Observation at Stone Mountain State Park for Campers Saturday July 29

This Saturday July 29th, the Forsyth Astronomical Society will host an observation in the family camping area of Stone Mountain State Park. This is primarily an event for the campers of the park but the public is welcome to attend. This event used to be a lock in style event but recent park regulations allow for visitors entrance and egress as they please. The Moon, Jupiter and Saturn will be the night’s brightest treats. We will also be able to show you various star clusters, binary star systems and possibly some of the brighter nebulae.

The conditions can vary from the surrounding areas at our mountain observing sites. The lows are slated for 70’s and high 60’s with a breeze for the observation times. Late arriving guests may want to have a light jacket available. This time of the year you will most definitely want insect repellent. Please refrain from spraying repellent near scopes or other optic devices. Repellents are usually sticky and can damage the precision optical surfaces. Please refrain from using flashlights or cell phones in the observation area. With the moon being out, once your eyes dark adapt, I promise you, you will be able to see fine to navigate around. If you have need to find something ask a member and they can use a red flashlight to help you. Please note the observation site on the campsite map below. Access to the site can be gained via a grassy path between sites 35 and 36. If you are a non camping attendee please park at the bathhouse near the observation site or along the grassy median away from campsites along the main road.  Please be respectful and do not walk through other’s campsites.

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A reminder to attending club members: This location is prone to HEAVY dew. Please keep this in mind and adjust your equipment strategy accordingly.

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