Chippewa Valley Astronomical Society Northwoods Starfest
August 17-19, 2001

Recently myself and about 130 fellow CVAS members and guests attended Northwoods StarFest @ Hobb's.

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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Observing Field - Left

Observing Field - Middle

Observing Field - Right

Dr. William Cordua: Impact Craters of Western Wisconsin

Dr. William Cordua pans for meteorites

Alternate Explaination

Dave Runkle and Joe in his Astrotrailer

Inside Astrotrailer

Joe Talks about his astrotrailer

Chuck Forster's Solar Radio Astronomy demonstration

Chuck Forster's Solar Radio Astronomy demonstration

Chuck Forester updates on Radio Astronomy @ Hobbs

Group Photo

NASA Speaker Patrick Huth on X-38

NASA ISS Model

CVAS President Bert Moritz

Bert award a T-shirt to Pat

Patrick Huth

Dining Hall

Lunch

Lunch

Bert Makes Pancakes

Bert Makes Pancakes

Dish washing

Couch Potato Telescope

Couch Potato Telescope

Couch Potato Telescope

xxx talks about asteroid brightness variations

xxx talks about asteroid brightness variations

xxx talks about his CCD images

Wise Nature Center

Wise Nature Center

Setting Up

Setting up

Setting Up

Setting up

Star party in progress

Star party in progress

Star party in progress

Star party in progress

Star party in progress

Star party in progress

Star trails over Hobbs

Midnight Snack

MN SFS's ISS model

Free Handouts

packing up

packing up

Dave Packs up

Photos (C) by Ben Huset August 2001

Last revision Sep 23, 2001

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