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Welcome to the Santa Cruz Astronomy Club

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

 

 

Bonny Doon Clear Sky Clock

Steve Gottlieb's talk on 2015-05-14

Steve talks about the discovery of the spiral structure of galaxies, and how observers expectations blinded them to something so obvious.

SCAC-2015-05-14-Steve_Gottleib-mono48k.mp3

this is about 90 minutes long, but the main talk ends at 1h 10m, then we have about 10 minutes of Q&A and 10 mins of club business.

Steve Gottlieb presents "Unwrapping the Visual Discovery of Spiral Nebula" for May 14 meeting

For our May 14 meeting, Steve Gottlieb, a contributing editor for Sky & Telescope, will be our featured speaker on "Unwrapping the Visual Discovery of Spiral Nebula".  This is the story of William Parsons' (Third Earl of Rosse) first visual observations of M51 with his massive 72-inch speculum reflector in the spring of 1845 and the subsequent discovery of spiral structure in dozens of "nebulae".  The context is how our biases and expectations affect our visual perception at the eyepiece.  Eyepiece sketches of several spirals by R

Help Wanted at Orion Telescopes and Binoculars

Orion Telescope and Binoculars is looking for a Product Development and Project Manager III, this is a full time position.   They've asked us to post the job description, so here it is as an attachment...

April speaker Prof. John Faulkner, UCSC Emeriti

Prof. John Faulkner, UCSC, will be speaking on "A Life with Stars" at the April 9 meeting. His professional interests lie in the the theory of stellar structure and evolution, but this talk will cover much more:  John Faulkner received his degrees at Cambridge University. His Thesis advisor was Fred Hoyle, noted for the theory of stellar nucleosynthesis in supernova explosions and for the steady state theory of the universe (he rejected the big bang theory). John was also a contemporary of Stephen Hawking, Margaret and Geoffrey Burbidge, and William Fowler.

Glacier Point- 2015

Every summer the Santa Cruz Astronomy Club packs up our telescopes and camping gear for a trip to Glacier Point in Yosemite National park. It's a fun weekend of observing and sharing the night sky with park visitors from all over the world.

This year, its the nights of August 7th & 8th, 2015.

If you are interested in attending this event sponsored by the park, please check out the files listed below the map.
* In the Glacier Point Star Party FAQs (Frequently Answered Questions) document below you can find:
- A history of the Glacier Point Star Parties

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