Local Astronomy Groups

Griffith Observatory would like to list your Southern California astronomy club here and provide a link to your web site if you have one. Contact the Griffith Observatory (213) 473-0800 for details and to update your listing.

The Griffith Observatory cannot assume responsible for the accuracy of the information below.


Southern California Astronomy Clubs

Andromeda Astronomical Society
Sam Davidson
P.O. Box 8
Yucca Valley CA 92286
760-228-1977


Antelope Valley Astronomy Club
PO Box 4595
Lancaster CA 93539-4595
100 members


Astronomical Society of the Desert
Ashley McDermott
College of the Desert
43-500 Monterey Avenue
Palm Desert, CA 92260
760-346-2524
75 members


Astronomical Unit
Greg Brinser (president)
C/O Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
2559 Puesta Del Sol Road
Santa Barbara, CA 93105-2998
805-564-9002 (AU pager)
88eight8@home.com
95 members


Bear Valley Astronomy Society
Paul Littlecoyote - President
P.O. Box 28
Fawnskin, CA 92333
Tel/fax (909) 585-4815
8 members


Celestial Observers
Michael Selden
9534 Gierson Avenue
Chatsworth, CA 91311-4737
818-882-6172


Central Coast Astronomical Society
San Luis Obispo County 
Walter Reil
ccas@ccastronomy.org


China Lake Astronomical Society
PO Box 1753
Ridgecrest, CA 93556 
760-375-5681
operates public-access observatory


Colorado River Astronomy Club
Dr. Allejandro Garcia, President
1 College Drive
Blythe, CA 92225


Excelsior Telescope Club
Fr. Ronald Royer
St. Pancratius Catholic Church
3519 St. Pancratius Place
Lakewood, CA 90712
310-634-6111
30 members


Hemet Astronomical Society
P. O. 5161
Hemet, CA 92544
909-927-5457


High Desert Astronomical Society
Dave Meyer
The Lewis Center for Educational Research
20702 Thunderbird Road
Apple Valley, CA 92397
760-245-8020
760-242-3514 hotline
70 members


Idyll-Gazers Amateur Astronomy Club
Joe Neu
P.O. Box 1245
Idyllwild, CA 92349
909-659-3562
62 members


Kern Astronomical Society
Joe Fram
6416 Sally Ave.
Bakersfield, CA 93308
661-326-5113


Astronomy Club
Laguna Woods Village
Laguna Woods, CA  92637
Deborah August


Local Group of Santa Clarita Valley
Jim Mahon
skyjim@mediaone.net
100 members


Los Angeles Astronomical Society
c/o Griffith Observatory
2800 E. Observatory Road
Los Angeles, CA 90027
213-673-7355 hotline
420 members


Los Angeles Sidewalk Astronomers
webmaster@sidewalkastronomers.com
Bob Alborzian or Donna Smith
1946 Vedanta Place
Hollywood, CA 90068
Bob Alborzian: 818-841-0548
Donna Smith: 818--848-4533
150 members


Los Angeles Valley College Astronomy Club
David Falk
5800 Fulton Avenue
Van Nuys, CA 91206
818-947-2335 hotline


Mountain Skies Astronomical Society
P.O. Box 1169
2001 Observatory Way
Lake Arrowhead, CA 92352
909-336-1699
909-336-1299 hotline
1344 members
stargazersmail@att.net


Oceanside Photo and Telescope Astronomical Society
1024 Mission Avenue
Oceanside, CA 92054
760-722-3348


Orange County Astronomers
P. O. Box 1762,
Costa Mesa, CA 92628
Membership: Charlie Oostdyk 714-751-5381
President: Barbara Toy 714-606-1825
Starline: 714-751-6867
800 Members


Polaris Observatory Association
Clyde Tichenor
P.O.Box 734
Somis, CA 93066


Pomona Valley Amateur Astronomers
PO Box 162
Upland, CA 91785


Riverside Astronomical Society
president@rivastro.org
P.O. Box 21264
Riverside, CA 92516-1264
(951) 687-8195
320 members


San Bernadino Amateur Astronomers
Chris Clarke
San Bernardino Valley College
George F. Beattie Planetrium & N.A. Richardson Observatory
Production & Presentation Specialist
San Bernadino, CA 92410
909-888-6511, Ext.1458/1635
70 members


San Diego Astronomy Association
P.O. Box 23215
San Diego, CA 92193-3215


Santa Barbara (see Astronomical Unit above)


Santa Monica Amateur Astronomy Club
Robert Lozano
1415 Michigan Avenue
Santa Monica, CA 90404
310-450-1944
40 members


South Bay Astronomical Society
John Collins
c/o Microcosm, Inc.
401 Coral Circle
El Segundo CA 90245-4622
310-726-4100


Temecula Valley Astronomers
Curtis Croulet
P.O. Box 1292
Murrieta, CA 92564
909-302-9154
30 members


Ventura County Astronomical Society
P.O. Box 982
Simi Valley, CA 93062
805-520-9666 Recorded Info. Hotline
170 members
vcas1@aol.com


Western Observatorium
Dennis & Margaret Matlack
4141 Ball Road, Suite 212
Cypress CA 90630
714-220-1310


Astronomy Clubs Outside Southern California

The Astronomical Association of Northern California has up-to-date information on about 30 astronomy clubs, and all the planetariums, observatories, science centers, and astronomy businesses in Northern California.

Astronomy clubs worldwide are listed at AstronomyClubs.com.

Sky Publishing Company maintains an Astronomical Directory.


Other Planetariums in the Los Angeles Area

A complete listing of local planetariums in Southern California is at http://www.smc.edu/planetarium.

Sky & Telescope's searchable list of Astronomy Clubs, Planetariums, and Observatories worldwide is at http://SkyandTelescope.com/resources.


Other sites of interest to amateur astronomers

American Association of Variable Star Observers

Association of Lunar and Planetary Observers

Astronomical League

Astronomical Society of the Pacific

International Dark Sky Association

International Meteor Organization

International Occultation Timing Association

International Supernova Network

Southern California Astronomical Events

Space Archive


Astronomy Events in the Los Angeles Area

A list of local space events is maintained at the John Dresher Planetarium web site. Go to the site snd then click on Local Space Events. Laura Woodard Eklund of the Mt. Wilson Observatory Association maintains a list of "Events of Interest to Astronomy Lovers in Greater Los Angeles" at http://www.mwoa.org/events.htm.