Please review the MAS Star Party Guidelines.


Cherry Grove Star Parties are held on Friday nights, with Saturday night reserved as the backup if Friday is cloudy.
 

The Cherry Grove site is available 24 hours a day. The deadbolt combinations, available to any MAS member, are required to use the observatory building and the warming house.

Note: Visitors who have limited experience attending a star party in a “dark-sky” location like Cherry Grove 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.

 

NOTE: Other than the Messier Marathon, Virgo Venture and Fall Mini-Messier, there will not be any official MAS statement either on the webpage or by phone regarding the Go / No-Go call. Individuals will be personally responsible for their own decisions regarding the weather and whether or not to attend a scheduled event. Also note that the star parties are completely voluntary. As a result, you may find yourself one of many at a busy star party or you may be the only one there.

 

The MAS has a weather webpage with links to a variety of sites to help you come to an informed decision about attending a star party. Please utilize this resource for your planning HERE. There is also a strong presence on the MAS Discussion Forums regarding the upcoming CGO events and who may be attending as well as discussion on the weather forecast, expected conditions, etc.

 

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.


 

All CGO Events

May
11
Fri
CGO Star Party – Virgo Venture @ Cherry Grove Observatory
May 11 @ 6:00 pm
CGO Star Party - Virgo Venture @ Cherry Grove Observatory

Cherry Grove Virgo Venture Star Party

The MAS ”Virgo Venture” is an star party dedicated to observing many of the brighter galaxies in the Virgo Cluster. As with all Cherry Grove events, the Virgo Venture is held only if the skies are clear and will be CANCELLED IF CLOUDY.

Additional information and finder charts can be found on the MAS website at HERE

Cherry Grove Star Parties are held on Friday nights, with Saturday reserved as the backup night if Friday is cloudy.

Star parties are no longer called “on” or “off”. Those planning on attending are to make their best judgement as to sky conditions and whether to attend or not. Generally however, star parties are cancelled if cloudy.

The VV is Called ON for Friday 5/26/2017

Be sure to check the MAS Discussion Forums if conditions are questionable to see if others are planning on attending.

May
12
Sat
CGO Star Party – Virgo Venture (alt) @ Cherry Grove Observatory
May 12 @ 6:00 pm
CGO Star Party - Virgo Venture (alt) @ Cherry Grove Observatory

Cherry Grove Virgo Venture Star Party

The MAS ”Virgo Venture” is an star party dedicated to observing many of the brighter galaxies in the Virgo Cluster. As with all Cherry Grove events, the Virgo Venture is held only if the skies are clear and will be CANCELLED IF CLOUDY.

Additional information and finder charts can be found on the MAS website at HERE

Cherry Grove Star Parties are held on Friday nights, with Saturday reserved as the backup night if Friday is cloudy.

Star parties are no longer called “on” or “off”. Those planning on attending are to make their best judgement as to sky conditions and whether to attend or not. Generally however, star parties are cancelled if cloudy.

The VV is Called ON for Friday 5/26/2017

Be sure to check the MAS Discussion Forums if conditions are questionable to see if others are planning on attending.

May
18
Fri
CGO Star Party – Virgo Venture (alt) @ Cherry Grove Observatory
May 18 @ 6:00 pm
CGO Star Party - Virgo Venture (alt) @ Cherry Grove Observatory

Cherry Grove Virgo Venture Star Party

The MAS ”Virgo Venture” is an star party dedicated to observing many of the brighter galaxies in the Virgo Cluster. As with all Cherry Grove events, the Virgo Venture is held only if the skies are clear and will be CANCELLED IF CLOUDY.

Additional information and finder charts can be found on the MAS website at HERE

Cherry Grove Star Parties are held on Friday nights, with Saturday reserved as the backup night if Friday is cloudy.

Star parties are no longer called “on” or “off”. Those planning on attending are to make their best judgement as to sky conditions and whether to attend or not. Generally however, star parties are cancelled if cloudy.

The VV is Called ON for Friday 5/26/2017

Be sure to check the MAS Discussion Forums if conditions are questionable to see if others are planning on attending.

