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Important Dates

General Meeting: September 8

Anza: August 19

Black Star: August 19

Upcoming Events

August 18 (Fri) at 7:30 PM : Private meeting-Astropysics SIG

August 19 (Sat) at 6:00 PM : Private star party - Anza

August 19 (Sat) at 6:00 PM : Private star party-Black Star Canyon

August 25 (Fri) at 6:00 PM : Explore the Stars

August 26 (Sat) at 6:00 PM : Explore the Stars

More events from the calendar

Discussion Groups

Next General Meeting (all general meetings are free and open to public)

Date: 08/11/2017

Speakers: Albert DiCanzio

Subject: Applications of Galilean Experimental Design to Knowledge-discovery Using the North American Solar Eclipses 2017 & 2024

"What's Up?": Geovanni Somoza from LAAS


The August 2017 issue of the Sirius Astronomer is now available to members (log in required).

Back issues are available to all without a log in.

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LAST UPDATE: August 7, 2017 8:04PM PDT

The OCA Astro Shop is Open!
Charlie Oostdyk |
Purchase T-Shirts, Hoodies, Sweatshirts, Tank Tops, and more. Apparel for Adults, Children, and Dogs!

Barbara Toy |
For the month of July only, the AI SIG meeting will be on a new date: Wed. July 19, starting at 7pm. We will be meeting at a different location for this month (July) and next month (August) only. The meeting location for these two months is:

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., on the northeast corner of the intersection.

Kevin Morefield will be giving an informal demonstration of processing eclipse images.

Next month the meeting will be on the usual day, the 2nd Tuesday of the month, but will be again at the Village on 17th. In Sept. we will be back at our usual location.

July 2017 President's Message
Barbara Toy |
Congratulations to Pauline Acalin on her first issue as editor of the Sirius Astronomer, farewell to Amir Soheili as club trustee, welcome to John Hoot as our newest Board member, Starbecue at July Anza Star Party, and comments on the upcoming eclipse.

June 2017 President's Message
Barbara Toy |
Welcome to Pauline Acalin as our new editor for the Sirius Astronomer, in appreciation of our latitude, request for comments on this year's RTMC.

May 2017 President's Message
Barbara Toy |
Looking for a new editor for the Sirius Astronomer, what's involved and significance of the newsletter, a sad farewell to long-time club member and outreacher Tom Drouet, and RTMC.

April 2017 President's Message
Barbara Toy |
Need for weed clearance at Anza, avoiding unfortunate interactions with the local wildlife, Steve Condrey and his family leaving California, need for a new Editor for the Sirius Astronomer, Messier Marathon.

March 2017 President's Message
Barbara Toy |
Changes on the OCA Board, a retrospective of some of Steve Short's accomplishments as President, board member, Black Star Canyon Coordinator, and other areas, a tribute to Steve Condrey in his 14th year as editor of the Sirius Astronomer, and a summary of what happened with the water at Anza.

New Trustee
Barbara Toy |
I am very pleased to announce that the Board has selected Doug Millar to fill the vacant Trustee position on the Board for 2017. This means that we will have a full Board again for the next Board meeting, which is on March 5, 2017, and we are looking forward to having Doug join us then.

Many thanks to John Hoot and William Daly for volunteering for the position, though William had to withdraw his candidacy before the vote because of other commitments. We are hoping they will both continue to be involved in the club and interested in its management, and that we may see either or both of them on the Board at some point in the future.

Barbara Toy
OCA President

CANCELLED - Saturday Feb 18th BSC star party
Steve & Bonnie Short |
Upcoming rain has caused the Nature Conservancy to shut down the BSC site this weekend.

Change in the OCA President
Barbara Toy |
Unfortunately, Steve Short found that he was unable to continue in the position of OCA President and has resigned that position. The Board has voted me in to fill the vacancy, so I will have the honor of serving the club as the OCA President for 2017. We are very grateful to Steve for his many contributions to the club, as President, Board member, and in his many other capacities and activities in the time he has been an OCA member, and we wish him and Bonnie the very best for the future.

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