The SFAA is excited to announce that our 2016 Yosemite star party is scheduled for June 24th and 25th.
Campgrounds are now full – No more sign ups can be accepted for the 2016 Yosemite event. Hope to see you next year!
The trip is available to MEMBERS ONLY.
Since this is a Public Viewing Event that the SFAA attends as guests of the National Parks, all campers are expected to bring a telescope and be willing to host public viewing. The club aims to bring one telescope for every two SFAA members attending.
About the Trip:
The SFAA is provided with FREE admission to Yosemite National Park as well as FREE reserved, shared campgrounds at Bridalveil Group Campground.
The campsite is 8.5 miles away from Glacier Point.
We will host 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 and have telescopes.
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.
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.
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.
Check the National Weather Service for up-to-date weather info on Yosemite Park current weather and conditions.
See you at the campsite.
Dave & Katie