Welcome to CaliforniaStars.net!
Widefield & Telescopic Astrophotography and Recent Events
- Comet PanSTARRS & Moon
- TSE & Australia Trip!
- Venus Transit
- Solar Annular Eclipse
- North America & Pelican
- Lagoon & Trifid
- Heart Nebula & Perseid
- Butterfly & Crescent Nebulae
Astronomy in southern California is strong, for amateurs and professionals alike. The region crackles with astronomical activity that's showcased in events like the RTMC Astronomy Expo, Julian Starfest, Nightfall, Pacific Astronomy and Telescope Show (PATS),
Riverside AstroImaging Workshop (RAW), and the Southern California Astronomy Expo (SCAE). Professional astronomy in southern California is exemplified by organizations such as JPL, Cal Tech, the Mt. Wilson Observatory, and the Palomar Mountain Observatory, just to name a few.
And what would amateur astronomy in southern California be without clubs like the Riverside Astronomical Society (RAS), Los Angeles Astronomical Society (LAAS), San Diego Astronomy Association (SDAA), Orange County Astronomers (OCA), the Friends of the Mount Wilson Observatory (FOMWO, formerly MWOA), the Griffith Park Friends of the Observatory (FOTO), and so many others?
Why the name, CaliforniaStars? It seems like a logical enough name given my geographic location and interest in the sky. But it's also influenced by the song, California Stars, the lyrics of which were written by Woody Guthrie. His lyrics were put to music written by Jeff Tweedy and Jay Bennett, and performed by their band (one of my favorites), Wilco. You can find the song on the 1998 album, Mermaid Avenue, a collaboration of Billy Bragg, Wilco, and Nora Guthrie, the daughter of Woody Guthrie.
– "I'd like to rest my heavy head tonight on a bed of California stars."
– "I'd like to lay my weary bones tonight on a bed of California stars."