MAS Happenings – June 4 2024

by | Jun 4, 2024 | MAS Happenings

Happenings this Week

* June Monthly Meeting
* Virgo Venture
* June Gemini
* Observatory Training Schedules & Information

Aŋpétu Téča Education Center

June Monthly Hybrid Meeting

Thursday, June 6 @ 7 PM

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

This meeting will feature your 2024 Total Eclipse pictures. If you have pictures to share send them to We would especially like to see pictures of groups observing the eclipse.

For more information and how to join remotely.

June Monthly meeting

Virgo Venture

Cherry Grove Observatory
Saturday, June 8th (Friday June 7th Backup)

Our annual hunt for the Virgo Cluster of Galaxies takes place Saturday at CGO. Use the button below to see the latest updates and weather-related changes to the schedule.

NOTE: There will be CGO training prior to the VV. See the Observatory Training Calendar below.

Virgo Venture

Your new edition of the Minnesota Astronomical Society’s GEMINI Newsletter is electronically available at the the MAS website.

In the pages of the Gemini – Vol 50 No 3

  • Everything is Bigger in Texas – Steve Emert
  • Total Eclipse from the Hoosier State – Jay Bruesch
  • A “Point and Shoot” Camera Can Conquer the Sun – Michael Kauper
  • Star Hopping with a Reflex Finder – Stephen Koehler
  • MAS Board & Business Meeting March/April – Dave Falkner, Secretary
  • A Birth of Wonder – Dan Madsen
  • New Astronomical League Equipment Definitions – Bob Kerr
  • MAS Patron Members
  • Loaner Scopes & Astronomy DVDs Available to All MAS Members

Observatory Training Calendar

Eagle Lake Observatory

August 10 ——– Afternoon – Schedule 1
August 17 ——– Evening  –  Schedule 2
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

ELO 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.

The training on April 27 starts at 1:00 pm and contains all but two of the modules.  The training on May 4 begins at 8:30 pm and includes the other two modules.

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

June 8 (before Virgo Venture)
June 29
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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