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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

April
25
Tue
8:30 PM
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Event: LePort School HB
Date: Tuesday, 4/25/2017
Viewing at 8:30 PM, Sunset at 7:31 PM

Place: LePort School HB
Address: 16081 Waikiki Lane; Huntington Beach
Location: 33°43’40"N, 118°02’38"W

Directions: Take CA-55 to CA-22 west; go 12.1 mi. Take exit 5 for Valley View St toward Bolsa Chica Rd/I-405 S; go 0.4 mi. Turn left onto Valley View St; go 0.2 mi. Continue onto Bolsa Chica Rd; go 3.1 mi. Turn right onto Edinger Ave; go 0.1 mi. Continue a few 100 ft past Waikiki Lane to the gate on the left. Enter the gate and drive across the field to the blacktop area.
28
Fri
8:30 PM
-
 
Event: Cambridge Elementary
Date: Friday, 4/28/2017
Viewing at 8:30 PM, Sunset at 7:33 PM

Place: Cambridge Elementary
Address: 425 N Cambridge St; Orange
Location: 33°47’37"N, 117°50’34"W

Directions: Merge onto I-5 N or S. Take exit for California 55 N; go 0.2 mi. Keep left and merge onto CA-55 N; go 3.1 mi. Take the Chapman Ave exit toward Orange; go 0.3 mi. Turn right onto E Chapman Ave; go 0.8 mi. Turn right onto N Cambridge St; go 0.4 mi. Turn right onto E Sycamore Ave. A small gate can be seen on the left after 300 ft. The gate is across from N Waverley St. Proceed through the gate onto the blacktop. Setup telescopes near the South-East corner of the blacktop.
29
Sat
8:30 PM
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Event: Mount Wilson - Global Astronomy Night
Date: Saturday, 4/29/2017
Viewing at 8:30 PM, Sunset at 7:35 PM

Place: Held at Cosmic Café
Address: Mount Wilson; Los Angeles
Location: 34°13’35"N, 118°03’51"W

Directions: Take CA-57 N (Orange Fwy) toward Pomona. Take the left exit toward Pasadena onto I-210 W (Foothill Fwy); 25 mi. Take exit 20 toward CA-2/Angeles Crest Hwy; 0.4 mi. Turn right onto Angeles Crest Hwy (CA-2); 14 mi. Turn right onto Mt Wilson Red Box Rd; 4.2 mi. Turn slightly right onto Mt Wilson Cir.; 0.3 mi. Turn slightly left onto Mt Wilson Cir.;128 ft. Turn right onto Mt Wilson Red Box Rd; 823 ft. Café is on the right.
May
19
Fri
6:00 PM
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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.
20
Sat
6:00 PM
-
 
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.
20
Sat
8:45 PM
-
 
Event: Galaxy Girls Scout Troop
Date: Saturday, 5/20/2017
Viewing at 8:45 PM, Sunset at 7:48 PM

Place: Held at San Clemente State Beach
Address: 225 Avenida Califia; San Clemente
Location: 33°24’12"N, 117°36’09"W

Directions: From CA-55 S, take exit 11A for I-5 S toward San Diego. Merge onto I-5 S; go 28.7 mi. Take exit 73 toward Ave Calafia in San Clemente. Continue south on Avenida Califia 0.5mi. Set up in parking lot overlooking the beach.
 

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