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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

March
6
Fri
7:30 PM
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The first session of the Beginners Astronomy Class gives a general overview of all of the different objects you can see in the night sky, with some history and information about what they are and their significance.

The Beginners Astronomy Class is held at the Heritage Museum of Orange County in Santa Ana. For details, please see the webpage on the Beginners Class, under "About OCA" and "Special Interest Groups," or click here.
Free and open to the public as well as members of OCA.
Note: All people who attend will be invited to visit our Anza dark site or our Black Star Canyon dark site as guests at one of our monthly star parties.
10
Tue
8:00 PM
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Event: Buena Park Junior High
Date: Tuesday, 3/10/2015
Viewing at 8:00 PM, Sunset at 6:56 PM

Place: Buena Park Junior High
Address: 6931 Orangethorpe Ave; Buena Park

Directions: Take CA-55 or CA-57 to CA-91. Take CA-91 west toward LA. Take the Knott Ave exit- Turn right onto Knott Ave. go 0.1 mi. Turn left onto Orangethorpe Ave. go <0.1 mi.
12
Thu
8:00 PM
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Event: Utt Middle School
Date: Thursday, 3/12/2015
Viewing at 8:00 PM, Sunset at 6:57 PM

Place: Utt Middle School
Address: 13601 Browning Ave.; Tustin

Directions: Take CA-55 to I-5 South. Merge onto I-5 South; go 1.6 mi. Exit on Red Hill Ave. Turn left at Red Hill Ave; go 0.3 mi. Turn right at San Juan St; go 0.5 mi. Turn left at Browning Ave. School is on the left.
18
Wed
8:00 PM
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Event: LePort School Huntington Beach
Date: Wednesday, 3/18/2015
Viewing at 8:00 PM, Sunset at 7:02 PM

Place: LePort School
Address: 16081 Waikiki Lane; Huntington Beach

Directions: Take CA-55 to CA-22 west; go 12.1 mi. Take exit 5 for Valley View St toward Bolsa Chica Rd/I-405 S; go 0.4 mi. Turn left onto Valley View St; go 0.2 mi. Continue onto Bolsa Chica Rd; go 3.1 mi. Turn right onto Edinger Ave; go 0.1 mi. Continue a few 100 ft past Waikiki Lane to the gate on the left. Enter the gate and drive across the field to the blacktop area.
19
Thu
8:00 PM
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Event: Garden Grove Library
Date: Thursday, 3/19/2015
Viewing at 8:00 PM, Sunset at 7:03 PM

Place: Garden Grove Library
Address: 11200 Stanford Avenue; Garden Grove

Directions: Take CA-55 to CA-22. Take exit 13 to merge onto CA-22 W/Garden Grove Fwy; go 6.4 mi. Take exit 11 toward Euclid St. Turn left onto Trask Ave. Turn right onto S Euclid St.; go 0.6 mi. Turn right on Acacia Parkway and then left on Civic Center Dr. Then turn left into the parking lot behind the library.
20
Fri
8:00 PM
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Event: Davis Magnet School
Date: Friday, 3/20/2015
Viewing at 8:00 PM, Sunset at 7:03 PM

Place: Davis Magnet School
Address: 1050 Arlington St; Costa Mesa

Directions: Take CA-55 South toward Newport Beach. Take exit 5B for Baker St; go 0.6 mi. Turn right at Baker St; go 0.3 mi. Turn left at Bristol St; go 0.6 mi. Take the 3rd right onto Newport Blvd; go 0.3 mi. Slight right at Arlington Dr; go 0.5 mi.
24
Tue
8:30 PM
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Event: Biola University
Date: Tuesday, 3/24/2015
Viewing at 8:30 PM, Sunset at 7:07 PM

Place: Biola University
Address: 13800 Biola Avenue; La Mirada

Directions: Take CA-91 West or I-5 North to Beach Blvd. Exit onto Auto Center Drive. Continue to Beach Blvd. Go north on Beach Blvd about 1.0 mi. Turn left onto La Mirada Blvd. Drive 1 mi past Rosecrans Ave. Turn left at the east campus entrance. Enter campus then turn left. Drive south past the soccer field to Parking Structure S (22 on map). Enter and drive to the top level. Setup scopes in the middle of the structure.
27
Fri
8:00 PM
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Event: LePort School, Fountain Valley
Date: Friday, 3/27/2015
Viewing at 8:00 PM, Sunset at 7:09 PM

Place: LePort School
Address: 9790 Finch Avenue; Fountain Valley

Directions: Take the CA-55 to the I-405 N. Go north on I-405 N; go 4.1 mi. Take the Euclid St/Newhope St exit; go 0.3 mi. Turn right onto Euclid St; go 0.5 mi. Continue onto Ellis Ave; go 1.3 mi. Turn left onto Hawthorn St; go 0.1 mi. Turn left onto Starling Ave. Turn right and on Redwood St. Turn left onto Finch Ave. School is on the right. Set up on the blacktop area on the east side of the school.
April
3
Fri
7:30 PM
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The 2nd session of the Beginners Astronomy Class covers the different types of equipment used to observe the night sky, including telescopes, mounts, eyepieces, filters, and advantages and disadvantages of different options.

The Beginners Astronomy Class is held at the Heritage Museum of Orange County in Santa Ana. For details, please see the webpage on the Beginners Class, under "About OCA" and "Special Interest Groups," or click here.
Free and open to the public as well as members of OCA.
Note: All people who attend will be invited to visit our Anza dark site or our Black Star Canyon dark site as guests at one of our monthly star parties.
 

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