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Beginners -You Don’t Need a Telescope to Enjoy the Night Sky: Bring Your Binoculars to Hobbs State Park on February 22nd

10 Feb 2020 1:34 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Beginners to astronomy often believe that their first step should be to purchase a telescope.  This can be frustrating as they not only have to learn how to use their telescope (the finder, multiple eyepieces, and the focuser), but they also must learn the night sky.

The night sky is full of all types of objects.  Some are large and some are small.   Some shine brightly with some faint.  Many do not require a giant telescope with high magnification to be able to see them.  They can be enjoyed with an ordinary set of binoculars.

Join the Sugar Creek Astronomical Society at 6 pm Saturday Feb. 22nd at Hobbs State Park to find out more about viewing the night sky with binoculars.  The beginner’s class will be led by Astronomical Society president Kent Marts.  Kent will share the reasons why starting with binoculars may be right for you.  He will provide some tips and tricks to make your night sky viewing with binoculars an easy and fruitful experience.   After the lecture we will head outside for a Star Party and you’ll be able to view the night sky through binoculars yourself.

What to bring:

  • Binoculars
  • A folding chair – one per person
  • Star chart (if you have one)
  • Flashlight (covered with a red cloth or red balloon)
  • A ball cap to use to help steady the binoculars (The trick:  Wear a baseball cap, hold your binoculars and with middle fingers grab the rim of your cap)

Where:  Hobbs State Park visitor center located on Hwy. 12 just east of the                    Hwy. 12/War Eagle Road intersection

When:  Saturday February 22, 2020; 6:00 pm lecture, followed by 7:00 pm night sky viewing

Cost:  Free – the public is invited

Sugar Creek Astronomical Society’s Facebook Group is https://www.facebook.com/groups/143382315673668/

For more information on Hobbs programs, trails, picnicking, or meeting room rental:  Call:  479-789-5000


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