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Sky Tours Information
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Weather permitting; volunteers from the Stockton Astronomical Society will set up their telescopes for the public at S.J. Delta College in the Athletics 1 parking lot on one Friday every month.

Telescope viewing generally begins at 7:00 PM but note the monthly changes on the schedule. The Moon will likely be visible in the telescopes from the beginning. Dark and clear sky makes for better viewing and as the sky darkens more objects will become visible.

Every month we will attempt to feature a different deep sky object. Deep sky objects are very far away and look dim and fuzzy. We will point one of our larger aperture telescopes at a deep sky object during the last hour of viewing. In order to view these objects, it is often necessary to stand on a step stool or ladder that will be next to the telescope.

There is no charge for telescope viewing provided by the Stockton Astronomical Society or by Delta College. If you own your own telescope or binoculars, you are welcome to bring it with you.

We will update this schedule with new information as it becomes necessary.

 
Directions to Sky Tours at Delta College.

For more information call SAS volunteers:

Dave Jacobi: (209) 823-0328 | dave.jacobi@comcast.net
Eric Holland: (209) 351-0206 | croessus@yahoo.com

 

Public Star Party at Oak Grove Regional Park
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Weather permitting; volunteers from the Stockton Astronomical Society will set up their telescopes for the public at S.J. County Oak Grove Regional Park on one Saturday every month.

Telescope viewing begins shortly after Sunset. The Moon will likely be visible in the telescopes from the beginning. Dark and clear sky makes for better viewing and as the sky darkens more objects will become visible.

Every month we will attempt to feature a different deep sky object. Deep sky objects are very far away and look dim and fuzzy. We will point one of our larger aperture telescopes at a deep sky object during the last hour of viewing. In order to view these objects, it is often necessary to stand on a step stool or ladder that will be next to the telescope.

S.J. County charges a Park Entry Fee of $6.00 per vehicle. There is no charge for telescope viewing provided by the Stockton Astronomical Society. If you own your own telescope or binoculars, you are welcome to bring it with you.

The Nature Center activities are currently on hold until we get a Park Docent to open the Nature Center on these evenings. We will update this schedule with new information as it is provided.

 
Directions to Oak Grove Regional Park.

For more information call SAS volunteers:

Doug Christensen: (209) 462-0798 |spacecadetdoug@gmail.com
Eric Holland: (209) 351-0206 | croessus@yahoo.com

Or call S.J. County Oak Grove Regional Park (Nature Center): (209) 953-8814


 

Public Star Party Schedule
Location: Date: Time: Probable Targets:
Sky Tours at Delta College (Athletics 1 parking lot) Friday
2/27/2015
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Moon, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Orion Nebula

Deep Sky Object: Perseus Double Cluster

Sky Tours at Delta College (Athletics 1 parking lot) Friday
3/27/2015
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
The Moon, Venus, Jupiter, Orion Nebula

Deep Sky Object: M37

Sky Tours at Delta College (Athletics 1 parking lot) Friday
4/24/2015
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The Moon, Mercury, Venus, Jupiter

9:30 pm Deep Sky Objects: M81 & M82 (Bode's Galaxies)

Sky Tours at Delta College (Athletics 1 parking lot) Friday
5/22/2015
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The Moon, Venus, Jupiter

9:30 pm Deep Sky Object: M3 (Globular Cluster in Boötes)

Sky Tours at Delta College (Athletics 1 parking lot) Friday
6/26/2015
8:30 pm - 10:30 pm
The Moon, Venus, Jupiter, Saturn, M13 (Star Cluster in Hercules)

10:00 pm Deep Sky Object: M51 (Whirlpool Galaxy)

Sky Tours at Delta College (Athletics 1 parking lot) Friday
7/24/2015
8:30 pm - 10:30 pm
The Moon, Saturn, M13 (Star Cluster in Hercules)

10:30 pm Deep Sky Object: M57 (Ring Nebula)

Sky Tours at Delta College (Athletics 1 parking lot) Friday
8/21/2015
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The Moon, Saturn, M13 (Star Cluster in Hercules)

9:30 pm Deep Sky Object: M27 (The Dumbbell Nebula)

Sky Tours at Delta College (Athletics 1 parking lot) Friday
9/18/2015
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Moon, Saturn, Neptune, M13 (Star Cluster in Hercules)

