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.

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Read About the Club's History!

We have added a history of the Tri-Valley Stargazers to our web site. You can see it here. If you have additional information to add, please contact . We are especially interested in the early days of the club.

Next Public Meeting

Speakers: Bill and Susan O'Neil
Astronomy Volunteers Needed for National Park Service

Friday, November 21, 2014
Doors open at 7:00 p.m.
Lecture at 7:30 p.m.
Show and Tell follows

Unitarian Universalist Church
1893 N. Vasco Rd., Livermore

Next Board Meeting

Monday, November 24, 2014, 7:30 p.m.
Round Table Pizza
1024 E. Stanley Blvd, Livermore

Members are always welcome at board meetings. Pizza is optional.
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The Latest News & Upcoming Events

November's meeting

Our November speakers will be Bill O'Neil and his wife, Susan. They worked as Astronomy Park Rangers (volunteers) up at Glacier National Park in Montana in August 2013. The National Park Service has suffered budget cuts, sequestration, furloughs, etc., and the parks are always looking for volunteer summer help.

Started in 2007, the Astro-VIP (Volunteer-in-Parks) program is seeking qualified amateur astronomers to help park visitors appreciate the dark skies and starry night experience that National Parks can provide, far away from city lights.

Bill will talk about the Astro-VIP program, qualifications, the 'hiring' process, work schedules, and their time at Glacier National Park. Bill & Susan ran a Solar Program during the day, and a night time Star Party in the evening, using Glacier Park's excellent astronomy equipment. They logged over 4,500 park visitors that looked through the telescopes just in the month of August. To see a short YouTube video of their ASTRO-VIP adventure and Glacier's Going-to-the-Sun Road, go here

Bill is a recently retired Silicon Valley semiconductor engineer (MSEE) who has gotten back into astronomy. Bill is a Director of SJAA and they are active members of SCAC and FPOA. Bill recently worked with TVS and EAS solar astronomers at the Boy & Girl Scout STEM Encampment at Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton on Oct. 11, 2014.

December's meeting

December's meeting is our usual annual Holiday Party. It will be held on 12/19/14. Watch this space for more information.

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 through 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 Cafepress 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.