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Sky Tours at Delta College

Location: Athletics 1 Parking Lot @ San Joaquin Delta College

5151 Pacific Ave
Stockton, California 95207

Phone: (209) 471-1674

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Sky Tours at Delta College

Volunteers from the Stockton Astronomical Society will set up their telescopes for the public to gaze at the stars!

Weather permitting, volunteers from the Stockton Astronomical Society will set up their telescopes for the public at S.J. Delta College in the Athletics 1 parking lot on one Friday every month, January 3rd - December 18th 2020.

Telescope viewing generally begins at 7:00 PM but note the monthly changes on the schedule. The Moon will likely be visible in the telescopes from the beginning. Dark and clear skies make for better viewing. As the sky darkens, more objects
will become visible.

Every month the Stockton Astronomical Society will attempt to feature a different deep sky object. Deep sky objects are very far away and look dim and fuzzy. They will point one of their larger aperture telescopes at a deep sky object during the last hour of viewing. In order to view these objects, it is often necessary to stand on a step stool or ladder that will be next to the telescope.

There is no charge for telescope viewing provided by the Stockton Astronomical Society or by Delta College. If you own your own telescope or binoculars, you are welcome to bring it with you.

Sky Tours 2020 Schedule:

Friday, January 3

7:00 pm
Objects: Moon, Pleiades
Deep Sky Object: Andromeda Galaxy

Friday, January 31

7:00 pm
Objects: Moon, Venus, Pleiades
Deep Sky Object: Andromeda Galaxy

Friday, February 28

7:00 pm
Objects: Moon, Venus, Orion Nebula, Pleiades
Deep Sky Object: Perseus Double Cluster

Friday, March 27

7:30 pm
Objects: Moon, Venus, Orion Nebula, Pleiades
Deep Sky Object: M37 (Open Star Cluster)

Friday, May 1

8:30 pm
Objects: Moon, Venus
9:30 pm - Deep Sky Object: M104 (Sombrero Galaxy)

Friday, May 29

8:30 pm
Objects: Moon, Mercury
9:30 pm - Deep Sky Object: M104 (Sombrero Galaxy)

Friday, June 26

8:30 pm
Objects: Moon, Jupiter, Saturn (late in the evening), M13 (Hercules Star Cluster)
10:00 pm - Deep Sky Object: M51 (Whirlpool Galaxy)
Sky Tours 2020 Schedule

Friday, July 24

8:30 pm
Objects: Moon, Jupiter, Saturn, M13 (Hercules Star Cluster)
10:00 pm – Deep Sky Object: M5 (Globular Cluster)

Friday, August 21

8:00 pm
Objects: Moon, Jupiter, Saturn, M13 (Hercules Star Cluster)
9:30 pm - Deep Sky Object: M8 & M20 (Lagoon and Trifid Nebulas)

Friday, September 25

7:30 pm
Objects: Moon, Jupiter, Saturn, M13 (Hercules Star Cluster)
9:00 pm - Deep Sky Object: M57 (Ring Nebula)

Friday, October 23

7:00 pm
Objects: Moon, Jupiter, Mars, Saturn, M13 (Hercules Star Cluster)
8:00 pm - Deep Sky Object: M27 (Dumbbell Nebula)

Friday, November 20

7:00 pm
Objects: Moon, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Mars, Uranus
8:00 pm - Deep Sky Object: M31 (Andromeda Galaxy)

Friday, December 18

7:00 pm
Objects: Moon, Mars, Uranus
8:00 pm - Deep Sky Object: M33 (Triangulum Galaxy)

For more information call SAS volunteers:

  • Doug Christensen: Public Outreach Coordinator, (209) 471-1674
  • Eric Holland: Secretary, (209) 351-0206