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Astronomical Observing Sites, Observatories and Planetaria in Southern California

This is a resource list of Observation Sites, Observatories and Planetaria located in Southern California. Some of these resources were pulled off the inter-webs and we haven't had a chance to review and validate all the observation sites. If you would like to add, comment, question to this list simply email us at
Observation Sites
Planetaria
Observatories
Information Source Notes


Observation Sites

 Agoura Hills Observation Site
This is the current observation site for the twice monthly Night Under The Stars (NUTS) star party and telescope clinic host by Daniel Mounsey AKA Dr. D from Woodland Hills Camera and Telescope. The Site in the Cul-de-sac at the end of Chesebro Road and is has easy access. STAR PARTY ETIQUETTE 1) Please drive slowly and turn off car headlights. 2) Please carry a red flash light. No white lights please. 3) Please do not point green lasers at people. 4) If using a laptop computer, please use a red screen.
818-347-2270
6575 Chesebro Rd.
Agoura Hills, CA   91301
-118.739571
34.167179
For more information on the Night Under The Stars (NUTS) Observation Sessions
 Balboa Park
The supplied coordinates appear to be a street near the park.

This site has yet to be visited and verified by us. Comments welcome.

  -117.147881
32.732021
 
Data from www.skykeepers.org/ca-skyquality.html
 Borrego Springs
This site is close to the Palm Canyon Resort where the Autumn Star Party NIGHTFALL is held.
Borrego Springs, CA   92004 -116.349335
33.239838
 
Data from www.skykeepers.org/ca-skyquality.html
 Goat Mountain GMARS
This site is operated by the Riverside Astronomical Society.
760-364-1952
Landers, CA   
-116.383827
34.290646
For more information on the Goat Mountain Astronomical Research Station (Riverside Astronomical Society)
Data from www.skykeepers.org/ca-skyquality.html
 Joshua Tree National Park
Joshua Tree is located in the high desert any campsite should be adequate for observing.
760-367-5500
74485 National Park Drive
Twentynine Palms, CA   92277-3597
-116.019722
34.020802
For more information on Joshua Tree National Park
 Mount Pinos Observation Site (Parking lot)
Public observations tend to be on the weekends closest to the New Moon, during the warmer months. Get there early the parking lot has been known to fill up. Dress warmly.
661-245-3731
Cuddy Valley Rd.
Frazier Park, CA   93225
-119.126534
34.813396
For more information on the Mount Pinos weather conditions
 OCA Club Site
 
  -115.501305
32.799938
For more information on Orange County Astronomers
Data from www.skykeepers.org/ca-skyquality.html
 Ozena Campground
 
  -119.194901
34.413502
 
Data from www.spacearchive.info/darksites.htm
 Palm Canyon Resort (RTMC-NIGHTFALL Star Party)
This is the location of the annual Riverside Astronomical Society Star Party - NIGHTFALL (RTMC) in Borrego Springs that occurs every year in the Fall. Next Event: November 12-15, 2009
800-242-0044
221 Palm Canyon Drive
Borrego Springs, CA   92004
-116.397911
33.255535
For more information on the NIGHTFALL 2009 Star Party
 Redrock-Inyokern 2
This site has yet to be visited and verified by us. Comments welcome.
  -117.573997
35.264500
 
Questionable Site -- interesting area.
Data from www.spacearchive.info/darksites.htm
 Tierra del Sol
This site has yet to be visited and verified by us. Comments welcome.
  -116.321159
32.621666
 
Data from www.skykeepers.org/ca-skyquality.html
 Topanga Canyon Observation site (End of road)
This is the old observation site for the twice monthly Night Under The Stars (NUTS) star party and telescope clinic host by Daniel Mounsey AKA Dr. D from Woodland Hills Camera and Telescope. The current N.U.T.S. Observation Sessions and Telescope Clinics not longer occur here, but at the end of Chesebro Rd. in Agoura Hills. Check entry "Agoura Hills Observation Site" above.

The site is at the end-of-the-road and the only traffic is foot traffic hiking through Topanga State Park. It a good site, but access is difficult with a large observing group.

