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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

Exploring Pluto: Oceans at the Edge of the Solar System!

MIRA's next lecture is on the events website: 

The program is as follows:

Title: Exploring Pluto: Oceans at the Edge of the Solar System!, Dr. Francis Nimmo, U.C. Santa Cruz

Location & time:  MPC Lecture Forum #102 on January 21, 2017 at 7:30pm

Jan. 12, 2017 Meeting: The NGC/IC Historical Project

This is a fascinating talk by the famed observer, Steve Gottlieb, on problems with the NGC and IC catalogues of deep sky objects. You do not want to miss this presentation.


Nightfall 2016

Several SCAC members traveled to Borrego Springs again to attend Nightfall.      I'm stealing this picture from former President Ron Yelton :)

Ron writes...

Oct. 13 meeting: "The Discovery of Gravitational Waves", 7 PM

Dr. Roger Knacke, Emeritus Professor of Physics and Astronomy, Penn State Behrend, will present a talk about Gravitational Waves at 7 p.m., Thursday, October 13, 2016, at the Santa Cruz Astronomy Club meeting.

Santa Cruz Astronomy Club Barbecue


Santa Cruz Astronomy Club Barbecue Saturday – October 15th, 2016 @ Walter & Carol’s Place Starts 4pm Astronomy BBQ with friends - fun and fellowship Walter & Carol providing hot grills, utensils Bring your own BBQ item and drink Please bring something to share Hot grill ready about 5pm Call them for directions (831) 438-1214 Location about 3 miles above SC, off Graham Hill Rd. Look forward to seeing you


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