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General Discussion / Sola Fide Observatory in Austin MN needs help
« on: June 14, 2019, 11:42:21 PM »
hello all,
i have a call for help from Ken Fiscus of Albert Lea to cover a large crowd expected at the Sola Fide Observatory
in Austin, MN on Saturday, July 6th from 9-11PM. last Saturday about 60 people showed up and they were somewhat
understaffed. this time the local paper is running a story about the reboot of the Observatory and many more attendees
are expected. if you can come with scope or binos it will be greatly appreciated. please contact Ken at ""
with any questions or concerns. all are invited scope or no scope!
clear skies,

General Discussion / New comet discovered by Don Machholz
« on: November 15, 2018, 10:40:19 PM »

also, here is a pic of him and i from a meeting in Houston, Tx about 1998.
i remember is was very funny :)

Website / Dark sky weekend on new website?
« on: June 30, 2018, 03:54:35 PM »
sorry if i'm totally missing something, but is there still a "dark sky weekend"
section on the new website?

General Discussion / Eastern Iowa Star Party
« on: March 15, 2018, 04:24:52 PM »
The 2018 Eastern Iowa Star Party. 
The 2018 Eastern Iowa Star Party will be held at the St. Ambrose University Menke Observatory in Dixon, Iowa from Sept 7th through 9th. The observatory, along with its piered scopes has a climate controlled classroom as well as women's and men's restrooms.
The observatory is located at the Wapsi River Educational and Environmental Center, so nature hikes and bird seeing abound... there is also an antique truck museum near by!
The Dixon Legion serves great burgers and meals and is only 5 minutes or so from the site. Other restaurant options are near by. Ask about lodging, but generally a small tent on field works fine.

Guest speakers: Dr. Paul Sipiera, Dr. Jennifer Anderson, Comet Hunter David Levey.
Grand Prize: 102mm Explore Scientific Carbon Fiber Triplet.
Registration is limited to about 50 on the observation field and about 50 in the lecture room, so hurry
email for registration form:email address is

(this information is from a thread on Cloudynights.Com, star party section)


General Discussion / Charter Bus Trip to Eclipse in Nebraska
« on: May 23, 2017, 08:20:20 PM »
Hello RAC members,
My friend from Albert Lea, local teacher Ken Fiscus, is chartering a bus service to view the eclipse.
It sounds like a great opportunity. Here is the info;
Bus to Pawnee City, Nebraska for total solar eclipse:  $85.  Pays for bus and access to VIP viewing area. 
Would leave Albert Lea around 1 AM Monday (day of eclipse) and return that night around 10:30.
only 55 seats available, 1st come first serve. contact him at ""

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