Star Party at Royer Oaks Observatory - June 24th, 2017

The third Tule River Amateur Astronomers star party of 2017 is scheduled to be at Royer Oaks Observatory above Springville, on Saturday, June 24th, 2017.

Royer Oaks Observatory
40708 Balch Park Road #B
Springville, CA 93265

===A Look Back At Last Month===
The weather was very nice, though we had another low turnout. I blame myself for being late putting the info up on Meetup. Jupiter was incredible early on, though the seeing degraded somewhat as it got dark. We also had a nice look at Saturn. We had a pass of the ISS at 9:10p, and had fun cruising through globulars and double stars in the western edge of the Milky Way.

===A Look Ahead At This Month===
This month's party (June 24th, 2017) will again prominently feature the solar system's largest planet: Jupiter.  And Saturn rises at 7:25p so we'll get a decent look at that as well. The summer Milky Way will finally be in its glory now that June is here. This is the month where globular cluster hunting is at its best.
There will be a -5.7 Iridium Flare at 10:40:57p but it will only be 17 degrees high in the west, which may or may not be obscured by the trees.
Please try to arrive at the observing site by 8:16p (sunset).  Be respectful of others as they try to get their eyes dark adapted.  Avoid using a white flashlight.

Sunrise: 5:38am
Solar noon: 12:57pm
Sunset: 8:16pm
Twi: 8:46pm
Moonset: 8:58pm
Twi N: 9:24pm
Twi A: 10:06pm
Day length: 14h 37m
The weather:
The 10 day forecast for Springville can be found here:

If the party is called off for any reason I'll inform everyone by mid-day on the day of the event.

ClearDarkSky is a good resource to monitor for the expected sky conditions at Royer Oaks Observatory.

Wondering what satellites might be flying over Royer Oaks? Use Heavens-Above.

You should bring warm clothes because it may get cold as the night progresses, a dim RED flashlight to protect your night-vision, and some drinking water.  (A thermos of coffee or hot chocolate and some snacks might not be a bad idea)  Lawn chairs and a blanket to lay on are also very popular.  If you have binoculars, definitely bring those.

Royer Oaks is about a 1 hour and 10 minute drive from Visalia.

Here is a complete list of the scheduled star party dates for 2017.  Note that dates are subject to change or cancellation depending upon availability of the observing site, and the weather.  If you can't make it for this gathering then please keep these dates in mind.

April 29, 2017
May 27, 2017
>June 24, 2017
July 22, 2017
August 12, 2017 (Tentative, depending on our solar eclipse trip and the Perseids)
September 23, 2017
October 21, 2017
November 18, 2017

For more information call:
Monsignor Ronald Royer: (559)539-3952
Paul Laufer: (559)786-5886

Or visit:


Paul Laufer
Tule River Amateur Astronomers

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