Mid South Star Gaze and Astronomy Conference

Rainwater Observatory is gearing up for its annual Midsouth Stargaze and Astronomy Conference April 3-6, 2019! This event attracts amateur and professional astronomers from around the country. It is held under one of the few remaining dark skies in the southeastern United States and just off the beautiful Natchez Trace Parkway near the village of French Camp, Mississippi. Join us this year for fun, fellowship, observing and fascinating presentations by professional astronomers and others such as galaxy researcher, Dr. William Keel from the University of Alabama, astrophotographer-retired “Hurricane Hunter” Jon Talbot and much more! 

 

This year we are adding something new to Star Gaze-Conference as Jon Talbot will be presenting an astrophotography workshop! It will be scheduled on Thursday April 4, 2019 from 10:00am-4:00pm with a break for lunch. This workshop will cover the basic fundamentals of taking raw data (CCD or DSLR) and making a color image out of it using PixInsight. 

 

PLEASE NOTE WORKSHOP DETAILS AND REQUIREMENTS!

 

Individuals wishing to participate in this workshop will need their own laptop or computer loaded with the latest version of PixInsight.  Those who do not own PixInsight but want to try it before deciding to buy can download a 30-day trial and install from http://pixinsight.com/ This should be done 1-2 weeks prior to the class because there are a couple of days wait for the trial license. Important Note! This workshop has an additional $40 fee that is separate from Star Gaze registration and lodging. Jon will collect this additional $40 fee at the door from workshop participants. You will need to email him directly at: hurricane4@att.net before March 8, 2019 to sign up and get any additional details.

 

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 Midsouth Star Gaze & Astronomy Conference Registration Details!

 

PLEASE NOTE: This event is geared primarily for adults and older supervised children interested in learning more about astronomy.

 

Rainwater is home to one of the largest collections of powerful telescopes in the southeast. We have some new exciting indoor exhibits and beautiful custom built exhibit cases with an impressive new meteorite collection.  The collection contains objects such as a Mars meteorite, a large shatter cone, tektites and a piece of the Chelyabinsk meteorite that hit Russia in 2013! In addition, we have exhibits featuring an impressive collection of rocks, minerals, asteroid models, space art exhibit and other astronomy related displays.

 

We have a large camping area with a pavilion, picnic tables, amphitheater, men's and women's showers and bathrooms, WIFI access, all new electrical outlets on the hill and camp area, 14 bed air conditioned bunk house, four new grills and five campfire pit areas with surround seating as well as other camping areas around the observatory hill. There is a Bed and Breakfast, Council House Cafe, Lodge, Memphis Guest House and other additional lodging located within a mile of the observatory.

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FREE PUBLIC EVENT

 

"WONDERS OF THE WINTER STARS!”

 

Rainwater Observatory in French Camp Mississippi will be offering a free program for this winter season called "WONDERS OF THE WINTER STARS!". This presentation will be given on Friday, January 11, 2019, starting at 7:00 p.m. by teacher and astronomer, David Teske. This fascinating, educational and entertaining presentation explores the beauty, science and mythology of the winter stars and constellations! This program is generously sponsored by 4-County Electric!

 

Dave Teske has won various teaching awards including teacher of the year from schools at the Air Force Association and has been recognized by NASA.  He is a retired science teacher who is a lifelong amateur astronomer.  He has been doing public outreach at Rainwater Observatory since 1990.  He also does outreach at local schools and nature centers.  Prior to this time, he worked at planetariums and nature centers in northern Minnesota.  He is an avid observer of the sun and moon, as well as whatever else he can see in the skies.  He contributes his solar and lunar observations to the American Association of Variable Star Observers and the American Lunar and Planetary Observers.  He is married and has four dogs!

 

After the presentation, weather permitting, an observing session will be held using some of Rainwater’s collection of powerful telescopes. The planetarium can be used if the outdoor observing is clouded out. Rainwater Observatory and Planetarium is located one mile east of the Natchez Trace Parkway off MS Highway 413 near the village of French Camp in Mississippi. Come early and enjoy Steak Night at the Council House Café, another support ministry of French Camp Academy.

 

For more information contact Edwin Faughn at Rainwater Observatory: 662-547-7283 or info@rainwaterobservatory.org.

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