The loaner program offers members a means to try scopes of various sizes and technologies before you buy. For more information please see the loaner program web page: http://www.sjaa.net/loaners.shtml
The annual CalStar star party starts September 29. It is located at Lake San Antonio, south of King City. More information will be available soon. Check http://www.observers.org/CalStar for the latest news.
Astronomy related articles are requested for this newsletter. Please send articles to firstname.lastname@example.org. Articles can be in text or MS Word format. Other formats are probably okay too. Articles should be submitted by the 10th of the month.
Writers par Excellence
Speaking of writers, the former SJAA Ephemeris editors, Jane and Morris Jones, have written articles about the recent Juno launch. See Jane's at http://jane.whiteoaks.com/2011/08/14/mission-juno-launch-august-5-2011/ and Mojo's at http://mojo.whiteoaks.com/2011/08/11/the-nasa-tweetup-to-launch-juno/
Below are the cumulative statistics from 5 years of star parties. Jim Van Nuland and his colleagues have been remarkably consistent. Notice that the number of cloudouts have decreased and the number of noon cancellations have increased as Jim gets even better at being able to tell what the skies will be like.
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