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General Meeting: September 9

Anza: September 3


Black Star: September 24

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September 2 (Fri) at 7:30 PM : Beginner’s Class

September 3 (Sat) at 8:00 PM : Private Outreach - Fullerton Museum

September 3 (Sat) at 6:00 PM : Private Star Party – Anza

September 9 (Fri) at 7:30 PM : OCA General Meeting

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Date: 09/09/2015

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Subject: Clash of the Titans: Andromeda and the Milky Way's future encounter

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LAST UPDATE: August 28, 2016 4:26AM PDT

August 27th BSC star party Recap
Steve & Bonnie Short |
Great star party, viewed all 7 planets. Had 23 cars come out and about 35 people.

Saturday August 27th BSC star party
Steve & Bonnie Short |
Don't miss the conjunction of Saturn, Mars and bright star Antares all in a line behind the Scorpion's head. Also you will want to see Jupiter and Venus lie closer to each other than they have since 2000.

July 30th BSC star party Recap
Steve & Bonnie Short |
We had 50 people come to the BSC star party Saturday evening to enjoy the clear night sky and warm weather. We counted 23 cars as the Sun set.

Saturday July 30th Black Star Canyon star party
Steve & Bonnie Short |
July BSC star party should be great, if it does not rain!!!

Starbecue on 7/30/16!
Barbara Toy |
Our annual Starbecue potluck party will be the next Anza Star Party, on 7/30/16, next Saturday. It will be at the club observatory in the shade on the east side of the building. Bring a dish for about 6-8 people to share. We'll have the barbecue going, so you can bring something to grill. The club will provide plates, tableware and bottled water. Bring a chair if you want a place to sit. We'll be setting things up starting around 5:00, and plan to eat by around 6:00 - hope to see you there!

Kuhn Telescope Back In Action
Barbara Toy |
Thanks to the efforts of Pat Knoll and Trey McGriff, the Kuhn telescope is back in operation, with a new control cable, dec drive that has been cleaned and re-lubricated, and a clean mirror. We expect that it will be operating for the next star party, and hope that, if you are out at Anza for the Starbecue, you'll stop by the observatory and take a look through it!

Barbara Toy
Observatory Custodian

How To Use Your New Telescope Class
Admin |
Do you have a new telescope? Do you have a telescope sitting around that you've never quite learned how to use? Come to the Orange County Astronomers' free class on how to ...

June 25th BSC star party Recap
Steve & Bonnie Short |
Great clear warm evening star party with 21 cars and 31 people attending.

Saturday June 24th Black Star Canyon star party
Steve & Bonnie Short |
Looking good for a clear night at BSC so we can see Mars while it is still so close & big! Saturn will be at its best and Jupiter is always fun to view.

May 28th BSC star party Recap
Steve & Bonnie Short |
20 cars came out but the sky was too cloudy to see anything.

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