Greg Eckes

Greg Eckes


I am a retired music teacher. I make custom violins and violas. I play violin in the Tulare County Symphony and fiddle in the Tule River Bluegrass Band. I like camping and astronomy.

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First Public Star Party of 2017 is Canceled Due to Rain!

The public star party scheduled for Saturday night Feb 18, 2017 is canceled. The sky is supposed to be 70-90% cloud covered.… Read the rest

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“NASA Spin-Offs” December 7th

The December TAA meeting will feature NASA Solar System Ambassador, Rich Manley. He will talk about the space program and how it has affected our daily lives. He will show some of the products and technologies that were developed by NASA to make the spacecraft lighter, safer, smarter.

Rich Manley has an interesting background.… Read the rest

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WHO: This class is designed for the beginning to advanced astronomy enthusiast that want to sharpen there observing skills and knowledge.

How Many: The class will only be offered if we have 10 people enrolled. Register you enrollment by clicking the link. Book it here.Read the rest

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TAA 2016 Camping Star Party

The TAA members held their annual star party at Big Meadows this year on August 26-27, At an altitude of 7,705 feet, the sky was clear and the temperature was perfect. Low 80’s during the day and 45 deg. at night.I will have to say that we all had lots of fun and laughs.… Read the rest

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Visalia Farmer’s Market & Perseid Meteor Shower Update

I want to thank Pete Cowper, Marvin Demmers, Mike Lopez & Jose Saenz for coming out on short notice to help me with the Farmer’s Market booth. We joined the National Park Service to help them promote their “Dark Sky Festival”. Jose went to the festival August 6th and reported that it was a big success.… Read the rest

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Perseid Meteor Shower 2016

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May Star Party “Close Encounters”

This Saturday night May14th, the TAA will have its first clear star party of the season. (Weather Permitting) Our location is 9242 Avenue 184 Tulare, CA 93274, The gates will open at 8:00 pm.

We will introduce new technology that is going to change star parties forever. We will be presenting live views of objects on a TV screen that were invisible to the naked eye in the past.… Read the rest

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First Public Star Party of the Year Featuring “The Ring of Fire” & Jupiter

This Saturday March 12th, The Tulare Astronomical Association will hold its first public star party of the year. The location is the Arthur Pursell Observatory. 9242 Avenue 184, Tulare, CA 93274. The Gates will open at 7:00 pm. The evening will start with a presentation in the Manro Astro Physics Center at 7:30.… Read the rest

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Astronomical Observing Class

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Eagle Scout Project Completed

Back in October of 2014, Matthew Schoenau contacted the TAA to see if he could upgrade our old wooden platform to our telescope dome, for his Eagle Scout Project. The existing platform has been replaced at least three times since 1967. Each time it was replaced with wood. Over time the deck boards warped causing the nails to pull up creating a safety hazard.… Read the rest

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