April – October only
The SFAA joins the annual ‘Astronomy Nights’ sponsored by the Mt Tam Astronomy Program (MTAP) and funded by public donations and the Friends of Mt Tam (FMT). SFAA members bring their telescopes, big and small, to the Rock Springs parking lot and share viewing with the public after the astronomy lecture has concluded at the Cushing Memorial (aka Mountain Play) Amphitheater.
What to Bring
Members: Please bring your telescope for public outreach and, if possible, a step stool for younger audience members.
Public: Please bring a red filter for your flashlight. You’ll be able to see many more wonderful objects in the sky if your eyes have red light around them instead of the usual white light. It can get quite cool on the mountain, so we recommend you bring layers and gloves. You might also want to bring a cushion for the lecture because the seats in the auditorium are stone. You must obtain a parking pass beforehand in order to attend the event.
Click here for the detailed schedule, speakers, and topics.
Click here to obtain a parking pass.
Directions to the Mount Tam Lectures