NOTICE

Due to the heightened risk of COVID-19 virus, all MAS public events have been CANCELLED until further notice. For additional information, visit the Discussion Forum post HERE


UPDATE

At this point, we plan to move forward with CWTS this year. Registration is done through the Baylor Park office (952-466-5250) and will be limited to 30 participants. This year will be a scaled back event to provide a safer environment for our guests and volunteers. We are still in the process of finalizing the schedule which will be posted on this webpage as soon as it is available.



13th Annual Camping with the Stars

July 24 and 25, 2020

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 13th annual Camping with the Stars taking place at the Eagle Lake Observatory.

In the spring of 2008, the MAS was approached by REI and Astronomy magazine to host one of their “Campout with the Stars” events for 2008. Nationwide, there were dozens of similar events throughout the summer hosted by astronomy clubs across the country. That first year success coupled with the 2009 International Year of Astronomy prompted us to continue the tradition.

The MAS Eagle Lake Observatory is 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.


2020 CWTS Registration fees    (subject to change)

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

 

Utility Campsite in family campground + MAS EVENT Registration $109.00

Primitive Campsite in family campground + MAS EVENT Registration $93.00

Group Camp Setting in Ball field below the observatory + MAS EVENT Registration $70.00

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

 

* Registration fees include:

– Two nights of camping

– Door prize drawing tickets (one per person)

 

* All registration fees are for up to 4 people. Extra Person – $5/each for weekend

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

 



Schedule of events   –  (subject to change)


Friday July 24

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.


10:00 – 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 July 25

The observatory will open by 2:00 pm on Saturday for daytime viewing of the sun, stars & planets (if clear).


Scheduled Speakers

2:30 – Speaker: Colin Kilbane – Mad Science Rocket building and launch   
4:00 – Speaker: Brad Nasset – Presentation on the plaza
5:00 – Supper break.
7:00 – Speaker: Jake Hairell – Presentation on the plaza
8:00 – Door prize drawing in the HotSpot Classroom. (MUST BE PRESENT TO WIN)
10:00 – 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.


 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.
  • Lunt 152 Ha Solar telescope and other 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 70.
  • 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.