Tuesday nights at 11pm on December 2nd,
9th, 16th and 23rd on COX Channel 31 (30 minutes)
- Highlights from the What's Up from
the October 2003 meeting of the OCA at Chapman University
- Highlights of the presentation
by past OCA president John Sanford "5 Years at Starhome".
All about construction of his 2-story observatory built
near the town of Springville, CA.
- Ask an Astronomer segment "What
causes an Eclipse of the Moon". A special short segment
produced by the Astronomers from the Public Outreach group
of the SIRTF Science Center of Caltech/JPL.
This month we again feature highlights
from the wonderful What's Up presentation by Chris Butler.
Chris's presentation features great detailed information on
the planets visible through November and December. Chris also
details the winter constellations and the astronomical sights
we all have in store. Of particular note is Chris's featuring
of more great member astrophotographs
Between the What's Up and main presentation
we feature a short video segment called "Ask an Astronomer".
This video was produced by the Public Outreach group of the
SIRTF Science Center at Caltech/JPL. Doris Daou presents "What
Causes and Eclipse of the Moon". This topic is especially
relevant coming so soon after the recent lunar eclipse of
November 8th. Look for more of these segments each month.
The Ask An Astronomer videos have been re-purposed with permission
SIRTF Science Center Web Site.
The main presentation features highlights
from "Mr OCA" John Sanford (many times past OCA
President) all about his 2-story observatory called "Starhome".
The first thing you'll notice that
is different about this show will be the opening graphics.
Up until now we have had a very simple set of opening graphics
with the title of "Look Up Tonight" being shown
in a straight text font. This month I created something a
little different and tried to convey the concept of what "Look
Up Tonight!" actually means. The opening sequence uses
the now famous photograph planetary alignment shot by Greg
Pyros and another great astrophoto by Dave
Kodama. Thanks Greg and Dave for permission to use your
The next change to the program is
that we shot the narration actually at the OCA Anza observatory...
instead of in the usual place at the Studio. This being a
totally new place for us to shoot from it did present some
challenges but I think you'll agree we managed to do a pretty
good job. It was fun for everyone to do it this way and we'll
look forward to doing the narration in this way in the future
(although I am sure we'll continue to ask for the use of the
studio of Pyros Pictures
for future shows anyway).
Jim and Brian Norman, Reg Salcido
Jim and Brian Norman, Tom Kucharski
Greg Pyros and Dave Kodama
Greg Pyros of Pyros
Doris Daou of the
SIRTF Science Center of Caltech/JPL