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
Explore the Stars in the Observatory campground on Palomar Mountain.
This is a 2-night public outreach event. Friday night is more informal, generally with fewer viewers and no formal program (it tends to be more of a star party for those volunteers who show up that night). Saturday night is much busier, and starts with a pot-luck for the volunteers, followed by a talk at around dusk, and then public viewing through the volunteers’ telescopes after that. For more information or to volunteer, please contact Bob Nanz at firstname.lastname@example.org, or you can visit his website for more information: http://nanzscience.com/explore/index.html.
Event: OC Parks Astronomy Night
Date: Saturday, 9/30/2017
Viewing at 7:45 PM, Sunset at 6:39 PM
Place: Held at O’Neill Regional Park
Address: 30892 Trabuco Canyon Rd.; Trabuco Canyon
Location: 33°39’05"N, 117°36’03"W
Directions: Head to I-5 South towards San Diego. Take exit 91 towards El Toro Rd via Avenida De La Carlota. Use the Left three lanes to turn Left onto El Toro Rd. Travel 7.5 mi. and turn Right onto Live Oak Canyon Rd. Live Oak becomes Trabuco Canyon Rd. Looks for signs for O’Neill Regional Park on the Right.
Event: Laguna Woods Astronomy Club
Date: Tuesday, 10/17/2017
Viewing at 7:30 PM, Sunset at 6:17 PM
Place: Clubhouse 5
Address: 24262 Punta Alta; Laguna Woods
Location: 33°36’30"N, 117°44’54"W
Directions: Take CA-55 to I-5 South. Merge onto I-5 South; go 11.9 mi to the El Toro Rd exit. Merge onto Paseo de Valencia; go 0.2 mi. Turn right onto El Toro Rd and go 2.1 mi to Calle Corta. Turn right on Calle Corta into Gate 9. Turn right at Avenida Sosiega; go 0.2 mi. Turn left at Monte Hermoso; go 0.3 mi. Turn right at Punta Alta, Clubhouse 5 is on the right.
Event: Cypress Village Elementary
Date: Wednesday, 10/18/2017
Viewing at 7:15 PM, Sunset at 6:16 PM
Place: Cypress Village Elementary
Address: 355 Rush Lily; Irvine
Location: 33°41’08"N, 117°45’31"W
Directions: Take CA-55 towards I-5 South. Merge onto I-5 South towards San Diego, go 9.5 mi. Take exit 96A for Sand Canyon Ave and make a Left at the stop light. Turn Left onto Nightmist, 03 mi. Then turn Right onto Rush Lily. School will be right in front of you - enter the parking lot and immediate turn right. Gate to the blacktop is furthest right of the parking lot near Rush Lily Ave.
Event: Bonita Canyon Elementary
Date: Thursday, 10/19/2017
Viewing at 7:15 PM, Sunset at 6:15 PM
Place: Bonita Canyon Elementary
Address: 1 Sundance Drive; Irvine
Location: 33°38’02"N, 117°48’47"W
Directions: Take the CA-55 south exit towards Costa Mesa Fwy/Newport Beach. Take the I-405 south and exit on Culver D. Turn right on Culver Dr and go 1.4 mi. Turn left on Campus Dr - go 0.4 mi. Turn right on Turtle Rock Dr - go 1.6 mi. Turn left on Sundance.
Event: Mission Viejo Campout
Date: Friday, 10/20/2017
Viewing at 7:15 PM, Sunset at 6:13 PM
Place: Held at Murray Community Center
Address: 24932 Veterans Way; Mission Viejo
Location: 33°36’08"N, 117°39’05"W
Directions: Take CA-55 S to I-5 S. Take the I-5 S exit toward San Diego; go 1.1 mi. Merge onto I-5 S; go 13.0 mi. Take the La Paz Rd exit; go 0.3 mi. Turn left onto La Paz Rd. Slight left to stay on La Paz Rd; go 1.7 mi. Turn left onto Veterans Way; go 0.3 mi. Set up in parking lot on the left past the community center - most likely on the field with no lights.