NNSF August 27 – September 2, 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)

Tuesday August 27 , 2019

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

Wednesday August 28 , 2019

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 August 29,  2019

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: TBD
3:45 pm:                    LLCC Keyholder training. (Part 1) Meet on field
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

 

Friday August 30, 2019

Morning:                  Canoeing, Hiking, Bird watching, Relaxing
11:30 am:                  Brunch
1:00 pm:                   Lecture:  TBD
2:15 pm:                   Break – Coffee, lemonade, and cookies @ lecture hall
2:30 pm:                   Lecture: TBD
3:45 pm:                   Key Holder Training (Part 2) Video in lecture hall
5:30 pm:                    Dinner

6:30 pm:                   Featured Speaker:  TBD
Topic: TBD

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 August 31, 2019

Morning:                     Canoeing, Hiking, Bird watching, Relaxing

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

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: TBD
Topic: 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)
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 September 1, 2019

(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  2019

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 2, 2019 (Labor Day)
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)


 


 

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