MAS – 6th annual Camping with the Stars

MAS – 6th annual Camping with the Stars, 10775 County Rd 33, Norwood Young America MN, July 12 The Minnesota Astronomical Society invites you to the 6th annual Camping with the Stars taking place at the MAS Eagle Lake Observatory, located within Carver County Baylor Regional Park, about 45 minutes Southwest of Minneapolis and 3 miles north of Norwood-Young America. The Eagle Lake Observatory consists of the Onan Observatory, the Sylvia A. Casby Observatory and the HotSpot classroom.

The Onan Observatory is a handicap accessible, state-of-the-art facility with three robotic telescopes and a 20” reflecting telescope that is ready to show you the skies. Come see the stars through our three visual platforms that include a 14” and 16” Schmidt Cassegrain telescopes as well as numerous refractors. The newly opened Sylvia A. Casby Observatory houses an 8" TMB design refractor, a Takahashi Mewlon 300 Dall-Kirkham and a SV102 refractor. Enjoy a tour of the sky by one of our dedicated volunteers, bring your own telescope or sit back and enjoy live video of planets, star clusters, galaxies and nebula on the observatories imaging systems. There will be talks, prizes, solar viewing, and fun activities throughout the day and into the night.

Baylor Regional Park offers 50 camping sites. Thirty-five sites have water and electrical hookups and 15 sites are primitive. For the Camping with the Stars event, the park opens up additional campsites at the foot of the observatory where you can set up your own scope or take the short walk to view through some of the best amateur telescopes available. Other facilities include: picnic areas, showers, swimming beach, beach house, reservable picnic shelters, tennis courts, sand volleyball court, group camping area and horseshoe pits and an 18 hole disc golf course. For additional Information, visit our website at

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