August 27, 28, 29 & 30, 2014
Long Lake Conservation Center
Palisade, MN
(Near McGregor, Minnesota)
Latitude: 46° 38′ 49.53”      Longitude: -93° 27′ 53.89”

 


Join us for our 6th annual Minnesota Astronomical Society – Northern Nights Star Fest (NNSF). This event is held under the dark, dark skies in rural Aitkin County, about 125 miles north of Minneapolis/St. Paul. Offered in cooperation with the Long Lake Conservation Center (LLCC), this year’s program will include:

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  • Opportunities to view objects through the MAS’s largest aperture telescopes, the 25” and 30” Obsession telescopes.
  • Excellent staging sites for setting up/using your scope. On- field electricity is available.
  • An optional observing list will be available to challenge your skills. Pins are awarded for successful completion.
  • Afternoon and evening presentations by MAS club members, astronomical experts and scholars.
  • Comfortable modern “bunkhouse” lodging. Each room has 4 single bunks with its own bathroom and shower. Single occupancy available.
  • Morning Coffee, Brunch, Dinner and Midnight snacks provided by LLCC. Meals are purchased à la carte with pre-registration.
  • Daytime activities include presentations, swap meet, canoeing and exploring Aitkin County.
  • Door prize drawing Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings.

 

Space is limited so we encourage you to register early using the Registration Form (Here) or call
the Long Lake Conservation Center at 1-800-450-5522
 

Schedule of Events: (Subject to change)

Wednesday August 27, 2014

4:00 pm:                   Check in
5:00 pm:                   Dinner
6:45 pm:                   Meet & Greet, Scope Setup
7:30 pm:                   Keyholder Training
Rest of Evening:     Observe  (no white light)
12:00 am:                 Midnight Snack

Thursday August 28, 2014

Morning:                  Canoeing, Hiking, Bird watching, Relaxing.
11:30 am:                 Brunch
1:00 pm:                   Lecture:  “The Traveling Astronomer” by: Brandon Hamil
2:00 pm:                   Break – Coffee, lemonade, and cookies @ lecture hall
2:00 pm:                   Swap Meet at Lecture Hall
3:30 pm:                   Observing – Solar observing on field. Get out your filters and share views.
5:30 pm:                   Dinner
6:30 pm:                   Featured Speaker: TBD

Turn in your observing logs for Observing Pin

Rest of Evening: 
    Observe  (no white light)
12:00 am:                 Midnight Snack

Friday August 29, 2014

Morning:                  Canoeing, Hiking, Bird watching, Relaxing.
11:30 am:                 Brunch
1:00 pm:                   Lecture: MER: Ten Years Later – The Journeys of Spirit and Opportunity, by Dave Falkner

2:00 pm:                   Break – Coffee, lemonade, and cookies @ lecture hall
2:30 pm:                   Lecture:  “Astrophotography Basics” by Ken Hugill
3:30 pm:                   Break – Coffee, lemonade, and cookies @ lecture hall
4:00 pm:                   Group Event: Show us your ATM – Walk the field and look at other equipment as a group

5:30 pm:                   Dinner
6:30 pm:                   Featured Speaker:  Professor Roberta Humphreys, MN  Institute of Astrophysics – Topic: Control Data Corporation and 100 Million Stars‐‐‐a bit of Minnesota astronomical history.

Turn in your observing logs for Observing Pin

Rest of Evening: 
    Observe  (no white light)
12:00 am:                 Midnight Snack

Saturday August 30, 2014

Morning:                  Canoeing, Hiking, Bird watching, Relaxing.
11:30 am:                 Brunch
1:00 pm:                   Lecture:  “My flat scope” by Dick Jacobson
2:00 pm:                   Break – Coffee, lemonade, and cookies @ lecture hall
2:30 pm:                   Workshop: Image Processing (bring you PC and raw images)

3:30 pm:                   Break – Coffee, lemonade, and cookies @ lecture hall

3:30 pm:                   Swap Meet – Round two in back of lecture hall.
3:30 pm:                   Open Floor – Show us your astro Images
5:30 pm:                   Dinner
6:30 pm:                   Featured Speaker: Professor Kris Davidson, MN Institute of Astrophysics MN Institute of Astrophysics. Topic: Eta Carina and the Supernova Imposters.

Door prize give-away after talk  (Must be present to win)
Turn in your observing logs for Observing Pin

Rest of Evening: 
     Observe  (no white light)
12:00 am:                  Midnight Snack

Sunday August 31, 2014

Morning:                  Canoeing, Hiking, Bird watching, Relaxing.
11:00 am:                 Turn in your observing logs for Observing Pin (Observatory)
12:00 pm:                 Meet in Palisade for Brunch

** Extra night of observing  **


1:30 pm: 
                   Movies in Lecture Hall
5:30 pm:                   Dinner on your own
Rest of Evening:    Observe  (no white light)

12:00 am:                  Midnight Snack  (Whatever is left)

Monday September  1, 2014   (No Food Avaliabe on Monday)

Morning:                  Canoeing, Hiking, Bird watching, Relaxing.
11:00 am:                 Turn in your observing logs for Observing Pin (Observatory)
12:00 pm:                Meet in Palisade for Brunch

1:00 pm:                   Checkout (sweep your room, pick up garbage)


 

For additional information on visiting LLCC, including map and directions,
visit the MAS LLCC webpage HERE

 


 

 

Space is limited so we encourage you to register early using the Registration Form (HERE) or call
the Long Lake Conservation Center at 1-800-450-5522

LLCC Home Page (more information about the LLCC) http://www.llcc.org

Join us for a memorable dark skies experience!LLCCpano