Each month, from March thru October, weather permitting, our club members bring their telescopes and their knowledge of telescopes and Astronomy to the Lynnwood Loop Park in Richland.
The date is scheduled for a Friday and/or Saturday night adjacent to a First Quarter Moon, so that the shadows cast on the Moon's surface will give depth to what you're seeing and also not be too bright to block out other interesting objects in deep space. If the sky conditions are bad for Friday, we will still set up on the next night, Saturday. Some telescopes are set up prior to sunset to show sunspots (safely). We are there until the last spectator leaves (usually around 10:00 pm). The Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) are sometimes visible from the park, but usually don't appear until after 9:30.
Parking is available in a small parking lot adjacent to the tennis court/swimming pool complex. Please don't drive out onto the grass field as your lights will ruin everyone's night vision (and you might run over someone's telescope). Also, please do not bring white light flashlights, cover them with red cellophane if you must have a light. It doesn't get that dark in the park.
To reach the park from Richland, just take George Washington Way north toward Hanford until you reach Saint Street. Turn left on Saint Street and take the second right at Lynnwood Court. Take the first left at Lynnwood Loop. The park is on the right.
To reach the park from I-182, take exit #4 and the 240 Bypass Highway. Travel north 4.8 miles. Just after the intersection of Stevens, Jadwin, and 240, take the first right onto Saint Street ("St St" on the map). Once on Saint Street, take the first left at Newcomer and then the first right at Lynnwood Loop. The park is about a block down the street.
This event is sponsored by the Tri-City Astronomy Club and is FREE to the public. Schools are also invited to send their students & teachers (we'll give them extra credit, too). Anyone having problems with a new telescope, (or an old one, too) bring it along early and we'll try to help you with it.
A printable map is available here.