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08/19/2017 - Solar Eclipse Event by: Simon Tang

 

For all of you who are NOT traveling to points North to watch the Great Solar Eclipse of 2017, The Local Group will be having our own FREE eclipse viewing event here in Santa Clarita. We will be at Central Park over by the play structures and baseball fields. Once again, this is free and open to the public. 

The eclipse starts here in LA at 9:05am but we will be there by 8:30 for the countdown and setup. The maximum is around 70% coverage at 10:21 and ends at 11:44. Precise eclipse details are available at: https://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/in/usa/los-angeles 

We will have solar glasses, filters and cards to make pinhole cameras. We will also have special telescopes available to allow safe direct solar viewing. 

In addition to all of the viewing materials we will be having lectures on how eclipses work and on the physics of our sun. 

Looking forward to seeing you there! 


Begins:
08/21/2017 08:30 AM PDT
Ends:
08/21/2017 12:00 PM PDT
Location:
Central Park
27150 Bouquet Canyon Road, Santa Clarita, CA 91350

 

 

WARNING

After reviewing countless fake and unsafe glasses in the past few days, i would like to spend this moment and ask everyone to check there solar products before using them. 

 
Just because they have the ISO logo, does not make them real. Your first point is to check who makes it.
 
Majority of solar glasses are made either by Baader, thousand oaks optical or Rainbow Symphony. Rainbow symphony makes glasses for Meade, Celestron, Explore Scientific and other companies within the approved list found on NASA.
 
A large number of fakes include poorly produced Thousand Oaks solar cards, bad printing, spelling mistakes and incorrect logos. I even came across glasses with the FDA logo on them. I dont recall the FDA approving them safe for consumption! 
 
Read the labels carefully. If they claim to originate from multiple countries such as both the United Kingdom and China, then most likely they are fake.
 
There are reports of fake Thousand Oaks glasses with no ISO standards. If they carry the Red and Black design, they are good to go. These glasses where produced prior to the ISO regulation numbers being included.
 
If you purchased your glasses from sources including Amazon, Craigslist and/or eBay, most likely you have fakes.
 
To test them, hold them up to a light source. If you can see light passing through the ... more


07/18/2017 - Stay Safe During the Solar Eclipse by: Simon Tang

If you didn’t already know, we have a Solar Eclipse coming in August 21st. Most of the US will be able to enjoy views of the event, so named “The Great American Eclipse”. But before you run out into the streets to watch this amazing event. Here are a few ... more


06/27/2017 - Before you buy a Telescope by: Simon Tang

I've now been around the hobby of astronomy for over a year. My interest started at very early age and I would spend any moment at night looking out the window in my suburban home. I never owned a telescope nor did I get a chance to even look through ... more


03/23/2017 - John Dobson - How to build a Telescope by: Simon Tang

A lot of you may have already seen this video but it's always good to introduce new people to old videos. John Dobson (maker of the Dobsonian Telescope) shows how to build a telescope.

So get some popcorn ready and prepare youself ... more


02/20/2017 - NASA to Host News Conference on Discovery Beyond Our Solar System by: Simon Tang

NASA will hold a news conference at 1 p.m. EST Wednesday, Feb. 22, to present new findings on planets that orbit stars other than our sun, known as exoplanets. The event will air live on NASA Television and the agency's website.

Details of these findings are embargoed by the ... more