A young girl gets an eyeful of the rich globular cluster M13 through the club’s 30-inch reflecting telescope. She described it as looking like glitter. The telescope is large and requires a ladder for the observer to reach the eyepiece when viewing objects high in the sky. Bob King
I have stars coming out of my ears. I just returned from a weekend of astronomy fun with the Minnesota Astronomical Society at their annual Northern Night Star Fest (NNSF). The multi-day event is held at the Long Lake Conservation Center in northern Minnesota near the tiny town of Palisade. There is very little light pollution and the natural setting is conducive to peace of mind and immersion in nature.
Red light is the rule on the observing field as it helps preserve night vision. If an observer needs to use a white light for any reason he or she counts down a one-two-three warning. Some amateurs sketch what they see. Some takes notes and others, pictures. Bob King
Most nights, the stars came out and made for hours of exploration by the group of about 40 amateur astronomers. Telescopes are set out in a grassy field during the day and ...