DFAC EVENTS

These are our currently scheduled club events. Older events remain listed just to show the types of things we’ve been up to. For potential DFAC members, browsing this list of events is a great way to find out if DFAC is the right club for you. You’ll always find this list retroactive by at least one year. Observing events tend to follow a schedule dictated by our (normally) July through September cloudy monsoon season. We have good years and bad years for weather cancellations.

We don’t do much during the Summer monsoon season. We’ve had Summer Socials at members’ homes many times, enjoyed astronomy related movies as a group with casual dining after, and attended scientific conferences and special lectures at other venues. Our Summer season is as variable as the monsoon.

For weather-dependent events, NWS forecast updates and event status will be posted daily starting 5 days prior to the event.

Our most recent events are at the top.

Last updated: March 1, 2020

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Mar 21,28,291 pmNow showing at Walker Star Barn:
The Calendar and the Reasons for the Seasons
RSVP with time, date, and number
Walker Ranch
Cave Creek, AZ
Map & Phone here
Mar 14,15,181 pmNow showing at Walker Star Barn:
Jewels Of The Winter Sky
RSVP with time, date, and number
Walker Ranch
Cave Creek, AZ
Map & Phone here
Mar 4,7,111 pmNow showing at Walker Star Barn:
Introduction to the Planetarium & the Night Sky This Month
RSVP with time, date, and number
Walker Ranch
Cave Creek, AZ
Map & Phone here
Feb 22,23
Feb 24
1 pm
4 pm
Special Presentation at Walker Star Barn:
Cave Creek's Dark Sky Initiative Update
Also demos and Q&A on light pollution
RSVP with time, date, and number
Walker Ranch
Cave Creek, AZ
Map & Phone here
Feb 15,16,261 pmNow showing at Walker Star Barn:
Jewels Of The Winter Sky
RSVP with time, date, and number
Walker Ranch
Cave Creek, AZ
Map & Phone here
Feb 1,2,121 pmNow showing at Walker Star Barn:
Introduction to the Planetarium & the Night Sky This Month
RSVP with time, date, and number
Walker Ranch
Cave Creek, AZ
Map & Phone here
Jan 5,8,11,18,19,22,25,261 pmNow showing at Walker Star Barn:
The Heavens Declare the Birth of a King - The Star of Bethlehem
RSVP with time, date, and number
Walker Ranch
Cave Creek, AZ
Map & Phone here
Jan 5,19,263 pmSpecial Presentation at Walker Star Barn:
Laser light show featuring the music of Mannheim Steamroller
RSVP with time, date, and number
Walker Ranch
Cave Creek, AZ
Map & Phone here
2020 --- Δ
Nov 241 pmSpecial Presentation at Walker Star Barn:
Cave Creek's Dark Sky Initiative Update
Also demos and Q&A on light pollution
RSVP with time, date, and number
Walker Ranch
Cave Creek, AZ
Map & Phone here
Nov 16,271 pmNow showing at Walker Star Barn:
Introduction to the Planetarium & the Night Sky This Month
RSVP with time, date, and number
Walker Ranch
Cave Creek, AZ
Map & Phone here
Oct 261 pmSpecial Presentation at Walker Star Barn:
Cave Creek's Dark Sky Initiative Update
Also demos and Q&A on light pollution
RSVP with time, date, and number
Walker Ranch
Cave Creek, AZ
Map & Phone here
Oct 16,191 pmSpecial Presentation at Walker Star Barn:
Laser light show featuring Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon
RSVP with time, date, and number
Walker Ranch
Cave Creek, AZ
Map & Phone here
Oct 5,6,121 pmNow showing at Walker Star Barn:
Introduction to the Planetarium & the Night Sky This Month
RSVP with time, date, and number
Walker Ranch
Cave Creek, AZ
Map & Phone here
Sep 28,291 pmSpecial Presentation at Walker Star Barn:
Cave Creek's Dark Sky Initiative Update
Also demos and Q&A on light pollution
RSVP with time, date, and number
Walker Ranch
Cave Creek, AZ
Map & Phone here
Sep 251 pmSpecial Double Feature at Walker Star Barn:
The Vatican Observatory: A legacy of faith and science
The Vatican Observatory and the Big Bang
By Jim Renn, VOF
RSVP with time, date, and number
Walker Ranch
Cave Creek, AZ
Map & Phone here
Sep 211 pmSpecial Presentation at Walker Star Barn:
Laser light show featuring Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon
RSVP with time, date, and number
Walker Ranch
Cave Creek, AZ
Map & Phone here
Sep 7,8,14,151 pmNow showing at Walker Star Barn:
Introduction to the Planetarium & the Night Sky This Month
RSVP with time, date, and number
