RFO

For Detailed Information

To learn more about events
listed here, see
Public Astronomy
and Classes

 

Where we are:

Nestled in the hills of
Sugarloaf Ridge State Park

Longitude: West 122° 30' 28"
Latitude: North 38° 26' 18"
Elevation: 1275'

Map and Directions

 

Current sky conditions:

Call the Observatory at
(707) 833-6979
or see the
Clear Sky Chart

 

What to Wear:

Warm layers, gloves and hats. Wool socks and sturdy shoes are helpful. Nights can be very cold. Bring a flashlight. We will provide red cellophane covers to protect your night vision.

 

RFO Calendar

2014 RFO Events

Monthly Listing of Public Events and Classes

July 2014
  • Tuesday, 7/1/2014 - Tickets on Sale: An Evening with Prof. Alex Filippenko
    Time: 6:30 PM - 9 PM (at Sonoma Academy on 10/8/14)
    • Online Ticketing Link: http://www.rfo.org/filippenko-event.html

      Preferred Seating: $30.00
      Reg.Bleacher Seating: $25.00

      'An Evening with Prof. Alex Filippenko'
      a benefit lecture for the Save Lick Observatory
      Presented by
      The Sonoma County Astronomical Society
      &
      The Robert Ferguson Observatory

      Wednesday, October 8, 2014
      (6:30pm - 9:00pm)

      Hosted by the Sonoma Academy - 'Black Box Theater'
  • Wednesday, 7/9/2014 - SCAS Monthly Mtg.
    Time: 7:30 PM - 9 PM (at Proctor Terrace Elementary School - Santa Rosa)
    • Special Guest Speaker:

      Dr. Mandeep S.S. Gill Will be speaking on the topic: "Cosmology and Gravitational Lensing"

      Dr. Mandeep S. S. Gill's Overview

      Current

      Observational Cosmologist at SLAC/CBPF

      Past

      Observational Cosmologist at OSU
      Postdoc at LBNL
      Grad student / postdoc at SLAC

      Education

      The Ohio State University
      Stanford University
      Univerity of California, Berkeley
  • Saturday, 7/19/2014 - Public Solar Observing
    Time: 11 AM - 3 PM
  • Saturday, 7/19/2014 - Public Star Party
    Time: 9 PM - 12 Midnight
  • Tuesday, 7/22/2014 - Night Sky Summer Series
    Time: 8 PM - 12 Midnight
    • Learn the constellations, stars, deep sky objects, and more. Includes observing. (Class #4 of 6) Reservations Recommended
  • Saturday, 7/26/2014 - Public Solar Observing
    Time: 11 AM - 3 PM
  • Saturday, 7/26/2014 - Public Star Party
    Time: 9 PM - 12 Midnight
  • Tuesday, 7/29/2014 - Night Sky Summer Series
    Time: 8 PM - 12 Midnight
    • Learn the constellations, stars, deep sky objects, and more. Includes observing. (Class #5 of 6) Reservations Recommended

August 2014
  • Tuesday, 8/19/2014 - Night Sky Summer Series
    Time: 8 PM - 12 Midnight
    • Learn the constellations, stars, deep sky objects, and more. Includes observing. (Class #6 of 6) Reservations Recommended
  • Saturday, 8/23/2014 - Public Solar Observing
    Time: 11 AM - 3 PM
  • Saturday, 8/23/2014 - Public Star Party
    Time: 9 PM - 12 Midnight

September 2014
  • Friday, 9/19/2014 - Observing Lab: Star Death
    Time: 7 PM - 12 Midnight
    • "Star Death: The End of Stellar Fusion" - An intensive telescope observing session after a brief presentation on the night's theme. Handouts/Observing Lists provided. Attendance limited to 10. ("Rain check" Wed, 9/24.) Fee: $30. Reservations Required
  • Saturday, 9/20/2014 - Public Solar Observing
    Time: 11 AM - 3 PM
  • Saturday, 9/20/2014 - Public Star Party
    Time: 8 PM - 12 Midnight
  • Tuesday, 9/23/2014 - Night Sky Fall Series
    Time: 7 PM - 12 Midnight
    • Learn the constellations, stars, deep sky objects, and more. Includes observing. (Class #1 of 6) Reservations Recommended

October 2014
  • Saturday, 10/4/2014 - Public Solar Observing
    Time: 11 AM - 3 PM
  • Saturday, 10/4/2014 - Public Star Party - Astronomy Day
    Time: 8 PM - 12 Midnight
  • Wednesday, 10/8/2014 - Public Total Lunar Eclipse Event
    Time: 12:30 AM - 5 AM
  • Tuesday, 10/14/2014 - Night Sky Fall Series
    Time: 7 PM - 12 Midnight
    • Learn the constellations, stars, deep sky objects, and more. Includes observing. (Class #2 of 6) Reservations Recommended
  • Tuesday, 10/21/2014 - Night Sky Fall Series
    Time: 7 PM - 12 Midnight
    • Learn the constellations, stars, deep sky objects, and more. Includes observing. (Class #3 of 6) Reservations Recommended
  • Thursday, 10/23/2014 - Public Solar Eclipse Viewing
    Time: 1 PM - 4:30 PM (at -)
  • Saturday, 10/25/2014 - Private Event
    Time: 7 PM - 12 Midnight
    • About 20 adults. Sue St. Blaine 415-572-9252 sue.st.blaine@gmail.com
      Presenter:
      CCD:
      24":
      24" Assistant:
      8":

November 2014
  • Saturday, 11/15/2014 - Public Solar Observing
    Time: 11 AM - 3 PM
  • Saturday, 11/15/2014 - Public Star Party
    Time: 6 PM - 12 Midnight
  • Tuesday, 11/18/2014 - Night Sky Fall Series
    Time: 7 PM - 12 Midnight
    • Learn the constellations, stars, deep sky objects, and more. Includes observing. (Class #4 of 6) Reservations Recommended
  • Saturday, 11/22/2014 - Private Event
    Time: 6 PM - 12 Midnight
    • 25 Boy Scouts Some may be working on Merit Badges, but Mr. Dolan would like the presentation to be a fun general one, rather than specifically oriented toward the Merit Badge. Tom Dolan 916-521-2483 tom.dolan@starstream.net
      Presenter:
      CCD:
      24":
      24"Assistant:
      8":
  • Tuesday, 11/25/2014 - Night Sky Fall Series
    Time: 7 PM - 12 Midnight
    • Learn the constellations, stars, deep sky objects, and more. Includes observing. (Class #5 of 6) Reservations Recommended
  • Friday, 11/28/2014 - Public Solar Observing
    Time: 11 AM - 3 PM

December 2014
  • Tuesday, 12/16/2014 - Night Sky Fall Series
    Time: 7 PM - 12 Midnight
    • Learn the constellations, stars, deep sky objects, and more. Includes observing. (Class #6 of 6) Reservations Recommended

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