SFAA NIGHT at Fremont Peak Observatory
soon: August 17-18 2012
the past few years
the FPOA has graciously granted us use of their incredible 30 inch
telescope for a
In exchange, we do a public program the following day and
as a thank you. We
have reserved the Observatory Friday, August 17th evening for an
exclusive private gathering of members from
Wanna come? It's open to all current dues paying members
of SFAA. If so, please email
Adrian, all the following information: your license plate #, type
and color of
your car, if you are Friday Only in attendance and if you're
scope the type and size like you do for Yosemite.
The Fremont Peak Observatory features a fine 30-inch f/4.8 Newtonian
telescope built by Kevin Medlock
of the Eastbay
The telescope is mounted on an English cross-axis equatorial
There are also 6 powered observing pads outside the observatory,
visiting astronomers (like
can set up to observe in Fremont Peak's dark
Observatory conducts programs for the public at least three
evenings a month, excluding the Saturday closest to full moon.
Peak State Park is about 100
miles south of San Francisco, and eleven
miles south east of the town of San Juan Bautista. The park
camping facilities which are available either by reservation
come first served basis. Please be sure and pay the day or or if
camping the overnight fee in the green box by the public phone.
bottom of the hill in San Juan Bautista is the San
Inn for those
who would like more civilized overnight amenities.
Brown, former President of FPOA, noted that Fremont Peak has
as a nearby dark sky observing and astrophotography site with a
excellent southern horizons,
and is even mentioned as a stopping place
on page 50 of the May-June 2005 issue of AAA's Via
Dave Goggin has a list of deep dark obscure objects to observe for those hard core
observers from Jones 1 to Hickson 8.
Dr. Doris Sloan, an FPOA member wrote an article in Bay
Nature Magazine about Fremont Peak. Coincidentally the April-June
08 article is embellished with our own Michael Kran's photos
SFAA members wanting to enjoy this gorgeous telescope on their
whenever they choose (with a few exceptions), why not join
FPOA? Benefits of membership and more once you download
if you'd like to participate in a great social activity
FPOA folks as well as other SF Bay Area Clubs, the very next day
they are having their annual star-studded Star B Q in
on Saturday, August 18, 2012.
However, please do let Rick
know if you're interested in coming & RSVP before the 14th
if possible. The Fremont Peak Star B
is always fun and sure to please.
They are the originators of the fantastic gasto-astro event. So
come with your best thought and tasty side dish for the judges!
For more information about
Fremont Peak Observatory, including
excellent directions to Fremont Peak State Park and the
visit their web site
Looking forward to seeing
you again this year,
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