August 12 – 16, 2015
Long Lake Conservation Center
Palisade, MN
(Near McGregor, Minnesota)
Latitude: 46° 38′ 49.53”      Longitude: -93° 27′ 53.89”

 


Join us for our 7th 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 Saturday evening. (Must be present to win)

 

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 12, 2015

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 13, 2015

Morning:                  Canoeing, Hiking, Bird watching, Relaxing.
11:30 am:                 Brunch
1:00 pm:                   Lecture:  Dave Falkner; NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador: “Flying Below the Radar: The MESSENGER Mission”
2:00 pm:                   Break – Coffee, lemonade, and cookies @ lecture hall
2:00 pm:                   Swap Meet at Lecture Hall
2:30 pm:                   Lecture: Kevin Nasal: “A Teeter’s Telescope, 18”Truss Tube Dob (and company) Tour”
3:30 pm:                   Observing – Solar observing on field. Get out your filters and share views.
5:30 pm:                   Dinner
6:30 pm:                   Featured Speaker: Bob Kerr: “Star Crossed: The Remarkable Story of Tycho Brahe and Johannes Kepler”

Turn in your observing logs for Observing Pin

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

Friday August 14, 2015

Morning:                  Canoeing, Hiking, Bird watching, Relaxing.
11:30 am:                 Brunch
1:00 pm:                   Lecture: Valts Treibergs: “Astrophotography-My Personal Journey into the Unknown”

2:00 pm:                   Break – Coffee, lemonade, and cookies @ lecture hall
2:30 pm:                   Lecture:  Rodrigo Roesch: “DSLR Photography: Auroras and Deep Sky Objects”
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 Shaul Hanany from the Minnesota Institute for Astrophysics “Probing the Big Bang with Polarization of the Cosmic Microwave Background Radiation”

Turn in your observing logs for Observing Pin

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

Saturday August 15, 2015

Morning:                  Canoeing, Hiking, Bird watching, Relaxing.
11:30 am:                 Brunch
1:00 pm:                   Lecture:  Dick Francini and Tony Kroes: “Observing and Imaging Virtually Unknown SNR’s”
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:                   Keyholder Training – Round two
3:30 pm:                   Open Floor – Show us your astro Images
5:30 pm:                   Dinner
6:30 pm:                   Featured Speaker: Ron Schmit; NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador: “New Horizons – A Trek to the North Woods of Our Solar System”.

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 16, 2015

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) www.longlakecc.org

Join us for a memorable dark skies experience!LLCCpano