Want to join the SFAA? This is our biggest membership magnet; come join the SFAA! You must be a member to attend and are expected to have at least one public telescope for every two people.
For those of you unfamiliar with this event, we are given free, reserved admission to Yosemite National Park and shared camping space at Bridalveil Group Campground.
The campsite is 8.5 miles away from Glacier Point.
exchange, we give two public star
parties at Glacier Point, on Friday and Saturday night. We
public (about 200 - 300 people) from twilight for a few hours,
rest of the night (and all day) to ourselves; this is a mighty
considering how some folks come 12,000 miles to see these rocks.
National Park Service limits astronomy clubs to a maximum of
30 SFAA campers. Please do not ask if your friends can
unless they are SFAA members.
Q & A-
In case you have more questions, thanks to Jim Van Nuland of the SJAA here's a link to the San Jose club Yosemite web page.
site at Glacier
The observing area is mostly open, with incredible views from about NNW to the east, around to due south. The horizon from south around to the west is partly blocked by tall trees. Still, there is a lot of open sky, and typically, the seeing and transparency are excellent. It has warm temperatures of 70 to 90 during the day, and cool to chilly 40's at night, due to the elevation of 7200 feet.
One of the rangers does a sunset talk, and then delivers the crowd to us. Following that, a member of the club will give an evening talk, (want to volunteer?) The public will have white flashlights, and we need to be tolerant of that. We will have 3 club members with red brake light tape to politely cover the offending flashlights. Expect many questions from the public. Here is an object list with corresponding finder charts and some brief information.
By around 9:30 or so, we will have the place to ourselves, and can stay until dawn if you so choose. Scopes must be removed when we quit, then set up again on Saturday. Some of us may set up sun scopes during the afternoon, show Half Dome festooned with rock climbers, and invite people to come back again after sunset.
Early Saturday eve is the traditional potluck meal and is always tons of fun. Please provide enough food for ~ say 3 or 4 people. Salads, main courses, pu pu's and desserts are all welcome. The question is: Who will have the best astronomical gastronomical theme of incredible edibles this year? Remember the Brown Dwarfs? Prizes will be awarded!
Please remember this repast takes time. It's better to start our own gastronomic party early so that there’s no need to rush for set up Saturday evening on Glacier Point.
National Weather Service for up-to-date weather info
Here is a
live cam of Half
Dome from Ahwahnee Meadow and NPS
Quality Cam & data.
See you at the campsite,
Ken & Dave
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