2014 MHAA Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival High Meadow Star Party

The 2014 Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival MHAA High Meadow Star Party

The Mid-Hudson Astronomical Association will be in the High Meadow again this year.  MHAA volunteers are looking forward to providing the folks attending Grey Fox 2014 with a unique and memorable experience.  They will be setting up an observatory in the High Meadow.  Telescopes will be on hand for safe white light and H-alpha solar observation as well as views of objects in the night sky.

Planned activities include green laser pointer tours of the night sky and presentations in the Family Stage Tent.  There will also be an information booth to distribute free sunglasses for safe solar observing and educational materials that have been donated by the Charlie Bates Solar Astronomy Project, NASA, Astronomy, and Sky and Telescope magazine.

Schedule of Activities

Solar Observation

Thursday 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Friday and Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Night Observation and Sky Tours

We start 45 minutes after sunset.

We quit when folks stop showing up, when the weather isn’t cooperating, and when we can no longer keep our eyes open.

Family Stage Tent Presentations 

Friday 7:45 PM The Sun: Our Nearest Star

Mid-Hudson Astronomical Association President Dr. Willie K. Yee will explain how the Sun makes life on earth possible.  He has activities planned for the kids and will be distributing free sunglasses for safe solar observation.  Dr. Yee will also direct all those present to the specialized telescopes he is making available in the High Meadow to safely observe features visible on the Sun’s surface.

Saturday 7:00 PM Telescopes are Amazing and Fun!

Mid-Hudson Astronomical Association member Chuck Clark will explain what you need to get started.  His interactive talk will direct folks to equipment that is inexpensive and fun to use. 

The MHAA Free Raffle

Visit us at the observatory in the High Meadow and enter our free raffle.  First prize is the way cool, 20 x 24 inch, framed, color print of the Horsehead Nebula by MHAA member Chuck Clark on display at the Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival Information booth.

To find the observatory in the High Meadow during the day just look for our banner at our information booth and Commander Yee’s tricked out Star Trek Shuttle Craft Prius  Zhang Heng .  At night follow the star in the High Meadow.  It will lead you straight to us.    

The free passes for the 2014 MHAA Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival High Meadow Star Party have been depleted.  Discounted tickets to the festival are available.  Supporting MHAA members coming for the day will be charged $45 for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.  Sunday tickets are $20.  Full festival camping tickets are available for $175.  Gates open at 8am.  Day guests should leave by 1:30 am. You can pay by check AT THE VIP CHECK IN AREA.  DO NOT go to the regular ticket gate.  They won't know anything about the arrangement.  I will need to know who's interested in a discounted ticket no later than 12:00 pm Monday July 14th.  I can be contacted at [masked].

Clear skies!

The Mid-Hudson Astronomical Association





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