MAS Happenings – July 9 2024

by | Jul 9, 2024 | MAS Happenings

Happenings this Week

* July Monthly Hybrid Meeting
* Annual Camping with the Stars
* Submitting Gemini Articles
* Observatory Training Schedules & Information

Aŋpétu Téča Education Center

July Monthly Hybrid Meeting

Thursday, July 11 @ 7 PM

Join us at the AŊPÉTU TÉČA Education Center (formerly the Fairview Community Center) for this month’s meeting.

Featured Speaker: Valts Treibergs – MAS
Topic: The University Of Minnesota Students’ Practice Observatory – The Discovery, History, and Preservation of Its Equipment

For more information and how to join remotely.

July Monthly Hybrid Meeting

17th Annual Camping with the Stars
Eagle Lake Observatory

Friday, July 12th, 7 PM
Sunday, July 14th, 2 PM

For information about this event as well as how to register and check-in, click the button below.

ELO Keyholder volunteers should sign up under the CWTS forum post here.
NOTE: Only ELO Keyholders will be able to use the link

Click the button below for more information about
Camping with the Stars.

Camping with the Stars
 Deadline for Summitting a Gemini Article

July 11, 2024

Anyone is invited and encouraged to submit material for publication in Gemini. Strong writing skills are not required – the editor will help with the mechanics of getting it printed – so don’t be shy!

Submitting an item or idea is easy. Just send an email to the Gemini editor to Include your item with the e-mail, or describe your idea for the editor who will gladly work with you to get it published. Thank you for contributing to the Gemini newsletter!

Observatory Training Calendar

Eagle Lake Observatory

August 10 ——– Afternoon – Schedule 1 (See below)
August 17 ——– Evening  –  Schedule 2  (See below)
September 28 — Afternoon – Schedule 1
October 05 ——- Evening  –  Schedule 2

Schedule 1      Keyholder Orientation
Onan Building (2023)
Visual Platform/LX 200
SA Casby
Star Party Preparation and Teardown

Schedule 2     Keyholder Orientation
Onan Building (2023)
Imaging Platform (2023)
20″ Obsession
SA Casby

August 10th & August 17th ELO Training Information

An Eagle Lake Observatory keyholder training will be held on August 10th in the afternoon and August 17th in the evening.  It is not necessary to attend both weekends depending on the equipment you choose.

Training consists of orientation, building operation, telescope operation, and public star party preparation.  Since there is a lot of material it is suggested that you only sign up for a couple of telescopes.  Get familiar with those then be trained on other telescopes at later training sessions.

Sign up for training at

The class will be limited to 15 people.

ELO General Training Information

Training is divided into 8 modules, one of which is required. Select the modules for your training and click Submit Request at the bottom.  You will be contacted at a later date with more information.

More Info on ELO Training

Joseph J. Casby Observatory – All dates are tentative until confirmed

July 20
Sept 21
Nov 16

Training to start at 12:00 noon. Promptness is appreciated.
Training will begin with the mandatory Belwin Conservancy Orientation

Observatory refresher Training to startsat approximately 12:30

More info on JJC Training

Cherry Grove Observatory

July 27
October 5 (before MAS Mini Messier Marathon – 4M)

NOTE: These are Saturday dates with Friday backup – weather permitting

More information will be forthcoming on the Cherry Grove Observatory  Discussion Forum.

CGO Discussions

LLCC Training

August 28
August 29
August 30
August 31
September 1
September 2

More information will be forthcoming on the LLCC Discussion Forum.

LLCC Discussions

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