Since 2012, the Club has held Star Parties at the Tye Preston Memorial Library, 16311 South Access Road, Canyon Lake The Library is home to the Ravenstar Outdoor Education Brown Smith Observatory. The Observatory houses a 11″ Celestron Schmidt Cassegrain….or SCT. Additionally on Astronomy Nights, members of the club set up their own telescopes so you can view many objects during the same evening .
First everyone is invited into the Library for a presentation to learn what they may view that evening and then they go up to the observatory for an evening under the stars. If weather conditions prevent the use of telescopes, then there will be astronomical presentations inside.
Astronomy Nights are held monthly from September through April with May being our annual Sun Party. For the Sun Party, members bring specialized telescopes for viewing the Sun, sunspots, and solar prominences.
Tentative dates for 2021-2022 season Astronomy Night Star Parties are as follows:
Sept 11 – 8:30 PM – Cancelled
Oct 16 – 7:30 PM (International Observe the Moon Night) Cancelled
Nov 6 – 7:30 PM
Dec 4 – 6:30 PM
Jan 29 – 6:30 PM
Feb 26 – 7:30 PM
Mar 26 – 8:30 PM
April 30 – 8:30 PM
May 21 – 2:00 PM (Sun Party)
Oct 1 – International Observe the Moon Night at 8:30 PM
Oct 22 – 7:30 PM
Nov 19 – 6:30 PM
Dec 17 – 6:30 PM