The Bellcroft Observatory
A public outreach venture serving Southern California

Outreach Programs:
Bellcroft Observatory offers outreach activities for schools, clubs and non-profit organizations.

Astronomy @ the Library

    Astronomy @ the Library is a program offered at local libraries, schools and other public venues.  The program includes exhibits, video presentations, panel discussions and telescope viewing for the public.

Hubble Telescope Exhibit - a collection of the some of the most famous and interesting images taken by
the Hubble space telescope with explanations of the significance of each image.

Astronomy Image Exhibit - highlighting the work of local amateur and professional astronomers.

Artwork of Local School Children - astronomy sketches and drawings by local school children

Panel Discussion - featuring local astronomy experts on selected astronomy related topics.

Solar Telescope Viewing - amateur astronomers setup Hydrogen alpha and specially filtered telescopes
for safe viewing of the Sun.

Star Gazing Party - amateur astronomers setup telescopes for night time viewing for the the public.

Astronomy Presentations and Observing Sessions

    Observatory members are available to give presentations and provide private observing sessions for your groups and organizations.  Group observing is limited to 50 or fewer people. Great program for scouting and other groups.

    Current Presentations include:

2009 The International Year of Astronomy - a 400 year celebration of Galileo's Telescope

How big is big; How far is far? - understanding the size of our universe.

What do professional astronomers do?

An Evening with the Stars

    Observatory members will setup and operate telescopes for your group's viewing pleasure.  Our knowledgeable staff will show and explain exciting objects such as planets (typically Mars, Saturn, Jupiter and their moons), nebulas - the remnants of exploded stars and the birth places of new stars (such as the Great Orion Nebula) and globular clusters - the oldest neighborhoods of our galaxy (M13, M92, M4).   Your guests will be "Wow' d" with the beauty of these objects and astounded when they learn of the sizes and distances involved. Group observing is limited to 50 or fewer people.

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LX200 Telescope Donation
  The Bellcroft Observatory announced today that it is the recipient of a very generous donation of a Meade 10" LX200 SCT telescope.   Toshi and Mia Ishikawa, well known members of the local astronomy community, donated the telescope for use in the observatory's outreach program.

  "We are very excited that the telescope will be again be put to good use - giving children a chance to see the night sky."

  Thank you Toshi and Mia for your very generous donation and support.
Astronomy @ Mission Viejo Library was a great success.

    The two day A@MVL event was produced as part of the International Year of Astronomy globally coordinated events.  More than 300 people participated in the activities provided by the Bellcroft Observatory including the astronomy image exhibits, panel discussion, children's activities and the Solar and Night Time telescope viewing.

   The Mission Viejo Library has promised to make this an annual event.  Pictures are posted here.

    We wish to extend a special thank you to all of the volunteers who made this event possible.