On Saturday evening, November 5, 2011, local astronomers will be setting up their telescopes to provide free views of our moon, the planet Jupiter, stars, star clusters and nebulae. The public is invited to the American River Canyon Overlook, also known as the Auburn Dam Overlook and the Auburn Skatepark. Local amateur astronomers will be there from 6:30 to 8:00 PM, at the far (east) end of the parking lot. This will be our last star party of the year. Organizers Don Macholz encourages people to bring your camera, whether digital or film.
“Why not try it out? I’ve done it with digital cameras, just holding it up to a telescope and many people have digital cameras now and we can take picture through the telescopes and I’m inviting people to take pictures through the telescopes.”
Weather permitting; they will help you take a photo of the moon through one of the telescopes. Some cell phones can even be used to take a good lunar photo. The viewing is free and dependent upon the weather. If it is overcast or raining the event is cancelled. To get to the Overlook, go to downtown Auburn, to the historic Courthouse to Auburn-Folsom Rd. to Pacific Ave. Turn left at the stoplight and go to the American River Overlook, on your right to the far end of the parking lot. This is the final Star Party for the year.