NNSF August 18 – 23, 2020

2020 Registration is Open

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

 

Due to COVID-19 we will not know if this event will be canceled until the first week in August. We do know IF the star party does take place it will be altered in several ways.

The star party is on. One person per room. No food, but fridge and microwave available. Camping is available, tent and RV. They will be sending out list of available food in area that is open.

1. There will be no lectures or indoor group gatherings.
2. One person per room unless they are members of the same family.
3. There are 29 rooms total, so you should reserve your spot.
4. Food at this time is still being worked out, there is a chance food will be on your own.
5. Camping will be allowed per the LLCC registration form.
6. The LLCC large scopes will be available for use, but not for group observing.
7. A full refund will be provided if the event is canceled.
8. Social distancing and face masks will be require.
9. Stay tuned….

Ken Hugill


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 18, 2020

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

 

Wednesday August 19, 2020

Morning: Canoeing, Hiking, Bird watching, Relaxing.
11:30 am: Brunch
1:00 pm: Lecture: TBD
2:00 pm: Break – Coffee, lemonade, and cookies @ lecture hall
2:15 pm: Lecture: TBD
3:00 pm: Lecture: TBD
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

 

Thursday August 20, 2020

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: TBD
3:45 pm: Key Holder Training (Part 2) Video in lecture hall
5:30 pm: Dinner

6:30 pm: Featured Speaker: TBD


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 21, 2020

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: TBD
3:45 pm: Key Holder Training (Part 2) Video in lecture hall
5:30 pm: Dinner

6:30 pm: Featured Speaker: TBD


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 22, 2020

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: Lecture: TBD

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 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 August 23, 2020

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: Checkout (sweep your room, pick up garbage)


 

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