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Outreach

One of the fundamental reasons why the OCA was formed over 40 years ago was to help spread the knowledge and appreciation of Astronomy within the local community. Every year literally 1,000's of people, young and old, get to experience the joys of Astronomy, sometimes for the very first time, when OCA Members bring their telescopes out to schools, libraries and other venues. We do this absolutely for free (although we do not usually turn down any donations to the clubs education fund).

The very active outreach program is run by Jim Benet and attracts many OCA Members to help out. Jim is always looking for more volunteers. The qualifications are simple. Whatever telescope you have is fine, big or small, it doesn't matter. You simply need to bring along your telescope and love for astronomy and be willing to share that joy with all the hungry eyes and minds that turn up.

The upcoming outreach events are always entered into the OCA calendar. The outreach events that occur within schools are usually always private (members of the public cannot attend unless they have children at the school). Other outreach events which are scheduled in some of the public parks and areas may be open to the public. If you are not a member of the OCA and you would like to attend one of our outreach events please contact Jim Benet if you are unlear if the event is open to the public.

Please find the contact information for our Outreach Coordinator here

Listing of the upcoming outreaches from our calendar

July
21
Sat
9:00 PM
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Event: San Mateo Campground
Date: Saturday, 7/21/2018
Viewing at 9:00 PM, Sunset at 8:00 PM

Place: San Mateo Campground
Address: 830 Cristianitos Rd; San Clemente
Location: 33°24’21"N, 117°35’08"W

Directions: Take CA-55 south to the I-5. Take the I-5 South toward San Diego - go 30.8 mi. Take the Cristianitos Rd exit; go 0.2 mi. Turn left on Cristianitos Rd - go 0.9 mi. Turn right after entering park and go a half mile to the parking lot on right (just below the amphitheater).
August
4
Sat
8:45 PM
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Event: San Mateo Campground
Date: Saturday, 8/4/2018
Viewing at 8:45 PM, Sunset at 7:50 PM

Place: San Mateo Campground
Address: 830 Cristianitos Rd; San Clemente
Location: 33°24’21"N, 117°35’08"W

Directions: Take CA-55 south to the I-5. Take the I-5 South toward San Diego - go 30.8 mi. Take the Cristianitos Rd exit; go 0.2 mi. Turn left on Cristianitos Rd - go 0.9 mi. Turn right after entering park and go a half mile to the parking lot on right (just below the amphitheater).
9
Thu
8:30 PM
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Event: Shipley Nature Center
Date: Thursday, 8/9/2018
Viewing at 8:45 PM, Sunset at 7:48 PM

Place: Held at Central Park
Address: 17851 Goldenwest; Huntington Beach
Location: 33°42’11"N, 118°00’33"W

Directions: Take CA-55 S to I-405 N. Slight left at I-405 N; go 7.0 mi. Take exit 15 for Warner Ave toward Magnolia St; go 0.2 mi. Keep right at the fork and merge onto Warner Ave; go 1.5 mi. Turn left at Beach Blvd/CA-39; go 0.5 mi. Turn right at Slater Ave; go 1.0 mi. Turn left at Goldenwest St; go 0.3 mi. Park is on the right. Drive into park and then down the path on the north side of the park.
18
Sat
8:00 PM
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Event: Nix Nature Center
Date: Saturday, 8/18/2018
Viewing at 8:45 PM, Sunset at 7:37 PM

Place: Nix Nature Center
Address: 18751 Laguna Canyon Rd; Laguna Beach
Location: 33°36’30"N, 117°45’48"W

Directions: Take CA-55 S to I-5 South. Take exit 11A to merge onto I-5 South; go 7.7 mi. Take exit 95 for State Hwy 133 South. Merge onto CA-133 S; go 5.4 mi. Nix Nature Center is on the right (west side of the street).
 

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