EVENTS + MEETINGS

What's Going On

 

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

  • School Science Nights

  • EVAC Member Star Parties.

  • EVAC Monthly Meeting on 2/21/20 starts at 07:30 PM. Speaker is Don Machholtz - The Messier Marathon.

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

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

Private Star Parties upon request.

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

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.

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.

 
 

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.

  • Meeting location: Southeast Regional Library, 775 N. Greenfield Road, Gilbert, AZ 85234.

  • 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. 

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

 

2020 Meeting Speaker Schedule

January 17th

Christopher Groppi - Future Telescope Balloon Missions.

February 21st

Don Machholtz - The Messier Marathon.

March 20th

Patrick Young - Life Cycle of Large Stars.

April 17th

Adam Beardsley - What Large Low Frequency Radio Telescope Arrays Can Tell Us About Our Universe.

May 22nd

Rogier Windhorst(ASU) - Science and Status updates for The James Webb Space Telescope.

June 19th
TBA.

July 17th
TBA.

August 21st

TBA.

September 18th

TBA.

October 23rd
TBA.

November 20th

TBA.

December 17th

Holiday Party - 6:00 PM at Gilbert Library.

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 star parties are held at Picket Post Trailhead, near Superior on the Saturday closest to 3rd quarter moon and the Saturday closest to the new moon.

2020 Schedule
3rd Quarter Moon

  • January 18th

  • February 15th

  • March 14th

  • April 18th

  • May 16th

  • June 13th

  • July 11th

  • August 15th

  • September 12th

  • October 10th

  • November 7th

  • December 12th

2020 Schedule
New Moon

  • January 25th

  • February 22nd

  • March 21st

  • April 25th

  • May 23rd

  • June 20th

  • July 18th

  • August 22nd

  • September 19th

  • October 16th-17th

  • November 14th

  • December 19th

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.

 

The star party is usually well-attended and is especially suited to those just getting started. If you are in the market for a scope, this is the place to see a variety of scopes and talk to their owners or simply get advice on getting started.

How To Get To Picketpost Mountain Trailhead

 

Site coordinates: 

  • N 33º 16' 21" 

  • W 111º 10' 35"    

  • Elevation 2375'

All Arizona Star Party

 

The All Arizona Star Party is held on the weekend closest to the New Moon in October at the Hovatter Airstrip (Salome Emergency Airstrip) in La Paz County, AZ. This is also the site of the Messier Marathon held in March by the Saguaro Astronomy Club. 2020 All Arizona Star Party

How To Get To Hovatter Airstrip

 

Site coordinates: 

  • N 33º 34' 50"

  • W 113º 35' 53"

  • Elevation 1378'

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

  1. From Phoenix, go West on I-10 to Hovatter Rd at exit 53 (about 40 miles west of Palo Verde Nuclear Power Generating Station).

  2. Once off I-10 and onto the Hovatter Road overpass, turn left and proceed over the freeway and over the canal.

  3. When you cross the canal, turn hard left onto the AT&T Frontage road.

  4. Go 1.1 miles to a bend in the road.

  5. As the road veers to the SE, look for a road running due south at the same point - Tomson St. and head South for 1.8 miles. Note: Google Maps shows Tomson St. Apple maps and the road sign show Vinegaroon Road.

  6. You will come to a small left-right zig-zag, then see a chain link fence enclosing an area about 20 ft by 20 ft off to the East of the road

  7. This is the abandoned airfield's entrance.

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.

 

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.