AstroCon 2004


Tours and Special Events

Lick Observatory tour
Wednesday, July 21, 4:00 p.m.
Sold out - For waiting list, email

Lick Observatory sits high above San Jose on Mt. Hamilton. Its famous domes are visible from almost anywhere in the Bay Area. This world-class working observatory, administered by the University of Califorina, features an historic 36-inch Alvin Clark refractor, and the 120-inch Shane telescope. Telescope observing will be available after dark, weather permitting.

Bus transportation is provided to and from Lick Observatory, and a sunset box dinner is included.

Although the AstroCon Lick tour is sold out, it's still possible to visit Lick Observatory on your own:

The observatory is open daily from 12:30-5pm M-F, and 10am-5pm Sat-Sun. You can see the great 36" Alvin Clark refractor housed in the main building, plus visit the viewing gallery for the 120" Shane Reflector. Click for visitor information

On Friday and Saturday Night, Lick Observatory hosts the Music of the Spheres benefit Concert series. It features a Concert, an Astronomical Talk, and viewing thru the 36 Refractor. Tickets are $40 each. Click for concert information

Let us know if you are planning to visit Lick Observatory. Carpooling is recommend.


Gray Line tour to Muir Woods and Sausalito
Thursday, July 22, 9:00 a.m.

North across the Golden Gate Bridge lie two of California's most unique tourist attractions. Marin County, one of the most affluent counties in the U.S., is home to one of the few remaining groves of virgin Coastal Redwoods. These redwoods are among the tallest and oldest trees in existence. The "Nature Trail" at Muir Woods leads you into the heart of its cathedral-like grove. Sausalito is an alluring village of art galleries, quaint shops, and waterfront restaurants with views of San Francisco across the bay. Its cliff-hanging cottages and houseboats community lend a Mediterranean ambiance, but the locals you will meet are pure "California."


Chabot Space & Science Center
Thursday, July 22, 7:30 p.m.

Join us at this unique and exciting science center nestled in the beautiful Oakland Hills. Chabot Space & Science Center features a world-class planetarium and exhibits, and an excellent array of large telescopes — including "Rachel," a 20-inch refractor, and the new 36-inch reflector "Nellie".

Bus transportation to and from Chabot Space & Science Center is included with registration for this event. This event is only open to AstroCon 2004 registered participants. Observing supported by Eastbay Astronomical Society volunteers, weather permitting.


Gray Line tour to the wine country
Friday, July 23, 9:00 a.m.

Sonoma and Napa counties' Mediterranean climate makes them the premium wine grape growing provinces of North America. To provide you with as broad an experience as possible, we will visit both large scale/high tech and small boutique wineries. Lunch opportunities abound at either Sonoma's historic square or Yountville's rustic Vintage 1870.


ASP Awards Banquet featuring Dr. Geoff Marcy
Friday, July 24, 7:30 p.m.

Truly a "star-studded" event, the ASP's gala awards banquet for 2004 will be held on Friday, July 23, at the Doubletree Hotel, Berkeley Marina. The banquet will begin with a no-host reception at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner, presentation of the ASP's 2004 annual awards, and a very special talk by well-known planet-hunter Dr. Geoff Marcy, who will share some personal experiences, stories, and anecdotes collected during his team's long and ultimately very successful search for planets orbiting other stars. Between Dr. Marcy and the award winners this promises to be a memorable evening!

The ASP is pleased to announce the 2004 Award Recipients including recipient of the Catherine Wolfe Bruce Gold Medal, Dr. Chushiro Hayashi for a lifetime achievement in astronomy. Read more about Dr. Hayashi and all of the award recipients.

ASP membership is not required for you to attend the banquet, and non-members are definitely invited. Thanks to the generosity of the other AstroCon 2004 co-sponsors and hosts, if you will be attending only the ASP banquet and/or the ASP members meeting you are not required to pay any AstroCon registration fees.


ASP Outreach Workshop
Saturday, July 24, 9:00 a.m.

In this 3-hour hands-on workshop, aimed at both experienced "outreachers" and newbies, you'll get lots of useful ideas, tips, and techniques that you can use to make your outreach activities more fun, more interesting, more educational, and more engaging.

The ASP Outreach Workshop is included free with your AstroCon 2004 registration.

Find out more here


Closing Banquet aboard the USS Hornet
Saturday, July 24, 6:00 p.m.

This eveng is almost sold out. Signups are not available through the online registration form. For a seat at the USS Hornet banquet, email to

Join us aboard the USS Hornet, the history-making aircraft carrier that recovered Apollo 11 and 12. Confirmed for the event is Alan Bean, Lunar Module Pilot for Apollo 12. Other Apollo astronauts are expected to attend Splashdown '04, celebrating the 35th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission. The evening will begin with award presentations from the sponsoring organizations for AstroCon 2004.

Bus transportation to and from the USS Hornet is included with your banquet registration.




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Last updated: July 08, 2004