NNSF August 28 – September 3, 2019

2019 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 10th 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 August 28 , 2019

4:00 pm:                     Check in
5:00 pm:                      Dinner
6:45 pm:                       Meet & Greet, Scope Setup
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

Thursday August 29,  2019

Morning:                   Canoeing, Hiking, Bird watching, Relaxing.
11:30 am:                  Brunch
1:00 pm:                   Lecture: Moonshot by Douglas Brinkley; A Book Report. By: Jerry Jones.
2:00 pm:                   Break – Coffee, lemonade, and cookies @ lecture hall
2:15 pm:                   Lecture: Building a Gas-lift Observing Stool. By: Dick Jacobson
3:00 pm:                    Lecture: What is the Long Lake Conservation Center? By: Courtney
5:30 pm:                    Dinner

6:30 pm: LLCC Keyholder training. (Part 1) Meet on field

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

 

Friday August 30, 2019

Morning:                  Canoeing, Hiking, Bird watching, Relaxing
11:30 am:                  Brunch
1:00 pm:                   Swap Meet at Lecture Hall (Bring your stuff to sell)
1:30 pm:                   Video: Your Pictures of NNSF from the last ten Years

2:15 pm:                   Break – Coffee, lemonade, and cookies @ lecture hall
2:30 pm:                   Lecture: Imaging with ZWO ASiair. By: Ken Hugill
3:45 pm:                   Key Holder Training (Part 2) Video in lecture hall
5:30 pm:                    Dinner

6:30 pm:                   Featured Speaker: Bob King (AKA AstroBob), Topic: Don’t Miss Novembers Transit of Mercury


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 August 31, 2019

Morning:                     Canoeing, Hiking, Bird watching, Relaxing

11:30 am:                    Brunch
1:00 pm:                     Lecture: InSight on Mars By: Dave Falkner (NASA Solar System Ambassador)
2:15 pm:                      Break – Coffee, lemonade, and cookies @ lecture hall
2:30 pm:                   Lecture: Imaging TBD By: Valts Trieberg

3:45 pm:                Lecture: Review of Imaging rig at CGO By: Robert Miller

5:30 pm:                       Dinner
6:30 pm:                       Featured Speaker: Bob King (AKA AstroBob), 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 Certificate

Rest of Evening:        
Observe (no white light)
The 30” and 25”scopes will be open to key holders to run, please sign up with Ken.
12:00 am:                      Midnight Snack

 

Sunday September 1, 2019

Morning:                     Canoeing, Hiking, Bird watching, Relaxing

11:30 am:                    Brunch
1:00 pm:                     Movie: TBD
2:15 pm:                      Break – Coffee, lemonade, and cookies @ lecture hall
2:30 pm:                     Movie: Continued

5:30 pm:                       Dinner

Turn in your observing logs for Observing Certificate

Rest of Evening:         Observe (no white light)

The 30” and 25”scopes will be open to key holders to run, please sign up with Ken.

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

Monday September 2, 2019

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

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

12:00 pm:                       Brunch on your own

1:00 pm:                           Movie: TBD or open floor to show Astrophotography
5:30 pm:                          Dinner on your own

Rest of Evening:         Observe (no white light)

The 30” and 25”scopes will be open to key holders to run, please sign up with Ken.

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

 

Tuesday September 3, 2019
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 Monday or Tuesday AM. You need to be out of your room by 1pm on Tue.*********


 

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