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Camp Oakes

Camp Oakes has other attractions as well. Everyone may enjoy the pool, lake canoes, archery, mountain biking (your own bike), wall climbing, and catch and release fishing. May 26-30, 2016 (Thursday through Monday morning) Camp Oakes Big Bear City, California Main Telescope Field at the RTMC Astronomy Expo The Riverside Telescope Makers Conference (RTMC) was founded in 1969 by Clifford W. Holmes for amateur telescope makers to share their craft. In 1975, the RTMC moved to its current home at Camp Oakes, a YMCA camp near Big Bear City. In 2000, the official name of the conference was changed to the “RTMC Astronomy Expo.” Located 50 miles northeast of Riverside in the San Bernardino mountains, the site offers space for camping, several dormitories and 18 three-sided shelters, a meeting/dining hall, and the Charles Walker Observatory. The camp is located at an elevation of 7,200 feet. Click on the following link.
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Big Bear

From our fantastic host city. Astronomers! Whether you are a beginner or an advanced amateur astronomer,we welcome Astronomy Expo, Memorial Day weekend, to: See the stars from the clear air of YMCA Camp Oakes Learn of new developments in amateur telescope making Check out commercial telescopes and equipment brought by vendors for observers Listen to excellent presentations covering observing, telescopes, and getting started in astronomy Enjoy all the swap meet astro-goodies on both Saturday and Sunday, and Socialize and observe with friends. The Big Bear Valley is a four-season recreational destination that lies 100 miles northeast of Los Angeles, in the San Bernardino Mountains. The community is surrounded by the San Bernardino National Forest. Within the valley lies the City of Big Bear Lake, an incorporated city, Big Bear City, an unincorporated town, and across the lake the small hamlet of Fawnskin. There are also the residential areas further east.
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