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General Discussion / Re: RAC Forum migration
« on: April 09, 2021, 10:33:20 PM »
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General Discussion / RAC Forum migration
« on: April 09, 2021, 08:48:05 PM »
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Outreach Programs / Re: Public Sky Observing at Oxbow Park
« on: January 02, 2020, 11:41:07 AM »
The lack of signs was my fault. I had some last minute, unscheduled travel to Virginia and ended up staying there for 2 week. The signs were locked in my trailer and the keys were with me. Usually I make accommodations when I know that I am going to be unable to attend an event, but this was last minute and I wasn't very prepared.
I think this is a good topic to discuss. I don't mind keeping the outreach things in my trailer, there is plenty of room in it. The downside is that I live in Elgin and may not be able to make it to all of the events. At the very least, I will have another set of keys made and left in a place where any of us can get into the trailer if I am not available. But that means a trek to Elgin for someone. Maybe the club can get a small storage unit in Rochester that we can store the club supplies / scopes and have access to?

General Discussion / Re: Observing tonight?
« on: September 19, 2019, 02:39:41 PM »
Thanks, John. I missed the server time offset. It should be correct now.

General Discussion / Re: 2019 Star B-Que
« on: September 19, 2019, 02:33:29 PM »
Are we on for this weekend at Root River? I am happy to send out a club email if so. What time would we gather? I haven't been to one yet.

General Discussion / Re: 2019 Star B-Que
« on: August 27, 2019, 11:19:22 AM »
Sounds good!
Dean, are we looking at Sept 28th at Root River? If so, I can get the letter from Olmsted stating that we have permission to stay there all night.

General Discussion / Re: 2019 Star B-Que
« on: August 16, 2019, 06:44:12 PM »
I think that the challenge at Chester Woods is that the camp sites are located pretty far from the observing area.  So we might have to drive back and forth if it is too far to walk for some. I've highlighted the areas on this picture. I've also never camped at Oxbow, someone else might have some input.

General Discussion / 2019 Star B-Que
« on: August 15, 2019, 11:43:11 AM »
I talked to Karlin, the park supervisor for Olmsted County. We can use Root River overnight for a Star B-Que, but we are not allowed to camp there. I've never been to one of our Star B-Ques before, so I am not sure if this is a deal breaker for us. The dates are open, nobody has the park reserved. If we use the park, and once we decide the date, she will email me a letter that states that we have permission to be in the park all night. This way, if the sheriff shows up, we have documentation to show.

For those of you that have not been to Root River yet, here is a link to the park information:

The park has dark skies, a porta-potty, picnic tables and some grills and is close to Rochester. It is pretty remote. There is a dirt road for less than a mile that leads to the park entrance that has some major potholes, so be careful!

Chester Woods is another candidate because it has camping, however, the camping location is pretty far from the observing area and I am not sure about campsite availability for those that want to camp. Camping was full last week.

If we agree that Root River is the place to hold it, I will start a poll to pick the date. I think that it is a great place to do it, I'm just not sure about the no-camping rule though.


General Discussion / Re: Observing tonight?
« on: August 15, 2019, 11:04:50 AM »
Update - I talked to Karlin, the Olmsted park supervisor. She said that we no longer have to call ahead of time to use the Root River park. We are allowed to use it after 10 pm whenever we want.

I went to this last night. They had a headcount of 68 people! We had two telescopes going, so people formed lines. It went very well! I plan to go back

RAC Events / Re: Oxbow Park status post flooding rains
« on: July 07, 2019, 10:24:32 AM »
Lonnie confirmed that we are still scheduled for the July 9th meeting at Oxbow

RAC Events / Re: Oxbow Park status post flooding rains
« on: July 05, 2019, 05:43:03 PM »
Great! I sent Lonnie an  email to confirm that we still have the room. I plan on getting there early to set up tables and chairs. I'll reply to this thread when I hear from him

General Discussion / Re: Observing tonight?
« on: March 29, 2019, 12:51:28 PM »
Where is Keller? I think that I am working until 8 or 9 tonight though, but still curious about where Keller is.

World SPACE week! not World Astronomy week ;)

Hello! We are planning a few special events in addition to our normal outreach public viewing events, October will be a busy month!

World Astronomy Week Event - Friday, October 5th at Eagle Bluff with a backup date of Saturday, October 6th.

Regular Monthly Outreach Event - Friday, October 12th at Watson Soccer Fields (FYI)

Astronomy Day Event - Saturday, October 13th at Watson Soccer Fields  - Maybe we can plan something special for this one (meeting agenda item?).

We are hoping to get some materials from the Night Sky Network that we can hand out at these events. Thoughts or suggestions?

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