Upcoming Events

Events are open to all members and the general public. Sign up for email event updates by registering with Night Sky Network.

Most of our events happen at the Chabot Space and Science Center. Get directions here.

Next General Meeting

Saturday, June 23rd, 7:30pm
Chabot Space and Science Center, Galileo Room (Enter from the rear side gate between the two buildings. Door will be open).

Our Speaker is Steve Gottlieb

Steve’s talk will be “Going Deep: Challenging Observing Projects for the Intrepid Amateur”

Steve has been active observer in the Bay Area for 40 years. He recently completed a 35-year project to observe the entire NGC (roughly 7500 objects), a project that involved several trips to the southern hemisphere. Steve’s observing notes ( ngcicproject.org/gottlieb ) have become a standard reference item for amateur observers.  His observations have resulted in numerous historical corrections to the NGC Catalog.

Steve is a regular contributing editor for Sky & Telescope magazine and has written numerous observing articles for the column “Going Deep”, which is the basis for this talk.

Special Events

Golden State Star Party:
Wednesday, July 11 – Sunday, July 15.
Join hundreds of amateur astronomers for one of California’s best known dark sky observing and astro-photography events.  Visit www.goldenstatestarparty.org for more information and registration.
(Sponsored by The Astronomy Connection, AANC, and Frosty Acres Ranch).

Barcroft High Altitude Observing (EAS members only):
Sunday August 5th – Saturday August 11th.
Each year, EAS runs an excursion to UC Berkeley’s Barcroft High Altitude Research Station in the White Mountains above Bishop, CA.
This is a total of 6 possible nights. Everyone needs to leave by noon on Saturday.

At 12,000 feet, with often bitterly cold temperatures and miles of gravel and shale roads to traverse, this excursion is not for the faint of heart. The facilities, however, are exceptional. Food and lodging is included. Oxygen is not! To reserve your spot, you must be an EAS member, and you need only click the button below to pay for your intended stay. For detailed information, download our overview of the Barcroft event by clicking here. Reserve your spot via Paypal below.

Nights reserved
Dates requested (e.g. “14-16”)

Telescope Makers Workshop

The Telescope Maker’s Workshop is one of few regularly scheduled such workshops in the world! Every Friday from 7 to 10 PM, amateur telescope makers from the bay area meet at the Chabot Space & Science Center and learn how to grind, shape, polish, and figure mirrors for reflecting telescopes, under the guidance of EAS volunteers. The workshop is free; participants pay only for the mirror blanks and grinding tools, which generally cost between $100-$300, depending on the size of the mirror. All the instruction, grinding grit, testing equipment, and camaraderie is free of charge! For more information, email Richard Ozer at pres@eastbayastro.org, or come by the workshop any Friday to see what it’s all about.


EAS sends volunteers to schools, libraries, and anywhere curious aspiring astronomers gather. EAS volunteers bring their own equipment or borrow telescopes. Students, parents, and teachers are always thrilled to look through the telescopes and ask questions. You’ll meet all sorts of interesting people and provide a unique and inspiring experience to kids and parents who may have never looked through a telescope before. Find our next event on the calendar above.

Inquire about and request visits by e-mailing EAS Outreach Coordinator Ray Howard at RaymondHow@aol.com. Visit our outreach page to find out about upcoming outreach events.

Members Only Viewing Nights (MOVN)

Once a month, we schedule a Members Only Viewing Night at the Chabot Telescope Deck for both EAS and Chabot members. This is our opportunity to look through Chabot’s historic instruments and research telescope, as well as bring our own equipment to share in a more quiet venue. The schedule for MOVN appears in the event calendar below.

Event Calendar

Header photo by EAS member Alan Roche.