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Beginner's Class
 7:30:00 AM - 9:30:00 AM The 6th session of the Beginners Astronomy Class covers 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 session is 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". Download the sample information package. Free and open to the public as well as members of OCA. Note: All people who attend will be invited to visit one of our monthly star parties at Black Star Canyon as a guest. More
Private Outreach - Brywood Elementary School
 Event: Brywood Elementary School
Date: Friday, 2/2/2018
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 5:23 PM

Place: Brywood Elementary School
Address: 1 Westwood; Irvine
Location: 33°42’43"N, 117°46’25"W

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.
Private - OC Academy of Sciences and Arts
 Event: OCASA (OC Academy of Sciences and Arts)
Date: Monday, 2/5/2018
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 5:26 PM

Place: OCASA (OC Academy of Sciences and Arts)
Address: 29292 Crown Valley Pkwy; Laguna Niguel
Location: 33°32’09"N, 117°41’47"W

Directions: Take 1-5 or 405 S towards San Diego. If taking 405 S, merge onto I-5 S. Go 10 mi. and take exit 86 for Crown Valley Pkwy. Turn Right onto Crown Valley Pkwy. Turn Left onto Adelanto Dr, 2.1 mi. School will be on immediate right side.
Private Outreach - Buena Park Junior High
 Event: Buena Park Junior High
Date: Tuesday, 2/6/2018
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 5:28 PM

Place: Buena Park Junior High
Address: 6931 Orangethorpe Ave; Buena Park
Location: 33°51’41"N, 118°00’46"W

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.
Private Outreach - Mendez Fundamental
 Event: Mendez Fundamental School
Date: Wednesday, 2/7/2018
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 5:28 PM

Place: Held at 2000 N Bristol St; Santa Ana
Address: CA
Location: 33°45’52"N, 117°52’51"W

Directions: Take CA-55 South to CA-22 W/Garden Grove. Take exit 14A towards The City Dr. At the light, turn right onto W Metropolitan Dr. Turn right immediately onto The City Dr S, 0.1 mi. Turn Left onto W Memory Lane, 0.4 mi. Turn right onto N Bristol St. T turn right into the school parking lot, shared with shopping center. Drive down the side road behind Target with the school on your right and Target on the left. Gate should be visible.
AstroImagers SIG
 Monthly meeting of the AstroImagers group in the Digital Media Center, 1300 S. Bristol Ave., Santa Ana, CA 92704.

The meeting begins at 7pm and will be in the "Multipurpose Room," which is located on the first floor, south end of the building. Enter the main lobby, turn left to go down the hallway, and we are in the second room on the left. There is a small sign on the wall next to the door that says "Multipurpose Room." There is plenty of free parking.

This very active group includes all levels of imagers, from beginners through experts in CCD, video and film astrophotography. All OCA Members are welcome, at whatever level they may be or the nature of their interest in this topic.

Please click here for Details
Last Qtr Moon
 3rd Quarter Moon
Private Outreach - Canyon View Elementary
 Event: Canyon View Elementary School
Date: Thursday, 2/8/2018
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 5:29 PM

Place: Canyon View Elementary School
Address: 12025 Yale Court; Irvine
Location: 33°43’37"N, 117°45’15"W

Directions: Take the I-5 to the Culver Dr exit. Go north on Culver Dr 2.1 mi. Turn right onto Portola Pkwy, go 0.6 mi. Turn right at the 1st cross street onto Yale Ave; go 0.2 mi. Continue onto Yale Ct. School is on the right.
OCA General Meeting

Meetings are FREE and open to the public, and are held at Chapman University

Club Announcements
Whats Up: See Announcement on Home Page.
Main speaker: See announcement on Home Page
Library: Members can check out books from our extensive collection.

Refreshments: will be available (coffee, donuts, soft drinks, etc.).
Private Star Party - Orange County
 Monthly Star Party in the OC Parks Open space (Location may vary), open to OCA Members and their guests only. NOTE: The actual time the gate opens may be different from what is shown above. The Orange County star parties generally begin with the opening of the gate about 30 minutes before sundown and close at midnight. Please contact Steve Mizera, the Star Party Coordinator, at mizeras@cox.net for details, and to be put on the OC Star Party mailing list.
Private Outreach - Canceled
 Event: Anaheim Hills Elementary
Ash Wednesday
Valentine’s Day
Private Outreach - Fairmont Elementary School
 Event: Fairmont Elementary School
Date: Thursday, 2/15/2018
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 5:35 PM

