MAS fall Messier Marathons were hosted at both the Cherry Grove Observatory and Long Lake Conservation Center. I headed to the one at LLCC located near McGregor, MN some of the darkest sky’s short of the BWCA.
I don’t know what the final count was but, it was under 10 at LLCC, the one at Cherry Grove typically runs about 30. I arrived late and setup a 10″ dob. A nice collection of telescopes had already been setup including the MAS’s 30″ Obsession (they no longer make a 30″, we got one of the last ones ever produced) housed at the LLCC, amazing scope, impressive views of deep space objects. It’s an f4.5 with a 30″ mirror (that’s almost a 1 meter telescope), it requires a fairly tall ladder to views objects in it. The skys under LLCC were fantastic, the first thing I did was collimated my dob and noticed my laser collimator needs collumation as you twist it the laser moves, oh well, I could’nt do it in the dark in the field. First object I looked at having adjusted my night vision was Saturn blowing my night vision low on the Southern Horizon, the proceeded on to check out a dozen or so Messier’s in Sagittarius, then went on from their, checking out a half dozen more easy to find M’s, and checking out the Obsession occasionally. I then whipped out a small equitorial mount and shot some DSLR stills, I shot 30 or so frames with seperate dark frames for later processing. The dew rolled in quick, I packed up, everything is almost dry as I type this, so I called it early before the rise of Orion grabbing a bunk and returning for the cities around 8am. Here’s a couple un-processed raw frames from last evening.
I took my wife and kids to the Minnesota Renaissance Festival today. We purchased discount ticket at Super America, and arrived with 10 minute of open or so and left after we had our fill of shows, entertainment, and eating (and the kids were tired). Excellent weather mid 70′s, the place was hopping. I brought along a single 28-70mm F2.8 and traveled light. Additional show event details will appear below this post for the 24th as I have time to publish them.
At the Renfiar we hit the Bedlam Bards at the ‘Mead’ stand where they perform occasionally due to other scheduling conflicts. We used to hit them at Merlins Rest but, are now frequently seen at HalfTimeRec.
A bit of a unique group with at least two members showing up (full-time) members with others (plenty over the years). I have yet to see them play with less than 4 people. They play a Celtic-Renfolk type music very unique and fun to drink ale to with friends. Between every song everyone takes a drink (the band often does shots). I had talked with a former bedlam at Merlin’s and he said it was all for fun and the love of music, much like my love for photography (I believe that’s what I heard, I had quite a few guiness/harps/bass and combinations thierof (black&tan, etc) that evening).