NOTICE

Due to the heightened risk of COVID-19 virus, all MAS public events have been CANCELLED until further notice.

The MAS Executive Board will reassess the situation as conditions change. Please check the MAS web site before attending any MAS event.

For additional information, visit the Discussion Forum post HERE



Jan
23
Sat
B-SIG – Jan 2021 Meeting @ Online via Google Meet
Jan 23 @ 10:00 am
B-SIG - Jan 2021 Meeting @ Online via Google Meet

Sat Jan 23, 2021 BSIG Presentation – 10:00 am via Google Meet

Speaker: Mike Shaw

Topic: Landscape Astro Imaging – Precision Night Photography Planning w/Full Moon & Milky Way Case Studies

The next BSIG is scheduled for Jan. 23rd at 10:00 am. Landscape imager extraordinaire Mike Shaw will be presenting then.

The link to join the event will be posted on the MAS home page at

    www.mnastro.org


Unlike many other forms of photography, consistently successful night photography requires advance planning. Heading out without a clear idea of what it is you intend to photograph can lead to many missed opportunities and disappointment. After this webinar, you will be able to confidently say, “Never again!”

Specifically, you’ll begin by learning what is a night shooting plan, why you need one and how to create your own. You’ll then learn the details of how to precisely plan almost any night photography image, including the full moon, the Milky Way, constellations, and more. You’ll see how to harness the power of your own, personal digital photography assistant (your cellphone or tablet) to plan exactly when and where to set up your tripod; and determine not only what focal length lens to use and exposure settings, but also the exact compass direction and elevation angle to capture your perfect shot.

Finally, you’ll see just how easy it is to search the next ten or one hundred years to find the dates and exact times when your dream image is even possible!

This talk will mostly use the “PlanIt! Pro” app, although many capabilities are also possible with “PhotoPills” and “The Photographers Ephemeris.”

Feb
4
Thu
Monthly meeting @ online
Feb 4 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

 

Speaker: TBD

Topic: TBD

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 and will continue online during the pandemic. 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). Society business is occasionally transacted as needed.

Feb
13
Sat
B-SIG – Feb 2021 Meeting @ Online via Google Meet
Feb 13 @ 1:00 pm
B-SIG - Feb 2021 Meeting @ Online via Google Meet

B-SIG Presentation  via Google Meet


Speaker: Dave Falkner

Topic: The Mythology of the Night Sky


The link to join the event will be posted on the MAS home page at www.mnastro.org

Mar
4
Thu
Monthly meeting @ online
Mar 4 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

 

Speaker: TBD

Topic: TBD

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 and will continue online during the pandemic. 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). Society business is occasionally transacted as needed.

Mar
20
Sat
First 2021 Public Star Party @ Eagle Lake Observatory
Mar 20 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
First 2021 Public Star Party @ Eagle Lake Observatory

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 (1st qtr. moon)

Eagle Lake Observatory
44.8103 -93.9397

Merle Hiltner onaninfo@mnastro.org

Mar
27
Sat
B-SIG – Mar 2021 Meeting
Mar 27 @ 12:00 am
B-SIG - Mar 2021 Meeting

B-SIG Presentation  via Google Meet


Speaker: Suresh Sreenivasan

Topic: TBD

Time: TBD


The link to join the event will be posted on the MAS home page at www.mnastro.org