NNSF September 5-9, 2018

2018 Registration is Open

Long Lake Conservation Center
Palisade, MN
(Near McGregor, Minnesota)
Latitude: 46° 38′ 49.53”      Longitude: -93° 27′ 53.89”

 


Join us for our 9th annual Minnesota Astronomical Society – Northern Nights Star Fest (NNSF). This event is held under the dark, dark skies in rural Aitkin County, about 125 miles north of Minneapolis/St. Paul. Offered in cooperation with the Long Lake Conservation Center (LLCC), this year’s program will include:

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  • Opportunities to view objects through the MAS’s largest aperture telescopes, the 25” and 30” Obsession telescopes.
  • Excellent staging sites for setting up/using your scope. On- field electricity is available.
  • An optional observing list will be available to challenge your skills. Pins are awarded for successful completion.
  • Afternoon and evening presentations by MAS club members, astronomical experts and scholars.
  • Comfortable modern “bunkhouse” lodging. Each room has 4 single bunks with its own bathroom and shower. Single occupancy available.
  • Morning Coffee, Brunch, Dinner and Midnight snacks provided by LLCC. Meals are purchased à la carte with pre-registration.
  • Daytime activities include presentations, swap meet, canoeing and exploring Aitkin County.
  • Door prize drawing Saturday evening. (Must be present to win)

NNSF FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

Space is limited so we encourage you to register early using the Online Registration Form hosted by LLCC  (LLCC NNSF Registration) or call
the Long Lake Conservation Center at 1-800-450-5522

 

Schedule of Events: (Subject to change)

Wednesday September 5 , 2018

4:00 pm:                 Check in
5:00 pm:                 Dinner
6:45 pm:                 Meet & Greet, Scope Setup
The 30”and 25”scopes will be run by Ken Hugill for your enjoyment. If you want to use the 25” for personal observing, please talk to Ken.
Evening:                 Observe (no white light)
12:00 am:               Midnight Snack

Thursday September 6,  2018

Morning:                   Canoeing, Hiking, Bird watching, Relaxing. Make your own Light Breakfast in Dining Hall
11:30 am:                  Brunch
1:00 pm:                   Swap Meet at Lecture Hall.
2:00 pm:                   Break – Coffee, lemonade, and cookies @ lecture hall
2:30 pm:                   Lecture: “Finishing the Herschel 400” by Brian Chopp
3:45 pm:                    LLCC Keyholder training. (Part 1) Meet on field
5:30 pm:                    Dinner

6:30 pm: Featured Speaker: Dave TostesonTopic: Observing Nuggets: Honing Your Observing Skills

Turn in your observing logs for Observing Button

Rest of Evening:   Observe (no white light)
12:00 am:                Midnight Snack

 

Friday September 7, 2018

Morning:                  Canoeing, Hiking, Bird watching, Relaxing
11:30 am:                  Brunch
1:00 pm:                   Lecture:  Southern Sky Observing: Experiences from the Atacma Desert by Clayton Lindsey
2:15 pm:                   Break – Coffee, lemonade, and cookies @ lecture hall
2:30 pm:                   Lecture: Astro Tourism Sites by Joe Timmerman
3:45 pm:                   Key Holder Training (Part 2) Video in lecture hall
5:30 pm:                    Dinner

6:30 pm:                   Featured Speaker:  Professor Bob Gehrz; University of Minnesota,
Topic: Studying Nova Explosions with NASA’s Infrared Observatories

Turn in your observing logs for Observing Button

Rest of Evening:      
Observe (no white light)
The 30”and 25”scopes will be run by Ken Hugill for your enjoyment. If you want to use the 25” for personal observing, please talk to Ken.
12:00 am:                   Midnight Snack

 

Saturday Sept 8, 2018

Morning:                     Canoeing, Hiking, Bird watching, Relaxing

11:30 am:                    Brunch
1:00 pm:                     Lecture: 30 inches, No ladder, No Trailer by Dick Jacobson
2:15 pm:                      Break – Coffee, lemonade, and cookies @ lecture hall
2:30 pm:                     Lecture: The George Ellery Hale Triplet: The Great American Perfect Storm by Jerry Jones

3:30 pm:                       Break – Coffee, lemonade, and cookies @ lecture hall
3:45 pm:                        TBD – (Back up time for key holder training)
5:30 pm:                       Dinner
6:30 pm:                       Featured Speaker: Bob King (aka Astro Bob)
Topic: Great Balls of Ice! Why I Love Those Comets

Door prize give-away after talk (Must be present to win)

Turn in your observing logs for Observing Button

Rest of Evening:        
Observe (no white light)
The 30”and 25”scopes will be run by Ken Hugill for your enjoyment. If you want to use the 25” for personal observing, please talk to Ken.
12:00 am:                      Midnight Snack

 

Sunday Sept 9 2018

(No Food Avaliabe on Monday)
Morning:                         Canoeing, Hiking, Bird watching, Relaxing

11:00 am:                       Turn in your observing logs for Observing Certificate

12:00 pm:                       Meet in Palisade for Brunch

1:00 pm:                         Checkout (sweep your room, pick up garbage)
*****You can Stay for an Extra night of observing!*****

1:30 pm:                           Movies in Lecture Hall or open floor

5:30 pm:                          Dinner on your own

7:00 pm:                           Observe the rest of evening

12:00 am:                            Midnight Snack (Whatever is left)

Bonus Days  2018

LLCC has occasionally authorizes bonus days.  There will be no meals, presentations or other organized activities, but you may continue to use the observing field .  Checkout time is noon on last Bonus for those wishing to take advantage of any Bonus Days.

Monday September 10, 2018
1 :00 pm: Checkout (sweep your room, pick up garbage)

******** If the weather permits you can stay for an extra night of observing, but there will be no food service on Sunday or Monday AM. You need to be out of your room by 1pm.*********


 

For additional information on visiting LLCC, including map and directions,
visit the MAS LLCC webpage HERE

 

NNSF FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)


Prizes:
Four red LED variable brightness flashlights
14 mm 82 deg. AFOV Explore Scientific Eyepiece
8.8 mm 82 deg. AFOV Explore Scientific Eyepiece
Orion RedBeam LED Motion Sensing Headlamp
Orion Star Target Planisphere
Orion DeepMap 600 folding star chart
Orion MoonMap 260
Orion Jupiter Map & Observing Guide
Orion Mars Map & Observing Guide
Orion Saturn Map & Observing Guide
Orion Solar System, Moon, and Meteors Poster Kit
Orion Binocular Astronomy Field Guide
Orion Telescope Observer’s Guide
Orion Exploring the Cosmos: An Introduction to the Night Sky
1 Large hard-bound “Pocket” Sky Atlas from Sky and Telescope’s
A $30 gift certificate from Astrosystems
Two Astronomy/Disney utility bags
A $257 Howie Glatter DOB Cable Sling from Teeter Telescopes
A gift of some sort from Software Bisque
A set of Bob’s Knobs


 

Space is limited so we encourage you to register early using the Online Registration Form hosted by LLCC  (LLCC NNSF Registration) or call
the Long Lake Conservation Center at 1-800-450-5522

 

LLCC Home Page (more information about the LLCC) www.longlakecc.org

Join us for a memorable dark skies experience!LLCCpano