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Monthly Meetings

  •  3rd Friday at 7:30pm

Public Star Party

  • 2nd Friday of each month

Private Star Party

  • School, Community Private Star Party By Request Only


Special Events​​

Dr. Rolf Jansen (ASU) will talk about the James Webb Space Telescope and the PEARLS Project of Faint Galaxies at The EVAC Monthly Meeting.

Want to stay up to date? Join the EVAC email list. 

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Free public star party every 2nd Friday of the month at the Riparian Preserve in Gilbert.

Private Star Parties upon request.

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Nocturnal gatherings give members a chance to talk about all things astronomical, look through many types of scopes & show off a few favorite sights. 

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Visitors always welcome! Find out what other members are up to and listen to presentations by professional and well-known amateur astronomers. 

Star Party Information


Public Star Party

The East Valley Astronomy Club sponsors a free public star party each month at the Riparian Preserve in Gilbert. The event is scheduled on the second Friday of each month, weather permitting. The star party begins at dusk. You are encouraged to attend and observe through member's telescopes.

EVAC is supporting Public Star Parties at this time.

School + Community Star Party Information

Arrange a night under the stars for your school, community, club, or group! Available Tuesday - Thursday.

If you would like to arrange a night under the stars / private star party, click below and fill out the request form.

EVAC is supporting private star parties at this time.

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Monthly Meetings


The monthly general meeting is your chance to find out what other club members are up to, learn about upcoming club events and listen to presentations by professional and well-known amateur astronomers. Visitors are always welcome!

  • Held on the third Friday of each month, beginning at 7:30 pm. See our upcoming Speaker Schedule.

  • Meetings are held via Zoom and In Person.

  • A typical meeting begins with introductions and a brief discussion of club business, including upcoming events.

  • Recognition and a couple of short (10 - 15 minute) presentations by EVAC members follows.

  • Refreshments are served during a short intermission.

  • Our guest speaker then gives a 45-minute to 1-hour presentation. 

  • Meetings are held at the Gilbert Library.

Interested in seeing the caliber of speakers at past meetings? Check out our History of Speakers.

Speaker Schedule

2022 Meeting Speaker Schedule

2021 Meeting Speaker Schedule

January 15th

Travis Rector University of Anchorage Alaska - "How and Why We Make Color Composite Images at Professional Observatories".

February 19th

Gerard van Belle Lowell Observatory - "Present Research Capabilities and Future Plans".

March 19th

Nivedita Mahesh Arizona State University - "A Farside Array for Radio Science Investigations of the Dark Ages and Exoplanets".

A Probe Class mission concept funded by NASA to place a radio array on the lunar farside.

April 16th

Richard Hedwick CEO of Planewave Instruments - "Brief history of Planewave, Telescope and Mount Making, and the Newest Product Member".

May 21st

Dave Eicher - "Inside the Universe’s Star Cities". 

June 18th
Bob King - "Adventures in Visual Observing".

Click on the Speaker's name for a link to the Speaker's Bio and an Abstract of the Presentation. Click on the Presentation name for access to the Zoom recording of the Meeting.

July 16th
Felipe Mac Auliffe - "The History and Milestones of Radio-Astronomy in Chile".
August 20th

Alan Friedman - "Minimum to the Max".

September 17th

Dr. Nathan Williams NASA/JPL - "The Mars Helicopter "Ingenuity": First 6 Months on the Red Planet".

October 15th
Tyler Richie-Yowell Phd Candidate at ASU - Evaluating Planets Orbiting K-stars for "Super Habitability".

November 19th

Jeff Kanipe - Peculiar Galaxies: What Makes a Galaxy Peculiar?Peculiar Galaxies: touchst

December 17th

Member Presentation Night

.   David Dunham - "Three Recent Occultation Results (briefly)". 

    Plus - general information about how to participate in future       expeditions.

.   James Yoder - How to effectively use the monthly list of             objects for astrophotography.

.   Alex Nachman - How to Process Data from the Hubble Space     Telescope to Produce Color Images.

.   Sid Frede - Automating Astrophotography. A quick look at           using software/hardware tools to automate image capture.

