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Julian StarFest 2014

August 21sth - 24th, 2014  Menghini Winery, Julian, CA

Brought to you by the San Diego Astronomy Association (SDAA) and the town of Julian

Calendar of Activities

These were the Activities at Julian StarFest 2013. 2014 activities are coming soon!

Photographing the August Night Sky
- A Workshop by Dennis Mammana
If you've always wanted to capture the magnificent Milky Way or the Perseid meteor shower, you'll never have a better chance!  Learn the basics of capturing these phenomena with little more than a camera and tripod... all from one of America's favorite night sky photographers. Participants should bring a camera that can be manually adjusted to take time exposures and focus manually, a solid tripod, a remote control or cable release (helpful, but not necessary) your camera user manual, and a flashlight (with a red LED or covered with red cellophane), and must have a good working knowledge of their equipment.

The Workshop:
On Friday afternoon you'll learn the basics of setting up your gear and shooting in complete darkness. And after dark, you'll have a chance to work with Dennis to try out your new knowledge under the beautiful Julian sky (weather permitting, of course).

Friday, August 9, 2013
3:30 - 5:00 p.m.   Lecture
8:30 -10:00 p.m.  Photography


$49 per person

About Dennis Mammana:
In addition to being a nationally syndicated columnist and a popular lecturer, Dennis is one of only seven Americans to be an invited member of TWAN (The World At Night)—an international team of the world’s most highly-acclaimed night sky photographers. You can visit him at

Guest Speakers

Here is our updated speaker list and schedule:

John Garrett – Friday @ 6 - 4.6 Billion And Counting

My presentation is about the Nice model (named after Nice, France) that describes how changing orbits of the outer planets in the first 700 million years of the solar system's existence can account for the nature of these planets' current orbits, the Kuiper-Edgeworth belt, the asteroid belt, Jupiter's Trojan asteroids, and the timing of the late heavy bombardment. I'll be including additional research that has come out since the Nice model trio of papers in 2005, such as projections for the long-term stability of the solar system and significant planetary impacts that affect us today. The presentation is intended for a general, non-technical audience and uses simple illustrations and animations.

Kin Searcy - Friday @ 8 - Palomar Observatory

Dennis Mammana – Sat. @ 11

Tim Parker – Sat @ 1 - Update on Curiosity

The Presenter, Tim Parker Geologist:  Sedimentary geology and geomorphology, ancient oceans on Mars. Science team member, Opportunity and Curiosity Rover missions to Mars Localization Scientist, Curiosity Rover Jet Propulsion Laboratory California Institute of Technology Pasadena, CA

Jim Tucker - Sat. @ 2:30 James Webb Space Telescope (JWST): Progress and Testing

Jim Tucker is the Director of the Verification Science Lab for ATK Space, San Diego. He has been involved for over thirty years in testing of advanced composites and materials, including over fifteen years of optical metrology experience. Specialty areas include optical stability, and unique metrological applications. Mr. Tucker led the establishment of the Interferometric Metrology Facility that has performed thermal expansion testing on more than four thousand parts of the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST). He is actively involved with that testing of the JWST telescope as it completes fabrication and begins assembly and integration.


This presentation  will focus on the cosmic microwave background (CMB) as revealed by the Plank Telescope (data released 21 March 2013) Also common misconceptions, such as "if we can see the 380,000 year old cosmic microwave background, why can’t we see the milky way being born".  And what do common metaphors such as "leftover radiation" and "particle soup" mean.

The presenter, Dennis Frieden, is a local Julian astronomy enthusiast, and may be remembered by his presentation at  Starfest 2010, of   "The Thea Impactor and how the moon was formed'".

For the Non-astronomers

Learn to make a beautiful bracelet with Patty of Mountain Beadworks! At 4:00 on Saturday a class will be held so you can learn to make this beautiful bracelet.  The class will cost $20 or $22 for materials, depending on the style of bracelet you pick, and will take about 40 minutes.  It's easy and fun for all ages.  Sign up for the class at the camper check-in desk. Cash and checks only for payment.


Shuttle Service

Santa Ysabel Casino will be offering a free shuttle service Saturday, August 10th from 10am to 6pm.  Catch a ride from Menghini Winery to downtown Julian, local hotels, or Santa Ysabel Casino.  Be sure to sign up at the casino booth.  


More information Coming Soon!


Activities on Friday and Saturday are available in the Vendor/Exhibit area.

Note: Day use does not require pre-registration.  Admission to the Vendor / Exhibit area is $5.00 per adult, $2.50 for Teens (13 to 18) payable at the gate.  Children, 12 and under are free.  Admission for registered campers is included in their camping fee.  Just show your wrist band for admission to the Vendor / Exhibit area. 

You only have to pay once for admission.  Your wrist band will allow you entrance for both days of activities.