Celestial shower
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Putting stars in reach

Celestial shower
A time exposure of the night sky taken at Yosemite’s Glacier Point during a gathering of amateur astronomers, many of whom were directly inspired by John Dobson. (Bryan Chan / LAT)
Constellation watch
The southern Milky Way lights the lower horizon as it arcs overhead at Yosemite National Park. (Bryan Chan / LAT)
A planisphere, or star chart is a visual guide to the night sky. (Bryan Chan / LAT)
On location
Jane Jones positions her telescope at Glacier Point. Half Dome juts above Yosemite’s granite landscape. (Bryan Chan / LAT)
San Francisco Amateur Astronomers have a potluck before stargazing. (Bryan Chan / LAT)
John Dobson presides over a telescope making class. (Hugo Martin / LAT)
View finder
Russ Cashin of the San Francisco Amateur Astronomers sets up his telescope for viewing at Glacier Point. Dobson’s busy schedule prevented him from attending the annual event. (Bryan Chan / LAT)
Stars appear to swirl around the North Star in this time exposure at Yosemite National Park. (Bryan Chan / LAT)
Craters of the Moon as seen through a telescope in Yosemite National Park. (Bryan Chan / LAT)
Stargazing disciples
To his admirers, John Dobson’s a hero, and to his detractors he’s a crackpot. And for those who have gathered in Monmouth — his stargazing disciples — it is an honor to sit at the feet of the master (never mind that the three-week class costs $120, plus about $350 for materials). ()