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• Contact Lodge - Reservations.
• Reservation Rules/Guidelines.
    • Summer/Fall Lodge Openings - 2017-06-12 09:57:40 -

      The lodge will be open for a number of weekends through the summer and fall.  Please check out the calendar to see the open dates.  Reservations can be made through the lodge reservation email or the reservation contact link.  Hope to see you up there!

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    • Lodge Update 1/2/17 - 2017-01-02 18:39:12 -

      We are now taking reservations through the end of February.  We have a lot of openings in February - we hope to see you up there.

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    • January Reservation Reminder - 2016-11-17 16:38:11 -

      Just a reminder - we will start taking reservations for January on December 1st.  There are a lot of midweek dates available - the lodge will be open from 12/15/16 through 1/16/17...

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Star Gazing At Sheep Hill Astronomical Association 11/4/16

 

Thanks Dwight for putting this together – what a nice way to spend a Friday evening!  For about 2 hours – we had our own personal astronomy class.  Sky was clear, company was great, and conversation was interesting and fun.  Mike, Nick, and Surge did a great job manning the 18 inch, f/4.5 Newtonian Reflecting Telescope which sits on the 2nd floor of the observatory underneath a 16 foot steel dome.  The telescope is mounted on an equatorial fork mount with a sidereal-rate tracking motor (no – I did not remember all that – it is all on their site which I encourage all to take a look at to learn more:  http://www.sheephillastro.org/observatory.html).  In layman’s terms:  they were able to find some really cool things to look at:

 

  • Moon:  very bright and it was neat seeing the craters.
  • Mars
  • Double Star Alberio:  Was very pretty!  One was blue, the other white.   Looked like it should be on a Christmas card!
  • Planetary Nebula Star M57:  AKA a ring nebula.  Sort of looked like a jellyfish, but really looked like what it was – a dying star.
  • The Dumbbell M27:  Looked like a dumbbell, and also like a cobweb.

 

FYI:  what is visible to the human eye is given a name , everything else has a number assigned.

 

For those unable to attend and are interested  in astronomy, the observatory is open to the public on the 3rd Friday evening of each month at 8:30 weather permitting, and also during special events (meteor showers, etc.).

 

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