• Losmandy Announces Major Release of New Mount Systems

    Losmandy has announced an new mount system based on their long-standing and well loved GM8, G11 and Titan mounts.   With the addition of a simple adapter, you can now split your existing Losmandy mount and attach to new, alternate bases without having to buy an entirely new mount.   In other words, if you have a GM8 and have been wanting to upgrade to a G11, you add an RA extension adapter and a G11 base increasing your mount's weight capacity to 50 pounds.   Have a G11 and want to upgrade? Add the RA Extension and the Titan base and you have a mount with a 75 pound capacity for a fraction of the price of a new Titan mount.

    There are great major possibilities and potential versatility with a modular equatorial mount system.   For astronomers with multiple fixed viewing or imaging locations that you travel to, you could have two bases and a single mount head rather than two complete mounts.  You could keep a larger fixed system at home and travel with a lighter setup when you're out in the field.  By splitting the mount in two it becomes more portable and easier to handle as well.   Losmandy has updated the mount design by tucking motors away making the mount bodies more streamlined and compact than before.    The new mount systems are also available in pre-configured sets under the new models, GM811G and G11GT.

    As of this posting mounts, Losmandy is expected to start shipping in about 4 weeks and the RA Extension for the GM8 is due out soon as well.  We are accepting preorders now for these mounts and upgrades.



  • High Hopes for Valley Clear Weather (This event has been canceled due to rain)


    Oak Canyon Astronomy Group's next scheduled star party at Oak Canyon park is on Saturday, March 25th from 5pm to 10pm.  The group has yet to have their first star party of 2017 due to an unusually rainy Spring and we're all hoping for a dry weekend this month so we can get out under the stars.

    You can find more details about the star party on the group's Facebook page. This is a free and open to the public event.  Children are absolutely welcome but the group does ask that they are closely supervised due to the value and sensitivity of some equipment.  Bring a red flashlight and be sure to arrive before dark.

  • Star Party 2/18/2017- Oak Canyon Astronomy Group


    Update: 2/17/17 - We regret to say that due to the expected storm this Star Party has been canceled. Please stay tuned for information on Oak Canyon's March star party. 

    The Oak Canyon Astronomy Group has returned!   Sponsored in part by SkyWatcher and Software Bisque (many thanks for donating equipment!) and FOCUS Astronomy Outreach and run by the generous volunteers that have kept the club going.   Join OCAG for the Joe Napolitano Memorial Astronomy Outreach star parties each month.  Due to inclement weather the January star party was canceled. The first star party will be February 18th, 2017.   Here are the details:

    • The subject of conversation on the 18th will be Observing the Night Sky with focus on general observing tips, orienting yourself with the sky and finding key objects.
    • Set up is from at 4pm-5pm.    Please be respectful of this setup time.  It has been allocated to get set up done before dusk when the need for flashlights is minimal.
    • Starting at 5pm outreach telescopes will be available to the public.
    • Event ends at 9pm.  Because the star party is held on Oak Canyon Park property, we ask that you be prepared to depart in a timely manner.

    Oak Canyon star parties are held at 5600 Hollytree Dr. in Oak Park, CA 91377 at the Oak Canyon Community Park.   Outreach telescopes will be set up on the upper parking lot on the northwest end.     Oak Canyon Community Park is in a suburban setting and while the skies are dark, these monthly star parties are designed to offer an opportunity to the community to get up close and personal with the night sky.    Children with supervision are absolutely welcome and seeing the moon, planets or a star cluster through a telescope for the first time can be an awe-inspiring experience.   Outreach volunteers have kindly lent their equipment and are happy to answer any questions you might have.  Don't forget, running lights only as you approach the lot if you're arriving after dark.

    We'll see you out there!

  • FUJI Day with David James Renowned Set Photographer

    The talk with David James has, unfortunately, been canceled but FUJI Day is still on! Come to the store at 5348 Topanga Canyon Blvd. Woodland Hills, Ca on December 15th.  The FUJI rep will be there from 11-4pm to answer your questions and showcase FUJI's latest gear. 

    December 8th, 2016 we welcome David James, set photographer to some of the most iconic films in a career spanning more than three decades.  A FUJIFILM X series photographer, David has captured unforgettable moments from behind the scenes and on the set for such movies as the Last Samurai, Schindler's List, Minority Report and Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

    Join us December 8th at the Burbank Airport Marriot from 7-9pm as David tells his incredible stories and shares his photography experiences.  This is a night for photography enthusiasts, movie and TV fans alike.

    Admission is $20.  Your ticket includes a $25 coupon toward the purchase of a new FUJI lens or camera.   Seating is limited, please RSVP by December 6th by emailing Scott Bloom at

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