MAS met out at Lakenenland Sculpture Park on M-28 East. onSunday night, May 13th. 4 member showed up with their scope. Skies were prefect. Calm winds. Venus in west setting, Jupiter at its brightest rose at sunset (9:15pm). Our 10" Go To scope worked beautifully. Use the "Night Tour" selection on keypad to see many galaxies, nebulae. Next activity will be going up to Bay Cliff Health Camp next week to set up scope for MQT schools staying up there for the week.
Last summer (2018) MAS won a regional drawing from the astronomical League to receive a library scope, financed by the Jack Horkheimer Foundation. That scope is currently being "tamper proofed". Once that is done it will be given to the Peter White Public Library of Marquette, MI. It will become the 2nd of 2 library scopes our club has donated to them. This one will have a Barlow lens which will double the magnification of the first one & allow patrons to see more detail.
MAS will celebrate (weather permitting) an Astronomy Night on Fri (10th) from 9-10:30pm at the Dark Sky park at Presque Isle Park north of Marquette. Actually Astronomy Day is the next day, Sat. but it will be cloudy. Also, the Moon will be occulting (eclipsing) a star cluster (M-44) that night. We will be located near the front of the pavilion, on the lake side. Gate closes at 11pm so we have to be out by then. Scopes will be setup by 9pm. All are welcome.