Welcome to the Tri-Valley Stargazers Astronomy Club's web site. There is a lot
of information here on the many activities of the Tri-Valley Stargazers
(TVS). Learn why you should join the club to get the most out of your
amateur astronomy hobby in the east San Francisco Bay Area.
The Latest News & Upcoming Events
This month's talk will be The Sun-Inside and Out
by Dr. Phil Scherrer. Watch this space for
further information about this talk.
TVS Lick Observatory Tour: June 7th
TVS has arranged with Lick Observatory to have a behind the scenes tour on June
7. Unless required for official duty, our tour guide is expected to be Dr. Paul
Lynam, Resident Astronomer of Lick Observatory, who spoke at TVS a few month's
back. The tour is open to active TVS members only, and is limited to 30
people. The start time will be 6:30pm and the end time will depend on the
weather and the interest of the group. Weather permitting, observing through the
36-inch Great Refractor is planned. Tours typically last 4.5 to 5 hours.
is now accepting payment for the tour, which is estimated at
$20/person assuming that 30 people sign up for the event. Participation is on a
first come, first serve basis. You can pay Rich directly; but if fewer than 30
people were signed up at the last meeting, then reservations can also be made via
PayPal payment to TVS using our
page. To pay for the Lick Tour simply fill in $20 under "Other" (or more, if
paying for more than one person), write "Lick Observatory Tour" in the
"Explanation" box, and then click on "Pay Now". The advantage of using our
Paypal account is that refunds can easily be issued in the event that the tour
is overbooked. If there is sufficient interest, it may be possible to arrange
for a second tour at a later date.
Upcoming star parties
We have planned the following star parties:
- June 25th, Tesla Winery Star Party
- June 7th, Lick Observatory Tour
- July 7th, Tesla Winery Star Party
- July 9th, Boy Scouts camp on Mines Rd.
- July 16th, Boy Scouts camp on Mines Rd.
- July 15-17th, Yosemite
- August 27th, H2O Open House
- September 24th, Tesla Winery Star Party
- October 7th, Pleasanton RADD Star Party at the Senior Center
for further information.
The H2O Open Houses will be open to all club members and
the public. The Tesla Winery Star Parties will be open to club
members and their guests. Start and end times for the parties
will be announced later, but we usually plan to arrive at
the observing site about 30 minutes before sunset and wrap
up around midnight. Mark your calendars now!
Our Tesla Winery Star Parties will have a new twist this year.
For those wishing to participate, each party will have a theme
and observing list associated with it. Themes suggested so
far include a mini-Messier marathon, lunar features observing,
planetary night, star cluster observing, beginner's night,
and constellation identification. If you have an idea for
another theme, please mention it to a board member during
TVS Crystal Wine Glasses For Sale
TVS is offering elegant crystal wine glasses for sale to club
members. You don't have to drink wine to enjoy the beautiful
TVS logo-etched stemware. Use them for your favorite beverage,
or they can be used as a beautiful container for small
plants. They are the perfect gifts for loved ones or friends.
Look for them at club meetings, where they will be sold for
$10/each. Don't drink alone, buy two! Support TVS. Thanks to
who got these wonderful glasses.
TVS Logo Wear
You may have seen some TVS members wearing shirts and jackets
embroidered with the TVS logo. If you are interested in obtaining an
embroidered logo item, you can do so by ordering whatever you would like
Land's End's Corporate Sales
section and specifying TVS logo #0118948. You will need to set up an account, which will
ask for the logo number and the TVS customer number (3452021).
TVS has also set up shop at
for members to buy non-embroidered TVS logo wear. You can have the TVS
logo put on t-shirts, mugs, buttons, hats, coasters, etc. You buy
through Cafepress, and Cafepress sends TVS a portion of the proceeds.
Visit the web site to see all the TVS logo possibilities.