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Stars over Yosemite

SJAA Yosemite Public Star Party 2009

Jim Van Nuland


The annual SJAA Yosemite star party will be held on July 17-18, at Glacier Point in Yosemite National Park. Up to 30 people will be given free admission and camping, in exchange for two public events on Friday and Saturday evenings. The rest of the time we can be tourists.

We are expected to have at least one scope per two people, and to attend both star parties, not just Friday or Saturday. For these reasons, this is not suitable for a family camping trip.

The camping is rough by modern standards: no dining room, no showers, no hot water. Read about it on the SJAA Yosemite page , then contact me with questions.

If you can tolerate the limitations, tell me the number of people you’ll have, and the number of scopes that will be set up for the public. E-mail me at, or phone 408-371-1307 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Priority is given to SJAA members.

The moon will have been 3rd quarter on the previous Wednesday, so this is a fine date. Moonrises will be at 1:52 and 2:50 am, but it will be only 20% and 11% illuminated, so it will interfere very little if at all.

Clear High Skies!


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