- Membership in the International Dark-Sky Association
- The IDA is a non-profit,
membership-based organization. IDA's goal is to be effective -- through
education about (a) the value and effectiveness of quality nighttime
lighting and (b) of the solutions to the problems -- in stopping the adverse
environmental impact of light pollution and space debris.
- Membership in the The Astronomical League
- The AL offers members
many benefits, including many Observe Award Programs, and a Quarterly
Newsletter, the Reflector.
- Camaraderie of viewing the
heavens with those who share the same interests. Our club is growing rapidly,
so come enjoy the fun.
- Access to the Observatory
grounds for viewing.
Club members have access to
the observatory grounds for viewing and setting up their telescopes. The
Observatory itself can only be opened and used by Approved Officers and
Club members may request a gate key that allows access to the
observatory site. There is a $ 5 deposit, refundable upon return of key. You have 16 seconds after
inserting the card key before the gate automatically closes.
Restrictions:Camping Is allowed for open house events such as
meteor showers, Messier marathons, or other club sponsored events. Any other
camping is restricted to
club members only and for the sole purpose of stargazing.
- Members are responsible for
keeping the observatory and surrounding grounds in good condition. Pick
up after yourself.
- Playground equipment is completely OFF LIMITS TO ALL!!
- If you are going to build a campfire, use the fire pit. You may collect DOWNED firewood from the obsevatory site. Don't use
someone's private collection that might seem handy. Make sure your
campfire is out by dousing it with water from the spigot near the
- A 10 mph speed limit is to
be observed on all roads on the observatory site.
- When leaving the
observatory site, use the normal entrance drive. The old exit road will
only be used for special events. You will have to use the card key on
exiting, as the gate will not lock in the up position any longer. After
you open the gate, you have 16 seconds before it closes.
NOT USE THE ROAD IF IT IS COVERED WITH SNOW OR ICE.
Also, the parking lot can be very
muddy after a hard freeze and thawing, so be careful.
- Motorcycles are not allowed
inside of the gate. They may be parked to the side just outside of the
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