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Ventura County Astronomical Society is a 501.c.3 non-profit community based organization located in Ventura County, California. Our EIN 95-3152618. It is dedicated to spreading the excitement and wonder of astronomy and the space sciences.

Our mission is dedicated to helping stargazers of all ages learn more about the joys of amateur astronomy through events, monthly meetings, star parties and community outreach.


By Professor Hal Jandorf

Anza-Borrego desert is a stargazer’s paradise.

It’s a quiet, peaceful climate with crystal dark-blue daytime skies above and a spectacular night sky. The temperature at night allows comfortable shirtsleeve activity for observing and imaging.

In late summer/early autumn, the Milky Way spans from horizon to horizon, bright and detailed with galactic clusters and nebulae.

The photo was taken on September 27, 2019 with a Sony A7 camera, 28mm, f/4.5, ISO 1600 and 1 minute exposure. I used an iOptron Star Tracker to avoid star trails.

The image was taken from the Borrego Valley Inn patio outside of the room. Here, there are no obtrusive lights, just a dark sky. I recommend this Inn for reconnecting our inner selves with the magnificent Universe!

Late summer is a perfect time to observe the “Summer Triangle”, the three bright stars of Vega, Deneb and Altair that are at the zenith at 9 pm in mid-September.

The triangle which points South contains many celestial objects: two bright planetary nebulae, a supernova, an emission nebula, and asterism and a famous double star!

All can be seen with  4 inch diameter telescope in dark skies.

  1. M-57 Ring Nebula: A planetary nebula shows stellar death, a sphere of hydrogen and helium escaping from a white dwarf. 2000 Light Years distant, RA 18h54m Dec +33

  2. M-27 Dumbbell Nebula: Another planetary nebula. 1400 LY, RA20h00m     Dec +22.7

  3. Veil Nebula: (NGC6992)A supernova Remnant, best seen in very dark skies and a OIII nebula filter. 1400 LY, RA 20h56m dec +32

  4. North America Nebula: (NGC7000)Birth of stars, use a nebula filter and extremely low magnification. 1500 LY, RA 20h59m Dec +44

  5. The Coathanger asterism (Collinder 399) RA 19h25m Dec+20

  6. Albireo, the UCLA double star. What colors do you see? 386 LY, RA 19h31m Dec +28