Public Star Party: Friday: May 31 and June 7, 2013
Morgan County Observatory
The MCOF Public Star Parties will be held on Friday May 31 & June 7, 2013 at 9:00 pm at the Morgan County Observatory. There will be stargazing, refreshments, movies and hands on astronomy exhibits to entertain folks of all ages.
The Observatory will be open whether the sky is cloudy or clear. Check this website for last minute cancellations due to severe weather conditions.
To sign up for email notification of closing, Please email MCOF President
Tentative: Objects to be shown:
MCOF would like to get the message out that all of us as citizens and business owners can help prevent light pollution by using minimal outdoor lighting, keeping all lights pointed downward, utilizing timers and motion detectors for outdoor lighting and turning off unneeded lights at night. These measures save money and energy, besides protecting our night sky from light pollution. For more information see:
Summer - Spring 2013 / Summer 2013
Viewing nights are Friday Evenings unless noted - Check website for cloudy/raindate
Directions to Morgan County Observatory
The Observatory is located on the grounds of the Greenwood Elementary School, 8989 Winchester Grade Rd (Rt 13), Berkeley Springs, West Virginia
From Berkeley Springs: follow Rt 522 South 2 miles and take a left on Winchester Grade Rd (Rt 13), then travel 9 miles. The Greenwood Elementary School (8989 Winchester Grade Road) will be on the left. Go past the school and then park at the Observatory Parking lot next to the Observatory.
From Winchester, Va.: follow route 522 North to Reynolds Rd (Liberty Gas Station on left). Make right turn and go 5 miles to end (Reynolds Rd changes to Winchester Grade Road at West Virginia state line.), then make right turn onto Winchester Grade Rd (Rt 13) and go 4 miles to the Observatory. For information call 304-258-1013
Upcoming events - Local Astronomy Groups
Morgan County Observatory - Public Star Party: August 10 and 13 at 8:30 pm.
Analemma Society, Great Falls, Va Public Observing Sessions - Every Friday Night - Weather permitting.
Georgetown University Astronomical Society - None Listed
National Air and Space Museum Events - Sky Meadows Public Observing Night: Saturday, July 21, 2012 8:00-11:00,
National Capital Astronomers
Northern Virginia Astronomy Club (Novac) Public Observing Session 2012:
Shenandoah Astronomical Society (SAS) Public Astronomical Observing Session:
Shenandoah Valley Stargazers (SVS) Public Observing Session: None Listed
TriState Astronomers: Antietam Battlefield Public Star Party - Fall Edition - Oct. 19 & 20, 2012
University of Maryland College Park, MD Public Observing Sessions - 5th and 20th of each month
Georgetown University Astronomical Society - Nothing Listed
Novac - Northern Virginia Astronomy Club Sunday, July 8, 2012 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Meetings normally held 2nd Sunday of the month at 7:00 pm.
Shenandoah Astronomical Society Monday July 9, August 13, Sept 10, Oct 8, Nov 12, Dec 10, 2012 at 7:00pm. - Club Meeting at Lord Fairfax Community College, Middletown, Va. Meetings held 2nd Monday of the month at 7:00 pm.
Shenandoah Valley Stargazers No Meetings.
TriState Astronomers Next meeting: ? at 7:30pm. in the WCBOE William Brish Planetarium.
Largest Amateur Telescopes webpage
The Links radio button contains links to 11 different topics which are listed below:
Astronomy Now Tonight's Sky
Amazing Space's - Tonight's Sky requires Flash Player 7
Astronomy's - Sky Events This website allows you to see up to 52 weeks in advance.
Sky & Telescope "This Week's Sky at a Glance"
Star Gazer by - Jack Horkheimer, The International Edition
The Sky This Week U.S. Naval Observatory
Earth & Sky Tonight's Sky
Night Sky Observer Robert Nugent's The Sky this month
Hold a Private Star Party at the Observatory !
Have a Private Star Party with your friends. See the "Get Involved" web page for membership levels for this or contact Kevin Boles at 304 258-1013 for information on pricing for Number of persons attending/# of hours use/trained operator to run telescope.
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This Page Last Updated - May 11, 2013