SJAA Activities Calendar

Jim Van Nuland


  1. Observational Astronomy class, Houge Park, 8 p.m. Topic: Tools of amateur astronomy: types of telescopes, binoculars, accessories, manufacturers. What to buy and what to avoid.
  2. Beginning of Summer time. Advance clocks.
  3. Easter (school vacations week before or after)
  4. Houge Park star party. Sunset 7:38 p.m., 40% moon rises 3:21 a.m.
  5. Star party at Peak. Sunset 7:36 p.m., 30% moon rises 4:00 p.m.
  6. Star party at Coe (no host), Peak. Sunset 7:44 p.m., 6% moon sets 9:48 p.m.
  7. Houge Park star party. Sunset 7:51 p.m., 65% moon sets 3:27 a.m.
  8. General Mtg. at Houge Park, Noon, Swap/Auction IXX


  1. Observational Astronomy class, Houge Park, 8 p.m. Using telescopes: setup, collimation, other maintenance issues. Finding objects with coordinates or star-hopping, magnification, filters.
  2. Houge Park star party. Sunset 8:03 pm, 56% moon rises 2:00 am.
  3. Star party at Peak. Sunset 8:00 pm, 46% moon rises 2:36 pm.
  4. through May 16: Texas Star Party
  5. Star party at Coe (no host), Peak. Sunset 8:08 pm, 1% moon sets 8:35 pm.
  6. Houge Park star party. Sunset 8:15 pm, 49% moon sets 2:06 am.
  7. Astronomy Day event at The Tech Museum.
  8. General Meeting at Houge Park, 8 pm, Chris Cody/Bad Astronomy
  9. through May 31: Riverside Telescope Makers Conference
  10. Memorial Day

About Henry Coe Star Parties

My apologies for being a month late with this article - it should have appeared in the issue in which the subject was mentioned in the Board Meeting notes. Sorry about scaring some of you.

We have not discontinued use of Henry Coe Park.

But there is a problem. Newcomers have gone up to Coe on an announced star-party Saturday, and could not find anyone from SJAA (or any scopes at all). As those of us who love Coe are aware, these events are lightly attended. Even when the weather is favorable, sometimes there's nobody up there. So, the Board's thinking was to avoid printed and/or WWW mention. Coe would be a place that people find out about by talking to one of us, and we would also tell them just where to go, warn about light attendance, etc.

In further discussion, it's been decided to place warnings in the directions and invitations, hoping to avoid disappointments while still allowing people to know the schedule.

This same problem exists at Fremont Peak State Park as well, but it's much less likely that the site will be empty. Nevertheless, we are attempting to have an official "presence" at the Peak, such as a sign or banner. That's why the calendar lists the "host" for each Peak star party.

Clear Skies! Jim.

Jim Van Nuland; last updated: October 03, 2007 Prev Next