The Minnesota Astronomical Society invites you to the fifth annual Camping with the Stars taking place at the MAS Onan Observatory. Onan Observatory is located within Carver County
Baylor Regional Park, about 45 minutes Southwest of Minneapolis and 3 miles north of Norwood-
Young America.The observatory is a handicap accessible, state-of-the-art facility with three robotic telescopes and
a 20” reflecting telescope that is ready to show you the skies. Come see the stars through our three
visual platforms that include a 14” and 16” Schmidt Cassegrain telescopes as well as numerous
refractors or sit back and enjoy live video of planets, star clusters, galaxies and nebula on the
observatory imaging system. Enjoy a tour of the sky by one of our dedicated volunteers or bring
your own telescope. There will be talks, prizes, solar viewing, and fun activities throughout the day
and into the night.
Baylor Regional Park offers 50 camping sites. Thirty-five sites have water and electrical hookups
and 15 sites are primitive. For the Camping with the Stars event, the park opens up additional
campsites at the foot of the observatory where you can set up your own scope or take the short walk
to view through some of the best amateur telescopes available. Other facilities include: picnic areas,
showers, swimming beach, beach house, reservable picnic shelters, tennis courts, sand volleyball
court, group camping area and horseshoe pits and an 18 hole disc golf course.
2012 Registration fees
||Utility Campsite in family campground + MAS EVENT Registration
Primitive Campsite in family campground + MAS EVENT
Group Camp Setting in Ball field near Onan + MAS EVENT Registration $51.00
Extra Person – $5/each for weekend
Daily Admissions (not camping) to MAS EVENT $10.00/person/day
* All registration fees are for up to 4 people
* Registration fees include:
– Two nights of camping
– Vehicle permits
– Wristband for MAS Activities
– Door prize drawing
Call the Carver County Park Office at 952-466-5250 to register and reserve your spot.
Schedule of events (subject to change)
Friday night, July 20
Check-in for campers begins Friday afternoon. Check-in will be at the Baylor Park office.
After your checked in and set up, stop by the observatory where we will be starting the weekend
with a Star Party beginning at 7:00pm. We will begin with solar viewing and daytime planets
Mercury, Venus, Mars & Saturn.
7:00 – Speaker: TBD
8:00 – Speaker: TBD
Saturday, July 21
12:00 Noon – Observatory Opens
The observatory will open by noon on Saturday for daytime viewing of the sun &
planets (if clear).
2:00 – Speaker: TBD
3:00 – Speaker: TBD
4:00 – Speaker: TBD
5:30 – MAS B-SIG Cookout & Picnic / Supper break
Beginner Special Interest Group (B-SIG) will be hosting a potluck cookout for registered
campers and MAS members. If you can, bring chips, a salad, a dish or a dessert and join the feast.
7:00 – Speaker: TBD
8:00 – Door prize drawing on the Onan Observatory Plaza
(MUST BE PRESENT TO WIN)
8:30 – Raffle prize drawing on the Onan Observatory Plaza.
Sunday, July 22
8:00am – ”Continental Breakfast” – Morning coffee &
donuts (Juice for the kids)
Celebrate the day of the Sun with views through the solar observing telescopes and
binoculars at Onan. The observatory will be open throughout the morning and early afternoon.
Activities conclude at 2:00pm