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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

Observing at Henry Cowell

After many years of showing up for Full Moon Madness, always on nights with big moons, basically terrible for astronomy, I approached the Ranger and Interpreters of Herny Cowell, with the idea of doing some dark nights.  The Rangers are agreable, and I've setup several dates on a trial basis this year...     

The Great American Total Solar Eclipse, Aug. 2017 -- How to See it !

This month's presentation at the monthly meeting on April 14 at 7 PM will be "The Great American Total Solar Eclipse on August 21, 2017." Most are aware of the upcoming total solar eclipse crossing United States in August 2017. Club member Albert Smith will explain total solar eclipses and start with a video of why we all should be excited. Al has seen a half dozen total eclipses around the world and from high in the air. But do you know where and how to see it, and when you should get ready for it?


Our March 10th meeting will feature Martin Gaskell, Dept. Astronomy & Astrophysics, UCSC


"Imaging the Dark Universe," by Prof. Aaron Roodman (KIPAC Institute, SLAC)

We are pleased to announce that Prof.  Aaron Roodman (KIPAC Institute, SLAC) will be speaking at our February 11, 2016 SCAC meeting at 7PM about Dark Energy <> and the LSST

"A Keen Delight: The Lick Observatory Historical Collections Project" at Jan. 14 Meeting

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.


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