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Beginner’s Class-Temporary New Location
 7:30:00 PM - 9:30:00 PM FOR THE 9/1/17 SESSION ONLY, the Beginners Astronomy Class will meet at the Digital Media Center, 1300 S. Bristol Ave., Santa Ana, CA 92704, 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 the class will be 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 outside the building and across Bristol from the building. 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". 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. More
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NEW DATE - AstroImagers SIG
 The date for the monthly meeting of the AstroImagers group has changed, and is now the first Wednesday of the month. The meeting location is 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
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Full Moon
 Full Moon
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OCA General Meeting
 

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

Agenda:
Club Announcements
Whats Up: See Announcement on Home Page.
Main speaker: See announcement on Home Page
break
Ask An Astronomer: bring your questions for our panel of experts.
Library: Members can check out books from our extensive collection.

Refreshments: will be available (coffee, donuts, soft drinks, etc.).
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Last Qtr Moon
 3rd Quarter Moon
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TEMPORARY NEW LOCATION-Astropysics SIG
 For September only, the Astrophysics group will meet at the Digital Media Center, 1300 S. Bristol, Santa Ana, CA. This is a couple blocks south of McFadden, between McFadden and Edinger. There is free parking around the building, and also in a lot across Bristol from the building. The meeting is in the Multipurpose Room, located on the first floor of the building; turn left when you enter the building, then turn right at the corridor, and it is the second room on the left.

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.

All members are welcome - come join us for a stimulating evening!
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Private Outreach - Cancelled
 Event: Deerfield Elementary School
Date: Friday, 9/15/2017
Viewing at 8:00 PM, Sunset at 7:01 PM

Place: Deerfield Elementary School
Address: 2 Deerfield Rd; Irvine
Location: 33°41’38"N, 117°47’32"W

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.
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Private star party - Anza
 
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Private star party-Black Star Canyon
 Monthly Star Party at our Black Star Canyon site, open to OCA Members and their guests only. NOTE: The actual time the gate opens may be different from what is shown above. Black Canyon star parties generally begin with the opening of the gate about 30 minutes before sundown and close at midnight. Please contact Steve Mizera, Black Star Canyon Coordinator, at mizeras@cox.net for details, and to be put on the BSC mailing list.
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OCA Board Meeting
 2:00:00 PM - 6:00:00 PM The regular meeting of the OCA Board is at 2:00 p.m., this month ONLY it will be held at the Village, 1505 17th Street, Santa Ana. There is a large parking lot behind the building on the corner of 17th and Wright.
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New Moon
 
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Explore the Stars
 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 bob@nanzscience.com, or you can visit his website for more information: http://nanzscience.com/explore/index.html.
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Explore the Stars
 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 bob@nanzscience.com, or you can visit his website for more information: http://nanzscience.com/explore/index.html.
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Kuhn Reservation
 Rick Wasson has reserved the Kuhn telescope and the club observatory.
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1st Qtr Moon
 1st Quarter Moon
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Kuhn Reservation
 Rick Wasson has reserved the Kuhn telescope and the club observatory.
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Kuhn Reservation
 Rick Wasson has reserved the Kuhn telescope and the club observatory.
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Private Outreach - OC Parks Astronomy Night
 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.







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