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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
17
Fri
9:00 PM
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Event: Corpus Christi Church
Date: Friday, 7/17/2015
Viewing at 9:00 PM, Sunset at 8:03 PM

Place: Corpus Christi Church
Address: 27231 Aliso Viejo Pkwy; Aliso Viejo
Location: 3334’00"N, 11743’48"W

Directions: Take CA-55 South to CA-73 S. Take the CA-73 exit south towards San Diego. Merge onto CA-73 S; go 10.2 mi. Take the exit toward Glenwood Dr/Pacific Park; go 0.6 mi. Turn right onto Pacific Park Dr; go 1.5 mi. Turn right onto Aliso Viejo Pkwy; go 0.2 mi. Turn right into the parking lot and go around the church to set up on the south side of the grassy area.
18
Sat
6:00 PM
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Explore the Stars in the Observatory campground on Palomar Mountain. For details, please contact Bob Nanz or Steve Short.
 

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