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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

January
28
Wed
7:00 PM
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Event: Castille Elementary School
Canceled due to cloud coverage.
February
6
Fri
7:00 PM
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Event: La Madera Elementary
Date: Friday, 2/6/2015
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 5:27 PM

Place: La Madera Elementary
Address: 25350 Serrano Road; Lake Forest

Directions: Take CA-55 South to I-5 South. Take exit 11A toward San Diego; go 1.2 mi. Merge onto I-5 S; go 7.9 mi. Take exit 92 for Lake Forest Dr; go 1.9 mi. Turn left onto Lake Forest Dr; go 2.5 mi. Turn right onto Serrano Rd; go 0.4 mi. School is on the right.
6
Fri
7:30 PM
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The 5th session of the Beginners Astronomy Class covers the basics of astrophotography, covering different types of imaging, how different types of cameras are used for this kind of photography, and other equipment and considerations for taking a good picture. This sessionis taught by Kyle Coker, who is active in the club’s AstroImaging section.

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.
9
Mon
7:00 PM
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Event: Deerfield Elementary School
Date: Monday, 2/9/2015
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 5:30 PM

Place: Deerfield Elementary School
Address: 2 Deerfield Rd; Irvine

Directions: Take CA-55 S to the I-5 South. Take I-5 to the Culver Dr exit. Turn right onto Culver Dr.; go 1.1 mi. Turn left onto Deerfield Ave, go 0.5 mi.
10
Tue
7:00 PM
-
 
Event: Esplanade Elementary School
Date: Tuesday, 2/10/2015
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 5:31 PM

Place: Esplanade Elementary School
Address: 381 N. Esplanade Street; Orange

Directions: Take CA-55 to Chapman Ave. Exit and head East on Chapman Ave E; go 0.6 mi. Turn left at N Prospect St; go 0.3 mi. Take the 2nd right onto E Spring St; go 0.5 mi. Turn left at N Esplanade St. School is on the right.
11
Wed
7:00 PM
-
 
Event: Lake View Elementary
Date: Wednesday, 2/11/2015
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 5:32 PM

Place: Lake View Elementary
Address: 17451 Zeider Lane; Huntington Beach

Directions: Take the CA-55 South toward Newport Beach. Take I-405 North - go 6.1 mi. Take the Warner Ave West exit - go 1.2 mi. Turn left on Newland St - go 0.5 mi. Turn right on Slater Ave - go 0.1 mi. Turn right on Zeider Ln - go < 0.1 mi. School is on the left.
12
Thu
7:00 PM
-
 
Event: Lord Baden Powell School
Date: Thursday, 2/12/2015
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 5:33 PM

Place: Lord Baden Powell School
Address: 2911 West Stonybrook Drive; Anaheim

Directions: Take CA-91 West to Beach Blvd. Take exit 23B then turn left at Beach Blvd; go 2.3 mi. Turn left at W Orange Ave; go 0.3 mi. Take the 3rd right onto S Bronwyn Dr; go 0.2 mi. Turn right at W Stonybrook Dr. School is on the right.
17
Tue
7:00 PM
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Event: Fulton Middle School
Date: Tuesday, 2/17/2015
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 5:38 PM

Place: Fulton Middle School
Address: 8778 El Lago Circle; Fountain Valley

Directions: Take CA-55 South to I-405 N. Follow I-405 N 5.6 mi. Take exit 14 to Brookhurst St; go 1.2 mi. Turn right at Talbert Ave; go 0.9 mi. Turn right at Magnolia St; go 0.3 mi. Turn left at El Presidente Ave; go 0.2 mi. El Presidente Ave turns left and becomes El Lago Circle. School is on the left.
18
Wed
7:00 PM
-
 
Event: Robinson Elementary School
Date: Wednesday, 2/18/2015
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 5:37 PM

