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The Winter Sky Through Binoculars
January 28, 2017 @ 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm CST
The Sugar Creek Astronomical Society will meet at 4:30PM on January 28th at the Hobbs State Park Visitors Center.
Andromeda will be visible right from the start, along with several star clusters, the Orion Nebula, and Pleiades. This is usually one of our most popular star parties of the year.
The program this month will focus on buying and using binoculars to observe the winter sky. We’ll focus on navigating the night sky, how to find objects with binoculars, and some different types of binocular mounts.
For those without a pair of binoculars we’ll have the usual array of telescopes to view through, I’m unsure if the club’s large telescope will be available as we’ve been having problems with it, but there will be several others to use.
If you’ve got kids, or have never looked through a telescope it’s well worth coming out.
The event is free and open to the public, please let me know if you have any questions and feel free to invite anyone who may be interested.
What to Bring:
Flashlight (covered with a red cloth or red balloon)
Binoculars and/or telescope (if you have)
Folding chair – one per person
Star chart (if you have one)
Where: Hobbs State Park visitor center located on Hwy 12 just east of the Hwy 12/War Eagle Road intersection
When: Saturday January 28th, 2017 Classroom instruction at
4:30 pm – Night sky viewing at 5:30 pm
Cost: Free – All ages are invited. Astronomy is a family event as well as an ideal Boy or Girl Scout outing.
Sugar Creek Astronomical Society hosts public star parties at Hobbs State Park six times a year.
We typically have a class that starts just before sundown to tell people what they’ll be looking at. Then we bring everyone outside to view through the actual telescopes. We usually have a dozen or so telescopes of varying types and sizes.
Kids are more than welcome! Some of the bigger telescopes can be difficult for shorter people to look through, but the people running them usually have a ladder to help out.
Astronomy is more sensitive to weather conditions than most outdoor activates since we not only need no rain but clear skies as well. However in the case of inclement weather the class will still be held!