Fremont Peak Observatory Association


2015 Public Programs

Presentation: 8:00p or 8:30p.
Viewing: Sunset to 12m

   8:00 - Apr  11, 18, 25
   8:30 - May  9, 16, 23
   8:30 - Jun  13, 20
   8:30 - Jul  11, 18, 25
   8:30 - Aug  8, 15, 22
   8:00 - Sep  5, 12, 19
   8:00 - Oct  3, 10, 17
Solar (2p - 5p):
   Mar 21*
   Apr 18*
   May 16*
   Jun 20*
   Jul 18*
   Aug 15*
   Sep 12*
   Oct 10*
Star-B-Que Aug 15 4:00 PM
Memb Appr Nite Sep 12 4:00 PM

Times vary due to weather and availability.
* Board Meeting

More Schedule Details...
Images of the events
FPOA Observatory - Public Night

Challenger Telescope
FPOA members adjusting
the optics of the 30" "Challenger" telescope

Advection Fog
Morning fog seen from the observatory.

CAMS Updates

29th Annual Membership Appreciation Night
Potluck Picnic
Saturday, September 20, 2014, 4 PM     
At Fremont Peak State Park

29th Annual Fremont Peak Star-B-Que
Potluck Picnic, Star Party, and Annual Meeting
Saturday, August 23, 2014     
Keynote guest speaker will be:
   Brian Day
     LADEE Mission E/PO Lead
     NASA Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute Lead for Citizen Science and Community Engagement
     The Collaborative
With the recent wrap-up of the LADEE moon mission (pronounced LADD-ie), Brian talked to us about the scientific findings. He even showed us about how the moon has a tail like a comet and challenged we amateurs to try to be the first to image it.

StarBQ is also when we elect new officers. We have some availability so throw your hat in the ring. Fremont Peak could use some fresh ideas from new board members. See images of the event here.
You can upload pictures to the album too.

Special Membership Promotion from Lumicon
Anyone who Joins or Renews their membership with FPOA from August through the end of year will receive a $25 gift certificate from .

Join now through Dec 31, 2014 and your membership will be good through Dec 31, 2014.

Don't forget to renew your membership this year..
You can now renew online using PayPal or your Credit Card Click here to Renew your Membership.

Join now and your membership will be good through Dec 31, 2014.

(Your membership information is not shared outside of FPOA.)

Fremont Peak Open to the Public
Fremont Peak Observatory officially reopened to the public March 29, resuming our charter of "Bringing Astronomy to the Public". The standard Saturday evening public nights will resume. (see the Schedule).

The resumption of regular evening programs begins April 5 at 8:00pm. We have a lot planned this year so bring your friends and family up for a visit.

Check the schedule, dress warmly, and come up a nice evening under the stars. Starting April 5, there will be a short presentation in the presentation room prior to viewing through the 30" f/4.8 Challenger telescope binoculars, and other telescopes set up by the volunteers.

We are located at Fremont Peak State Park, 11 miles south of San Juan Bautista up San Juan Canyon Rd. Detailed directions can be found at the bottom of this page. Plan for a minimum of 30 minutes to drive, park, and walk from parking to the observatory.
About FPOA
Fremont Peak Observatory Association volunteers spread the word about the wonder of the night sky, educate the public through presentations and observing sessions, and provide quality observatory facilities.

FPOA is a favorite destination of families as well as school, scout, and church groups. Each year over 2,000 members of the public are treated to a personalized multimedia presentation by an FPOA astronomer as the Saturday evening sun sets over the Pacific. As darkness falls and the stars emerge, they gaze in wonder at night sky splendors through the eyepiece of the 30" diameter "Challenger" Newtonian telescope, and a variety of sophisticated amateur telescopes, before returning to their campsites and homes. If you have never seen the the Milky Way under dark skies away from city light pollution, come visit us to see why astronomers have been traveling to Fremont Peak State Park for decades.

As part of our mission, we collaborate with schools in the Monterey Bay, Hollister, and San Francisco Bay area to tailor a rich educational experience for K-12 and college students, both through field trips to Fremont Peak, and classroom presentations. We also provide information for School Teachers  on ways to supplement their curriculum with local astronomy-related resources.  FPOA provides Salinas-based Hartnell College students internship opportunities as part of their Science/Math Summer Internship Program.  You can read about the 2008 program here (we have a great group of new interns this year too).

Besides the public and educators, FPOA serves professional and serious amateur astronomers, philanthropists, and the California Department of Parks and Recreation.  Here is more information on our business model and values.

Fremont Peak Observatory opened in 1986, and has operated every summer since, despite having battled the frequently brutal weather on the 3,000 foot peak. Devoted volunteer astronomers continue to maintain the observatory and "Challenger" telescope, contributing time, energy, and money, to keep Fremont Peak Observatory one of the finest amateur-operated astronomy centers in the United States.

The Observatory is open to the public for scheduled viewing and educational programs from April through October on Saturday evenings that don't conflict with a full moon. 

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Contact Fremont Peak Observatory

Recorded Message: 831-623-2465
Email: info at fpoa dot net
Mailing Address:
PO Box 1376
San Juan Bautista, California 95045

Typical hours of operation
(Varies depending on weather and availability)
8 PM to midnight on public program days.
Noon to midnight on days of solar programs.
At other times leave a message on our answering machine.

Latitude and Longitude:
36.7602 N 121.4987 W
36 45.614' N 121 29.922' W
36 45' 36.8" N 121 29' 55.4" W

Testimonials from some of our fans...

"A classmate and I were talking about how much fun the trip was and how seeing Saturn made the whole trip worh it. I see myself going more in the future just for fun. I learned more from talking to the guys out there. What makes it so nice is that they do this for fun and they are all volunteers and really enjoy this. You can tell when we were all talking to them, this is something they are really passionate about."

"On the way back all we could talk about was how amazing everything looked. Even though the road back home was really long, it didn't matter because the experience was great. I didn't know a place like this existed, where one can come and look at the sky and learn many things. I LOVED IT SO MUCH! That I am going back to take my son and family."

"The presentation that I found very interesting was Rob's because the passion is so intense about astronomy...The astronomers were approachable and gave us a lot of information about their line of work and what they have found in their careers. My experience about this trip was an eye opener for myself and my parents, and we talked about how exciting it was to observe the ring around Saturn."

Class Thank-You Note

Other Contacts

Fremont Peak State Park:
831-623-4255 or Web Site
Camping Reservations (Primitive):
     $15 peak, $11 non-peak.
800-444-7275 or ReserveAmerica
Class Thanks-You Note

Information for Visitors

Information for Astronomers

Weather Resources for Fremont Peak

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Last updated: 04/09/2011
Web site by Doug Brown