Mojo's pan of Glacier
        Point and Half Dome
pan shot courtesy of Mojo

Welcome to the San Francisco Amateur Astronomers
Yosemite information web pages
Our SFAA Yosemite Star Party at Glacier Point dates are July 20-21
  We are full!  Try Yosemite West


Join-
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. 

Bear Alert-
Please remember we are guests at Yosemite and among those who live there are  the resident bears.  Please keep all food (including gum, toothpaste, canned food, you-name-it) in the metal bear boxes and not in your car or tent.

Background-
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. 

In exchange, we give two public star parties at Glacier Point, on Friday and Saturday night.  We have the public (about 200 - 300 people) from twilight for a few hours, and then the rest of the night (and all day) to ourselves; this is a mighty good deal, considering how some folks come 12,000 miles to see these rocks. The National Park Service limits astronomy clubs to a maximum of 30 SFAA campers. Please do not ask if your friends can come …
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.

Observing site at Glacier Point-
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.

Star Party-
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.

The Reward- 
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.

Gastronomic Astronomic-
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. 

Check the National Weather Service for up-to-date weather info on Yosemite Park current weather and conditions. 

Here is a live cam of Half Dome from Ahwahnee Meadow and NPS Air Quality Cam & data

For newbies and oldsters alike please review the directions and guidelines.  

See you at the campsite,

Ken & Dave

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