818-347-2270
20600 Hillside Dr.
Topanga, CA   90290
-118.586922
34.099720
For more information on the Night Under The Stars (NUTS) Observation Sessions
 Vasquez Rock Natural Area Park
This site is used by "The Local Group", "Los Angeles Valley College", "Los Angeles Area Amateur Astronomy" and others for observation.
805-268-0840
10700 W. Escondido
Agua Dulce, CA   91350
-118.312698
34.485016
For more information on The Local Group Astronomy Club Star Parties
 YMCA Camp Oakes near Big Bear (RTMC Labor Day)
This is the location of the annual Riverside Telescope Makers Convention (RTMC) that occurs every year on Labor Day.
909-948-2205
Camp Oakes
Big Bear City, CA   92314
-116.754356
34.230499
For more information on the RTMC Astronomy Expo


Planetaria

 Bakersfield College-William Thomas Planetarium
 
661-395-4526
1801 Panorama Drive
Bakersfield, CA   93305-1279
-118.973175
35.410965
For more information on the William M. Thomas Planetarium
Data from www.lochnessproductions.com/lpco/lpco.html
 Chaffey College - Daniel Milliken Planetarium
 
909-466-2758
5885 Haven Avenue
Rancho Cucamonga, CA   91737-3002
-118.134377
33.831512
 
Data from www.lochnessproductions.com/lpco/lpco.html
 CSUN - Donald E. Bianchi Planetarium
The Bianchi Planetarium is located near the center of campus near the Oviatt Library.
818-677-2776
18111 Nordhoff Street
Northridge, CA   91330
-118.528740
34.239044
For more information on CSU Northridge - Donald E. Bianchi Planetarium
 Gladwin Planetarium
 
805-682-4711
2559 Puesta del Sol Rd.
Santa Barbara, CA   93105
-119.714767
34.440990
For more information on the Gladwin Planetarium programs
 Glendale College Planetarium
 
818-551-5275
Glendale, CA   91208-2809
-118.228874
34.168221
For more information on the Glendale College Planetarium
Data from www.palomar.edu/planetarium/New Planetarium/socal_planetaria.htm
 Griffith Park Observatory and Plantarium
This is a classic Los Angeles landmark. Located in Griffith Park. Schedule for Public Shows and Star Parties can be found on their website.
213-473-0800
2800 East Observatory Rd.
Los Angeles, CA   90027
-118.300262
34.120579
For more information on Griffith Park Observatory
 Long Beach City College Planetarium
 
562-938-3090
4901 East Carson Street, D341
Long Beach, CA   90808
-118.134377
33.831512
For more information on the Long Beach City College Planetarium
Data from www.lochnessproductions.com/lpco/lpco.html
 Los Angeles Valley College Planetarium
Located on the campus of Los Angeles Valley College this is the location used by the Los Angeles Valley College Astronomy Group for Plantetarium shows and club meetings and the jump of point for their star parties.
818-947-2335
5800 Fulton Ave.
Valley Glen, CA   91401
-118.420448
34.173149
For more information on the Los Angeles Valley College Planetarium programs
 Mount San Antonio College Planetarium
 
909-468-4050
1100 N. Grand Ave.
Walnut, CA   91789
-117.844444
34.041328
For more information on Friday evening public planetarium show
Data from www.palomar.edu/planetarium/New Planetarium/socal_planetaria.htm
 Pomona College - Millikan Planetarium
 
909-621-8724
610 N. College Ave.
Claremont, CA   91711
-117.713989
34.100151
For more information on the shows at the Pomona College Millikan Planetarium
Data from www.palomar.edu/planetarium/New Planetarium/socal_planetaria.htm
 Reuben H. Fleet Science Center
 
619-238-1233
1875 El Prado
San Diego, CA   92101
-117.147186
32.731464
For more information on the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center
Data from www.palomar.edu/planetarium/New Planetarium/socal_planetaria.htm
 Santa Ana College - Tessmann Planetarium
 
714-564-6356
1530 W. 17th St., Building M
Santa Ana, CA   92706
-117.714935
33.758026
For more information on Tessmann Planetarium Shows
Data from www.palomar.edu/planetarium/New Planetarium/socal_planetaria.htm
 Santa Monica College - John Drescher Planetarium
 
