The 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 free,
personalized multimedia presentation by a 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,
us to see why
astronomers have been traveling to Fremont Peak State Park
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
(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
The 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
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.
Contact Fremont Peak Observatory
Recorded Message: 831-623-2465
Email: info at fpoa dot net
PO Box 1376
San Juan Bautista, California 95045
Typical hours of operation
(Varies depending on weather and availability)
8 PM to midnight on public
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
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
"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."
Fremont Peak State Park:
831-623-4255 or Web Site
Camping Reservations (Primitive):
$15 peak, $11 non-peak.
800-444-7275 or ReserveAmerica