Like most people, KMLT members probably think of the parks and preserved lands our organization maintains as being used and enjoyed only during daylight hours – but all of our properties offer the wonderful potential for evening use as well, especially for viewing nighttime skies!
You are invited to become part of a small group of amateur astronomical observers on Wednesday, September 8, 2021, at Price Park, N6418 Hodunk Road, Elkhorn, from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm. The group will be led by KMLT board member and veteran astronomer Dan Koehler, formerly of Yerkes Observatory, who will give a beginner’s presentation under late summer evening skies designed to introduce basic observing techniques using the unaided eye, binoculars, and small telescopes. During the observing session we will be looking at some basic celestial objects like stars, planets, and some “deep space” objects, learning some of the constellation and bright star names, and understanding how the nighttime sky works and changes from season to season.
In case of rain or overcast skies, we will attempt to host the event on the alternate nights of Tuesday, September 14, or Wednesday, September 15, also from 7:30 to 9:30 pm at Price Park. The group is limited to 20 participants aged 10 and up so early registration is strongly encouraged. Please dress appropriately for the weather. Sturdy shoes or hiking boots are required (your shoes must be closed-toed, no sandals please!). A donation of $20 per person to the KMLT is suggested.
Requests for registration and all questions should be directed to Dan via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. When registering, please include the name(s) of the participants and a good contact phone number.