Vandenberg Amateur Astronomical Society (a.k.a. VAAS)

Special event: The 2017 Solar Eclipse

On Monday August 21 ,2017, our club VAAS is inviting the public to drive out to our Observatory near Lompoc and join us in viewing the Partial Eclipse of the sun . You will have the opportunity to observe 60% of the sun being covered by the moon' shadow that will occur over about 2 1/2 hours. It will begin at 9:10 am in the morning, with the best( 60%) at 10:15 , and ending by 11:40 am.

We will have a large 14 inch telescope in our Observatory, and smaller ones, all with solar filters to help you view the eclipse safely. The Astronomers also will be providing solar glasses to the adults to view with their family and friends. Even if there is some cloud or fog cover, the eclipse may still be viewed through openings in the clouds. This is the first partial eclipse seen in our area since 1991, so you don't want to miss this exciting event!


VAAS is your local astronomy club if you live in or near California's Santa Barbara County communities of Vandenberg Air Force Base, Vandenberg Village, Lompoc, Santa Maria, Orcutt, Guadalupe, and maybe even Buellton, Solvang, Santa Ynez, Ballard, Los Olivos, Los Alamos, etc.

Visitors are Welcome! If you are passing through our area, have an interest in astronomy, have some questions about our group or astronomy, or just want to look through a telescope, please join us at one of our club meetings or star parties.

The observatory and it's 14" Celestron Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope.

VAAS' On-Line Events Calendar

  • Club Meetings: VAAS meets once a month and visitors are welcome to attend. Meetings are held on the second Friday of the month, starting at 7:00PM, in the teachers lounge of the Manzanita Charter School. The school is located at the intersection of Mountain View Boulevard and Katsura Avenue.
    Note: We do not have club meetings in July and August. Please check the calendar for dates and directions.

  • Star Parties: Star parties are an informal gathering where club members bring their telescopes and meet to observe interesting objects (planets, the moon, nebulas, galaxies, etc.) in the night sky. Vistors are welcome to attend. If you don't have a telescope, no problem, our members will gladly let you look through their telescopes.
    For a better definition of a star party, please follow this link.
    Note: Star parties are "weather permitting" and the number of club members attending can vary a great deal due to a variety of reasons. We can't guarantee you will find anyone there even if it's on our calendar. If you are participating for the first time, it is best to coordinate with a club member that is going.

  • Other Events: If your group, school, or company, is intertested in astronomy and would like VAAS to do a presentation, or demonstration, please let us know. We call this "Public Outreach" and are happy to share what we know with the community.

Join the club! (flyer and membership form in PDF format)

Members setting up for a star party at Figueroa Mtn.

2012 Summer Picnic.