TRAA Star Party at Royer Oaks Observatory - April 14th, 2018

Spring has sprung!  The first Tule River Amateur Astronomers star party of 2018 is scheduled to be at Royer Oaks Observatory above Springville, on Saturday, April 14th, 2018.  We're all anxious to get out under the stars again after our winter hiatus.

Since this is early in the year there is a reasonably likely chance that the clouds will not cooperate with us, so remember to check the Royer Oaks website for confirmation the day of the party.

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

Please try to arrive at the observing site by 7:27p (sunset).  Be respectful of others as they try to get their eyes dark adapted.  Avoid using a white flashlight.

Sunrise: 6:23am
Solar noon: 12:55pm
Moonset: 6:16pm
Sunset: 7:27pm
Twi: 7:53pm
Twi N: 8:25pm
Twi A: 8:57pm

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 VERY warm clothes because it will 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 2018.  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 14, 2018
May 12, 2018
June 16, 2018
July 14, 2018
August 11, 2018
September 8, 2018
October 6, 2018
November 3, 2018

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Tule River Amateur Astronomers