Due to the Eclipse August 21, 2017 the NNSF will not be held in 2017. We will return in 2018.

The majority of our members and organizers will be out of town for the eclipse.

Enjoy the eclipse and we’ll see you at the 2018 NNSF

One of the standard  MAS Members only Weekends will be designated as a Special Members only Star Party in 2017 .  Date to be determined.


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

 


Join us for our 8th 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 TBD 2018

4:00 pm:                 Check in
5:00 pm:                 Dinner
6:45 pm:                 Meet & Greet, Scope Setup
Evening:                 Observe (no white light)
12:00 am:               Midnight Snack

Thursday TBD 2018

Morning:                   Canoeing, Hiking, Bird watching, Relaxing. Make your own Light Breakfast in Dining Hall
11:30 am:                  Brunch
1:00 pm:                   Solar Observing on field. Get out your filters and share views.
1:00 pm:                    Astronomy movies and videos @ lecture hall
2:00 pm:                   Break – Coffee, lemonade, and cookies @ lecture hall
2:00 pm:                   Swap Meet at Lecture Hall – Continuous through Saturday
(Post photo/description and contact info)
5:30 pm:                    Dinner
Turn in your observing logs for Observing Button
Rest of Evening:   
Observe (no white light)
12:00 am:                Midnight Snack

 

Friday TBD 2018

Morning:                  Canoeing, Hiking, Bird watching, Relaxing, Make your own Light Breakfast in Dining Hall

11:30 am:                  Brunch
1:00 pm:                   Lecture:  TBD
2:00 pm:                   Break – Coffee, lemonade, and cookies @ lecture hall
2:30 pm:                   Lecture: TBD
3:30 pm:                   Break – Coffee, lemonade, and cookies @ lecture hall
4:00 pm:                   Keyholder Training
5:30 pm:                    Dinner

6:30 pm:                    Featured Speaker:  TBD

Turn in your observing logs for Observing Button

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

 

Saturday TBD 2018

Morning:                     Canoeing, Hiking, Bird watching, Relaxing,
Make your own Light Breakfast in Dining Hall

11:30 am:                     Brunch
1:00 pm:                       Lecture: TBD
2:00 pm:                      Break – Coffee, lemonade, and cookies @ lecture hall
2:30 pm:                       Lecture: TBD


3:30 pm:                       Break – Coffee, lemonade, and cookies @ lecture hall
4:00 pm:                        Group Event: Show us your ATM –
Walk the field and look at other equipment as a group
5:30 pm:                       Dinner
6:30 pm:                       Featured Speaker: TBD

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)
12:00 am:                      Midnight Snack

 

Sunday TBD 2018

Morning:                         Canoeing, Hiking, Bird watching, Relaxing,
Make your own Light Breakfast in Dining Hall

11:00 am:                       Turn in your observing logs for Observing Pin (Observatory)
12:00 pm:                       Meet in Palisade for Brunch

1:00 pm:                         Checkout (sweep your room, pick up garbage)

Bonus Days : TBD 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.


 

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

 

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

 

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

Join us for a memorable dark skies experience!LLCCpano