Park Star Party
Our 2002 star
party was a lot of fun. The sky was very clear and viewing was excellent. Tillman
Kennon, an astronomy professor at Arkansas State University brought his 11 inch telescope.
It was the center attraction. We observed the Andromeda Galaxy, Saturn, The Pleades, and
other objects. We also saw an iridium flare.
2005 Star Party Dates
In 2003 we had two parties. We had a good group of astronomers,
mostly from the Columbia, MO club, with some real nice telescopes, up to
21", for the spring party. The
fall party was kind of a flop. The sky was mostly cloudy and only one astronomer showed up
with a nice 10" scope. We were able to observe for a little while in-between the
In 2004 we had planned 2 parties, one in the spring and
one in the fall. The weather didn't cooperate for either one. Both weekends
were cloudy. For the spring party Dan Cartwright, from Salem, came down with his
10-inch telescope and we were able to observe for about an hour on Saturday
The fall party in October was just about the same. Mike
Barril, from the Saint
Louis Astronomical Society, came down with his 8-inch telescope. Like the
spring party, we were able to do a little observing Saturday, but that was
In 2005 we had 2 parties planned. The spring party was
pretty good. We had about 10 telescopes and binoculars and the skies were
mostly clear. The fall party was too cloudy and nobody showed.
This year we are planning 2 parties. Because of my work
schedule, I won't be able to attend much of the spring party. I am making
bigger plans for the fall party in September. I believe a star party should
be a party. Food and beverages will be served.
Spring Party - April 28 & 29 (Cancelled because of rain)
22 & 23
If you are planning on coming for
one or more of the star parties you can let others know on the Eagles Park
message forum at:
Eagles Park is
located in the heart of the Missouri Ozarks. There is very little light
pollution. The lights in our campground will be turned off. On a clear night
the star viewing is excellent.
We are next to Montauk State Park and across the road from
swimming and trophy trout fishing on the Current River. Recreational activities are
abundant. Fish, swim, or hike in the daytime and view the sky at
Camp in our campground for just $6 per tent. Full hook-up
RV sites are available for $15 per night. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 573-548-3000 to
make a reservation.
It should be a lot of fun for
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