Star Parties

 

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 now houses the Bob Keyser C9.25 Celestron Schmidt Cassegrain (SCT) and the club also owns and will set up C11 1″ SCT, a 8″ Meade LX200, and a 10″ Newtonian on a Dobsonian mount for anyone to play with.  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.

Dates for 2023 season Astronomy Night Star Parties are as follows:

2024 Dates:

May 11 – 2:00 PM – Sun Party

June-Aug -No Astronomy Nights, too hot and too late.

Sep 14 – 8:00 PM – International Observe the Moon Night!

Sep 28 – 7:30 PM

Oct 26 – 7:00 PM

Nov 30 – 6:00 PM

Dec 21 – 6:00 PM