9:00 pm Deep Sky Objects: M8 & M20 (Lagoon Nebula & Trifid Nebula)

Sky Tours at Delta College (Athletics 1 parking lot) Friday
10/16/2015
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Moon, Neptune, M13 (Star Cluster in Hercules)

9:00 pm Deep Sky Object: M22 (Sagittarius Globular Cluster)

Sky Tours at Delta College (Athletics 1 parking lot) Friday
11/20/2015
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Moon, Uranus, Neptune, M13 (Star Cluster in Hercules)

8:30 pm Deep Sky Object: M11 (Wild Duck Cluster)

Sky Tours at Delta College (Athletics 1 parking lot) Friday
12/18/2015
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Moon, Uranus, Neptune

8:30 pm Deep Sky Object: M15 (Globular Cluster)

 
Location: Date: Time: Objects:
Astronomy in the Park at Oak Grove Regional Park Saturday
2/28/2015
Sunset: 6:00 pm

No indoor activities at the Nature Center are scheduled
The Moon, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Orion Nebula

Deep Sky Object: Perseus Double Cluster

Astronomy in the Park at Oak Grove Regional Park Saturday
3/28/2015
Sunset: 7:25 pm

No indoor activities at the Nature Center are scheduled
The Moon, Venus, Jupiter, Orion Nebula

Deep Sky Object: M37

Astronomy in the Park at Oak Grove Regional Park Saturday
4/25/2015
Sunset: 7:50 pm

No indoor activities at the Nature Center are scheduled
The Moon, Mercury, Venus, Jupiter

9:30 pm Deep Sky Objects: M81 & M82 (Bode's Galaxies)

Astronomy in the Park at Oak Grove Regional Park Saturday
5/23/2015
Sunset: 8:15 pm

No indoor activities at the Nature Center are scheduled
The Moon, Venus, Jupiter

9:30 pm Deep Sky Object: M3 (Globular Cluster in Boötes)

Astronomy in the Park at Oak Grove Regional Park Saturday
6/27/2015
Sunset: 8:30 pm

No indoor activities at the Nature Center are scheduled
The Moon, Venus, Jupiter, Saturn, M13 (Star Cluster in Hercules)

10:00 pm Deep Sky Object: M51 (Whirlpool Galaxy)

Astronomy in the Park at Oak Grove Regional Park Saturday
7/25/2015
Sunset: 8:20 pm

No indoor activities at the Nature Center are scheduled
The Moon, Saturn, M13 (Star Cluster in Hercules)

10:30 pm Deep Sky Object: M57 (Ring Nebula)

Astronomy in the Park at Oak Grove Regional Park Saturday
8/22/2015
Sunset: 7:50 pm

No indoor activities at the Nature Center are scheduled
The Moon, Saturn, M13 (Star Cluster in Hercules)

9:30 pm Deep Sky Object: M27 (The Dumbbell Nebula)

Astronomy in the Park at Oak Grove Regional Park Saturday
9/19/2015
Sunset: 7:00 pm

No indoor activities at the Nature Center are scheduled
The Moon, Saturn, Neptune, M13 (Star Cluster in Hercules)

9:00 pm Deep Sky Objects: M8 & M20 (Lagoon Nebula & Trifid Nebula)

Astronomy in the Park at Oak Grove Regional Park Saturday
10/17/2015
Sunset: 6:25 pm

No indoor activities at the Nature Center are scheduled
The Moon, Neptune, M13 (Star Cluster in Hercules)

9:00 pm Deep Sky Object: M22 (Sagittarius Globular Cluster)

Astronomy in the Park at Oak Grove Regional Park Saturday
11/21/2015
Sunset: 4:50 pm

No indoor activities at the Nature Center are scheduled
The Moon, Uranus, Neptune, M13 (Star Cluster in Hercules)

8:30 pm Deep Sky Object: M11 (Wild Duck Cluster)

Astronomy in the Park at Oak Grove Regional Park Saturday
12/19/2015
Sunset: 4:50 pm

No indoor activities at the Nature Center are scheduled
The Moon, Uranus, Neptune

8:30 pm Deep Sky Object: M15 (Globular Cluster)


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