.   Jon Koester - How to Build Your Own Home Observatory.

Member Star Parties


For many amateur astronomers, participating in club star parties is the best part of belonging to a club. These friendly nocturnal gatherings give observers a chance to talk about all things astronomical, look through many types of scopes and show off a few of their favorite sights. EVAC offers at least two star parties each month (weather permitting, of course.)

EVAC Member Star Parties


EVAC is not currently supporting star parties at the Picket Post Trailhead.  Some members gather during the weekend before and on the weekend of the New Moon.  Due to Forest Service rules, a Ranger is present from spring to fall.  Gates are locked at sunset when the Ranger is present.  For this reason members are encouraged to use open areas off the road before Picket Post if the gates are locked.  

2023 Schedule
3rd Quarter Moon

  • January 14th

  • February 13th

  • March 14th

  • April 13th

  • May 12th

  • June 10th

  • July 9th

  • August 8th

  • September 6th

  • October 6th

  • November 5th

  • December 4th

2023 Schedule
New Moon

  • January 21st

  • February 20th

  • March 21st

  • April 19th

  • May 19th

  • June 17th

  • July 17th

  • August 16th

  • September 14th

  • October 14th

  • November 13th

  • December 12th

The site offers reasonably dark skies within an hour of most east Valley locations. A hill blocks a good bit of the Phoenix sky glow to the west, and Superior's minor glow is visible in the northeast.

How To Get To Picketpost Mountain Trailhead


Site coordinates: 

  • N 33º 16' 21" 

  • W 111º 10' 35"    

  • Elevation 2375'

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This site is easily accessed by any vehicle.

  1. Take US 60 east past Florence Junction.

  2. As you come down from Gonzales Pass, watch out for the green Mile Marker 221 sign.

  3. Just past that you will see a yellow 'Truck Crossing' sign... and just past the sign is FR 231.

  4. The road is now easier to spot than in the past, as there is now a familiar brown sign indicating the trailhead.

  5. You'll know it's the right road because there is a small windmill visible just after you make the right turn.

  6. Follow the well-graded road about half a mile to where it dead-ends into another road.

  7. Another brown sign indicates that you should make a left turn (staying on FR 231) to get to the trailhead.

  8. This section of the road is asphalt.

  9. Follow the narrow road about a half mile until it ends at the trailhead.

  10. When you reach the trailhead, bear to the right and circle around until you see the larger, flat area.

All Arizona Star Party 

Rescheduled October 6-7, 2023

(The Hovatter Airfield site has been transferred to La Paz County and is no longer available for our use)  Site Map and Directions are below.

Schedule for Saturday, October 7

Temperance Union Happy Hour - 4:30pm

Raffle (Ticket $1 or 6 for $5) - 5:00pm

Chile Dinner ($5 per person) - 5:30pm

Please park on the edge of the site if you are leaving early.

Please avoid white light and make as little dust as possible.

How To Get To The Antennas Site


Site coordinates: 

  • N 33º 35' 05"

  • W 113º 37' 57"

  • Elevation 1340'

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The Antennas Site is located two miles south of Interstate 10, and about ten miles west of Centennial, AZ.

From Phoenix:

  1. Go west on I-10 to Hovatter Rd at exit 53 or about 40 miles west of Palo Verde Nuclear Power Generating Station.

  2. Turn left over the freeway, drive over the canal.

  3. When you cross the canal, turn right.

  4. Go .1 miles to and turn left onto dirt road.

  5. Travel past the antennas and turn right at next opportunity

  6. Go through two washes and the site is on the left

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Star Party Liability Disclaimer


The East Valley Astronomy Club (EVAC) is not responsible for the property or liability of any star party participant, nor will the club be held liable for their actions or possessions. EVAC is not responsible for any vehicular damage, theft, or mechanical difficulties that may occur while attending a star party. EVAC strongly recommends adherence to the doctrine of 'safety in numbers' when it comes to remote observing sites. In the interest of safety it is recommended that you don't go to remote sites alone and that someone knows where you have gone each time you go out observing.

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