Mount Diablo Comets + Star Gazing (MDAS sponsored)

EVENT HOST(S):  Bradley J.



ABOUT THIS EVENT

 

Star Gazing on Mount Diablo and Night Photography

Read this entire document as you will be locked in the park after dark.

You will be escorted off the mountain at the Astronomical Society’s Schedule.  You cannot get out of the park gates until they unlock them.

This event is a Public Event sponsored by the Mount Diablo Astronomical Society.  We are their guests. When entering the park just let the Rangers know that you are up there to attend the star gazing.

 

You MUST enter the park gates before sunset, as the park closes at that time.  The Rangers leave the gate at this time and you may not enter the park after they leave.

 

There is a fee to enter the park. $6 per car.

 

Talk amoungst yourself to figure out carpooling – that would be a great idea.  There is a large Strip Mall at Ygnacio Valley Road and Oak Grove Road in Walnut Creek – complete with a Safeway, Gas Station and Ace hardware store – should you need any supplies.

 

During the Daylight Hours you have the freedom to explore the mountain and take all the photos you wish.  As the road winds up the mountain there are many scenic turn outs for photo opportunities.  There is a couple of rather narrow road sections – so be cautious and safe.  The summit is a wonderful 360 degree panorama.  You can see the Sierra Nevada Range and snow capped peaks, as well as the Golden Gate Bridge – it the weather is clear enough.  So bring your big lens’ and your tripods.  You can also check out Rock City if you like a little rock climbing.

 

If you come up early enough, there is a museum at the summit that explains the importance of Mount Diablo.

 

Once you are ready to check out the telescopes, you must come to the parking lot just below the summit and park as directed by the Mount Diablo Astronomical Society member.  After you park just walk to the Telescope area and there we will meet up there.  The Mount Diablo Astronomical Society will be having a class on Comets this night.  Feel free to join up that gathering at 7:00 pm.  See Map.

 

This is a Self Guided event.  I will be up on the mountain – so lets meet at the telescope staging area at 6:30 so we can all introduce ourselves and meet the fellow members.  After that the Comet presentation will be given by the MDAS and then you can head off to take your fantastic photos and / or check out what the telescopes are looking at.  Note: there is the Main Telescope located in the shed.  If time permits, the operators will allow you to mount your camera piggy back and get a shot of what ever it is pointed at.  It is stunning to see Saturn during the day light hours !  They will assist with camera settings.  Be Patient and always ASK for Permission.  When you adjust your camera settings be sure to do it outside of the shed. Don’t want to mess up their night eyes.

 

IRemember this is a MDAS event.  Please thank them for allowing us to join them and let them know that you are apart of this group – so that they will allow us back.  The MDAS has a monthly event or telescope viewing that is open to the public.  So lets Represent !

 

The Mount Diablo Astronomical Society web site for more information:

http://www.mdas.net/

 

Their event page:

http://www.mdas.net/mdas_nsn_pages/mdas_nightsky_eventcalendar.htm

 

Any other questions, comments or concerns I could certainly address or find answers to….

 

 

Brad Bennett



SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS (please read this first if you have questions)

  • This is NOT a BANP event.
  • Anyone may attend - including those with no shows.


COST
Park entry Fee. ~$6


SCHEDULE
Please see above.

WHAT TO BRING

  • red headlamp
  • warm sweater
  • knit hat
  • light gloves.
  • a liter of Gatorade, water, or a thermos of hot beverage
  • Snacks
  • Camera, tripod, film/memory cards, extra battery
  • Recommended Lens(es): Wide angle
  • Intervalometer





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  • bradley J.

    The Comet was awesome and the clouds burned off and we were treated to spectacular views of Jupiter and Orion.

    1 · March 17, 2013

  • Travis C.

    Random question, where can I buy red plastic filters for my flashlights, etc?

    March 16, 2013

  • Kasturi A.

    cant make it.. stuck with a flat tire..

    March 16, 2013

  • Jason J.

    I'm planning on attending but the event isn't letting me RSVP. It says RSVP is closed at 8p but its not letting me join. Can I still attend even if the event isn't allowing me to accept?

    March 15, 2013

    • bradley J.

      yes please come there is lots O' room !

      March 16, 2013

  • ting z.

    +1

    March 15, 2013

  • Grotius

    +1

    March 14, 2013

  • Navratna

    Can I bring one more guest with me?

    March 14, 2013

  • Cudacke D.

    Hi I see this one is a self guide event. Would this count as no show if I drop out the last minute?

    March 14, 2013

    • bradley J.

      No this is a Very Flexible event ! hope you can come

      March 14, 2013

    • Cudacke D.

      thanks, I will definitely try to make it.

      March 14, 2013

  • Alexis C.

    This sounds great...I've been wanting to shoot from Diablo at night, so this is the perfect opportunity. Looking forward to it!

    March 10, 2013

    • bradley J.

      Check the MDAS callendar - they have a monthly Open to the Public night. Dress warm as it gets windy up top.

      March 14, 2013

  • bradley J.

    The weather should be great. Very little moon. come up during the day and picnic. you will see other BANP on nearly all the turnouts headin up. Lets all gather at the telescope area around 6:00ish. See the MDAS web page as they have Public Open House every month with different programs each time. Great learning and so beautiful on the summit.

    March 14, 2013

  • Chen

    Hmm, how do I do a +1 as there are 2 of us.

    March 13, 2013

    • bradley J.

      its ok! bring 'em all. it really is no bother. the MDAS has a great program and you can wander about the area and see the telescopes and shoot night photog as well.

      March 14, 2013

  • Steve K.

    My guest chickened out and I don't really want to go without her.

    March 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    If anyone take Ygnacio Road and pass by N. Civic Drive can give me a lift?

    March 13, 2013

  • Raj

    +2

    March 12, 2013

  • Jay B

    Hoping to join everyone.

    March 12, 2013

  • Lili

    + 1

    March 12, 2013

  • Alan R.

    Folks, the strip mall that is referenced is actually at Ygnacio Valley and Oak Grove. Not Clayton Rd. Don't want anyone getting lost.

    March 10, 2013

  • Sreeram (Sam) K.

    I''ll be there with 2 guests!

    March 11, 2013

  • Susan T.

    Cant' wait! Thanks for the invite.

    1 · March 10, 2013

  • Meggi R.

    Count me in - Look forward to a great night.

    March 10, 2013

  • Kasturi A.

    +1

    March 10, 2013

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