Fremont Peak Observatory Association

2016 Public Programs

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

   8:00 - Apr  2, 9, 30
   8:30 - May  7, 14, 28
   8:30 - Jun  4, 11, 25
   8:30 - Jul  2, 9, 30
   8:30 - Aug  6, 27
   8:00 - Sep  3, 10, 24
   8:00 - Oct  1, 8, 29
Solar (2p - 5p):
   Apr 2
   Apr 30
   May 28
   Jun 25
   Jul 30
   Aug 27
   Sep 24
   Oct 29
Times vary due to weather and availability.

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

About FPOA
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, 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.

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 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.

Public Programs begin on April 2nd. These programs are free to the public - a $6 per vehicle state park fee applies. Please refer to the program schedule for upcoming programs. The next solar program will be on April 2nd.

The 30th Annual Fremont Peak Star-B-Que Potluck Picnic, Star Party, and Annual Meeting was held on Saturday, August 15, 2015, and it was well attended. We saw a lot of new faces and shared some wonderful food - thanks to those of you who brought a side dish!. We had some fun contests, a silent auction and raffle for the kids. This was followed by an engaging presentation on the SOFI project by our guest speaker Dr. Dana Backman of SOFIA Outreach.

During the Annual Meeting which was presided over by our President Doug Brown, we recognized Pat Donnelly and Rob Hawley for their outstanding contributions over the years.

Thanks to all of you who attended - it was great seeing familiar faces as well as new faces. We look forward to your continued interest in the FPOA and its mission. We will be posting more images and news about the event shortly so check back soon.


Don't forget to renew your membership this year..
Students - Observer class membership available at a significant discount!
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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: 01/05/2016
Web site by Doug Brown