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Baylor Regional Park
January 18, 2013
July 12, 13, and 14, 2013
Onan Observatory at Baylor Regional Park
10775 County Rd 33, Norwood Young America, MN
The Minnesota Astronomical Society invites you to the 6th annual Camping with the Stars taking place at the For additional Information on the MAS Onan Observatory, visit the Onan Observatory. Onan Observatory is located within Carver County Baylor Regional Park, about 45 minutes Southwest of Minneapolis and 3 miles north of Norwood-Young America.|
The observatory is a handicap accessible, state-of-the-art facility with three robotic telescopes and a 20” reflecting telescope that is ready to show you the skies. Come see the stars through our three visual platforms that include a 14” and 16” Schmidt Cassegrain telescopes as well as numerous refractors 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 the observatory 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.
2013 Registration fees
Utility Campsite in family campground + MAS EVENT Registration $87.00 |
Primitive Campsite in family campground + MAS EVENT Registration $75.00
Group Camp Setting in Ball field near Onan + MAS EVENT Registration $51.00
Extra Person - $5/each for weekend
Daily Admissions (not camping) to MAS EVENT $10.00/person/day
* All registration fees are for up to 4 people
* Registration fees include:
- Two nights of camping
- Vehicle permits
- Wristband for MAS Activities
- Door prize drawing
Call the Carver County Park Office at 952-466-5250 to register and reserve your spot.
Schedule of events (subject to change)
Friday night, July 12
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 7:00pm. We will begin with solar viewing and daytime objects including the moon, Venus & Saturn.
7:00 – Speaker: TBD
8:00 – Speaker: TBD
Saturday, July 13
12:00 Noon – Observatory Opens
The observatory will open by noon on Saturday for daytime viewing of the sun & planets (if clear).
2:00 – Speaker: TBD
3:00 – Speaker: TBD
4:00 – Speaker: TBD
5:30 – MAS B-SIG Cookout & Picnic / Supper break
Beginner Special Interest Group (B-SIG) will be hosting a potluck cookout for registered campers and MAS members. If you can, bring chips, a salad, a dish or a dessert and join the feast.
7:00 – Speaker: TBD
8:00 – Door prize drawing on the Onan Observatory Plaza (MUST BE PRESENT TO WIN)
8:30 – Raffle prize drawing on the Onan Observatory Plaza.
Sunday, July 14
8:00am – 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 2:00pm
The MAS's Onan Observatory, the region's premier all-volunteer public observing facility.
For additional Information on the MAS Onan Observatory, visit the Onan Observatory Website.
- 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 15x80 binoculars for the ultimate “wide-field” stargazing experience.
- A heated warming room to take the chill out of the cool spring nights.
- Electrical outlets on the outside of the building for those who bring their own scopes.
- Paved handicap parking adjacent to the wheelchair accessible observatory.
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. Select the "Directions" link in the left hand column or click HERE for interactive map.