Hobbs State Park and the Sugar Creek Astronomical Society extend an invitation to the public to learn more about our night skies. December nights are great for observing the sky due to atmospheric clarity.
The public lecture, starting at 4:30 pm, will be given by Scott Roberts, former Meade Instruments Vice President and founder of Explore Scientific. He will present a special program on "How to Purchase a Telescope". (Just in time for Christmas) Roberts will explain how to determine the type of scope you need for your viewing style, what questions to ask when you go into the store, and what things like focal length mean.
Following Scott's lecture, about 5:30 p.m., there will be a public night sky viewing. Members of Sugar Creek Astronomical Society will bring their telescopes to share their love of the night sky with the public. A waxing crescent moon will make for a wonderful object to view this night. It will also be dark enough to allow for wonderful viewing of planets and deep sky objects.
All ages are invited. Astronomy is a family event as well as an ideal Boy or Girl Scout outing.
What to Bring:
- Flashlight (covered with a red cloth or red balloon)
- Binoculars and/or telescope (if you have)
- Folding chair – one per person
- Star chart (if you have one)
Where: Hobbs State Park visitor center located on Hwy 12 just east of the Hwy 12/War Eagle Road intersection
When: Friday December 2, 2016
Classroom instruction at 4:30 pm - Night sky viewing at 5:30 pm
For more information call: 479-789-5000