Place: Fairmont Elementary School
Address: 5241 Fairmont Blvd; Yorba Linda
Location: 33°53’10"N, 117°47’28"W

Directions: Take CA-55 or CA-57 north to CA-91 East. Go east on CA-91 E to exit 36 for Imperial Hwy. Turn left onto Imperial Hwy; go 0.5 mi. Turn right onto E La Palma Ave; go 1.0 mi. Turn left at Fairmont Blvd; go 2.0 mi. School is on the left.
New Moon
Private meeting-Astropysics SIG
 Our Astrophysics group meets to discuss and learn about how the universe works as a seminar group that bases its discussions on topics of interest introduced by the participants and the videos that are shown during the meetings on different aspects of astrophysics. The meetings are held in the classroom at the Heritage Museum of Orange County, located at 3101 W. Harvard Ave., Santa Ana. The museum is located about a half-block west of Fairview; Harvard is about two miles north of the 405 Fwy, between Warner and Edinger. The driveway is at the western end of the museum property; follow it around to the back of the property to the parking area; the classroom faces the parking area. All members are welcome - come join us for a stimulating evening!
Chinese New Year
Private Oureach - Beatty Elementary School
 Event: Beatty Elementary School
Date: Friday, 2/16/2018
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 5:37 PM

Place: Beatty Elementary School
Address: 8201 Country Club; Buena Park
Location: 33°53’05"N, 117°59’28"W

Directions: Take CA-91 west to the 5 Fwy. Take I-5 Fwy west to Beach Blvd. Turn right on Beach Blvd to Malvern. Turn right on Malvern. At the first signal, Country Club Drive, turn left. The school is about 1/4 mile up Country Club on your left. Enter through the gate next to the blue colt mural and drive under the walkway coverings to the blacktop.
Private star party - Anza
Presidents’ Day
Private - Northwood High School
 Event: Northwood High School
Date: Tuesday, 2/20/2018
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 5:40 PM

Place: Northwood High School
Address: 4515 Portola Pkwy; Irvine
Location: 33°44’04"N, 117°44’57"W

Directions: Merge onto CA-91 E/Riverside Fwy toward Riverside; go 1.1 mi. Take exit 40 for California 241 South Toll toward Irvine; go 1.0 mi. Continue onto CA-241 S; go 5.8 mi. Keep right at the fork to continue on CA-261 S, follow signs for California 261 Toll S/Irvine; go 3.1 mi. Take exit 3 for Portola Pkwy; go 0.4 mi. Turn left onto Portola Pkwy; go 1.4 mi. Turn left onto Yale; go 0.3 mi. Turn left. Turn right. Turn left. School is on the right.
Private - Vista Verde K-8 School
 Event: Vista Verde K-8 School
Date: Wednesday, 2/21/2018
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 5:41 PM

Place: Vista Verde K-8 School
Address: 6 Federation Way; Irvine
Location: 33°37’51"N, 117°49’38"W

Directions: Take CA-55 South towards Costa Mesa. Take exit 6B for 405 South/San Diego Fwy and take the exit for Culver Drive, 10.5 mi. Turn Right at the light onto Culver Drive. Continue on Culver for 2.3 mi - it will become Bonita Canyon Drive after you’ve passed UCI. Turn Left on to Turtle Ridge Drive and then turn Left again onto Federation Way. School will be on the Right.
Private Outreach - Canceled
 Event: Northwood Elementary
Canceled due to cloudy skies and possibility of rain.
Private Outreach - Olive Elementary School
 Event: Olive Elementary School
Date: Friday, 2/23/2018
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 5:43 PM

Place: Olive Elementary School
Address: 3038 N Magnolia Avenue; Orange
Location: 33°50’24"N, 117°50’39"W

Directions: Merge onto I-5 N; go 2.5 mi. Take exit 103A for CA-55 N; go 0.2 mi. Merge onto CA-55 N; go 6.2 mi. Take exit 17 toward Nohl Ranch Rd/Lincoln Ave; go 0.2 mi. Turn left onto N Santiago Blvd. Turn left at the 1st cross street onto E Lincoln Ave; go 0.7 mi. Turn right onto N Olive Ave; go .02 mi. Stay on Olive past Buena Vista Ave and just before the turn onto Orange-Olive, turn right through the school gate and go right onto the basketball courts for telescope set-up.
1st Qtr Moon
 1st Quarter Moon

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