Jul 21 @ 10:00 am – Jul 25 @ 10:00 am Spruce Knob Mountain Center
Mark your calendars for a March registration! The event sold out the fastest ever 2016!Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)
Jul 21 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Kitchen Yurt and Patio
Lunch for Attendees that paid for meals is set for Friday through Monday.  Here is the Food Menu for reference.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)
Jul 21 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm Yurt Deck
Friday, 4:00-5:30 pm on the Yurt deck   Bring your astronomy, observing, or space-related items to sell. Bring your cash to get those items you need. Bring more cash for the items you want. Bring even more to get items you didn’t even know exist. All transactions will be simply private between buyers and sellers. Sellers should[...]
Jul 21 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm Kitchen Yurt and Patio
Dinner for the attendee that paid for food as part of their registrations.  Here is the Food Menu for seeing what is being prepared for each meal.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)
Jul 21 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm Main Yurt & Tent
Dr. Mike Reynolds, Prof. of Astonomy, Fla. State College-Jacksonville and Exec. Dir., Assoc. of Lunar & Planetary Observers Friday, July 21 , 2017, 6:30 pm in the Yurt Keep Looking Up! Summary That title has been my by-line since 1974, and my friend, the late Jack Horkheimer used this for his PBS Star Gazer show. So[...]
Jul 21 @ 9:00 pm – 9:45 pm Yellow Observing Field
Informal Visual Observing Evenings, Friday through Sunday. Meet on the Yellow Observing Field (look for the red marker light). This will be available every night at dusk to chat with beginners on a variety of observing topics. This informal get-together could cover anything from how to locate and recognize deep sky objects, types of objects to[...]
Jul 22 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am Kitchen Yurt and Patio
Breakfast for AHSP Attendees that have paid for meals.  Here is the Food Menu for checking what’s for breakfast!Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)
Jul 22 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am Yurt Deck
Whether you are a seasoned birdwatcher or a casual observer you are sure to enjoy one of our two birdwatching sessions. Don’t miss this opportunity to see what West Virginia has to offer this time around. It will be later in the season and we expect cooler-climate populations to delight us with a visit. Birdwatching[...]
Jul 22 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm Yurt Deck
Saturday, at 9:00 am on the Yurt Deck Patio The Mountain Institute’s staff will lead three prime outdoors activities for the area: a canoeing trip, a Spruce Knob summit hike and caving, first one on Saturday and the other two on Sunday. All will gather and leave from the Deck at the Yurt.Share this:Click to[...]
Jul 22 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am Main Yurt
Saturday, July 22 , 2017, 9:30 am in the Yurt Fun With Photons – Imaging the Night Summary This session is an introduction into the fascinating world of night time photography.  It will include the basic camera settings, and required techniques for imaging targets during the night with camera equipment you already own.  The session[...]
Jul 22 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm Yurt Deck
This event will either be Saturday or Sunday depending on the weather. This is a fascinating talk and hike for those interested in learning more about the geology of the Spruce Knob region. No prior knowledge of geology needed.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens[...]
Jul 22 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Kitchen Yurt and Patio
Lunch for Attendees that paid for meals is set for Friday through Monday.  Here is the Food Menu for reference.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)
Jul 22 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm Yurt Deck
Hike to the Beaver Dam Saturday, July 22, 2017 at 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm Spruce Knob Mountain Center Staff The SKMC’s staff will lead a hike to the beaver ponds and provide a beaver ecology investigation and an introduction to water quality monitoring. Wear sturdy closed-toe shoes, and layered clothing that can be removed as[...]
Jul 22 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm Main Yurt
Saturday, July 22 , 2017, 1:30 pm in the Yurt Kevin Quin, NOVAC Astrophotography: processing  Summary By a miracle, you got all your gear working at the same time, and braved six hours of mosquitoes to collect your `images.  Now what?  Good news!  You don’t have to read a 300-page book to figure out how to process your first[...]
Jul 22 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm TMI Observatory
Back Ridge Observatory Open House Saturday & Sunday, 3:00 pm at  the observatory, or meet 2:45 pm on the deck. Host is Joe Morris Joe will open the observatory he has made available for SKMC’s use, on the ridge northwest of the observing fields.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to[...]
Jul 22 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm Main Yurt
Doug Murphy Saturday, July 22 , 2017, 3:00 pm in the Yurt Astro-Video Observing Summary A simple webcam and monitor transforms observing in bright suburban conditions to a nearly live experience with an aperture many times larger than the telescopes—and in color!  Alt-azimuth telescope mounts work just fine.  The equipment required will be reviewed for[...]
