I'm planning on attending the next public star party hosted by the Minnesota Astronomical Society. It's at the fine Onan Observatory at Baylor Region Park near Norwood-Young America on August 29th.
This is technically an all weather event. If it's cloudy, they have videos and presentations available. I will call their hot-line before I go to make sure it's clear. I don't want to drive the 50-60 miles unless I can see stuff through telescopes.
Last time I went, I had a spectacular time.
Here is what they got:
- A computer controlled Meade 16" Schmidt-Cassegrain sitting atop a massive concrete pier
- Two state-of-the-art systems -- one primarily for visual observing, the other intended for video-enabled observing. Each system has multiple refracting and reflecting telescopes, each selected with a specific purpose in mind and installed atop computer-controlled Paramount ME mounts
- Obsession Dobonsian-style reflecting telescope with a 20" primary mirror
- Standalone and mounted solar viewing telescopes equipped with h-alpha filters
- 15x80 binoculars on a portable parallelogram mount
- And more!
Go here for MAS' complete events calendar.
Please let me know if you want to join me for this mini-expedition. If many want to go, perhaps we can rent a van or a bus.