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Peninsula Astronomical Society June 2008
PAS Club Information and Foothill Observatory Hours
Foothill College Observatory is open to the public every
Friday evening from
9:00pm to 11:00pm.
The Observatoryis also open for solar observing through special Hydrogen-
solar filters every
Saturday morning from 10:00am untilNoon. These programs are
, except $2 parking fee at Foothill (see next page) and everyone is welcome to attend.
For information, please call the Foothill Observatory Information at (650) 949-7334 any time for a recorded message.
Check out the Club’s Web Site at 
To download a PAS membership application and information sheet, check our Web site (above), and send to:
Peninsula Astronomical Society, PO Box 4542, Mountain View, CA 94040
Thomas Berger 
of Lockheed. 7:30 p.m. Foothill College Room 5015. Parking $2.00A
Jun 3 Tue - NEW MOON
12:23 p.m. PDT
June Schedule
Jun 13 Fri - PAS General Meeting:
“Hinode Satellite Observes The Sun” 
Jun 18 Wed - PAS Board Meeting
Foothill Observatory, 7:30 p.m. Members welcome!Also:
10:30 a.m. PDT
Jun 7 Sat - Foothills Park Star Party
See April issue for details. Sunset 8:28 p.m.
July Schedule
Jul 2 Wed - NEW MOON
7:19 p.m. PDT
Jul 5 Sat - Foothills Park Star Party.
Details in April issue. Sunset 8:33 p.m.
Also: Prime Oak Ridge NightJul 11 Fri - PAS General Meeting:
“LCROSS Lunar Mission” 
Brian Day
of NASA/Ames, and also PAS! Room 5015, Foothill College. 7:30 p.m.
Jul 16 Wed - PAS Board Meeting
Foothill Observatory, 7:30 p.m. Members welcome!
Jul 18 Fri - FULL MOON
12:59 a.m. PDT
PAS Board Members
President and 
Bill Sorrells
Nite Skies editor 
(408) 370-1215
Vice Pres.
Sarah Wiehe
Rick Rodgers
(650) 493-2098
Gary Baker 
(650) 424-2620
Oak Ridge
Phelps, Sorrells,Barrett
Ken Lum
(650) 508-1879
Oliver Barrett
(408) 749-0551
William Phelps
(650) 493-4742
Michael Kran
(415) 888-3293
Terry Terman
(650) 967-0223
Steve Banville
Jeff Buell
(408) 252-9261
Brian Day
Read Your Mailing Label
The mailing label on a member copy of includes the Oak Ridge Roadgate combination for the current month,the driveway combination lock, as well asthe membership expiration date. All areprinted on the top line of the label. TheOak Ridge Road gate combination isfirst, the combination for the lock on thedriveway chain is next and the expirationdate is last. If the label says "DuesExpired!" or "(No Disclaimer)" on the topline, then read the next two paragraphs."
Dues Expired!
" means that your membership in the PAS has expired. If you wish to renew, dues are $25 per year for Senior and Family member-ships,and $10 per year for Junior (16 years of age and under) memberships. Makechecks payable to PeninsulaAstronomical Society and mail to theaddress below.
(No Disclaimer)
" means that we havenot received an Oak Ridge Road SiteUse Disclaimer form from you. To get acopy, please send a self-addressedstamped envelope to the club at theaddress below along with a note askingfor the Disclaimer form, and we'll sendyou one. If we receive your dues and/or your completed Disclaimer form beforethe next PAS Board Meeting, you shouldfind the Oak Ridge combination on thelabel of your next copy of .The club's formal business and mailingaddress is:
Peninsula Astronomical  Society P.O. Box 4542 Mountain View, CA 94040 
Oak Ridge Road Gateand Driveway ChainInstructions (New!)
There is a gate at theentrance to the Oak Ridge Road Observing site. Anelectronic keypad is located to the left of the car driver. Enter the combination numbers in sequence(as shown on the label from left to right), one at atime. Make sure to begin with the “#” sign! If youmake a mistake, just try again. The general gateprocedure is as follows:#1. Stop car directly over concrete pad in front of the gate.#2. Enter combination on keypad.#3. Gate opens inward.#4. Drive through. Gate shuts automatically.
