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
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...
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.
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 June 16th and 17th, 2017.
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