Weather pending, the Quad Cities Astronomical Society (QCAS) will be hosting it’s annual Meteor Shower Party, a free public viewing session, on Saturday, July 30th. The event begins shortly after sunset.
Their observatory is located near the entrance of the Wapsi River Environmental Educational Center outside of Dixon, Iowa.
A Google Map link to the site is as follows:
This facility house’s some of the areas largest telescopes including 30″, 20″,and 12″ Newtonians and a 14″ computer controlled Schmidt Cassegrain, all expected to be available for guests to look through.
There will generally be member telescopes doing a variety of things in addition to visual astronomy such as electronically assisted astronomy (EAA) and astrophotography.
After the event, the QCAS will be raffling off a new 4.5″ Orion Starblast table top Dobsonian telescope!
This is a great entry level scope, and a great grab-n-go scope for the more advanced… it even could make a great finder scope if you have a large telescope!
Tickets are $2 each or three for $5 and are available at the event… you can also do a Reply and maybe we can meet up for the purchase of tickets.
You don’t need to be present to win, and all proceeds go toward our Oberservatory Relocation Project!
So, bring your lawn chair, non-alcoholic beverages, and bug spray or Thermacell out to enjoy the site!
Again, the event would be hindered by heavy cloud cover and/or rain… so before driving to the site, check the QCAS – Quad Cities Astronomical Society Facebook if the weather is questionable!