Past Meetup

The 2013 MHAA Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival High Meadow Star Party

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We are no longer accepting volunteer workers for the 2013 Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival High Meadow Star Party. Discounted tickets to the festival are available. Supporting dues paying MHAA members, their spouses, or significant others coming for the day will be charged $40. Gate price is $65 normally. Gates open at 8am. Guests should leave by 1:30 am. They can pay by check AT THE VIP CHECK IN AREA. They should NOT go to the regular ticket gate. They won't know anything about the arrangement. We will need a list of these day visitors ahead of time -- by Wed July 17.

Welcome to the MHAA High Meadow Star Party website.

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 2013 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

Thursday 5:15 PM Building An Award Winning Telescope

Mid-Hudson Astronomical Association member Scott Ewart is an amateur astronomer who will explain how his hobby turned into an career. Scott will give a presentation about the 12.4" f/5.5 Split-Ring Newtonian telescope he designed and built which received the 1st place Mechanical and Craftsmanship awards at the 2005 Stellafane Convention Telescope Competition .

Friday 7:45 PM Music in the Sky: An Introduction to Astronomy for the Whole Family

Mid-Hudson Astronomical Association member David Rossetter is a knowledgeable astronomer who enjoys sharing his passion for Astronomy with others. He has taught Astronomy at the Lifetime Learning Institute of the State University of New York at New Paltz. David will explain how you and your family can enjoy the sky and the stellar sights, learn what is up there, and use simple equipment to observe.

Saturday 7:00 PM The Sun: Our Nearest Star

Mid-Hudson Astronomical Association President Dr. Willie K. Yee will present a program on the Sun. He will discuss how gravity, magnetism and thermonuclear reactions make life on earth possible, and how they create many features that are visible on the surface of the sun through the specialized telescopes that he will make available in the High Meadow.

To find the observatory in the High Meadow just look for the illuminated balloons we've placed above our information booth.

Clear skies!

The Mid-Hudson Astronomical Association