Some people promise you the stars. We deliver.

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 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



Bonny Doon Clear Sky Clock

Bill Lockman's experiences at GSSP 2014

Great companionship, meals, amenities, awesome dark sky site on the last day. Even the little storm we had Wednesday night made the trip special.

Website Upgrade in Progress

You can expect to see quite a few changes here in the next few days, I've upgraded this webserver and moved it to my new much faster webserver.

there's a few things still broken, but its getting better.

the 'theme' is temporary, I'll be re-styling it to look unique, I know this one looks a little too much like the site right now.


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.

Golden State Star Party

yup, once again, its GSSP. A substantial number of SCAC members are going... This annual event is being held June 25-29, on Frosty Acres Ranch, near Adin, California.

Its a long drive, but 4 nights of truly dark skies with great horizons, and some great BBQ from the local ranchers, hard to beat!

2014 Yosemite Trip - July 18-19

This year, our club drew July 18th and 19th from the lottery.

Site details at our Glacier Point page.

July 18th is the Last Quarter Moon.

The following information is provided for Glacier Point (longitude W119.6, latitude N37.7):

        Friday  18 July 2014          Universal Time - 7h            

        Sunset                    20:18                 
        Astronomical Dark         21:48                 
        Moonrise                  00:27 on following day

Last quarter Moon on 18 July 2014 at 19:08 (Universal Time - 7h).


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