9th Annual Camping with the Stars

August 5, 6, & 7, 2016

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 9th 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, sand volleyball court, group camping area and horseshoe pits and an 18 hole disc golf course.


2016 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 $98.00

Primitive Campsite in family campground + MAS EVENT Registration $85.00

Group Camp Setting in Ball field below the observatory + MAS EVENT Registration $65.00

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 5

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 other daytime objects.


Scheduled Speakers

7:00 – MAS President, Clayton Lindsey: “Our Neighborhood – What is in your cosmic Backyard”
Clayton will discuss what’s around us in the Milky Way galaxy as well as the other galaxies in our local group.
8:00 – Speaker Jake Hairrell Topic: “What’s up tonight?”
MAS Member Jake Hairrell will talk about what we can expect to see in tonight’s sky.
10:15 – Ron Schmit: 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 6

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

 


Scheduled Speakers

2:00 – Speaker Colin Kilbane – Mad Science of Minnesota
Colin Kilbane will host a model rocket class. Learn how to build your very own rocket and launch it skyward. A great hands on experience for everyone!!!
3:00 – Colin Kilbane – Mad Science of Minnesota
Come get excited about science! Colin Kilbane, Science teacher and senior Mad Scientist for Mad Science of Minnesota <http://mn.madscience.org/> 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!
4:00 – Bob Kerr – “Sailing the Celestial Seas”
Humans have long imagined the night sky as a vast sea. The Greeks set the great ship Argo Navis to voyage these starry waters and created constellations such as Eridanus the River and Cetus the Sea Monster. Lunar features include the Ocean of Storms and the Sea of Waves. Then we discovered island universes, the Whirlpool Galaxy and the Lagoon Nebula. Climb aboard as we set sail to explore these celestial wonders.
5:00 – Dave Falkner: “The Mythology of the Night Sky”
Description: Based on his book by the same title Dave will talk about the origins of the constellations we recognize in the northern latitudes, and how a number of the summer constellations are related to one of the most famous mythological stories – “The Twelve Labors of Hercules.”
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: Astronomy: The Versatile Hobby – MAS Member Michael Kauper introduces the types of telescopes, binoculars, star wheels, astronomy on the web, star parties and other ways the astronomy hobby can be enjoyed.
8:00 Door prize drawing in the HotSpot Classroom. (MUST BE PRESENT TO WIN)
8:30 Raffle prize drawing in the HotSpot Classroom.
10:15 – Ron Schmit: 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 7

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. 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, prominence 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.