MAS Campout with the Stars
July 24-26th, 2009

2nd Annual Campout with the Stars - July 24, 25, & 26th
The Minnesota Astronomical Society continues a tradition begun last year in again hosting our 'Campout with the Stars' the weekend of July 24th 2009 at Baylor Regional Park. In 2008, Astronomy Magazine and REI established the event, with the MAS hosting it locally at Onan Observatory for the Minneapolis-St. Paul area. 2009 has been designated the International Year of Astronomy to celebrate the birth of modern astronomy with Galileo's first observations 400 years ago. As part of our celebration of IYA2009, the MAS invites you to our 'Campout with the Stars' for 2009.


Call the Carver County Park Office at 952-466-5250 for registration information.
Also, be sure to visit the Campout with the Stars web page HERE

Images shot on Friday July 24th, 2009.
Shot with a Nikon D40

More Pics at:
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Saturday part 1 Saturday part 2
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More Pics at:
Friday part 1 Friday part 2
Saturday part 1 Saturday part 2
Sunday

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Registration Fees
Registration fees for the weekend event are $97 for full utility hookup in the campgrounds, $85 for “primitive” site in the campgrounds, and $45 for tent campsites at the “ball field” below the observatory. “Ball field” campsites are limited to 4 campers; additional campers per site will be charged an additional $5 per person. A group campsite is also available at $15 per camper with a total of 40 camper limit. All registered campers will be eligible for the many door prizes to be given away Saturday evening (must be present to win). See prize list below.
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Scheduled Speakers

Events begin Friday, July 24th at 7:00 pm with solar viewing and informal video presentations, followed by stargazing. Saturday's events begin at noon with solar viewing daytime planet viewing of Venus (and maybe Mars), and will feature speakers throughout the afternoon.


2:00 Merle Hiltner: International Year of Astronomy & Galileo
2009 has been designated as the International Year of Astronomy; the world will celebrate as it commemorates the 400th anniversary of Galileo's use of a telescope to study the night skies and other astronomical and scientific milestones. Discover the significance of Galileo's observations and how the telescope changed the way we look at the universe.


3:00 Parke Kunkle: 'The North Star, What It Is and When It Won't Be.'
Do you know how to find the North Star and why it is so important? Learn about the star that helps us find our way, why it won’t always be there and if there is a “South Star” that helps guide travelers in Australia.

3:30 Parke Kunkle: 'How Do We Know What a Star is made of?'
Find out how we know what we know about stars. Look through a diffraction grating at various gases to see how astronomers learn the composition of a star.


7:00 - Bob Kerr: 'Under the Starry Big-top'
Get ready for the Big Show: a night of fun and exploration under the stars. Constellations of awesome animals and celestial heroes crowd the Center Ring, and the exciting Parade of Planets provides loads of chills and thrills. Telescopes galore showcase glorious galaxies, stunning star clusters, remarkable nebulae, and countless other unforgettable sights. Stay awake or you’ll miss the fun. Get under the biggest big-top of them all - and enjoy the greatest show OFF the earth!

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Raffle prizes:

  • Bushnell 114 mm reflector scope on GEQ mount, equipped with 20mm and 4mm eyepiece, Barlow, imaging camera and manual (donation from Bob Knutson). Star charts and “beginner” astronomy book included.
  • Orion “Deep Space Explorer” 6” f/8 Dob with charts, small planisphere, red dot and 6x30 finder, 10mm and 25mm Plossls. (Donated by Tom Lindquist, refurbished and refitted with accessories by Steve Emert)
  • Starry Night Pro planetarium software (from Simulation Curriculum Corp.)
  • 2 – Galileo scopes (donation from Steve Emert)
  • 2 – 1 yr. Astronomy Magazine subscriptions
  • MAS merchandise: Tee shirt, Hat & MAS mug
  • Astronomy books
  • Moon Machines DVD
  • 400 Years of the Telescope DVD

    (Raffle Tickets on sale at Onan Observatory until the time of the first drawing

    • Tickets $5 each
    • Raffle drawing held at noon, Sunday July 26th at Onan Observatory
    • Need NOT be present to win)


    Door prizes:

    (all registered campers eligible for door prizes
    • drawing held at 8:00 pm, Saturday July 25th at Onan Observatory
    • MUST BE PRESENT TO WIN)


    Some of the books to be given:
    • 2 copies of “The Universe” by Leo Marriott.
    • Philip’s “Atlas of the Universe” by Patrick Moore.
    • “Visions of the Universe” – by Dr. Raman Prinja.
    • “A Guide to the Night Sky” by Robert Burnham.
    • “Secrets of the Night Sky” by Bob Berman.
    • “The Star Guide” small spiral bound field guide.
    • “Mapping the Skies” spiral bound field guide & maps.


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