Members Observing Night Friday February 9, 2024 - 5:30 PM
Begins : Friday, February 9, 2024 at 5:30 PM Central Standard Time
Ends : Friday, February 9, 2024 at 11:00 PM Central Standard Time
Duration : 5 hours 30 minutes
See link to a direction map below
We try to reserve Observatory nights nearest the New Moon for our CURRENT MEMBERS ONLY. You can bring along family or a friend if they want to observe with you. This allows our members to work on their various observing projects, do some astrophotography, share ideas and help each other with their goals. The gates will open at 5:30 PM.
If Friday's session is cancelled due to weather, we may try to be open on Saturday if weather conditions improve. Check our website for updates.
Winter is still going strong ! Clear evenings usually accompany a sharp drop in temperature. Our rural site temperatures drop quickly after sunset. Bring a warm coat, cap, gloves and wear warm shoes. Be sure to bring along something to drink as well as an energy snack. Our observatory classroom provides a refugee to warm up a bit during the evening. It is not recommended for you to sit on lay on the grass, there are chairs in the observatory classroom.
Jupiter and its moons are still well place for observing. Sadly, Saturn is low on the SW horizon. Soon to slip behind the sun on Feb 28. Eight of the 20 brightest stars shine brightly in the winter sky. The constellations of Auriga, Taurus, Gemini, and Orion are easily visible along with more challenging patterns of Canis Major, Canis Minor, Eridanus and Lepus. Among the deep sky treasures is popular the Orion Nebula and the Pleiades. Search out star clusters such as M35, 36, 37, 38 and the elusive M 1 supernova remnant. Other M object clusters include M 41, 46, 47, 50 and 93. See if you can observe and sketch all twelve in one evening.
As a member you may bring family members or a friend that wants to observe with you but not large groups. Please keep minor family members within your observing area with a supervising adult.
To develop your observing skills, you may want to consider trying to earn one of the over 40 well designed observing certificates from the Astronomical League. Check out some of their
If you are not currently a member you may try one of our RSVP guest nights or you can easily join. Simply go to the JOIN section on our website. Submit the forms online or mail in your membership dues. If you like you may can print off your application or image it as proof of your new membership but we will welcome you without it.
- Follow our map directions DO NOT USE GPS