Astronomical League – Events for July 2013

Telescope Viewing at Chimney Rock National Monument, 3 miles south of hwy 161 on hwy 151, 17 miles west of Pagosa Springs CO, June 7

Gate Opens at 6:30 PM for people to set up telescopes in the upper parking lot.  Check in with Joan Mieritz for specific instructions before you drive up.

7PM Cabin Visitors Center & gift shop is open for purchases.

7:30 Lecture Program begins at Cabin Ampitheater.

9PM Telescope Viewing begins in the upper parking lot

Viewing ends when last scope is packed up.


Mason Dixon Star Party (MDSP), 380 Kralltown Road, Wellsville, July 10

The 24th annual Mason Dixon Star Party (MDSP), sponsored by the York County Astronomical Society, will be held July 10-14, 2013 at the Shreveport North Airport in Wellsville, PA, with guest speakers, vendors, a raffle, and of course, the pool will be open. This is an excellent location with extremely flat horizon – stars are visible at less than 10 degrees above the horizon andminimal light pollution. The Milky Way is easily visible. For more information and to register, go to




Sky Tour, Bismark Rd. east of St Rt 4, Bellevue OH, July 11

Please see our web site for complete details. SkyTour is a 4 day event, starting thursday July 11th thru Sunday July 14 2013. Hosted by the Huron Valley Astronomers Group an Astronomical league affiliate. Located on State Route 4 south of Bellvue Ohio.


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



Stars Over Yellowstone, Madison Junction Amphitheater, West Yellowstone, Yellowstone National Park, July 12 

Join the Southwest Astronomical Society for their 16th annual Stars Over Yellowstone weekend event. Meet at the Madison Junction Amphitheater 9:30 pm for our speaker, followed by night sky observing.

Our July speaker is Tyler Nordgren from the University of Redlands.

Friday night, 7/12: Curiosity for Mars – Everywhere we look on Earth we see life (even in the boiling hot pools of Yellowstone); might we find the same on Mars? Four hundred years of wondering about the Red Planet has brought us to the exciting missions roving across Mars today. What will we find now that we are there? And how can what we find there tell us about our own planet back here?

Saturday night, 7/13: Stars Above, Earth Below – A star filled sky with a Milky Way stretching from horizon to horizon is now as rare a sight as the grizzly bears and geysers that bring visitors to America’s national parks every year. The park service that protects our national parks by day has also protected these amazing sights at night. What can we see when we look up in a pristine starry sky at night? How can we learn about our own planet and distant planets by what we see there? In the national parks the sky begins at your feet.



Stars Over Yellowstone Solar, Old Faithful Visitor Center, West Yellowstone, Yellowstone National Park, July 13

Safe solar viewing from the Old Faithful Visitors Center with solar education.

The Southwest Montana Astronomical Society has H-Alpha and white light filters to safely view the sun along with a scale size model of the solar system and other educational activities.  From 1:00 – 5:00.

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