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
Event: Laguna Woods
Date: Thursday, 9/29/2016
Viewing at 7:45 PM, Sunset at 6:40 PM
Place: Clubhouse 5
Address: 24262 Punta Alta; Laguna Woods
Location: 33°36’31"N, 117°44’57"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: Los Alamitos Elementary Campout
Date: Friday, 9/30/2016
Viewing at 8:00 PM, Sunset at 6:40 PM
Place: Los Alamitos Elementary Campout
Address: 10862 Bloomfield St.; Los Alamitos
Location: 33Â°48’21"N, 118Â°03’43"W
Directions: Take CA-91 West. Take the Valley View exit. Turn left onto Valley View from the exit ramp; go 3.0 mi. Turn right onto Ball Rd. go 2.0 mi. Turn left onto Bloomfield St and go 0.8 mi.
This is a private outreach event.
Event: International Observe the Moon Night
Date: Saturday, 10/8/2016
Viewing at 7:30 PM, Sunset at 6:28 PM
Place: Nix Nature Center
Address: 18751 Laguna Canyon Rd; Laguna Beach
Location: 33°36’30"N, 117°45’48"W
Directions: Take CA-55 S to I-5 South. Take exit 11A to merge onto I-5 South; go 7.7 mi. Take exit 95 for State Hwy 133 South. Merge onto CA-133 S; go 5.4 mi. Nix Nature Center is on the right (west side of the street).
Event: Trabuco Hills High School
Date: Tuesday, 10/18/2016
Viewing at 7:30 PM, Sunset at 6:15 PM
Place: Trabuco Hills High School
Address: 27501 Mustang Run; Mission Viejo
Location: 33Â°39’16"N, 117Â°39’05"W
Directions: Take CA-91 east to CA-241 South. Follow CA-241 to for about 19 mi to exit 22A for Portola Pkwy. Turn slight right onto Portola Pkwy; go 0.5 mi. Continue onto Santa Margarita Pkwy; go 0.5 mi. Turn right onto Los Alisos Blvd; go 0.1 mi. Turn right onto Mustang Run; go 0.1 mi. School is on the right.
Event: Benson Elementary School
Date: Thursday, 10/20/2016
Viewing at 8pm, Sunset at 7:15pm
Place: Benson Elementary School
Address: 12712 Elizabeth Way; Tustin
Location: 33ï¿½45â€™05"N, 117ï¿½48â€™15"W
Directions: Head southwest on Cantata toward San Remo. Turn right onto San Remo; go 0.2 mi. Turn right onto San Juan; go 0.1 mi. Turn right onto Harvard Ave; go 0.6 mi. Turn left onto Warner Ave; go 0.8 mi. Turn right onto Tustin Ranch Rd; go 3.0 mi. Turn left onto Irvine Blvd; go 1.1 mi. Turn right onto Elizabeth Way; go 0.4 mi. School is on the right.
Event: Mission Viejo Campout
Date: Friday, 10/21/2016
Viewing at 7:15 PM, Sunset at 6:12 PM
Place: 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.
Event: Biola University
Date: Tuesday, 10/25/2016
Viewing at 7:15 PM, Sunset at 6:15 PM
Place: Biola University
Address: 13800 Biola Avenue; La Mirada
Location: 33°54’18"N, 118°00’48"W
Directions: Take CA-91 West or I-5 North to Beach Blvd. Exit onto Auto Center Drive. Continue to Beach Blvd. Go north on Beach Blvd about 1.0 mi. Turn left onto La Mirada Blvd. Drive 1 mi past Rosecrans Ave. Turn left at the east campus entrance. Enter campus then turn left. Drive south past the soccer field to Parking Structure S (22 on map). Enter and drive to the top level. Setup scopes at the top east end of the structure.
Event: Bonita Canyon Elementary
Date: Thursday, 10/27/2016
Viewing at 7:15 PM, Sunset at 6:06 PM
Place: Bonita Canyon Elementary
Address: 1 Sundance Drive; Irvine
Location: 33Â°38â€™02"N, 117Â°48â€™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.