Camping with the Stars

August 21, 22, & 23, 2015

Eagle Lake Observatory at Baylor Regional Park

Onan Observatory • Sylvia A. Casby Observatory • HotSpot Classroom

10775 County Rd 33, Norwood Young America, MN


 

CWTSiconThe Minnesota Astronomical Society invites you to the 8th 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 five 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.

This year, Baylor Park is offering a Stand-up Paddle-board activity on Saturday. I’ll post more details about this activity when they become available.


2015 CWTS Registration fees

Call the Carver County Park Office at 952-466-5250 to register and reserve your spot.

 

Utility Campsite in family campground + MAS EVENT Registration $97.00

Primitive Campsite in family campground + MAS EVENT Registration $85.00

Group Camp Setting in Ball field below the observatory + MAS EVENT Registration $61.00

Extra Person – $5/each for weekend

Daily Admissions (not camping) to MAS EVENT $10.00/person/day

* Registration fees include:

– Two nights of camping

– Vehicle permits

– Wristband for MAS Activities

– Door prize drawing

 

* All registration fees are for up to 4 people


 

Call the Carver County Park Office at 952-466-5250 to register and reserve your spot.


Schedule of events

(subject to change)



Friday August 21

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, Saturn and maybe Mars.


Scheduled Speakers

7:00 – Dave Falkner, MAS Eagle Lake Observatory Program Director Welcome to Camping with the Stars – An introduction to the Minnesota Astronomical Society and a brief tour of the telescopes at the Eagle Lake Observatory.
 7:00 to 9:00 – Telescope Workshop – MAS members will provide assistance to anyone who needs help setting up and/or using their telescope.
8:00 – Bob Kerr, MAS Member “Into the Deep: The Universe Revealed” – Bob shows how modern technology has let us push back the curtain on the cosmos using various imaging techniques using the Hubble Space Telescope, Spitzer telescope and others. The presentation will include display boards which interpret the Milky Way and show its familiar deep sky objects as well as what’s beyond the Milky Way.
9:30 – Live Laser Tour of the Night Sky (Weather permitting) – Step out to the plaza, and get a guided tour of the night sky. Learn to find the North Star, the planets and more.

Saturday August 22

The observatory will open by 1:00 pm on Saturday for daytime viewing of the sun, stars & planets (if clear).

*12 – 2 PM – Baylor Park Event – SUP with the Stars*

Baylor Park is offering Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) for those
interested.  For the 1-hour program they are charging $10/person. They will
plan to run 2 sessions of 1 hour each which will accommodate 26
participants total. Participants must be 8+ years old and have a waiver
signed by a guardian. You can sign up for this event at the time of
check-in for CWTS.

Noon-1pm Session: 13 spaces available
1pm-2pm Session: 13 spaces available
– If there is enough interest a third session will be added at 2 PM.


Scheduled Speakers

2:00 – Parke Kunkle – Professor of Astronomy, MCTC “A Brief Update on the New Bell Museum and Planetarium” plus “What Do Gyroscopes and our North Star have in Common” The Bell Museum of Minnesota and Planetarium are in the design phase for a new facility that includes a new planetarium. Hear about the location, latest construction timelines, opening date as well as see any approved initial design concepts. Then see why Polaris is our North Star now but it has not always been.  Why has it changed, what will it be in the future and what has that to do with gyroscopes?
3:00 – Jake Hairrell – Astronomy Educator and MAS Member “Hidden Astronomy” – Have you ever wondered how astronomy (both ancient and modern) affects our lives on a daily basis? This talk will illustrate some of the fun and surprising ways in which astronomy covertly infiltrates itself into daily life.
4:00 – Colin Kilbane – Mad Science of Minnesota Come get excited about science! Colin Kilbane, Science teacher and senior Mad Scientist for Mad Science of Minnesota will give you the chance to participate in some serious science fun. Catch cloud filled bubbles, watch colorful chemical reactions and we may even launch a rocket!  This interactive show is fun for kids of all ages!
5:00 – Roxanne Kuerschner – Educator & MAS Member “What Telescopes Have Taught Us” – A look through history and how astronomy’s most powerful tool has revealed the secrets of the universe.
6:00 MAS B-SIG Cookout & Potluck Picnic / Supper break – Beginner Special Interest Group (B-SIG) will be hosting a potluck cookout for registered campers and MAS members. Bring chips, a salad, a dish or a dessert and join the feast.
7:00 – Michael Kauper – MAS Member “Astronomy as a Hobby” – Presentation talks about astronomy using a Planisphere, Binoculars, Telescopes and other means for enjoying the hobby of astronomy.
8:00 Door prize drawing in the HotSpot Classroom. (MUST BE PRESENT TO WIN)
8:30  Raffle prize drawing in the HotSpot Classroom.
9:30 – Live Laser Tour of the Night Sky (Weather permitting) – Step out to the plaza, and get a guided tour of the night sky. Learn to find the North Star, the planets and more.


Sunday August 23

The observatory will open by 8:00 am on Sunday for daytime viewing of the sun, stars & planets (if clear).

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 MAS Eagle Lake Observatory 

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 and sunspots.
  • 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.

 


HotSpot Classroom

  • Heated and air-conditioned seating for as many as 80.
  • Ten foot projection screen for video presentations.
  • Real-time video viewing capabilities from the observatories telescopes.

 


Location

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. For a map & directions click HERE for interactive map.


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