvd; go 0.5 mi. Turn right at Serrano Ave. Follow Serrano past the school and turn right on Nichols Ave. Entrance gate is on the right past the portables.
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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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Private Outreach - Utt Middle School
 Event: Utt Middle School
Date: Friday, 10/27/2017
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 6:05 PM

Place: Utt Middle School
Address: 13601 Browning Ave.; Tustin
Location: 33°44’03"N, 117°48’21"W

Directions: Take CA-55 to I-5 South. Merge onto I-5 South; go 1.6 mi. Exit on Red Hill Ave. Turn left at Red Hill Ave; go 0.3 mi. Turn right at San Juan St; go 0.5 mi. Turn left at Browning Ave. School is on the left.
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1st Qtr Moon
 1st Quarter 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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Public Outreach - International Observe the Moon
 Event: International Observe the Moon Night
Date: Saturday, 10/28/2017
Viewing at 7:30 PM, Sunset at 6:05 PM

Place: Held at Laguna Canyon Wilderness Park
Address: 18751 Laguna Canyon Rd; Laguna Beach
Location: 33°36’29"N, 117°45’51"W

Directions: Take CA-55 S to I-5 South. Take exit 11A to merge onto I-5 South; go 7.7 mi. Take exit 95 for State Hwy 133 South. Merge onto CA-133 S; go 5.4 mi. Nix Nature Center is on the right (west side of the street).







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