Walker Ranch
Cave Creek, AZ
Map & Phone here
Aug 31
Aug 28
Aug 25
1 pm
1 pm
1 pm
Now showing at Walker Star Barn:
Dark Skies: How-When-Why
RSVP with time, date, and number
Walker Ranch
Cave Creek, AZ
Map & Phone here
Aug 21
Aug 18
Aug 17
1 pm
1 pm
1 pm
Now showing at Walker Star Barn:
Constellation Stories of Summer
RSVP with time, date, and number
Walker Ranch
Cave Creek, AZ
Map & Phone here
Aug 14
Aug 11
Aug 10
1 pm
1 pm
1 pm
Now showing at Walker Star Barn:
Introduction to the Planetarium & the Night Sky This Month
RSVP with time, date, and number
Walker Ranch
Cave Creek, AZ
Map & Phone here
Jul 22
Jul 13, 14, 17, 20, 21
5 pm
1 pm
Special Presentation at Walker Star Barn:
Saving the Dark
Slideshow about light pollution, what everyone should know. Created by Dan Heim. Presented by Ron Walker.
RSVP with time, date, and number
Walker Ranch
Cave Creek, AZ
Map & Phone here
Jul 10
Jul 7
Jul 6
1 pm
1 pm
1 pm
Now showing at Walker Star Barn:
Introduction to the Planetarium & the Night Sky This Month
RSVP with time, date, and number
Walker Ranch
Cave Creek, AZ
Map & Phone here
Jun 228 pm - ?Open Observing at Heimhenge
Setup 7:30-8:00 pm (sunset 8:00 pm)
Restroom available
BYO everything else
RSVP to Dan Heim by Jun 21
FORECAST: clear, low 69°, 5-10 mph WSW
EVENT STATUS: cancelled (no RSVPs)
Heimhenge
New River, AZ
Map & Phone here
Jun 19
Jun 16
Jun 15
1 pm
1 pm
1 pm
Special Presentation at Walker Star Barn:
The Story of How BOB Works
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Walker Ranch
Cave Creek, AZ
Map & Phone here
Jun 26
Jun 12
Jun 9
Jun 8
1 pm
1 pm
1 pm
1 pm
Now showing at Walker Star Barn:
Introduction to the Planetarium & the Night Sky This Month
RSVP with time, date, and number
Walker Ranch
Cave Creek, AZ
Map & Phone here
May 26
May 25
May 22
CANCELED
CANCELED
1 pm
Special Presentation at Walker Star Barn:
Astronomy of the Early American Cultures
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Walker Ranch
Cave Creek, AZ
Map & Phone here
May 15
May 12
May 11
1 pm
1 pm
1 pm
Now showing at Walker Star Barn:
Introduction to the Planetarium & the Night Sky This Month
RSVP with time, date, and number
Walker Ranch
Cave Creek, AZ
Map & Phone here
May 117 pm - ?Open Observing at Heimhenge
Setup 6:30-7:00 pm (sunset 7:00 pm)
Restroom available
BYO everything else
RSVP to Dan Heim by May 10
NWS 1-DAY FORECAST: partly cloudy with rain on the way, 5-10 mph W wind, low 61°
EVENT STATUS: CANCELED
Heimhenge
New River, AZ
Map & Phone here
Apr 28
Apr 27
Apr 24
1 pm
1 pm
1 pm
Special Presentation at Walker Star Barn:
Through The Eyes Of Hubble ~ Images Of The Infinite
RSVP with time, date, and number
Walker Ranch
Cave Creek, AZ
Map & Phone here
Apr 17
Apr 7
Apr 6
1 pm
1 pm
1 pm
Now showing at Walker Star Barn:
Introduction to the Planetarium & the Night Sky This Month
RSVP with time, date, and number
Walker Ranch
Cave Creek, AZ
Map & Phone here
Mar 24
Mar 23
1 pm
1 pm
Now showing at Walker Star Barn:
The Calendar and the Reasons for the Seasons
RSVP with time, date, and number
Walker Ranch
Cave Creek, AZ
Map & Phone here
Mar 161 pmSpecial Presentation at Walker Star Barn:
The Vatican Observatory and the Big Bang
By Jim Renn, VOF
RSVP with time, date, and number
Walker Ranch
Cave Creek, AZ
Map & Phone here
Mar 17
Mar 10
Mar 9
1 pm
1 pm
1 pm
Now showing at Walker Star Barn:
Introduction to the Planetarium & the Night Sky This Month
RSVP with time, date, and number
Walker Ranch
Cave Creek, AZ
Map & Phone here
Feb 18
Feb 17
1 pmNow showing at Walker Star Barn:
Introduction to the Planetarium & the Night Sky This Month
RSVP with time, date, and number
Walker Ranch
Cave Creek, AZ
Map & Phone here
Feb 24
Feb 23
Feb 9
1 pmNow showing at Walker Star Barn:
Jewels Of The Winter Sky
RSVP with time, date, and number
Walker Ranch
Cave Creek, AZ
Map & Phone here
Jan 207 pm - ?Total Lunar Eclipse from Walker Star Barn
Telescopic views & Planetarium displays
RSVP with time, date, and number
Walker Ranch
Cave Creek, AZ
Map & Phone here
Jan 12
Jan 6
Jan 5
1 pmNow showing at Walker Star Barn:
The Heavens Declare the Birth of a King - The Star of Bethlehem
NOTE: Every showing will be followed at 3 pm by a 1-hour laser light show set to the music of Mannheim Steamroller
RSVP with time, date, and number
Walker Ranch
Cave Creek, AZ
Map & Phone here
2019 --- Δ