Amador Astronomical Society Telescope Flat Events
The AAS has one of the best Dark Sky 360 degree views in
California located at Telescope Flat. The observing site is
approximately 4900 feet in elevation and is open to AAS members and
their guests only, from June through September. AAS has
scheduled four optimal observation dates for best viewing
during this period. Members who wish to meet and share
observations are encouraged to enter these dates in their
New to the club? A beginner? For more information, please
AAS Site Use Rules,
and Astronomer's Tips
below. If you have questions we have not answered,
or need directions, please E-Mail Larry Brown, President,
Amador Astronomical Society at
Legal Disclaimer: AAS Members and guests use the Telescope
Flat site at their own risk. By using the site, you and your
guests agree that the AAS, AAS members, officers and land
owner shall not be held responsible for any accidents,
breakage, theft or any other harmful or other incident in
any form or in any respect whatsoever. Optimal viewing is
dependant on weather and other factors. Thanks for your
support, see you there!
Telescope Flat Observing Schedule 2006
Saturday, June 24, 2006: Sunset at 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 22, 2006: Sunset at 8:21 p.m.
- Saturday, August 26, 2006: Sunset at 7:41 p.m.
- Saturday, September 23, 2006: Sunset at 6:57 p.m.
Telescope Flat Site Use Rules
The AAS Telescope Flat Site is a rare and valuable resource
for members. We ask that all members and their guests respect
and follow these common-sense rules so that all of us benefit
and will continue to be able to use this site for many years
to come. Thank you for your courtesy!
Download Telescope Flat Observing Rules in PDF format.
- The site has no bathrooms. Please bring your own port-a-potty.
- The site has no water or food. Bring your own refreshments.
The site has no garbage can or garbage pickup. Please keep site
clean, bring your own trash bags, take them home with you. Search
the area for cans and trash before you leave. You are responsible
for your guests and their needs.
On arrival, drive as slow as possible for safety
and to keep dust out of telescopes, lenses, food
Arrive early, before dark. Park your car so that the headlights
are facing out, away from the observers and observing area. When
you leave, you will not blind fellow astronomers.
Empty your car of everything you will possibly need and set it
up before dark. Dome lights will destroy night vision for star
Bring red filtered flash lights for yourself and your guests
to prevent stray light.
If your car inadvertently ends up behind other observers, try
to exit slowly with parking lights only.
- Please leave your radio or CD player off.
Safety Tip: bring a friend, don't observe alone just in case
you have car trouble. The site is close to a traveled road, but
traffic is sparse, especially at night. We have not tested cell
phones as of yet, so let a family member know where you are
going and when you expect to be back. We would appreciate some
cell phone access reports from our members.
Telescope Flat Astronomers Tips
The Telescope Flat Events are suggested meeting times for the
best observation during the month. There is no guarantee that
member amateur astronomers with telescopes will be there, but
you do not need a telescope or fancy equipment to take in the
beauty and wonder of the night sky. If you are new to the club
and just starting out here are some tips for enjoying the evening:
Download Telescope Flat Astronomers Tips in PDF format.
Telescope Flat is located on a mountain ridge and after
sundown, becomes quite cool. Wear long pants and warm
layered clothing you can add or subtract as needed. A
ski hat, or hooded jacket is nice.
Bring a folding chair and or pad where you can sit or
lay down to look at the sky comfortably.
Bring binoculars if you have them, but you can pick out
major stars, constellations, the Milky Way, planets and
falling stars without any optical equipment at all.
Download the AAS star chart for the evening and see how
many astronomical objects you can find.
Bring mosquito repellant for the few you may encounter.
Wear practical and comfortable shoes for walking that
protect your feet.
Enjoy photography? Bring a film or digital camera and
tripod and try some long exposures.
Keep your own observing log. What starry objects did you
Arrive at least an hour before sundown to give you time
to set up in a good spot. Download and print the Telescope
Flat Site Use Rules plus these Tips and bring them with you
as a check list.
Last, but not least, enjoy the evening, and we'll see you there!
Members! Tell us about your Photos From the Event,
the best may be posted for all to enjoy.