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See also: Steve Nelson's Google Map of Bay Area Observatories

Alphabetical by CITY

    • ANGWIN -- Newton Observatory and Young Observatory 707-965-7269 Pacific Union College ANGWIN, CA 95207

    • Hat Creek Observatory and Radio Astronomy Lab -Radio Astronomy Lab, Univ. of Calif, Berkeley, CA 94720 CASSELL (near Lassen Peak)

    • CHICO -- Northern California Center for Astronomical Outreach -- http://www.nccao.org; phone: (530) 879-0207; fax: (530) 899-3333; 527 Flume Street, CHICO, CA 95928; contact: Director, Kris Koenig <krisATnccao.org> public outreach 4 nights a week.

    • Kiwanis Chico Community Observatory - http://www.chicoobservatory.com/

    • Cool Observatory http://www.stargazing.net/coolastronut in Cool, Calif. just NE of Sacramento in the foothills at 2,000 ft. elevation. Russ Lund <fastasuATmindspring.com>.

    • DAVIS -- University of California Observatory 916-752-1788 Physics Dept. - Univ. of Calif. DAVIS, CA 95616

    • FREMONT PEAK--Fremont Peak Observatory URL: http://www.fpoa.net; (831) 623-2465 recording; P.O. Box 1376, SAN JUAN BAUTISTA, CA 95045; FREMONT PEAK STATE PARK; Public programs Sat. eves (except full moon) Mid-April thru Oct, 8 pm

    • KELSEYVILLE -- Taylor Observatory & Norton Planetarium - http://www.taylorobservatory.org - 707-262-4121 (Barbara McIntyre - Coordinator) 5725 Oak Hills Lane KELSEYVILLE, CA 95451

    • LOS ALTOS HILLS -- Foothill College Observatory - http://www.foothill.fhda.edu/ast/fhobs.htm - 650-949-7334 (Recorded message) or 408-323-3350 (Brian Day). Open CLEAR Friday Evenings, 8:30 - 11PM, Solar Observing CLEAR Saturday Mornings 10AM - Noon. Run by Peninsula Astronomical Society, P.O. Box 4542, Mountain View CA 94040 (see Astronomy Clubs above).

    • Monterey Institute for Research in Astronomy http://www.mira.org; (831) 883-1000; e-mail: mira @ mira.org; 200 Eighth Street, Marina, CA 93933.

    • MT. HAMILTON -- Lick Observatory 408-274-5062 MT. HAMILTON, CA 95140

    • OAKLAND -- Chabot Space and Science Center** 510-336-7300, 510 530-5225 (recorded info), http://www.chabotspace.org, 10000 Skyline Boulevard, OAKLAND, CA 94619

    • Sonoma State University Observatory 707-664-2119 Dept. of Physics and Astronomy ROHNERT PARK, CA 94928. http://phys-astro.sonoma.edu/observatory/ We host monthly public viewing nights (http://phys-astro.sonoma.edu/observatory/pvn.html) and a weekly public lecture series, "What Physicists Do", which includes some astronomy lectures (http://phys-astro.sonoma.edu/wpd).

    • SONOMA COUNTY AREA -- Valley of the Moon Observatory Association (VMOA) http://www.rfo.org operates a public astronomical observatory located in Sugarloaf Ridge State Park, near Kenwood, California. The Robert Ferguson Observatory houses a 24-inch telescope while a new 40-inch telescope is under construction, as well as a 14-inch reflector with a CCD camera and a dome-enclosed 8-inch refractor. The telescopes are all available for frequent public use and are used for research purposes as well.

    • SAN FRANCISCO -- City College of San Francisco Observatory 415-239-3242 50 Phelan Ave. , SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94112

    • SAN FRANCISCO -- San Francisco State Univ. Observatory - http://www.physics.sfsu.edu/astronomy/observatory - Tim Brothers (415) 338-6164; 1600 Holloway Ave. SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94132. Public open nights every Mon and Thur, 7:00-9:30 pm in the winter, later in the summer, weather permitting.

    • SAN JOSE -- Dept. of Physics and Astronomy, San Jose State Univ. 408-277-2422 125 South 7th St. SAN JOSE, CA 95192

    • SAN MATEO -- College of San Mateo - http://collegeofsanmateo.edu/reachforthestars/

    • SANTA CLARA -- Ricard Memorial Observatory Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA 95033

    • WEED -- College of the Siskiyous Observatory 916-938-4463 800 College Ave. WEED, CA 96094