Sat 2/29 BSIG Presentation – 1:30pm Golden Valley Library
Speaker: Steve Emert
Topic: Selecting and using a telescope, mount and accessories
In the February BSIG meeting, we are getting back to basics. Did you get a telescope for Christmas, or are you still considering your first (or second) telescope? What about the necessary accessories to make it useful? This month we’ll discuss the different types of scopes and mounts available, what you should consider and what you should stay away from.
In addition to discussing the telescopes themselves, we’ll talk about accessories – finder scopes and zero power finders, the pros and cons of various red flashlights, dew mitigation, planispheres and star charts and how to use them, how to keep comfortable and warm while observing, and some ideas how to get (and stay) organized.
Monthly meetings are open to all – you needn’t be an MAS member to attend. These meetings normally take place the first Thursday of each month at the Fairview Community Center in Roseville (“Great Room”). Monthly meetings start at 7:00 p.m. and last about two hours.
Each meeting features Board member introductions, general announcements, “Better Know a Constellation”, normally presented by a member, main speaker (around 45 minutes duration) and an after-meeting social gathering. Society business is occasionally transacted as needed.
NOTE: Meeting time and / or location sometimes change to take advantage of special program opportunities. Please check the MAS homepage at www.mnastro.org for the latest information regarding the meeting.
The next PixInsight workshop will be held on Saturday 3/7/2020 from 1:30 to 5:00. Location is the Ridgedale Library room 174. The format will remain the same. A presentation for 60 to 90 minutes and then individuals can work on their own data asking for help from others. The subject will be subframe selector. This one will be more of a discussion rather than a lecture. I will present some slides and go through an example. But I invite all users to bring their perspectives and knowledge to the table.
First public star party of the year.
Public Star Party at the MAS Eagle Lake Observatory.
The Eagle Lake Observatory consists of the Onan Observatory, the Sylvia A. Casby Observatory and the HotSpot Classroom.
Public nights at Eagle Lake are held about every other Saturday night from March till November. Annually, we also host all day events for Astronomy Day, Fall Astronomy Day and our annual Camping with the Stars event. Additionally, we may schedule a “special event” throughout the year for a rare astronomical event such as an eclipse, conjunction, transit or meteor shower.
Public star parties are open to all, but please review the Star Party Guidelines if you have not been to a public event before.
Additional information as well as directions can be found on the Eagle Lake Observatory web page.
All Weather Event (3rd qtr. moon)
LLCC star parties may be called ”on” for both Friday and Saturday evenings, weather permitting.
This schedule is subject to change. Please check the MAS website at www.mnastro.org under the “Events” tab for the latest Star Party calendar and schedules.
Other than the Northern Nights Star Fest, Events held at LLCC are not open to the public. Only MAS members and their immediate family members are authorized to attend scheduled events.
When the LLCC star party for an evening is called ”off”, the site is not available for member observing.
Note: Visitors who have limited experience attending a star party in a “dark-sky” location like LLCC should review the MAS Star Party Guidelines.
Those who seek more detailed advice or answers to their questions may be more comfortable attending public viewing nights at our Eagle Lake Observatory at Baylor Regional Park. The observatory is always open on its scheduled public nights and staffed with volunteers ready and willing to help. Visit the Eagle Lake Observatory website for public event schedule and directions to the observatory.