S.J. County charges a Parking Fee of $6.00 per vehicle but the activities and telescope viewing is free. Members of the Stockton Astronomical Society will volunteer to setup their telescopes for the public at S.J. County Oak Grove Regional Park on the Saturday nearest the First Quarter Moon, January 12 - December 7, 2019. Telescope viewing starts after Sunset, the Moon will be visible in the telescopes from the start. As the sky darkens more objects become visible. Darker and clearer sky is better for viewing.
During the months of April through October the Oak Grove Nature Center ( link ) will also be open with indoor astronomy activities. If the sky is cloudy or there is bad weather the telescopes may not be available. During the months of November through March the Nature Center will not be open. Also, if the sky is not clear the event may be canceled and we will try again the next month.
Every month we will feature a different deep sky object. We will point one of our large telescopes at this object during the last hour of the evening. These objects are dim and fuzzy and are best seen in large aperture telescopes.
2019 Schedule: Saturday, August 10Indoor activities at the Nature Center start at 7:30 pmSunset is at 8:00pmThe Moon, Jupiter, Saturn, M13 (Star Cluster in Hercules),9:30 pm - Deep Sky Object: M8 & M20 (Lagoon Nebula & Trifid Nebula)Saturday, September 7Indoor activities at the Nature Center start at 7:00 pmSunset is at 7:30pmThe Moon, Jupiter, Saturn, M13 (Star Cluster in Hercules)9:00 pm - Deep Sky Object: M57 (Ring Nebula)Saturday, October 5No Indoor activities at the Nature CenterSunset is at 6:45pmThe Moon, Jupiter, Saturn, We will look for Mercury & Venus at sunset. M13 (Star Cluster in Hercules)8:00 pm - Deep Sky Object: M27 (The Dumbbell Nebula)Saturday, November 2No Indoor activities at the Nature CenterSunset is at 6:05pmThe Moon, Jupiter, Saturn, We will look for Mercury & Venus at sunset. Uranus8:00 pm - Deep Sky Object: M31 (The Andromeda Galaxy)Saturday, December 7No Indoor activities at the Nature CenterSunset is at 4:45pmThe Moon, Saturn, Venus, Uranus8:00 pm - Deep Sky Object: M33 Triangulum Galaxy For more information call SAS volunteers: Doug Christensen: Public Outreach Coordinator, (209) 471-1674Eric Holland: Secretary, (209) 351-0206