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America the Beautiful at Night by Wally Pacholka

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America the Beautiful at Night

Famous modern day historian Ken Burns says "America's greatest gift to itself" is the National Parks with all of their beauty. As an amateur astronomer & landscape astrophotographer Wally Pacholka has made it his mission to showcase the exceptional beauty of the night sky over these famous America parks and landmarks. Continuing his series "America the Beautiful at Night" he will present stunning night photographs of his recent night hiking tours of Hawaii, Easter Island and the Pacific Northwest Volcanic Parks. In addition to his stunning images of the night sky he will be sharing how to take photos that get published and how to negotiate effectively with publishers on price.

Wally Pacholka

Pacholka is a amateur astronomer that specializes in landscape astrophotography of America's national parks and landmarks. He certainly has popularized this unique astrophography method with countless local, national and international publications such as 39 APOD's, National Geographic 12x, LIFE Magazine 7x, 2 TIME Magazine Pic of Year editions, Cover Beautiful Universe 2009 and 2011, etc...
Recent Artilces:
Maui Magazine ( just released a 10 page article on the hiking and photography of their fabulous Haleakala Crater in January.
Entrepreneur Magazine ( launched an article about former accountant becoming full time artist and shifting into new career of showcasing "America's Parks at Night".
More of his works are available at his website: (

"What's Up?" in this month will be presented by Steve Condrey

Monthly General Meeting

The OCA has a general meeting held on the second Friday of every month* at Chapman University.

These meetings are free and open to the general public.

The meetings take place in The Irvine Lecture Hall with seating for approximately 250 people.

The Irvine Lecture Hall (located adjacent to the Hashinger Science Center) is near the south east corner of the campus
and the nearest cross street is East Palm Ave and North Center Street.

The meetings start promptly at 7:30 PM.

The basic agenda, with approximate times, is as shown below.

7:00 PM - 7:30 PM Pre-meeting Slide Show

Arrival of audience. This presentation includes recent astronomical photographs taken by OCA members.

7:30 PM - 7:45 PM Club Announcements
Usually presented by the OCA Secretary, Bob Buchheim.

7:45 PM - 8:15 PM "What's Up?"
Usually presented by OCA Member and Space Artist, Chris Butler.

8:15 PM - 9:15 PM Main Talk
Speakers are often from JPL/Caltech and other major educational and astronomical institutions.
The level of the talks are usually appropriate for anyone who has an interest in this hobby.

9:15 PM - 9:30 PM Refreshments
Break Donuts, coffee, soda are available for a small donation.

9:30 PM - 10:00 PM "Ask an Astronomer"
Anyone can stay behind and ask a panel of experts any burning question related to this hobby.


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