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 Club 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
Tony Misch of Lick Observatory will be our speaker for the Thursday, Jan. 14 meeting. Tony's presentation highlights the history of astronomy as written in the evolving technologies, tools, and methods used by observational astronomers. As each generation of observers gives way to the next, its tools are replaced by more precise and efficient ones. In the more than 125 years since Lick Observatory was founded, a wealth of scientific instruments, photographic plates, and observing records accumulated on Mt. Hamilton, illustrating the remarkable changes in astronomy during this period.