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Fremont Peak 2.6 percent moon

  • Apr 26, 2014 · 8:00 PM
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This is a Saturday event it will go on as long as it is not raining in San Juan Bautista at noon on the day of the event

Your host for this event is Jack Zeiders.  Please contact him if you have questions or ask below. John will be unavailable. You might first want to read the "Must Read This" page as it may answer most of your questions.

Weather Forecast <-- Click


there will be 16 slots available and each person will be able to bring 1 guest but must be in the same vehicle



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

You must have a YES RSVP to actually attend.

A no show to this event will be recorded.

You must withdraw from the event 3 days before it starts or you will be counted as a no show.

Guests (1) are permitted.

Bringing undeclared guests will be treated the same as a no-show.

If you do not answer the questions you will be removed from the the rsvp list

there will be a sign in list on the back of my car and the attendee must sign in  or be marked as a no-show (not the 1 guest)

Camping / Overnight Use

Access fee is $6 ($5 for seniors) for day use (up to one hour after sunset) and an additional* $25 for camping or overnight use.  If booked through ReserveAmerica, there is also an $8 reservation fee.  Not all campsites are reservable about 4 are first-come first served. The number of cars permitted depends on the campsite selected.  Assume that one car per site is the norm. Anyone else must park in the separate parking area.  There are about 35 available spaces in the two parking areas, not including at least one area per campsite.  Click HERE for a campsite map.  There are both tent and RV/Trailer campsites.

*NOTE: ReserveAmerica implies that the campground fee includes admission for one vehicle into the park.

(click map for larger image)

NOTE: The map is labeled incorrectly. Valley View is at the left (west) and offers mostly RV spots and Oak Point is toward the top and has only tent sites.

2:00-8:00PM arrive and setup
7:53PM Sunset
5:19AM Moonrise

6:18AM sunrise



The FPOA observatory has a public program the 26th. It is free, park in the regular lot and walk over to the observatory if you want to look through a 30" telescope.


headlamp and flashlight (have a red filter as there will likely be astronomers active throughout the park).

warm sweater, coat  dress in layers

knit hat

light gloves.

a liter of Gatorade or the equivalent

Snacks, dinner, breakfast

Camera, tripod, film/memory cards, extra battery or three

Recommended Lens(es) wide for Milky Way and star trails other focal lengths for other things


Remote/cable release


will be supplied to yes rsvp's


1. Can I bring my pet/dog?
To the park, yes - permitted in certain areas on a leash.  With the group, no unless you are sure you're willing to pay for the damage an out of control animal may do to equipment, people or the environment.

2.  I am on the waiting list, can I attend?
We will mark you as a no-show and bar you from future events if you do. 
For even more information about the rules we operated under at BANP see here.


3. I see someone dropped out, can I take their place?
Not unless you are the next person on the waiting list. It's rude to "cut in line".


4. If I have a yes RSVP and I don't show up, then what?
You will be marked a no show and barred from future events. Might even be kicked out of the group if it has been your habit.


5. I was on the waiting list (or I was a Yes), but my RSVP was changed to NO, why!?
Because you have a prior no-show.  You can rejoin the waiting list, but we'll keep moving you to the bottom.


6, If I indicate how much I want to go, or plead for a spot will that help me get one?
No. Meetup doles out yes RSVPs on a first-come, first served basis.  We are glad you are eager, but we assume everyone who is desiring a yes RSVP is eager or they wouldn't be RSVPing.  If you are only lukewarm about it, don't RSVP.


If you have further questions ask below in the comments.

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  • Jack Z.

    clouds, cold, windy, would like to make another attempt of there is interest

    April 26, 2014

  • Jack Z.

    Nice to meet all of you. Thank you for coming out. Hopefully we can do it again with better weather.

    April 26, 2014

  • Jack Z.

    We are a go. Probably windy and partly cloudy. Might be ok.


    April 26, 2014

    • Shibu T.

      I reached here, weather is partially cloudy and windy. Hope it will be clear by the evening.

      April 26, 2014

  • Jack Z.

    Ok, I'm making a decision a bit early. Wx guessers say it should clear by late afternoon to early evening. I will be at the peak around 5-6PM. If we get clouded out , I will stay until 9PM if it is clear I should be there until midnight or later. Be prepared for wind, wet (humidity) & cold conditions. (408)[masked] is my (dumb) cell. I will be away from the computer.


    April 26, 2014

  • Atul C.

    I wont be able to make to this today. Been traveling the whole week.

    April 26, 2014

  • Jack Z.

    I am concerned about the weather prospects for the weekend. Forecast is clouds & rain possible. I will likely, unless we have a major storm, go anyway.
    I will watch closely and if rainout is what we get, I'll post a cancelation notice though it may come late.

    I was at the "Peak" for the lunar eclipse and though there were clouds early on, it cleared nicely during totality. Maybe we will be fortunate.

    Should things go well, I'll set up in the North west parking lot, near the rest rooms, that has the best overlook of the Monterey Bay. I have a silver dodge caravan. If wx is clear I will set up a telescope & mount next to my van. There will be a sign in sheet at my van so make sure you all sign in there after you feed the iron ranger. look for the old guy in the yellow vest.


    April 22, 2014

  • Kristen K

    Well, my parents decided to visit on the 26th and now I have to cancel. Very disappointed.

    April 6, 2014

  • Jack Z.

    Yes, I'm hoping we get good weather for this event and the lunar eclipse mid month. There should be many opportunities over the spring and summer. I for one am not going to complain about getting some much needed rain.


    March 31, 2014

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