SDAA Banquet

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 crisis, the annual SDAA banquet is going to be held virtually on February 12, 2022. The SDAA Banquet will be from 6-9 PM and will be held via Zoom. All SDAA members will receive an invitation by email

2022 Banquet speaker: Scott Kardel

Banquet speaker topic: Revolution in Amateur Astronomy: Electronically Assisted Astronomy

A new wave of consumer telescopes with integrated imaging systems are poised to revolutionize A new wave of consumer telescopes with integrated imaging systems are poised to revolutionize the hobby of astronomy. Astronomer Scott Kardel from Palomar College discusses his experience using one of these new telescopes and explains how they are changing public outreach, creating an easy entry into astrophotography to more people than ever before and are being used as powerful tools for citizen science.

Professor Kardel is an associate professor of astronomy in the Earth, Space & Environmental Sciences department at Palomar College and is assistant director of the Palomar College Planetarium. He has a B.S. in physical science / secondary education from Northern Arizona University and an M.S. in astronomy from the University of Arizona. SDAA members know him as former outreach coordinator at Palomar Observatory and as an executive with the International Dark Sky Association. He has also worked at Lake Afton Public Observatory and as a high school science teacher. 

In addition to Professor Kardel, we’ll have entertainment, auction and raffle items.
The banquet is our big fundraiser for the year and we’re counting on you to make it a success. You can help by making a donation of cash or an item that can be auctioned or raffled off. All donations are tax-deductible and you’ll receive a donation letter from the club. You can make a cash donation now by clicking on this link: Donate Now

See this link for 2022 auction information.

Thank you all for your support during 2022,

Your SDAA Board of Directors


Our speaker in 2021 was Blaine Baggett, an Emmy award-winning producer and JPL Fellow.

Our speaker in 2020 was Dr. Vishnu Reddy.

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