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Julian StarFest 2015

August 13th - 15th, 2015  Menghini Winery, Julian, CA

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

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.

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 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 Attendee Registration page.

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 or “Like” his Facebook page at

Guest Speakers

We are planning another year of outstanding speakers!

Here is our preliminary speaker list and schedule (more to be added soon):

Tim Thompson

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.

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.