Jul 22 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm Yurt Deck
Shared Solar Observing Saturday & Sunday, 3:00-4:30 pm on the Yurt deck. Bring your solar telescope or filtered astronomical telescope to the deck to share views of the Sun.   Hands-on Introduction to Celestial Navigation   Saturday & Sunday, 3:00-4:30 pm on the Yurt deck. Alan Goldberg Learn the basics of celestial navigation using the[...]
Jul 22 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm Kitchen Yurt and Patio
Dinner for the attendee that paid for food as part of their registrations.  Here is the Food Menu for seeing what is being prepared for each meal.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)
Jul 22 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm Main Yurt and Tent
Dr. Emily Martin, Smithsonian Institution Center for Earth and Planetary Sciences Saturday, July 22 , 2017, 6:30 pm in the Yurt Cassini and it’s ‘grand’ tour of the Saturn System Summary The success of the Cassini Mission has not only revealed the icy worlds in stunning detail, but has continued to surprise the scientific community as[...]
Jul 22 @ 9:00 pm – 9:45 pm Yellow Observing Field
Informal Visual Observing Evenings, Friday through Sunday. Meet on the Yellow Observing Field (look for the red marker light). This will be available every night at dusk to chat with beginners on a variety of observing topics. This informal get-together could cover anything from how to locate and recognize deep sky objects, types of objects to[...]
Jul 23 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am Kitchen Yurt and Patio
Breakfast for AHSP Attendees that have paid for meals.  Here is the Food Menu for checking what’s for breakfast!Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)
Jul 23 @ 8:15 am – 2:00 pm Cass State Park
Cass Mountain Scenic Railroad Whitaker Station Run Sunday, July 23, 2017 – Train departs at 11:00 am ; meet on outdoor deck at 9:00 am for carpools. After riding the historic Greenbriar Valley train in 2015, we will return to the Cass Scenic Railroad as a daylight activity on Sunday. Cass Railroad tickets are for the 2[...]
Jul 23 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am Yurt Deck
Whether you are a seasoned birdwatcher or a casual observer you are sure to enjoy one of our two birdwatching sessions. Don’t miss this opportunity to see what West Virginia has to offer this time around. It will be later in the season and we expect cooler-climate populations to delight us with a visit. Birdwatching[...]
Jul 23 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm Yurt Deck
Summit Hike Sunday, July 23, 2017 at 9:00 am – 12:00 n Spruce Knob Mountain Center Staff The SKMC’s staff will lead a hike to the observation tower at Spruce Knob summit. Wear sturdy closed-toe shoes, and layered clothing that can be removed as you get hot. Depart from the Yurt deck at 9:00 on Sunday[...]
Jul 23 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am Main Yurt
Bill Burton, NOVAC Sunday, July 23 , 2017, 9:30 am in the Yurt Exploring the Moon: a new class for the general public on observing the Moon and understanding its formation Summary The new Roll-Top Observatory at Turner Farm in Fairfax County, Virginia now offers a number of astronomy classes, including one on the Moon.  In[...]
Jul 23 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am Main Yurt
Dr. Myron Wasiuta, OD, Rappahannock Astronomy Club Sunday, July 23 , 2017, 10:30 am in the Yurt Your eyes- a users guide to visual astronomy Summary The talk will concentrate on the anatomy and physiology of the eye and vision and how to maximize the eyes capabilities for astronomical observing. I’ll also demonstrate the various things that[...]
Jul 23 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Kitchen Yurt and Patio
Lunch for Attendees that paid for meals is set for Friday through Monday.  Here is the Food Menu for reference.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)
Jul 23 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm Yurt Deck
Caving  Sunday, July 23, 2017 at 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm Spruce Knob Mountain Center Staff The SKMC’s staff will lead a trip to a local Shenandoah cave. After many years of caves being closed for fear of spreading White Nose Syndrome in bats, it has been determined that human cave visits are not a contributing factor. SKMC staff[...]
Jul 23 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm Main Yurt
Pete Gural, Analemma Society and NOVAC Sunday, July 23 , 2017, 1:30 pm in the Yurt The Observatory at Turner Farm, Great Falls, VA:  History and Status Summary The Observatory at Turner Farm is nearly one year old and has been operational for public outreach events during that time with the help of the Analemma[...]
Jul 23 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm TMI Observatory
Back Ridge Observatory Open House Saturday & Sunday, 3:00 pm at  the observatory, or meet 2:45 pm on the deck. Host is Joe Morris Joe will open the observatory he has made available for SKMC’s use, on the ridge northwest of the observing fields.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to[...]