Starry Skies at Drake University Observatory (Family-Friendly event)

Join us as we attend one of the Summer 2013 Drake Observatory Public Nights. Following a presentation on "Titans and Pandoras", an exploration of planetary moons, visitors will view steller objects through the large refracting telescope and several smaller reflecting telescopes. This is a family-friendly event. The professor's presentation includes interesting information for all levels of stargazers. The event itself starts at 9 p.m., but we will meet at the observatory early to socialize and get good seats.

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  • David l.

    Victoria and I had a great time! Thank you so much!

    1 · July 13, 2013

    • Jeremy (J) H.

      Good deal. The stars can be a real inspiration to kids. :-)

      July 13, 2013

    • David l.

      No doubt about it! I hope with enough knowldege and understanding she too will someday be an Atheist, like the old man ;)

      1 · July 13, 2013

  • Joseph

    Driving home, I stopped out in the country to stretch my legs...The stars out away from all the city lights were absolutely spectacular. You could see so many stars, and the Milky Way cloud stretched all across the sky. That was worth seeing.

    3 · July 13, 2013

    • David l.

      Try setting your camera to a long exposure. Though you have to be far away from the city you will be amazed at the pictures you can get :) Google your camera for detailed instructions and make sure to get a tripod. Amazon.com sells universal 42" tripods for dirt cheap.

      1 · July 13, 2013

    • Jeremy (J) H.

      Defintely long exposure, at least 30 seconds. I've tried photographing the aurora before and it's nearly impossible to get a clear shot without a steady camera.

      July 13, 2013

  • Lisa

    I couldn't find the observatory last night. :( Oh well. Hopefully I'll make it to your future events.

    July 13, 2013

    • Jeremy (J) H.

      A shame. For future reference, you follow the cart path through the gate into the golf course after you've passed the tennis courts, just off of Polk Blvd on Observatory Road.

      July 13, 2013

  • Veronica

    Seeing Saturn was so cool !!

    2 · July 13, 2013

  • Lydia

    Loved this! Makes me wish i'd been able to get to the other presentations this summer, but oh well. There's the upcoming series in the fall...

    1 · July 12, 2013

  • Jeremy (J) H.

    Brilliant view of Saturn. They could have opened a window during the presentation, though...

    1 · July 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Answer, yes. Drive into the golf course on what loooks to be a cart path. The observitory is just out of sight from the gate.

    July 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm at the tennis complex on onservatory road. how do I find the observatory? Do I drive into the golf course? That doesn't seem right.

    July 12, 2013

  • Lisa

    Hi! I'm new to this group, and also brand new to Iowa. I'm interested in coming to this. Are you all easy to find as a group?

    July 12, 2013

    • Jeremy (J) H.

      Hi Lisa. I have long hair and a styled goatee with black, white & green beads. Whomever I'm with is who you are looking for. :-)

      July 12, 2013

    • Lisa

      Thanks!

      July 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hoping to come tonight. :)

    July 12, 2013

  • Veronica

    Anybody want to try to meet earlier for dinner or a drink before going over...it starts at 8:30...why wait till then to hangout...:)

    July 12, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      My neighbor wants to head out for gyros. I had Godfather's yesterday, so I'm going to take a pass on Dominoes. I'll see you all at the Observatory.

      July 12, 2013

    • Lydia

      Do you mean Godfathers?

      July 12, 2013

  • Veronica

    Hi- I will be at Dominoes on University at 7 ish - show up anytime- I plan to hang out with friends there till-8:30 (till the event starts) no need to RSVP- just show up! :)

    July 12, 2013

  • David l.

    My daughter is only five years old, but she is one smart cookie. Would she be old enough to attend? Also, how long is the event?

    July 11, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hello! There were children that age at the last event we went to there. Typically, the presentation is 45 minutes, followed by stargazing through the telescopes for an hour or two. People come and go throughout both parts, though.

      1 · July 11, 2013

  • Tyler S.

    Should be able to make it. Sounds fun.

    July 9, 2013

  • David K.

    Though I have been a member for a couple of years this will be my first meeting. I am a field investigator with Mufon (Mutual UFO Network) so I will bring my infrared Binoculars for anyone interested in looking for more than just stars.

    July 7, 2013

  • Tim R.

    Sounds awesome!Damn shame I gotta work!

    June 26, 2013

    • Lydia

      bummer. :(

      June 26, 2013

  • Tom H.

    Looking forward to a better knowledge of moon orbits and models, thank you.

    June 22, 2013

  • Dustin T.

    Will be out of town that week. Enjoy the view!

    June 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I forgot to add: this event is free to the public.

    June 19, 2013

  • Tyler S.

    Should be able to make it. Sounds fun

    June 19, 2013

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We just grab a coffee and speak French. Some people have been coming every week for months... it creates a kind of warmth to the group.

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