1900 Pico Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA   90405
-118.470459
34.018948
For more information on the Drescher Planetarium
Data from www.palomar.edu/planetarium/New Planetarium/socal_planetaria.htm
 SBVC - George F. Beattie Planetarium
 
909-888-6511
701 S. Mount Vernon Ave.
San Bernardino, CA   92410
-117.313805
34.088482
For more information on the San Bernardino Valley College - George F. Beattie Planetarium
Data from www.smc.edu/planetarium/planetaria.html
 The S.A.G.E. Planetarium
 
661-266-7646
38060 20th Street East
Palmdale, CA   93550
-118.093964
34.573738
For more information on The S.A.G.E. Planetarium Public Shows
Data from www.palomar.edu/planetarium/New Planetarium/socal_planetaria.htm
 UCLA Planetarium
This is the location of the Mathmatics Building (MS8224) where the Planetarium is located. To find campus parking check out the maps at there website.
310-825-4434
784 Portola Plaza
Los Angeles, CA   90095
-118.442543
34.069878
For more information on UCLA Planetarium and Telescope Shows
Data from www.palomar.edu/planetarium/New Planetarium/socal_planetaria.htm
 Victor Valley College Planetarium
 
619-245-4271
18422 Bear Valley Rd
Victorville, CA   92392-5849
-117.381927
34.470360
 
Data from www.palomar.edu/planetarium/New Planetarium/socal_planetaria.htm


Observatories

 Big Bear Solar Observatory
 
909-866-5791
40386 N Shore Dr.
Big Bear City, CA   92314-9672
-116.921219
34.258469
For more information on the Big Bear Solar Observatory
 Carnegie Observatory
 
626-577-1122
813 Santa Barbara St.
Pasadena, CA   91101
-118.134239
34.155602
For more information on the Carnegie Institute of Science Observatories
 Carroll Observatory
 
714-288-8555
955 La Paz Rd.
Montecito, CA   93108
-119.662651
34.452431
For more information on the Westmont, Carroll Observatory
 CSUN - San Fernando Solar Observatory (SFO)
This is the location of the gate. You will need to contact CSU Northridge for access.
818-367-9333
14031 San Fernando Rd.
Sylmar, CA   91342
-118.491653
34.315510
For more information on CSU Northridge - San Fernando Solar Observatory
 Mount Laguna Observatory
 
619-594-6182
Cleveland National Forest Rd.
Mount Laguna, CA   
-116.415565
32.876839
For more information on the Mount Laguna Observatory
Data from www.skykeepers.org/ca-skyquality.html
 Mount Palomar Observatory
 
760-742-2119
35899 Canfield Rd.
Palomar Mountain, CA   92060-0200
-116.865089
33.356300
For more information on Mount Palomar Observatory
 Mount Wilson Observatory
 
626-440-9016
Mt. Wilson Observatory
Mt. Wilson , CA   91023
-118.056358
34.225830
For more information on the Mount Wilson Observatory
 Mountain Skies Astronomical Village
 
909-336-1699
27614 Highway 18
Lake Arrowhead, CA   92352
-117.179718
34.235790
For more information on the Mountain Skies Astronomical Societys Astronomy Village


Information Source Notes

 AANC Astronomy ORG
Northern California Sites
    For more information on AANC Astronomy ORG
 Loch Ness Productions COM
Worldwide Planetarium Directory
    For more information on Loch Ness Productions COM
Data from www.smc.edu/planetarium/planetaria.html
 Main Tour COM
Southern California Sites
    For more information on Main Tour COM
 Nightsky JPL NASA GOV
Night Sky Network
    For more information on Nightsky JPL NASA GOV
 Observers ORG
Northern California Sites
    For more information on Observers ORG
 Palomar EDU
Southern California Planetaria
    For more information on Palomar EDU
 Sky Keepers ORG
California Sites
    For more information on Sky Keepers ORG
 smc EDU
Southern California Planetaria
    For more information on smc EDU
Data from www.palomar.edu/planetarium/New Planetarium/socal_planetaria.htm
 Space Archive INFO
US and UK Sites
    For more information on Space Archive INFO
 Tourist Information Directory COM
US Planetaria
    For more information on Tourist Information Directory COM
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