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Greg Eckes

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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Greg Eckes

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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Greg Eckes

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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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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Greg Eckes

Pictures From the April and May Star Parties

We had great participation by club members at our star parties this year. Here are a few pictures taken by Kimber Glick taken while we were waiting for the sky to get dark. Thanks everyone for helping out. Next star party September 19th.

Aaron Hubbard and Cookie Matthews at the entrance.

Aaron Hubbard and Cookie Matthews at the entrance.

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Greg Eckes

Solar System Extravaganza

If you want to solve the water problem in California, just schedule a star party. Fortunately the weather looks good for Saturday night. The weather report says that it will be mostly clear.

The theme for Saturday night is our solar system. Mercury, Venus, Jupiter and Saturn will all be visible.… Read the rest

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Astronomy Day in the Times Delta

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Greg Eckes

Astronomy Day at the APO

This Saturday is National Astronomy Day. In recognition of this day,  the Arthur Pursell Observatory will be open to the public from 7:30 to 10:30 PM. Club members will have their telescopes available for attendees to look through.

The program will start at 8:00 PM SHARP in the Stan Manro Astro Physics Center.… Read the rest

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Greg Eckes

New Sign for the APO Entrance

This month we had a former member of the TAA rejoin our club after a fourteen year hiatus. His name is Bob Anderson.

At our last meeting, I mentioned to the club that I would like to see someone take the responsibility to make a new sign for our parking lot entrance and to restore the old sign that we have hanging on our Astro Physics Center outside wall.… Read the rest

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Greg Eckes

March Madness

This weekend was very busy for TAA members. The club had a lot of activities going on at the same time in deferent places.

First I want to thank Reese Williford for stepping up and offering to help Dean spray our parking lot weeds. That was a big help. The weeds were really getting out of control.… Read the rest

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