San Diego Astronomy Association (SDAA) sponsors speakers on a wide range of astronomy topics on the third Wednesday of every month at the Mission Trails Regional Park Visitors Center. The Program meeting begins at 7:00 PM. Each attendee receives one free door prize ticket. After announcements and a small amount of business, the audience is treated to the featured presentation. At the close of the meeting the door prizes are presented.  The event is open to the public. The Mission Trails Regional Park Visitors Center is at One Fr. Junipero Serra Trail, San Diego CA 92119.  Call the park at 619-668-3281 for more information or visit

Please contact Mike Chasin if you have an questions, comments, or ideas for the Program Meetings.

February 15, 2017

Speaker: R. Lee Hamm

Topic: The Cleveland National Forest and how the National Forest can better meet SDAA’s needs as a user   

R. Lee Hamm is the Recreation and Lands Officer Forest Service of the Cleveland National Forest, Palomar Ranger District.   The Cleveland National Forest, nestled in the bustling greater San Diego area, spans a modest 460,000 acres intersecting parts of Orange and Riverside Counties. Providing ample recreation, sprawling mountain vistas, and an abundance of wildlife and natural resources, visitors don’t have to travel far to explore a wilderness environment within urban boundaries.


Upcoming SDAA Program Meetings
January No general meeting - annual banquet on February 11, 2017
February 15 R. Lee Hamm: The Cleveland National Forest and how the National Forest can better meet SDAA’s needs as a user
March 15 Tim Thompson, LA Astronomical Society, JPL, Mt Wilson docent: Mt Wilson Observatory
April 19 Joint meeting with the International Dark Sky Association
May 17 Jerry Hilburn: New Horizons Mission Update - Onward to KBO - 2014 MU69
June 21 Dennis Ritz: Total Solar Eclipse on August 21, 2017
July 19 TBD
August 16 Eclipse Photo Tips
September 20 TBD
October 18 TBD
November 15 Gadget night