Star Parties at Royer Oaks

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Star Party Dates for 2017
April 29, 2017
May 27, 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

Royer Oaks Observatory hosts monthly "star parties", observing opportunities for the public, often attracting 10-20 people out to view through telescopes owned by local astronomers. Star Parties begin at end of twilight, but come early while there is light enough to see where to park. Dress warmly, use a dim red flashlight, if any, and avoid exposing others to white light if at all possible. The location is Royer Oaks.

Also, observing sessions are held with and to support a local nature studies program at the Circle J - Norris Ranch, and visited by grade schoolers from Visalia, Tulare, Porterville and surrounding communities. While these are not technically public events, and the dates are not published here, Royer Oaks is often looking for responsible adults to help, as there are sometimes more telescopes than astronomers to man them.

The weather:

The official 10 day forecast can be found [HERE].

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

The chart below is graciously provided by Attilla Danko of  It's a reliable predictor of the probability of cloud cover at Royer Oaks.