The three-number combo will appear on the top of your mailing label if you’ve sent in your Disclaimer form. The lock works the same as any Master Lock --#1 - Turn right (clockwise) three turns to the firstnumber (on mailing label).#2 - Turn left past the first number to the second#3 - Turn right again directly to the third number If you’re the last to leave Oakridge,
 make sure the chain is put back up and locked.
Foothill ParkingFee Reminder 
A parking fee is required for all visitors 7days a week, from 7am to 10pm.
Thismeans that all attendees to our GeneralMeetings will have to pay
for a parkingpermit or face the possibility of a parking ticket(at last check, $25.00). Foothill CollegeObservatory users will also have to display aparking permit. Parking permits are availablefrom
dispensers using
; or from the hi-tech
 dispensers which take $1 bills, (permit coststill $2, but you won’t need quarters!)
The Peninsula AstronomicalSociety would like to thank DanWalsh and family of 
 DJ ElectronicGraphics
in Sunnyvale for theirsupport in the production andprinting of 
 Yosemite Star Party 2008!
By William Phelps
has once again been invited to put on a Public Star Party at Glacier Point, in Yosemite National Park. If youenjoy participating in public star parties, this is the eventof the year! This year, we were assigned August 29, 30,and 31 – Labor Day weekend.As usual, during the evening, we are expected to put ona good public show, and be tolerant of non-astronomers(including flashlights) between sunset and midnight; that’swhy we are there. After midnight, we are free to changethe rules and try to do some serious observing and pho-tography. Any members of the public that hang aroundafter midnight are not going to be a problem!As in past years, the Park Service is providing free entryto the park and free camping, for a
of 30
, and they would like between 15 and 20 tele-scopes set up for public use. Note that free camping is
available for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights.Anyone wishing to arrive before Friday, or stay after Monday at noon, or anyone not on the official list of 30 people, must make their own arrangements.
 Please do NOT bring pets!!
 Please note
: Due to the limit on free camping, PAS policyfor this event is to allow only one guest or non-member  per PAS member on the “free camping list”. In order to be fair to everyone, there will be no exceptions to this policy. You must bring a telescope to qualify for freecamping; the club does have a limited number of loaner scopes. People in excess of the first 30 to sign up (in-cluding members AND guests), or members wanting to bring more than one guest, can still go, but will have tomake their own arrangements, and pay the Park entrancefee.To accommodate our large and enthusiastic group, I willtry to purchase additional campsites as needed. Peoplein excess of the first 30 will be put in shared campsites,and will be expected to pay for them (it’s not very ex- pensive). Priority will be given to members bringing tele-scopes and participating in the public program (beyondthe first 30 to sign up), then members not bringing scopes,and guests of club members, in that order.If you don’t want to camp, an alternative is to stay atYosemite West, where houses and condominium apart-ments are available for rental; prices run from around$140 per night up, depending on accommodations.Yosemite West is about a mile from the junction of theGlacier Point road and Highway 41, about a 30-minutedrive from Glacier Point. Check the following for lodg-ing information:
Yosemite Scenic Wonders – 
(888) 967-3648www.scenicwonders.com
Yosemite’s Four Seasons – 
(800) 669-9300www.yosemitelodging.com
Yosemite West (multiple properties)
www.yosemitewest.comTo sign up for this year’s
PAS Yosemite Public StarParty,
mail a postcard or letter, postmarked
on or after 
 June 20
, to:William PhelpsPAS Yosemite 20082711 Louis RoadPalo Alto, CA 94303-3651To sign up by e-mail, send a note (on or after Saturday,
 June 21
) to: yosemite(at)meier-phelps.comEither way,
 please include
the following information: Names of all participantsHome AND daytime phone numbersCurrent mailing address OR email addressDescription of telescope(s) you will bringEVERYONE who is intending on participating in thisevent MUST SIGN UP, even if you are not camping!!!Failure to include the information requested above couldcause you to miss out on this event!To give everyone an equal chance, no requests will beaccepted postmarked earlier than the above dates; nameswill go on the list in the order they are received. Pleasedo not call me at home to sign up.I will notify you if you are on the free camping list or not.Some time in July or early August I will mail out confir-mations,
and Park Service rules.This is one of my favorite events. I’m really lookingforward to it, and I hope to see many of you there!

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