Welcome to the Tri-Valley Stargazers Astronomy Club's web site. There is a lot of information here on the many activities of the Tri-Valley Stargazers (TVS). Learn why you should join the club to get the most out of your amateur astronomy hobby in the east San Francisco Bay Area.

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New TVS brochure

We now have a brochure that you can hand out at star parties to introduce people the to club's activities. You can download it here. To print it, use color, double-sided, and flip/bind along the short-edge.

Next Public Meeting

Speaker: Kim Grandfield
Photographing the Night Sky

Friday, October 21, 2016
Doors open at 7:00 p.m.
Show & Tell starts at 7:30 pm
Talk follows

Unitarian Universalist Church
1893 N. Vasco Rd., Livermore

Next Board Meeting

Monday, October 24, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
Round Table Pizza
1024 E. Stanley Blvd, Livermore

Members are always welcome at board meetings. Pizza is optional.

The Latest News & Upcoming Events

October's meeting

Kim Grandfield will be putting on a slide show about his experiences in the last few years taking photographs after dark. These photographs include images of lunar eclipses, aurora borealis and the milky way. Besides showing his photos, Kim will discuss his photographic equipment and techniques for acquiring these images.

Kim Grandfield grew up on a farm in Kansas. In 1971, fresh out of Kansas State University with a degree in Nuclear Engineering, Kim moved to California to take a job with General Electric in San Jose, Ca. In 1975 his passion for the outdoors led to him to founding Sunrise Mountain Sports in Livermore, CA. Kim's interest in documenting his outdoor adventures has always fueled his interest in photography. In the past few years Kim has been experimenting with various forms of night photography.

Upcoming star parties

We have planned the following star parties: Please contact for further information.

The H2O Open Houses will be open to all club members and the public. The Tesla Winery club Parties will be open to club members and their guests. There will be no more parties this year, but they will resume in the coming spring. Start and end times for the parties will be announced later, but we usually plan to arrive at the observing site about 30 minutes before sunset and wrap up around midnight. Each star party will have a theme, including topics like a tour of the constellations, planets and asteroids, or binocular highlights.

TVS Crystal Wine Glasses For Sale

wine glass TVS is offering elegant crystal wine glasses for sale to club members. You don't have to drink wine to enjoy the beautiful TVS logo-etched stemware. Use them for your favorite beverage, or they can be used as a beautiful container for small plants. They are the perfect gifts for loved ones or friends. Look for them at club meetings, where they will be sold for $10/each. Don't drink alone, buy two! Support TVS. Thanks to who got these wonderful glasses.

TVS Logo Wear

You may have seen some TVS members wearing shirts and jackets embroidered with the TVS logo. If you are interested in obtaining an embroidered logo item, you can do so by ordering whatever you would like through Land's End's Corporate Sales section and specifying TVS logo #0118948. You will need to set up an account, which will ask for the logo number and the TVS customer number (3452021).

TVS has also set up shop at Cafepress for members to buy non-embroidered TVS logo wear. You can have the TVS logo put on t-shirts, mugs, buttons, hats, coasters, etc. You buy through Cafepress, and Cafepress sends TVS a portion of the proceeds. Visit the web site to see all the TVS logo possibilities.