Quick STARt Program



Open Position, Volunteers welcome

Quick STARt (the former Mentoring Program) helps to ease folks into amateur astronomy. You have to admit, astronomy can look exciting from the outside, but once you scratch the surface, it can get seemingly complex in a hurry. But it doesn’t have to be that way if there’s someone to guide you and answer all your seemingly basic questions.  The Quick STARt program really took off in 2012 with the leadership and energy of Dave Ittner.  He has already helped dozens and dozens of people get their feet wet in getting out under dark skies to discover what’s out there, firsthand.  Over the year, Dave has also refined the program, adding not only easy to use Dobsonian telescopes but all the accessories any good observer needs, such as observing chairs, appropriate eyepieces, sky atlases, accessory cases, etc.  The Quick STARt program is available to SJAA members only and by invitation.

Signups for this program are currently on hold

Please check out the photos below of equipment used in the program.  

Accessories and start guide

Accessories and star guide

Scope, Chair and Accessories

Scope, Chair and Accessories