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A memorial and celebration of the life of John L. Dobson

The San Francisco Sidewalk Astronomers, San Francisco Amateur Astronomers and the Astronomical Association of Northern California announce a memorial and celebration of the life of John L. Dobson.

This happening will take place at noon, Saturday, March 8, 2014 at Lands End:

Events to take place at the memorial:


Birthday Cake

Valley of the Dobs

If you took John's telescope making class and you still have your scope kicking around...bring it! We'll have the "Valley of the Dobs" for a great photo opportunity.  Re-connect with your fellow classmates pushing glass.

Group and Sharing of Photos

Along with a group photo, please bring yours too, to share your memories and fun stories.

We’d also like someone to make a video please.

Grind a Mirror

John used to say, "The mirror must be accurate to within one-thousandth the thickness of Saran Wrap." Just how do you make a mirror this accurate?  Test your skills.  We'd like everyone to spend a few moments grinding the mirror in remembrance of John.

Safe Solar Viewing

Members of the SFAA, SFSA & AANC clubs will provide telescopes for safe solar viewing of our nearest star. 

Sidewalk Astronomy

This memorial will be part of the great universal star party Saturday, March 8th known as International Sidewalk Astronomy Night (ISAN 7) in memory of John:

See you in the dark (& on the sidewalk),

Ken Frank

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  • Greg E.

    Good memorial event of an interesting and important person

    March 8, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Ken,
    Posted this same event on our Robert Ferguson Observatory Meetup page.
    Thanks for doing this!

    February 9, 2014

    • Kenneth F.

      You're most welcome Jim!

      1 · February 10, 2014

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