Calendar of Activities
Photographing the August Night Sky
- A Workshop by Dennis Mammana
If you've always wanted to capture the magnificent Milky Way
and the stars of summer, 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, a normal or
wide-angle lens (preferably with an aperture of f/2.8 or faster)
that can 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.
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 14, 2015
3:30 - 5:00 p.m. Lecture
8:15 - 9:45 p.m. Photography
$50 per person
Register for this event on the
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
online at dennismammana.com
or “Like” his Facebook page at
We are planning another year of outstanding speakers!
Here is our preliminary speaker list and schedule (more to be
Topic: A Universe of Stars. A review of the observational properties and
physics of stars.
Bio: Tim Thompson
received his degrees in physics from California State University
at Los Angeles; B.S. in 1978 and M.S. in 1987. He joined the Jet
Propulsion Laboratory technical staff in January 1981, and
retired from JPL in November 2008. He earned two NASA Group
Achievement Awards for his participation in the NASA Search for
Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) project, and his work as a
science team member for the Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission
and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) project, and a NASA Center
Award for his role in supporting the Center for Long Wavelength
Astrophysics at JPL. He has broad research experience in radio
and infrared astronomy and infrared geological remote sensing.
Tim is also an amateur astronomer. A long time member and former
President of the Los Angeles Astronomical Society, he received
the society's Lifetime Achievement Award in 2004, and is the
recipient of the 2015 G. Bruce Blair Medal from the Western
Amateur Astronomers. Tim has been a docent & tour guide at Mt.
Wilson Observatory since 1982, has been a regular tournament
chess player since 1968, and collects way too many books.
More information Coming Soon!
Activities on Friday and Saturday are available in the Vendor/Exhibit area.
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.