Place: Robinson Elementary School
Address: 21400 Lindsay Drive; Trabuco Canyon

Directions: From North County, take CA-91 east to CA-241 S. Take exit 40 for California 241 South Toll; go 21.2 mi. Take exit 19 for Santa Margarita Parkway; go 0.3 mi. Turn right onto Santa Margarita Pkwy; go 1.9 mi. Turn left onto Plano Trabuco Rd; go 0.3 mi. Take the 2nd right onto Robinson Ranch Rd; go 0.3 mi. Take the 1st right onto Lindsay Dr. School is on the left .
19
Thu
7:00 PM
-
 
Event: Lambert Elementary School
Date: Thursday, 2/19/2015
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 5:39 PM

Place: Lambert Elementary School
Address: 1151 San Juan St.; Tustin

Directions: Take CA-55 S to the I-5 South. Take I-5 S toward San Diego; go 1.0 mi. Take exit 102 for Newport Avenue; go 0.3 mi. Turn left onto Newport Ave; go 0.4 mi. Turn right onto San Juan; go 0.2 mi. School is on the left.
20
Fri
8:00 PM
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Event: Utt Middle School
Date: Friday, 2/20/2015
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 5:40 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.
23
Mon
7:00 PM
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Event: Northwood Elementary
Date: Monday, 2/23/2015
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 5:43 PM

Place: Northwood Elementary
Address: 28 Carson; Irvine

Directions: Take the CA-91 West left exit onto CA-55 South toward Los Angeles - go 7.0 mi. Take exit #11A onto I-5 South toward San Diego - go 4.0 mi. Take the Culver Dr exit - go 0.4 mi. Turn left on Culver Dr - go 0.1 mi. Turn right on Trabuco Rd - go 0.7 mi. Turn left on Yale Ave - go 0.3 mi. Turn right on Southwood - go 0.2 mi. Turn right on Colt - go < 0.1 mi. Turn right on Carson - go < 0.1 mi.
24
Tue
8:00 PM
-
 
Event: Corey Elementary School
Date: Tuesday, 2/24/2015
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 5:44 PM

Place: Corey Elementary School
Address: 7351 Holder St.; Buena Park

Directions: Take CA-91 West to Knott Ave. Take exit 23A for Knott Ave then turn left onto S Knott Ave; go 0.2 mi. Take the 1st right onto Houston St; go 0.5 mi. Turn right onto Holder St.; go 400 ft. School is on the left.
25
Wed
7:00 PM
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Event: Cerro Villa Middle School
Date: Wednesday, 2/25/2015
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 5:44 PM

Place: Cerro Villa Middle School
Address: 17852 Serrano Ave; Villa Park

Directions: Take CA-55 to Katella Ave exit. Go east on E Katella Ave; go 0.5 mi. Turn left at N Wanda Rd; go 0.3 mi. Continue on N Santiago Blvd; go 0.5 mi. Turn right at Serrano Ave. Follow Serrano past the school and turn right on Nichols Ave. Entrance gate is on the right past the portables.
26
Thu
7:00 PM
-
 
Event: Brywood Elementary School
Date: Thursday, 2/26/2015
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 5:45 PM

Place: Brywood Elementary School
Address: 1 Westwood; Irvine

Directions: Take CA-55 South to I-5 South. Take exit 11A to merge onto I-5 South; go 4.0 mi. Take exit 99 for Culver Dr; go 0.4 mi. Turn left at Culver Dr; go 0.6 mi. Turn right at Bryan Ave; go 0.4 mi. Turn right at Westwood. School is on the right.
27
Fri
7:00 PM
-
 
Event: Rancho Canada Elementary School
Date: Friday, 2/27/2015
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 5:46 PM

Place: Rancho Canada Elementary School
Address: 21801 Winding Way; Lake Forest

Directions: From CA-55, take I-5 S exit toward San Diego. Merge onto I-5 S; go 7.9 mi. Take the Bake Pkwy exit; go 1.0 mi. Turn left onto Bake Pkwy; go 1.9 mi. Turn right onto Toledo Way; go 0.3 mi. Turn left onto Serrano Rd; go 0.8 mi. Turn right onto Winding Way; go 0.2 mi. Drive past the school. Enter at the gate on the west side of the school.
 

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