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#1 NearVision

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Posted 01 March 2024 - 07:57 PM

The Bong Recreational Area in Kenosha County WI will be hosting public events each month this year on the Saturday near the first quarter moon. The first 2 will be on March 16  from 7:30 to 9:00 and April 20 from 8:00 to 9:30. It will take place in parking lot F near the observation tower. Times are approximate and of course these are weather dependent. We can stay as late as we want. While the park officially closes at 11pm the staff doesn't mind if we stay later so long as it's not a loud obnoxious party. You are welcome to come out earlier and enjoy the park too.

 

I'll be posting dates for the next several months as they approach. We've had lots of interest from the public in the past from various events and hope to continue that this year. These are scheduled near the first quarter moon to try to give people a good view of the moon while not having it so bright that it washes out other celestial objects.

 

Everyone is welcome to come out whether they bring a telescope, binoculars, or just their eyes. All levels of experience are welcome.

 

Some things to be aware of:

1. This is a Wisconsin state park and a sticker is required for entry. I haven't seen park rangers checking for stickers but they can and will give you a ticket if you don't have a valid sticker.

2. The parking lot we use (lot F) is surrounded by relatively flat terrain and has very low horizons in most directions. I would estimate it's 1-2 degrees in most directions so we can see some spectacular sunsets and most of the east and north-east.

3. Part of the reason for the low horizons is the marsh across the road directly north of the area. This means that we can have fog and dew roll in quickly some nights and the mosquitoes can get aggressive once they come out.

4. When the camp grounds are open they fill up quickly and are full most weekends. If you want to camp be sure to reserve a spot well in advance. It also means that we can get large numbers of campers visiting these events. One that I hosted a few years ago ended up with over 60 visitors showing up in the first 30 minutes and I was the only telescope there that night. gaah.gif

 

You can find lots of information on the Bong website including directions and a map of the park.

Feel free to ask questions here or IM me. While I don't work for the park I am the volunteer coordinator for astronomy.

 

I'll be posting here about the rest of the year as they come up and hope to add some photos as they happen.

Tom

 

 


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Posted 17 March 2024 - 08:08 AM

So, last night was a bust. There was a short time of clearing but most of the night was fast moving clouds covering 40% or more of the sky. Adding to that was the wind gusting to 25 or so which would have most scopes vibrating.

 

April 20th should be better weather.

 

I'll be doing a presentation on how to safely watch the solar eclipse next Saturday 3/23 at 12:30 at shelter 1 if anyone here is interested. I'll have information on glasses and filters along with some instructions on how to make a simple viewer.

Tom




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