Western Amateur Astronomers

Winners of the 2017 G. Bruce Blair Award:

Jim and Virginia Strogen

Message from the WAA President

Greetings to representative members of the Western Amateur Astronomers, to members of your own society, group or organization, and guests.

        The late 20th Century brought us the Internet, and now in the early years of the 21st Century it seems most publications are going, or have gone digital. We, at
Western Amateur Astronomers, have done the same with The Pacific Stargazer.
        Our staff has given it a fresh look, which we hope all will enjoy! Totally digital, our newsletter shall be available for reading or downloading via the Adobe Acrobat
PDF format, and in color!
     The Pacific Stargazer is going to be more than just a place to catch up on WAA news and events; it's our goal to showcase the members who make up Western Ama-
teur Astronomers. The Pacific Stargazer will also provide a listing of local events hosted by WAA members, as well as, those larger events such as the Riverside Tele-
scope Makers Conference (RTMC), the Pacific Astronomy Telescope Show (PATS), society star parties, and much more.
     In closing I would like to thank Mr. Don Saito, of the Eastbay Astronomical Society, based at Chabot Space and Science Center for all his hard work and diligence on
our digital presentation of The Pacific Stargazer. I would also like to thank the WAA Board of directors, who've participated in giving feedback, as well as, additional
suggestions toward our fine publication.
    It is an honor and privilege to be the President of Western Amateur Astronomers (WAA) as we resume publication of the WAA newsletter, The Pacific Star-gazer.
                                                                                                                                                                            Most Sincerely,
                                                                                                                                                                    Jon Wilson
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        President - Western Amateur Astronomers

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RTMC (Riverside Telescope Makers Conference) is held yearly during Memorial Day weekend, at Y.M.C.A."Camp Oaks".
This is located about 50 miles northeast of Riverside in the San Bernardino mountains east of Big Bear Lake.
Follow Highway 38 east and north off Interstate 10 in Redlands.
Take Lake Williams Road about eight miles east of Big Bear City on Highway 38,  between mile posts 44 and 45.
Follow the telescope and RTMC signs from this intersection to the camp.

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