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The Date:
    Saturday, January 19, 2019
    Note the new location and earlier time!
The Place:
    Natural History Museum - Balboa Park
    1788 El Prado
    San Diego, CA 92101 
The Time:
    Cocktails: 5:00–6:00
    Dinner: 6:00–7:00
    Program Meeting: 7:00–8:30
    Raffle and Auction: 8:30–10:00
The Cost:
    $70.00 per person


The Speaker:
    Dr. Stella Kafka, Director of the American Association of Variable Star Observers (AAVSO)
    Topic: "Citizen Astronomy in the Era of Large Surveys"

Door Prizes - Keep checking back, we'll keep adding them as they come in
  • Knightware
    • Deep Sky Planner 7
  • F&W Publications
    • Pocket Sky Atlas Jumbo Edition from Sky and Telescope
  • Mr. Star Guy/Vixen Optics
    • Binoculars
  • Bob's Knobs
    • Gift Certificate for a set of Bob's Knobs
  • Meade Instruments
    • StarPro AZ 70 mm Telescope
  • Orion Telescopes and Binoculars
    • 8x40 WA Camo Binoculars
    • SteadyPix Quick Phone Adapter
    • Binoculars Harness Strap
    • RedBeam Mini LED Flashlight
    • DeepMap 600 Folding Star Chart
    • MoonMap 260
    • Jupiter Map and Observing Guide
    • Mars Map and Observing Guide
    • Saturn Map and Observing Guide
    • Solar System Moon and Meteor Kit
    • Astronomical Binocular Guide
    • Telescope Observers Guide -EN
    • Exploring the Cosmos
    • The Great Nebula Jigsaw Puzzle
  • Oceanside Photo and Telescope
    • Sky-Watcher AZ-EQ5 Multi-purpose GoTo Mount
    • Explore Scientific EXOS2-GT Go-To Mount with PMC Eight Electronics
  • Hutech
    • HINODE Super Wide Binoculars

Program Details

    Dr. Stella Kafka, Director of the American Association of Variable Star Observers (AAVSO)
    Topic: "Citizen Astronomy in the Era of Large Surveys"

Our guest speaker is Dr. Stella Kafka, Director of the American Association of Variable Star Observers (AAVSO) and the evening’s topic will be “Citizen Astronomy in the Era of Large Surveys.”   As always, we’ll cap off the evening with a raffle and auction, with plenty of astronomy related gear available.

Dr. Kafka is an engaging speaker who has an outstanding scientific reputation and research track record. After obtaining her Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Athens, in Greece, she moved to Indiana University, where she earned a Master’s and a Ph.D. in Astronomy, with a double minor in Physics and Geophysical Sciences.

After completing her Ph.D., Stella held a series of prestigious postdoctoral positions and fellowships, first at the Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory in Chile (CTIO, where she received the National Optical Astronomy Observatory Excellence Award), then at Caltech, and finally as a NASA Astrobiology Institute Fellow at the Carnegie Institution of Washington. She has extensive experience gathering, reducing, and analyzing photometric and spectroscopic data; has helped commission two different instruments at the WIYN Observatory in Arizona; and written a data-reduction manual along with more than 40 refereed papers. As a member of the “Stellar Populations” working group for the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST, the large professional facility that will image the whole sky every few nights starting around 2020), she contributed to the LSST science book.

Our annual banquet is not just a great time to visit with fellow members, but it’s also our primary fundraiser.  This past year we’ve continued to expand our outreach to students from elementary school to college.  Using TARO we’ve contributed to the important research TESS is doing with exo-planets.  We completed the first phase of our electrical system upgrade and the Cruzen Observatory is nearing completion. We’d like to continue our progress and your participation is critical to our continued success. 

We’ve had to raise the price to $70, but we think that’s a great value and are looking forward to seeing you there.  If for some reason you can’t attend, please consider making a donation to keep SDAA moving forward!

Wishing you clear skies, SDAA Board of Directors.