The Santa Cruz Astronomy Club serves all communities in Santa Cruz County, California and neighboring areas. Our emphasis is telescope observing, family participation, and public enjoyment of the wonders of the starry night. Check the events or calendar for our schedule...
We meet on the Second Thursday of every month at 7:00pm, at the Harvey West Park Scout House, and hold several star parties per month, formerly at the Bonny Doon Airport, weather permitting. We are currently looking for a new regular observing site, and trying out various others
Various of our club members volunteer to provide a viewing experience to the public. We may randomly do sidewalk astronomy around the area, as well as occasional school and camp groups.
If you're thinking of coming to one of our viewing events, its always a good idea to check the club's email list for last minute updates, you can view the most recent posts on the list archives
Here's a chance to enjoy the company of your astronomy friends in a relaxed atmosphere. Bring a BBQ item for the grill, your favorite beverage and a side dish to share. A hot grill and utensils will be provided. Spouses/friends are welcome. Festivities will be on Saturday, Septermer 20, and begin at 4 pm; the grill should be ready by 5 pm and if weather permits, we could have some observing after dark. Call Walter and Carol at 831 438-1214 if you need directions to their home about 3 miles above Santa Cruz, off Graham Hill Rd.
The Program for the SCAC Meeting on September 11th will be by our own Al Smith, PhD. speaking on "Finding Dark Sites." He will address 1) Why we want to observe, or photograph, at dark sites. 2) How to quantify and measure dark sites, and 3) Where to find mapped information on dark sites. One of Al's topics will be the selection process used to site the 10 meter telescope on the summit of Mauna Kea at the Keck Observatory. It will surely be an interesting evening!
The Bonny Doon Airport has been for sale for some years now, and was finally sold last week. Until we have an opportunity to connect with the new owners, who are out of the country on vacation for the summer, we will have to find a new location for our star parties.