The Santa Barbara Astronomical Unit
The Santa Barbara
Astronomical Unit Webpage is here to inform our members and the general
Winchester Gun Club, Figueroa Mountain & Mt Pinos Observing Sites
Gun Club Driving Directions.
Looking West Towards the Entry Gate
Looking North towards Figueroa Mt
Looking East SkyGlow from SB
Our dark sky observations take place at the Winchester Canyon Gun Club located off of West Camino Cielo.
Click for a map of the area near the Gun Club
The Gun Club is located at an elevation of roughly 3000 feet. It is removed enough from Santa Barbara that much of the sky glow is eliminated. There are several concrete pads and picnic tables which make for a nice area to setup. Most of set up all the way in the back.
To get to the Gun Club, take
Highway 154 north over San Marcos Pass. Get off at West Camino Cielo. The exit
is a left-hand turn, almost at the top of the Pass.
On your way in or out at the Gun Club, please close the gate behind you and slide the lock through its slots so the gate appears to be closed and locked.
After Dark Car Lights off please, If you will be arriving after dark please turn off your headlights before you turn into the gate. Use either your parking lights or a hand held flashlight to navigate through the gate and into the site.
Contact Paul Winn at firstname.lastname@example.org or Joe Doyle to coordinate getting into the site and to be sure that there will be an observation.
Figueroa Driving Directions
Click for Map to Figueroa Mountain
is the best Dark sky you can get to around here in an less than 1 1/2 Hour
drive. From where I live in Goleta its about 1 1/4 hour to get to the
site. There are 4 site's you can go to. Here I will give directions to the
2 sites that I think are best.
The Saturday closest to New Moon
is the traditional gathering time for the dark sky observers.
Mt Pinos Driving Directions
Click here for a map to Mt Pinos
Take US-101 South 29 miles to CA-126
40 Miles to I-5 N take the ramp to Sacramento.
Drive 33 miles to exit 205 for Frazier Mountain Park Rd.
Turn left under the freeway and Continue up Cuddy Valley Rd for 14.6 Miles.
Cuddy Valley Rd turns slightly left and becomes Mt Pinos Rd.
Continue for about 9 Miles to the Mt Pinos Parking lot