Meetings are FREE and open to the public, and are held at Chapman University
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.).
About OCA General Meetings
The OCA has a general meeting held on the second Friday of every month* at Chapman University.
These meetings are free and open to the general public.
The meetings take place in The Irvine Lecture Hall with seating for approximately 250 people.
The Irvine Lecture Hall (located adjacent to the Hashinger Science Center) is near the south east corner of the campus and the nearest cross street is East Palm Ave and North Center Street.
After the slideshow, the meeting officially starts at 7:30 PM.
The basic agenda, with approximate times, is as shown below.
* Please check here for any changes to the date of the meeting (rarely we get a scheduling conflict which results in the meeting being pushed back a week).
|7:00 PM – 7:30 PM||Pre-meeting Slide Show||Arrival of audience. This presentation includes recent astronomical photographs taken by OCA members.|
|7:30 PM – 7:45 PM||Club Announcements||Usually presented by the OCA Secretary.|
|7:45 PM – 8:15 PM||“What’s Up?”||Presented by various OCA Members and guests from other clubs.|
|8:15 PM – 9:15 PM||Main Talk||Speakers are often from JPL/Caltech and other major educational and astronomical institutions.
The level of the talks are usually appropriate for anyone who has an interest in this hobby.
|9:15 PM – 9:30 PM||Refreshments Break||Donuts, coffee and soda are available for a small donation.|
|9:30 PM – 10:00 PM||“Ask an Astronomer”||Anyone can stay behind and ask a panel of experts any burning question related to this hobby.|
First Time Attending
Plan to be there anytime between 7:00 and 7:30. During which a slideshow runs. The formal part of the meeting starts at 7:30 after which it gets crowded and if you come late you may have to stand in the back.
We recommend the paid parking lot which is an underground facility about a hundred feet east of Glassel. (see below)
Enter the parking lot from Walnut. Walnut is north of the main part of the campus.
After parking toward the south end, walk to the main stairs where you will find a ticketing machine that takes cash or credit card.
Buy 3 hours. The machine might take some time to finish the transaction.
Place the ticket on your dash board and then go up those stairs and continuing walking south to Hashinger Hall.
During the meeting our extensive club library is open to allow members to browse the books, videos and DVD’s that are available for their use.
The club’s Treasurer is available to accept new applications and renewals. More…
Also a range of interesting astronomical items (calendars, decals, etc.) are available for sale at his table, of which, all proceeds go to the club.