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Stargate Observatory Open House

  • Mar 22, 2014 · 6:30 PM
  • Stargate Observatory @ Camp Rotary in Wolcott Mill Metropark

It's our mostly-monthly public open house: you get to use our equipment and our volunteers' knowledge to see what's out there in the sky tonight.

We usually stay as long as the skies are clear and there are interested observers - usually around midnight, but on nice nights even later.

You don't have to stay the whole time - though we ask that you aim your headlights away from the observing field in case you have to leave early. Feel free to email us if you have any questions.

We only require a few things for your safety and enjoyment:

It will be getting dark early, so please plan to be at the observatory before dark. Be careful with headlights on your way in, especially after sundown. Make sure to turn the dome lights off if possible, and park your car facing away from the observing field if you have running lights.

Please don't use white light flashlights when others are observing. Others will have flashlights, but if you'd like to bring your own, you can easily make a red-light flashlight that will help you get around in the dark and is safe for night vision. You can read ideas here.

No alcoholic beverages are permitted.

Other advice to help you make the most of your evening:

Weather, especially in Michigan, is unpredictable. We are always (some might say irrationally) hopeful, but if there's a solid chance of an extended downpour we are not likely to do any observing! If you're not sure about the weather, call Bob Berta, Riyad Matti, Marty Kunz, or Jonathan Kade to check if the open house has been canceled.

Observing is an outside activity, so dress accordingly - a little warmer than the temperature would indicate. Even in the summer, it can get surprisingly chilly at night. Like any other activity, the key to lasting is layers, layers, layers! In the wintertime and early spring, plan to wear at least two layers of every garment: socks, pants, and a shirt. Core temperature is important too, so pay extra attention to keeping your torso warm - an insulated vest can work wonders.

Importantly, the Camp Rotary grounds have full-service public restrooms, with warm running water and other modern conveniences.

If there's something specific you'd like to see, we'll do our best to make it happen. We have safe, filtered solar telescopes to look at the sun in amazing detail before it gets dark; if you're interested in seeing our local star, let us know and we'll try to make a telescope available.

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  • Sanjay G.

    It was nice, although cold, but learnt quite a bit!!

    March 29, 2014

    • Sanjay G.

      I definitely will. This time i'll make sure to actually get my camera out of my bag :D

      April 3, 2014

  • Suzanne H.

    Excellent, these guys are fascinating!!

    April 2, 2014

  • Bill S.

    Had a great time at the open house. Thanks, for the great time. Hope to do it again in the future.

    March 31, 2014

  • Atul V.

    Unfortunately I could not attend!

    March 23, 2014

  • Suzanne H.

    I so appreciate how kind and generous everyone was tonight. I am in awe of your knowledge and experience. I want to thank you for educating us and letting us see Jupiter!

    1 · March 23, 2014

  • Carl R.

    I had major issues setting up a new tablet, really hated to miss this.

    March 22, 2014

  • Suzanne H.

    Hello, this sounds like fun!

    March 22, 2014

  • Sanjay G.

    So this is my first ever astronomy sight seeing. Event hosts/organizers, be prepared for a barrage of questions :D!
    Oh and i plan to bring my camera if i can give astrophotography a try (tried it once before, was not very satisfied). So anyone who can help out there too?!
    Thanks everyone!

    1 · March 18, 2014

    • Jonathan K.

      Sanjay, questions are what we're here for! There are a lot of great photographers in the club, but for myself, I mostly do eyepiece projection photography with my cell phone ;)

      1 · March 19, 2014

    • Sanjay G.

      Can anyone of you get this eyepiece equipment if you don't mind? I was looking at camera accessories for smartphones, and I MIGHT get one. The external lens from Sony is $200 and too much!

      March 20, 2014

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