April Star Party

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Date(s) - April 09
6:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Pioneertown Mountains Preserve


The date changed to Friday due to the predicted +50% cloud cover Saturday night.  https://www.wunderground.com/forecast/us/ca/pioneertown


Wear a mask and social distance.

Moon Phase: 2 day before New Moon waning thumbnail moon

Sunset: 7:14 pm


Clear Sky Chart:
clear sky chart

For those of you visiting Pioneertown Preserve for the first time, please remember to dress warmly, as the desert nights can be quite cool. Be sure to bring plenty of drinks and snacks for yourself. Bring sleeping gear if you plan to stay all night or feel you may be too tired to drive home safely.

Star Party Etiquette:
As with all star parties, please observe standard star party etiquette. Some tips: try to arrive and set up before dark; use no white light – use red filtered flashlights wherever possible – minimize white light from the auto door and dome lights; if you arrive late or plan to leave early, take care to approach and park so your headlights or backup lights do not shine on other participants; if you leave early or must use white light, first give a warning so observers or astrophotographers can compensate; please ask before handling other participant’s telescope equipment. Most importantly, be prepared to relax and enjoy good company under the night sky.

Tags: Members and Guests

Event Calendar Link: webcal


  1. Robert Melcher

    Hello everyone! My name is Robert and I’ve been an amateur astronomer for almost 20 years. I’m so glad I found sbvaa.org! After several years of being a “lone wolf” amateur astronomer, I hope I’ll be able to attend my first star party with you guys!

    • Gerald Rezes

      Hopefully, we will have to opportunity to have star parties closer to the Inland Empire. We are working on returning to Whitewater.

  2. Tom Lawson

    Date Change due to Weather.
    Friday, April 9th, 2021 from 6:00 PM – 11:00 PM

  3. Martin Carey

    I would like to go Saturday night but the cloud forecast doesn’t look good. Friday night looks much better, and some of us are thinking of going out that night. Keep watching the forecast, we are using Wunderground for Yucca Valley.

  4. Gene kennebrew

    I will be there but dont want to be only one there. You guys really help me see things🤗

  5. Cliff B.

    Headed for Cottonwood myself, want to try and get a good view of Omega Centauri

  6. Jim S.

    Won’t make it. I’m recovering from a dislocated hip. 😫

    • Martin Carey

      So sorry Jim, that must be painful.

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