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Baylor Regional Park



Last Updated:
June 21, 2013

July 12, 13, and 14, 2013

Eagle Lake Observatory at Baylor Regional Park

Onan Observatory • Sylvia A. Casby Observatory • HotSpot Classroom

10775 County Rd 33, Norwood Young America, MN

The Minnesota Astronomical Society invites you to the 6th annual Camping with the Stars taking place at the Eagle Lake Observatory, located within Carver County Baylor Regional Park, about 45 minutes Southwest of Minneapolis and 3 miles north of Norwood-Young America. For additional Information on the MAS Eagle Lake Observatory, visit the Eagle Lake Observatory webpage.

Eagle Lake Observatory consists of the Onan Observatory, the Sylvia A. Casby Observatory and the HotSpot Classroom. Each observatory is handicap accessible, state-of-the-art facilities with robotic telescopes ranging from 4 inches to 20 inches of aperture and are ready to show you the skies. Come see the stars through our four telescope platforms that include a 14” and 16” Schmidt Cassegrain telescopes, 8 ” TMB design refractor as well as numerous other telescopes 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 our observatories 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.

2013 Registration fees

Utility Campsite in family campground + MAS EVENT Registration $87.00
Primitive Campsite in family campground + MAS EVENT Registration $75.00
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 July 12

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 7:00 pm. We will begin with solar viewing and daytime objects including the moon, Venus & Saturn.

Scheduled Speakers

7:00     Dave Falkner – “Tour of the Eagle Lake Observatory and Telescopes” – This presentation takes you on a tour of the three facilities at the MAS Eagle Lake Observatory and describes the various telescopes housed there.
8:00   Bob Kerr – “Things That Go Flash in the Night: All About Meteors.” – Every year our planet is bombarded by thousands of meteors or “shooting stars.” These space rocks can originate close-by, as well as from the farthest reaches of the solar system. Some arrivals are anticipated while others startle us. They come singly or in showers. Join us and hold a four billion year old meteorite in your hand!

Saturday July 13

12:00 Noon: The observatory will open by noon on Saturday for daytime viewing of the sun & planets (if clear).

Scheduled Speakers

2:00   Nerdery Aeronautic and Space Alliance (NASA) – Daedalus Project launch and presentation. The Nerdery is celebrating their 10th anniversary as a web development company. As part of this celebration the Nerdery Aeronautics and Space Alliance (NASA – a company sponsored astronomy club for employees) has researched, designed and built a high altitude camera capsule which they will be launching at CWTS (weather permitting). After the launch the team will give a presentation on how they came up with the idea, their research and construction of the capsule and what they hope will be the result. Should the camera return to Earth and be found in a timely fashion they will also bring it back to CWTS later in the day to show some of the footage taken during the flight.
3:00   Colin Kilbane – “Mad Scientist” demonstrations – Fascinating science demonstrations such as chemical reactions, bubbling potions, launch a rocket or maybe even ride an air-pressure powered hovercraft!
4:00   Jake Hairrell – “How Big is Big?” – Astronomers tell us that the universe is a big place. In a hands-on manner, we will first try to put some perspective on how big things are in the nearby universe, then expand to some larger structures. We will also touch on how old the universe is and how we know this number.
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   Ron Schmit – “Robots in Space” – Though you would not mistake them for R2 or C3PO, they ARE robots: our intrepid space probes. Setting sail from Earth, this fleet of automatons continues to explore the far reaches of our solar system, sending back never before seen images from the unique vantage point that they provide. We’ve had robots visit every planet of the solar, and we even have one on the way for a historic visit to the dwarf planet, Pluto. Get the latest on our robotic reconnaissance of the solar system. There is so much to explore!!
8:00   Door prize drawing in the HotSpot Classroom. (MUST BE PRESENT TO WIN)
8:30   Raffle prize drawing in the HotSpot Classroom.
10:30   Ron Schmit – Laser sky tour

Sunday July 14

8:00 am   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 2:00 pm.

The Eagle Lake Observatory consists of the Onan Observatory as well as the new Sylvia A. Casby Observatory and HotSpot Classroom.

The MAS’s Eagle Lake Observatory is the region’s premier all-volunteer public observing facility.

Onan Observatory

  • More than a dozen telescopes to view through, are among the finest amateur telescopes available.
  • Real-time video viewing capabilities for lunar, planetary and deep-sky viewing.
  • Solar filters allow safe viewing of the Sun’s surface, sunspots and solar prominences.
  • Mounted 15×80 binoculars for the ultimate “wide-field” stargazing experience.
  • Electrical outlets on the outside of the building for those who bring their own scopes.
  • Paved handicap parking adjacent to the wheelchair accessible observatory.

Sylvia A. Casby Observatory

  • Our newest domed observatory houses three telescopes on a AP 3600 mount.
  • 8″ TMB design refractor and Mewlon 300 telescopes for excellent planetary and deep-sky viewing.
  • Solar filters allow safe viewing of the Sun’s surface, sunspots and solar prominences.
  • Real-time video viewing capabilities for lunar, planetary and deep-sky viewing.
  • Electrical outlets on the outside of the building for those who bring their own scopes.

For additional Information on the MAS Eagle Lake Observatory, visit the Eagle Lake Observatory Website.


Baylor Regional Park is roughly 25 miles southwest of the Eden Prairie, MN and just north of Norwood-Young America. It is easily reached either by Minnesota Highway 5 or U.S. Highway 212. Select the “Directions” link in the left hand column or click HERE for interactive map.



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