Buffalo River Star Party – Tyler Bend – April 13 or 14

7:00 PM – Amphitheater, observing/sky watching basics program followed by a primer on light pollution.
8:00 PM – South end of group camping site demonstrating the types and use of scopes and binoculars.
8:30 PM – Tour of the Spring Sky.
9:00 – 11:00 PM – telescopic views of the Spring sky.  The hardly may wish to lay about afterwards and spot a few Lyrid meteors.14th is a rain date for the 13th.

Date: Friday, 4/13/2018 – Saturday, 4/14/2018

Time: 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Location: Tyler Bend – Buffalo River National Park, Searcy 281 Highway, Saint Joe, AR 72675

Saturday March 17 – Public Night and Regular Monthly Meeting at 7 PM

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Everyone, members and non-members, please join us at 7 PM for our regular monthly meeting, 6 PM if you are going to join us for the Supper Bowl.

Weather permitting, we’ll forego presentations and do a Messier Marathon in the observing field.  What exactly is a Messier Marathon you ask? Why it is where you start as soon as it is dark enough and attempt to see as many Messier List objects as you can in one long marathon. You go as long as you want but it will take all night to see all 110 objects.

Bring your non-goto scope if you want or if you prefer use the 14″ dob or 6″ refractor with others as a team. We might even have large binoculars available. The rules are simple, no goto.  Other than that, you are not restricted to a single scope either.  See the objects, log the objects. At the end someone gets bragging rights.

Here is a useful planner: http://calgary.rasc.ca/darksky/messierplanner.htm

And here are useful finder charts with superimposed Telrad circles: http://www.custerobservatory.org/docs/messier2.pdf

Bring a sleeping bag if you want to make an all nighter out of it, there will be time for a nap in the wee hours as you wait for the final objects to rise.

As always, meetings of the Central Arkansas Astronomical Society are open to the public.

Supper Bowl price will be $6 each.

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