We are the Twentynine Palms Astronomy Club. We may have already met you,
as we have been doing public outreach in astronomy in the Hi Desert for
several years. We hope that the friends we have met along the way will
follow our new adventure as we begin our very own Twentynine Palms Astronomy
Club. Following in the footsteps of our idols, the San Francisco Sidewalk
Astronomers, we have one set goal - and that is to bring astronomy to you,
Our astronomy club will be focusing on public outreach events in greater Morongo Basin area. We will be bringing our telescope to different locations and sharing our love of the night sky with people. Organized public star parties and collaborations with other local organizations will soon follow. We will also be offering our services in telescope repair/diagnostics, night sky astrophotography lessons and private stargazing events.
The crisp, clear skies of the high altitude Morongo Basin are free of excessive light pollution and ideal for visual observational astronomy and astrophotography. The night sky in the desert is something you will not soon forget. Joshua Tree National Park was recently awarded a silver tier recognition by the International Dark-Sky Association in their efforts to preserve the dark skies across the country. We hope that you will enjoy the beautiful desert skies and all it has to offer.
Starman Steve has been doing astronomy from a very young age.
Originally from the San Francisco area and later on, Los Angeles,
he moved to the high desert in 2013 to enjoy the dark night skies.
He has been
doing public outreach in astronomy throughout the Morongo Basin for
four years. Steve is very knowledgeable about telescopes and can
diagnose and repair almost any piece of equipment or show you how
to use it. He also does astrophotography with his Canon 60DA. He
posts his astrophotography on his Instagram account, @deepskysteve.
During the day, Steve is a music teacher and freelace musician. He plays trombone and horn, and arranges music for several
local music ensembles including the Joshua Tree Philharmonic.
Favorite Planet: Saturn
Favorite Deep Sky Object: Sculptor Galaxy
Favorite Double Star: Almach
Celestial Ciera has lived in the high desert for nearly
her entire life. She has been doing astronomy since 2015 and is an expert on space weather. She also enjoys doing astrophotography using her iPhone. Ciera manages and updates our social media pages.
Holding a communications degree, she is the public relations representative of several organizations. Ciera is also an active musician in the area,
playing piano, electric bass and horn. She also helps arrange music for the Joshua Tree Philharmonic.
Favorite Planet: Neptune
Favorite Deep Sky Object: The Pleiades
Favorite Double Star: Albireo