SVAS Joins International SUN-day!

From SVAS Vice President Walt Heiges:

Pam Shivak, the coordinator of International SUN-day organization, and I have been coordinating efforts to present this event. I have made the SVAS a participating partner with their event. She has announced our participation on their Facebook group and has put the SVAS logo on their web page with a link back to the SVAS group.

In exchange, we will receive free solar glasses. We ask you to visit their website,and I encourage our members to not only join the International SUN-day Facebook group, but Stephen Ramsden’s CBSAP Facebook group as well. Links to both are below.

We look forward to you sharing your plans and pictures with the SUN-day group and I thank you again for your participation. Sounds like it will be a great event to share with the folks in Sacramento Valley.

Here are the links:

To the SUN-day Facebook group where you will also find the EVENT where you can accept the invite and say you are GOING.

Here is the link to the Charlie Bates Solar Astronomy Project facebook page. Please try to add at least 10 astronomy friends to this group:

Also, please visit for more information.

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Posted: February 23, 2014

2014 Star Party Dates

NGC 364, credit: NASA

The 2014 Star Party Dates have been posted to:

Contact Observatory Director Perry Preston Porter for more information.


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Posted: November 27, 2013

SVAS Newsletters

For the latest SVAS news, check out our newsletter page at:

On this page, you can download the second-most recent edition of SVAS’s newsletter, The Observer,* and browse an archive of newsletters going back to 1998!

*Note: The most recent edition of The Observer is for members only, and is distributed to them via email.

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Posted: August 3, 2013

Star-B-Q July 5-6, 2013

Our annual Star-B-Q event will be held July 5-6! Our July General Meeting will be held at Star-B-Q, so there will be no meeting on July 19. Our next General Meeting at Sacramento City College will be held August 16. And, our Yosemite Star Party will be held August 30-September 1, Labor Day Weekend!

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Posted: July 4, 2013

SVAS Loaner Scope Program

We’re cleaning and aligning several telescopes that belong to the SVAS, making them available for loan to our members. This is your chance to try different optical designs and sizes before you decide to buy. Tim Tingey is managing the program. The Loan and Policy Form can be downloaded here:

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Posted: June 23, 2013