1. Where and when do you meet?
SALSA mostly meets at public outreach events commonly called star parties, which usually begin around local sunset. The time for sunset changes year round, so please visit Time and Date to find out when it will get dark.
We often have events at UTSA's Curtis Vaughan Observatory.
Please check our Calendar for upcoming get-togethers.
2. Does SALSA have membership fees?
Yes. A one year individual membership is $25.00, and a family membership (two or more people) is $35.00. This includes optional membership in the national Astronomical League, a subscription to The Reflector magazine, admission to various astronomy talks and meetings, membership in the online discussion group, and access to the SALSA online astronomical library. You may join via our membership page.
3. What types of events does SALSA do?
Sidewalk astronomy began as a way to share to wonders of the night sky with people on the street. Star parties are get togethers with telescopes, where we look at whatever we can: planets, star clusters, nebulae, galaxies, the Sun and Moon. We are a group of people of all ages and backgrounds, who enjoy looking at, learning about, and talking about everything in the sky. To prepare for a star party, please review a few guidelines.
4. Can you come to my school or event?
SALSA can provide astronomy a limited number of outreach events to area schools. The primary season for such events runs from Fall through early Spring, when sunset is around 6 - 7PM. Again, our schedule is limited, and fills up very early, so please contact our event organizers as soon as possible. Requests are “First Come, First Served.” We do request a small honorarium toward our scholarship fund.
5. I bought a new telescope. Can you help me learn how to use it?
Yes! Bring it to any of our star party events, or check the calendar for special telescope workshop events. Please make sure to bring all components and accessories for your telescope. Even the smallest item left at home can prevent you from using the telescope properly, and might keep us from helping you.
6. What telescope should I get?
This may sound strange, but we do not suggest purchasing a telescope immediately. There are many different brands and ‘flavors’ of telescopes, and we can help you learn which scope is right one for you. First, come out to one of our get togethers, and check out the different telescopes. You can look through them, ask questions about them, and see what type and size might be best.
7. How do I get started in astronomy?
That’s why we’re here, so come see us. If you want to get started on your own, we recommend a pair of binoculars and a star chart. You probably have binoculars already, and can get a star map online, or from a major astronomy publication like Sky and Telescope or Astronomy.
8. Where can I find out more about astronomy?
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