The Heart of America Star Party is held at the Astronomical Society of Kansas City's Dark Sky Site. The Dark Sky Site was developed for and by amateur astronomers. Please come and join us for:

  • excellent viewing, located 75 miles south, away from Kansas City lights, which results in nearly 6.7 limiting magnitude (based on SQM-L averages);

  • the comraderie of others with the same passion for the night sky;

  • informational presentations by experts in the field of astronomy;

  • located in a wide area that has plenty of room for tents, trailers, and RVs; electrical hook-ups; toilets and showers on site. The site is located 15 miles from Butler MO for hotels, restaurants, etc.

  • options for daytime fun activities for the entire family

****HOASP 2016 REGISTRATION FORM****

 

 

 

FRIDAY NIGHT - SPECIAL GUEST

 

MICHAEL E BAKICH

The Dark Side of Science: Total Eclipse

The total solar eclipse that will sweep across the continental United States on August 21, 2017, will be the greatest astronomical event of our lives. Some 12 million people already live within the path of totality, and who knows how many millions more will travel to experience darkness at midday.

The most massive planned activity on that date will occur — believe it or not — in St. Joseph, Missouri. Rosecrans Memorial Airport marks the spot where the largest single science event in history is primed to take place.

This talk will focus on that spectacle. You’ll hear all the eclipse’s details, how the word is getting out, who’s involved, what the weather prospects are, and more.

Most importantly, the speaker will issue a direct invitation to you and your astronomy club to attend and help serve the public — a big part of why we’re all amateur astronomers.

Think of it. You already know the eclipse will be something you’ll never forget. Now, come make history.

In the words of David Bowie, “We can be heroes just for one day.”

 

MICHAEL BAKICH is a senior editor for
Astronomy Magazine

 

SATURDAY NIGHT SPEAKERS:

JEN WINTER & FRED BRUENJES

Eclipse Observing Equipment Planning:

The good, the bad and the ugly

Harrowing tales from the ends of the earth chasing eclipses for 17 years.  Fred and Jen have collectively brought almost every piece of equipment imaginable to observe eclipses. Jen has chased 10 total and 1 annular, while placing thousands of clients in the path, organizing 28 total eclipse expeditions.  Now, after dragging equipment to see the eclipse, she makes solar observing equipment as co-owner of Daystar Filters. Fred has chased 9 totals and 3 annular eclipses and even published Eclipse Orchestrator software to automatically run a camera during totality. 

The two will share stories of their travels to the ends of the earth chasing totality. 
Learn what equipment plans they made, what equipment they made, what worked and what ultimately failed miserably. 

 

FRIDAY EVENING OR SATURDAY EVENING
ASTROPHOTOGRAPY WITH DAVID LANE

AT HOASP again this year, our own ASKC member, Dave Lane, is having another seminar on astrophotography.   Dave has become internationally famous for his work – just Google him and see for yourself, and check out www.davelaneastrophotography.com    His photos are astronomically astounding!    This seminar will cost $20, a donation to the ASKC, and will take place Friday and/or Saturday evening, right on-site at the star party.    If you are interested in this, please sign up on the registration form, and Dave will contact you prior to the star party.

 

SATURDAY MORNING - AREA CIVIL WAR BATTLEFIELD TOUR

Within a radius of about 30 miles from the HOASP, there are three significant Civil War historical sites:  the Marais des Cygnes Massacre Site, the Battle of Island Mound State Historic Site and the Mine Creek Civil War Battlefield State Historic Site.  Come with your ASKC host Rick Henderson for a tour of the Marais des Cygnes Massacre Site and the Island Mound State Historic Site.  HOASP guests are also welcome to go to the Mine Creek Civil War State Historic Site which has a staffed visitor center and is open 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Wednesdays through Saturdays.

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Contact:

Email: HOASP@askc.org

Phone: 913-522-8799

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