May
19
Sat
CGO Star Party – Virgo Venture (alt) @ Cherry Grove Observatory
May 19 @ 6:00 pm
CGO Star Party - Virgo Venture (alt) @ Cherry Grove Observatory

Cherry Grove Virgo Venture Star Party

The MAS ”Virgo Venture” is an star party dedicated to observing many of the brighter galaxies in the Virgo Cluster. As with all Cherry Grove events, the Virgo Venture is held only if the skies are clear and will be CANCELLED IF CLOUDY.

Additional information and finder charts can be found on the MAS website at HERE

Cherry Grove Star Parties are held on Friday nights, with Saturday reserved as the backup night if Friday is cloudy.

Star parties are no longer called “on” or “off”. Those planning on attending are to make their best judgement as to sky conditions and whether to attend or not. Generally however, star parties are cancelled if cloudy.

The VV is Called ON for Friday 5/26/2017

Be sure to check the MAS Discussion Forums if conditions are questionable to see if others are planning on attending.

Jun
8
Fri
CGO Star Party @ Cherry Grove Observatory
Jun 8 @ 6:00 pm

Cherry Grove Star Party

Cherry Grove Star Parties are held on Friday nights, with Saturday reserved as the backup night if Friday is cloudy.

Star parties are no longer called “on” or “off”. Those planning on attending are to make their best judgement as to sky conditions and whether to attend or not. Generally however, star parties are cancelled if cloudy.

Be sure to check the MAS Discussion Forums if conditions are questionable to see if others are planning on attending.

Jun
9
Sat
CGO Star Party (alt) @ Cherry Grove Observatory
Jun 9 @ 6:00 pm

Cherry Grove Star Party – Alt

Cherry Grove Star Parties are held on Friday nights, with Saturday reserved as the backup night if Friday is cloudy.

Star parties are no longer called “on” or “off”. Those planning on attending are to make their best judgement as to sky conditions and whether to attend or not. Generally however, star parties are cancelled if cloudy.

Be sure to check the MAS Discussion Forums if conditions are questionable to see if others are planning on attending.



Upcoming CGO Messier Marathon



Upcoming CGO Virgo Venture

May
11
Fri
CGO Star Party – Virgo Venture @ Cherry Grove Observatory
May 11 @ 6:00 pm
CGO Star Party - Virgo Venture @ Cherry Grove Observatory

Cherry Grove Virgo Venture Star Party

The MAS ”Virgo Venture” is an star party dedicated to observing many of the brighter galaxies in the Virgo Cluster. As with all Cherry Grove events, the Virgo Venture is held only if the skies are clear and will be CANCELLED IF CLOUDY.

Additional information and finder charts can be found on the MAS website at HERE

Cherry Grove Star Parties are held on Friday nights, with Saturday reserved as the backup night if Friday is cloudy.

Star parties are no longer called “on” or “off”. Those planning on attending are to make their best judgement as to sky conditions and whether to attend or not. Generally however, star parties are cancelled if cloudy.

The VV is Called ON for Friday 5/26/2017

Be sure to check the MAS Discussion Forums if conditions are questionable to see if others are planning on attending.

May
12
Sat
CGO Star Party – Virgo Venture (alt) @ Cherry Grove Observatory
May 12 @ 6:00 pm
CGO Star Party - Virgo Venture (alt) @ Cherry Grove Observatory

Cherry Grove Virgo Venture Star Party

The MAS ”Virgo Venture” is an star party dedicated to observing many of the brighter galaxies in the Virgo Cluster. As with all Cherry Grove events, the Virgo Venture is held only if the skies are clear and will be CANCELLED IF CLOUDY.

Additional information and finder charts can be found on the MAS website at HERE

Cherry Grove Star Parties are held on Friday nights, with Saturday reserved as the backup night if Friday is cloudy.

Star parties are no longer called “on” or “off”. Those planning on attending are to make their best judgement as to sky conditions and whether to attend or not. Generally however, star parties are cancelled if cloudy.

The VV is Called ON for Friday 5/26/2017

Be sure to check the MAS Discussion Forums if conditions are questionable to see if others are planning on attending.

