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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

May 11 Meeting: "Off the Deep End" with Steve Gottlieb

We have the pleasure again of having Steve Gottlieb give a talk focused on observing deep sky objects: Off the Deep End -- Challenging Observing Projects for the Intrepid Amateur. Steve will be giving a version of this talk in Cambridge, UK, to the Webb Deep Sky Society in June. You do not want to miss this presentation!!


Web Links to NGC/IC project

Steve Gottlieb gave a fabulous presentation on the history of the NGC and IC catalogues. He has supplied web links to useful sites discussing the project and observations of the objects. What follows are Steve's recommendations:

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...


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