2013 Public Programs
Presentation: 8:00p or 8:30p.
Viewing: Sunset to 12m
8:00 - Apr 6, 13, 20
8:30 - May 4, 11, 18
8:30 - Jun 1, 8, 15, 29
8:30 - Jul 6, 13
8:30 - Aug 3, 10, 31
8:00 - Sep 7, 28
8:00 - Oct 5, 12, 26
Solar (2p - 5p):
Mar 9, Apr 13, May 11
Jun 8, Jul 6, Aug 10
Sep 7, Oct 5
Memb Appr Nite 09/07
Times vary due to weather and availability.
More Schedule Details...
Images of the events
FPOA members adjusting
the optics of the 30"
Morning fog seen from the observatory.
Fremont Peak is Now Open to the Public
After the annual winter recess, Fremont Peak Observatory officially reopened
to the public April 6, resuming our charter of "Bringing Astronomy to the
Public". The standard Saturday evening public nights will resume.
(see the Schedule).
While we've already hosted a special Solar Program and a few special events
March 9 and 16 for comet PANSTARRS. We have a lot planned this year so bring
your friends and family up for a visit.
Check the schedule, dress warmly, and come up a nice evening under the stars. There will be a short presentation in the presentation room
prior to viewing through the 30" f/4.8 Challenger telescope binoculars, and other telescopes set up by the
We are located at Fremont Peak State Park, 11 miles south of San Juan Bautista up San Juan Canyon Rd.
Detailed directions can be found at the bottom of this page. Plan for a minimum of 30 minutes to drive, park, and walk from parking to the observatory.
28th Annual Fremont Peak Star-B-Que
Potluck Picnic, Star Party, and Annual Meeting
Saturday, August 10, 2013
Reserve the date. We usually start around 5pm. There will be
activity from the annual Pereids meteor shower that night, even though
the peak activity is usually around the 11/12.
Stay tuned for pending details...
See images of the event here.
You can upload pictures to the album too.
Don't forget to renew your membership this year..
You can now renew online using PayPal or your Credit Card
Click here to Renew your Membership.
Your membership information is not shared outside of FPOA.
Fremont Peak Observatory Association volunteers spread the word about the wonder of the night sky, educate the public through presentations and observing sessions, and provide quality observatory facilities.
FPOA is a favorite destination of families as well as school, scout and church groups. Each year over 2,000 members of the public are treated to a personalized multimedia presentation by an FPOA astronomer as the Saturday evening sun sets over the Pacific. As darkness falls and the stars emerge, they gaze in wonder at night sky splendors through the eyepiece of the 30" diameter "Challenger"
Newtonian telescope and a variety of sophisticated amateur telescopes before returning to their campsites or homes. If you have never seen the the Milky Way under dark skies away from city light pollution, come visit us to see why astronomers have been traveling to Fremont Peak State Park for decades.
As part of our mission, we collaborate with schools in the Monterey Bay, Hollister, and San Francisco Bay area to tailor a rich educational experience for K-12 and college students, both through field trips to Fremont Peak, and classroom presentations. We also provide information for School Teachers on ways to supplement their curriculum with local astronomy-related resources. FPOA provides Salinas-based Hartnell College students internship opportunities as part of their Science/Math Summer Internship Program. You can read about the 2008 program here.
Besides the public and educators, FPOA serves professional and serious amateur astronomers, philanthropists, and the California Department of Parks and Recreation. Here is more information on our business model and values.
Fremont Peak Observatory opened in 1986, and has operated every summer since, despite having battled the frequently brutal weather on the 3,000 foot peak. Devoted volunteer astronomers continue to maintain the observatory and "Challenger" telescope, contributing time, energy, and money, to keep Fremont Peak Observatory one of the finest amateur-operated astronomy centers in the United States.
The Observatory is open to the public for scheduled viewing and educational programs from April through October on Saturday evenings that don't conflict with a full moon.
Contact Fremont Peak Observatory
Recorded Message: 831-623-2465
Email: info at fpoa dot net
PO Box 1376
San Juan Bautista, California 95045
Typical hours of operation
(Varies depending on weather and availability)
6 PM to midnight on public program days.
Noon to midnight on days of solar programs.
At other times leave a message on our answering machine.
Latitude and Longitude:
36.7602° N 121.4987° W
36° 45.614' N 121° 29.922' W
36° 45' 36.8" N 121° 29' 55.4" W
Testimonials from some of our fans...
"A classmate and I were talking about how much fun the trip was and how seeing Saturn made the whole trip worh it. I see myself going more in the future just for fun. I learned more from talking to the guys out there. What makes it so nice is that they do this for fun and they are all volunteers and really enjoy this. You can tell when we were all talking to them, this is something they are really passionate about."
"On the way back all we could talk about was how amazing everything looked. Even though the road back home was really long, it didn't matter because the experience was great. I didn't know a place like this existed, where one can come and look at the sky and learn many things. I LOVED IT SO MUCH! That I am going back to take my son and family."
"The presentation that I found very interesting was Rob's because the passion is so intense about astronomy...The astronomers were approachable and gave us a lot of information about their line of work and what they have found in their careers. My experience about this trip was an eye opener for myself and my parents, and we talked about how exciting it was to observe the ring around Saturn."
Fremont Peak State Park:
831-623-4255 or Web Site
Camping Reservations (Primitive):
$15 peak, $11 non-peak.
800-444-7275 or ReserveAmerica