Eagles Park Star Party
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Hey Stargazers!

     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.
     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 clouds.
     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 evening.
     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 it.
     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.

2005 Star Party Dates
Spring Party - April 28 & 29 (Cancelled because of rain)
Fall Party -  September
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: http://eaglespark.com/cgi-bin/yabb/YaBB.pl

     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 night.
     Camp in our campground for just $6 per tent.  Full hook-up RV sites are available for $15 per night.  E-mail dave@eaglespark.com  or call 573-548-3000 to make a reservation.

It should be a lot of fun for everyone.

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Dave Dawson
Last updated: 04/29/06

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