Starry Nights at RCDO

Starry Nights is hosted by the Santa Clara County Open Space Authority with help from members of the San Jose Astronomical Association.

You've got a telescope?  Come on down and follow along with the objects we view, or find your own and have the pleasure of sharing views of objects you find to others.

No telescope?  Come on down and look through our telescopes and learn about the planets and stars and deep sky objects you can see.

Questions? Whats that really bright "star" after sunset? We have members of the San Jose Astronomical Association available to answer your questions.

Saturn is also well placed for viewing, as well as spectacular deep sky objects of the spring and early summer skies.  Rancho Canada del Oro Open Space Preserve is close by, but well away from the city lights, so expect to see the summer Milky Way rise later in the evening.

Objects on Display:   Saturn and its moons; Deep Sky Objects such as the Sombrero Galaxy, Whirlpool Galaxy, the edge-on galaxy, Markarian's Chain and the Virgo Cluster of galaxies, Globular Clusters in Hercules, planetary nebulae such as the Ring Nebula and the Dumbbell Nebula.

Sunset: 2022 PDT

Twilight Ends:20:52

Moonrise: 02:11

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  • PS

    I had a chance to view Saturn and test my new scope with several eyepieces. My favorite view of the night was the Albireo binary in Cygnus, but finding the M-13 cluster in Hercules was also fun!

    June 3, 2013

    • Dave I.

      Glad you had a great time. There is a lifetime full of objects for you to discover and enjoy. Look forward to seeing you again.

      June 3, 2013

  • Dave I.

    Nice photos Ed. Thanks for uploading them. My best guess is you are looking North East in those photos. What direction does the fence run? I don't think it runs East-West but it is close.

    June 2, 2013

    • Ed W.

      I think it's closer to East-West

      June 2, 2013

  • Rob J.

    It was a fun night! Like Ed and Dave said, lots of scopes, estimated about 27+. Lots of visitors, too, lots of good conversations about a variety of topics. The sky conditions were made up for by the good crowd.

    June 2, 2013

  • Ed W.

    Lots of great people showing up. Largest Starry Nights I've ever attended in regards to scope turn out. The sky started out not so good but, conditions got better as the night went on. Had my first view of the Lagoon, Eagle and Omega Nebulae this year.

    June 2, 2013

  • Dave I.

    Great turnout of scopes to support the event.

    1 · June 2, 2013

  • Michael S.

    Am stuck at work and I can't get out! Am gonna miss the party...

    June 1, 2013

  • Ed W.

    The object we are trying to find for Starry Nights is a Quasar 2.5 billion light years away. I've been told it's possible to see in our telescopes. Let's find it at Starry Nights!

    http://washedoutastronomy.com/content/3c-273-quasars-are-easy

    May 31, 2013

  • Rob J.

    I'll probably rolling in at around 8:15 depending on traffic lights. Dave, I'll bring that Z10 and have a shootout with my XT8i!

    May 31, 2013

  • Michael S.

    Michael Swartz and Son will be there. I will show up early to do some solar viewing.

    May 30, 2013

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We just grab a coffee and speak French. Some people have been coming every week for months... it creates a kind of warmth to the group.

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