Thank you for joining Central Coast Astronomical Society!
To get started with your membership, we’ve put together a couple of things you can do right now to start on your interstellar adventure in astronomy:
What’s Up in the Sky Tonight? We offer monthly online stargazing sessions lie, and put the recordings online here. Our club is dedicated to helping you learn about the night sky using your naked eyes and a simple pair of binoculars (we all started out that way!) you can start learning the night sky within a matter of moments. Pick a location that’s as free as possible from bright local lights, and give yourself at least five minutes outdoors so that your vision becomes fully dark-adapted.
Month By Month Stargazing Tours (Recordings) You can start exploring tonight! Each video below provides a tour of objects visible for that particular month. To get started, click on the image for the month in which you’re interested. All you need is a little practical advice and these video guides. There’s an infinite universe of celestial wonders to see and discover. You’ll be surprised at how much you can see with just your eyes!
Live Moon Tour (Recording) You’ll be amazed with how much detail you can uncover in one week using a pair of binoculars! Join Dr. Lee Coombs (senior club member, astrophotographer) as we go through the best times to look at the moon and what you can expect to see.
How to Use Binoculars Learn how to use that pair of binoculars you’ve dusted off (or just purchased). We recommend 7×50 or 10×50 (no larger) for getting started.
Stellarium is a free open source planetarium for your computer. It shows a realistic sky in 3D, just like what you see with the naked eye, binoculars or a telescope. It’s like a planetarium right from home – just enter your zip code and sit back and watch!
CCAS Monthly Newsletters Monthly club newsletters are available for members to download. Now that you are a member of CCAS, you’ll be able to download these newsletters to your computer. Enjoy!