Saturn, the Ring World The ringed planet provides one of the most compelling sights you can view through a telescope. We highlight Saturn near its annual opposition. In addition, we will have a Sky tour using a laser pointer and observing through telescopes.
Sugar Grove Nature Center The Sugar Grove Observatory is located at the Sugar Grove Nature Center, a dark-sky site southwest of Bloomington-Normal. It is open for public observing sessions during the clement months, as well as for private observing sessions for school groups, civic and other organizations, by appointment.
- Telescope observing can take place only if the sky is reasonably free of clouds and transparent. In the event of an entirely overcast sky, the observing session and associated talks will be cancelled.
- Please dress very warmly during cooler months. These are outdoor events; none of the buildings we will use are heated.
- Please be very careful when driving into and out of the Sugar Grove Nature Center parking lot. Many times there are people, including small children, walking from place to place in the dark. Parking lights only are requested near the observing area.
- You may bring along a flashlight if you wish, but be certain to cover the lens with a red filter so that observers' dark adaptation isn't adversely affected.
Star Party(Astronomy night): School/Public/Other group
Exploring the Solar System
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What materials were handed out?
Magazine Reprints (15), Club Schedules of Events (25)
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A beautiful, clear evening allowed excellent visibility and good attendance. After the fascinating talk about Saturn, we conducted a laser-guided sky tour and had telescope observing through the 8 telescopes brought by members.