May
18
Fri
CGO Star Party – Virgo Venture (alt) @ Cherry Grove Observatory
May 18 @ 6:00 pm
CGO Star Party - Virgo Venture (alt) @ Cherry Grove Observatory

Cherry Grove Virgo Venture Star Party

The MAS ”Virgo Venture” is an star party dedicated to observing many of the brighter galaxies in the Virgo Cluster. As with all Cherry Grove events, the Virgo Venture is held only if the skies are clear and will be CANCELLED IF CLOUDY.

Additional information and finder charts can be found on the MAS website at HERE

Cherry Grove Star Parties are held on Friday nights, with Saturday reserved as the backup night if Friday is cloudy.

Star parties are no longer called “on” or “off”. Those planning on attending are to make their best judgement as to sky conditions and whether to attend or not. Generally however, star parties are cancelled if cloudy.

The VV is Called ON for Friday 5/26/2017

Be sure to check the MAS Discussion Forums if conditions are questionable to see if others are planning on attending.

May
19
Sat
CGO Star Party – Virgo Venture (alt) @ Cherry Grove Observatory
May 19 @ 6:00 pm
CGO Star Party - Virgo Venture (alt) @ Cherry Grove Observatory

Cherry Grove Virgo Venture Star Party

The MAS ”Virgo Venture” is an star party dedicated to observing many of the brighter galaxies in the Virgo Cluster. As with all Cherry Grove events, the Virgo Venture is held only if the skies are clear and will be CANCELLED IF CLOUDY.

Additional information and finder charts can be found on the MAS website at HERE

Cherry Grove Star Parties are held on Friday nights, with Saturday reserved as the backup night if Friday is cloudy.

Star parties are no longer called “on” or “off”. Those planning on attending are to make their best judgement as to sky conditions and whether to attend or not. Generally however, star parties are cancelled if cloudy.

The VV is Called ON for Friday 5/26/2017

Be sure to check the MAS Discussion Forums if conditions are questionable to see if others are planning on attending.



Upcoming CGO Mini Messier Marathon – 4M

Sep
7
Fri
CGO Star Party – Mini Messier Marathon @ Cherry Grove Observatory
Sep 7 @ 6:00 pm
CGO Star Party - Mini Messier Marathon @ Cherry Grove Observatory

Cherry Grove Fall Mini-Messier Marathon Star Party

Similar to the Messier Marathon in the spring, the ”Mini Messier (4M)”, is an attempt to find as many Messier objects as possible during one night. The Messier catalogue was compiled by French astronomer Charles Messier during the late 18th century and consists of 110 relatively bright deep sky objects (galaxies, nebulae, and star clusters).

Additional information and finder charts can be found on the MAS website at http://www.mnastro.org/mini-messier-marathon/

 

The event is cancelled if cloudy with Friday being the primary date with Saturday the alternate.

Star parties are no longer called “on” or “off”. Those planning on attending are to make their best judgement as to sky conditions and whether to attend or not. Generally however, star parties are cancelled if cloudy.

Be sure to check the MAS Discussion Forums if conditions are questionable to see if others are planning on attending.

Sep
8
Sat
CGO Star Party – Mini Messier Marathon (Alt) @ Cherry Grove Observatory
Sep 8 @ 6:00 pm
CGO Star Party - Mini Messier Marathon (Alt) @ Cherry Grove Observatory

Cherry Grove Fall Mini-Messier Marathon Star Party (Alt)

Similar to the Messier Marathon in the spring, the ”Mini Messier (4M)”, is an attempt to find as many Messier objects as possible during one night. The Messier catalogue was compiled by French astronomer Charles Messier during the late 18th century and consists of 110 relatively bright deep sky objects (galaxies, nebulae, and star clusters).

Additional information and finder charts can be found on the MAS website at http://www.mnastro.org/mini-messier-marathon/

 

The event is cancelled if cloudy with Friday being the primary date with Saturday the alternate.

Star parties are no longer called “on” or “off”. Those planning on attending are to make their best judgement as to sky conditions and whether to attend or not. Generally however, star parties are cancelled if cloudy.

Be sure to check the MAS Discussion Forums if conditions are questionable to see if others are planning on attending.