1. When Does SALSA Meet?

SALSA meets informally. We may meet virtually, as during the COVID-19 pandemic, or in person at a restaurant. The meeting typically includes open discussion of current astronomy topics, club business, and sky events.

We also have private club 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 may also have events in conjunction with the University of Texas - San Antonio (UTSA) Curtis Vaughan Observatory.

Please check our Calendar for upcoming get-togethers.

2. Does SALSA have membership fees?

Yes. A one year membership is $10.00. Find out more, and join by visiting 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?

Due to the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, SALSA is unable to provide school science outreach help.

5. I bought a new telescope. Can you help me learn how to use it?

Yes: when in-person star party events resume. 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. Join one of our online get-togethers, and ask about different telescopes.

7. How do I get started in astronomy?

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?

Check out our recommended links.

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