Chippewa Valley Astronomical Society Winter Starfest
Feb 5-6, 2000

Recently myself and fellow CVAS members Dan Fish, John Treadwell, Michael J Kauper and Jim Russell. attended Winter StarFest @ Hobb's.

We heard a talk by the CVAS president on the life cycle of stars, and efforts to find a meteorite that landed nearby many decades ago

Ben Huset and John Treadwell gave an impromptu presentation on Onan construction status, and upcoming space events, STS-99 and Near/Eros encounter. After dinner Dan Fish showed off some of his CCD astronomy efforts.

Here is some of what we saw.

--Ben

The Chippewa Valley Astronomical Society (C.V.A.S.) is an amateur astronomy club in Wisconsin's Chippewa Valley. The society, which currently has more than 50 members, meets at Hobbs Observatory in the Beaver Creek Reserve near Fall Creek Wisconsin. C.V.A.S. members cover a broad spectrum of astronomical interests, from casual observing of the constellations to serious visual observing, astrophotography, astrometry, CCD imaging, computer control of telescopes, photometry, telescope building, and radio astronomy.

Hobbs Observatory
Hobbs Observatory , with it's twin domes, is located in the Beaver Creek Reserve near Fall Creek, Wisconsin.

In the west dome is a computer-controlled 24" Newtonian/Nasmyth reflector with a Photometrics Star-1 CCD camera.

In the east dome is a 14" Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope.

The building also contains The Robert Elliott Classroom, an office, and a small library. The observatory is used by C.V.A.S. members, the Beaver Creek Reserve, and the Physics and Astronomy Department of the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire.

The club is in the process of buidling a radio-telescope observatory.

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24 " scope

CCD Camera

CCD Control Sys

CCD Control Sys

Pier base

Jim Russell Setting up his Nextar5

Hobbs Observatory

Hobbs Observatory

Hobbs Observatory

Hobbs Dedication

Hobbs Dedication

Hobbs Dedication

Setting up Scopes

Michael and Bob Elliott

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14" scope

14" scope

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Hobbs Observatory Director, emeritus: Bob Elliott

CVAS President:Bert Moritz

Sat Dinner @ Draganetti's

CCD Image

CCD  Image

Getting clouded out

Lodge

French Toast Breakfast

French Toast Breakfast

French Toast Breakfast

French Toast Breakfast

Paying for food

French Toast Breakfast

French Toast Breakfast

Food Sponsors

Packing up

Hobbs

Checking out 24"

Inside 24" scope

CCD Camera Controller Star-1

16" dobsonain

CVAS  library

Dob Scope

West Dome as seen from East dome.

14" scope

Radio Telescope Monitoring room

Examing 14" Scope

Examing 14" Scope

Examing 14" Scope

Examing 14" Scope

Examing 14" Scope

Intergalactic Receiver

CVAS Open House

CVAS Open House

CVAS Open House

CVAS Open House

CVAS  library

CVAS  library

Observing Field

Beaver Creek Reserve

Beaver Creek Reserve

Beaver Creek Reserve

Beaver Creek Reserve

Beaver Creek Reserve

Wise Nature Center

Upcoming Events

Wise Nature Center

Screech Owl

Screech Owl

Screech Owl

Pottery

Making Stone arrowheads

Making Stone arrowheads


Basket Weaving

Screech Owl

Screech Owl

Gift Shop

Photos by Ben Huset

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