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MC Observatory Public Stargazing Party - December 17, 2004

This Friday evening December 17th beginning at 7PM Morgan County Observatory will host a Public Star Party. The rain date will be the following evening Saturday December 18th, also at 7PM. There will be stargazing, refreshments, movies and hands on astronomy exhibits to entertain folks of all ages. Winter skies bring into view Saturn, the Orion nebula, Andromeda galaxy and many other celestial wonders. Everyone is invited to come out and view the wonders of the night sky through the many wonderful telescopes available with the experts from the Foundation to guide you. If you have a telescope, you may bring it and get help on using it to view the heavens. Come out and see the progress on the Morgan County Observatory and get a peek through the powerful 16" Cassegrain telescope housed there. Admission is free to all and donations are encouraged.

MCOF is a member of the United Way of Berkeley and Morgan Counties and would like to encourage charitable giving to the observatory through the United Way. Just call 263-0603 for more information and specify MCOF as the institution you would like to benefit from your contribution. The holiday season is also a great time to give the gift of a year's membership in the foundation to you favorite friend or loved one. It will help support public programs at the observatory and give the designee benefits of MCOF membership.

At the Annual Meeting of the Morgan County Observatory Foundation held in November, five new board members were elected or reinstated: Barbara Schrider-Campbell, Loretta Brown, Leigh Jenkins, Barbara Herrman, and Alan Moeck. The MCOF Board of Directors hold two year terms and conduct the day to day business of the foundation. The next meeting of the board will be this Saturday December 18th at 10AM at MC Public Library.

The Foundation would like to thank the following new or returning members and contributors for their generous support: Cub Scout Pack 35 from Hancock, William Belton, the Town of Bath, Barb Herrman, David Cooper & Scott Steen, United Way of Morgan & Berkeley Counties, and Morgan County CEO's. Member benefits include: newsletter, yearly calendar, voting rights at MCOF general meeting, admission to 'Members Only' events and notification of all events. All donations of $50 or more will be memorialized on Founding Members' plaques to be displayed inside the Observatory.

Come out and enjoy the dark skies of Morgan County while learning more about astronomy and the stars. To get to the Observatory from Berkeley Springs, follow Rt 522 South 2 miles and take a left on Winchester Grade Rd (Rt 13), then travel 9 miles just past Greenwood School on the left. For information 304-258-1013, http://www.nitesky.org, or dynsol@crosslink.net.

Public Star Party at Observatory Friday October 24, 2004

MCOF will hold a public Star Party Friday evening October 24th at 7:00PM on the observatory grounds at Greenwood School. Still close to Earth, Mars is the brightest object in the night sky except for the moon. Everyone is invited to come out and view the wonders of the night sky through the many wonderful telescopes available with the experts from the Foundation to guide you. If you have a telescope, you may bring it and get help on using it to view the heavens. Refreshments will be served.

The winner of the Orion 90mm EQ refractor telescope raffled off at the Apple Butter Festival was William Knowles-Kellett from PA, who purchased the lucky ticket at the Library before festival weekend. The MCOF Apple Butter Booth was very popular with raffle, face painting, star maps and more available. The Foundation is grateful for the generously donated time & face painting talent of Yvette Boles, Jason Kelly, Kaylee McClure, Wendy Golden, Jeanaleah Harman, Jennifer Kelly and other local youth who volunteered to help. Come out and see the construction progress on the Morgan County Observatory and get a peek through the powerful 16" Cassegrain telescope housed there. Informative exhibits, NASA/JPL movies, contests for kids and hands on astronomy activities will be present.

The first ever class in Observational Astronomy held at the observatory began last Thursday October 16 and runs from 6:30 to 8:30PM for the next 5 weeks. The class covers finding your way around the night sky, constellations, telescopes, firsthand viewing and other topics in astronomy. Seats are still available, to sign up call Gale Eddy at 258-2430. Cost is $25 for the entire 6 week course. Middle School students and home schoolers grade 6-8 are encouraged to attend the Afterschool Astronomy/Rocketry club Wednesdays from 3:30-5:00PM at WSMS sponsored by the Observatory Foundation.

Ed Connors from Ripley, WV recently visited the observatory and worked on collimating the mirrors of the telescope to improve the focus at high resolutions. Bob Madison of Advanced Refrigeration installed the heat pump donated by Morgan County Schools. Dennis Beddow of Beddow Drywall has finished drywall installation. Larry Barkdoll donated downspout & installation on the south wall of the observatory. Darlene Leaf of Mountain View Nursery donated plants for landscaping. Giselle Aoussat has donated painting services for the interior of the facility.

The Foundation would like to thank the following new or returning members and donators for their generous support: Dave & Barbara Fye, Billie Jo Rowland, Bob & Peggy Sclater, Duke & Doris Shepard, Bob Madison, Ed Connors, Larry Barkdoll, Joe Pirrone, Ray Goodman, Mark Hyman, Rose C. & Allen T. Pierce, and Giselle Aoussat. Member benefits include: quarterly newsletter, yearly calendar, voting rights at MCOF general meeting, admission to 'Members Only' events and notification of all events. All donations of $50 or more will be memorialized on Founding Members' plaques to be displayed inside the Observatory. The next 'Members Only' night will be held Friday November 14th 7:00PM at the observatory. If you are not a member, you may obtain membership there for $20/individual or $35/family.

Dr. John Mather, NASA's project director on the next generation space telescope, will be coming to Greenwood School to give a talk on "James C. Webb Space Telescope and First Galaxies" Saturday November 8th 9PM. There will also be a Total Lunar Eclipse party and viewing at the observatory beginning at 7PM that evening. Come out and enjoy the dark skies of Morgan County while learning more about astronomy and the stars. Other upcoming events at the observatory include a Public Star Party November 21st 7:00PM. To get to Greenwood from Berkeley Springs, follow Rt 522 South 2 miles and take a left on Winchester Grade Rd (Rt 13), then travel 9 miles and park at the school on the left. For information 304-258-1013, http://www.nitesky.org, or dynsol@crosslink.net.

MC Observatory News - Oct 15, 2004

This Friday evening October 15th beginning at 8PM Morgan County Observatory will host a Public Star Party. The rain date will be the following evening Saturday October 16th, also at 8PM. There will be stargazing, refreshments, movies and hands on astronomy exhibits to entertain folks of all ages. Everyone is invited to come out and view the wonders of the night sky through the many wonderful telescopes available with the experts from the Foundation to guide you. If you have a telescope, you may bring it and get help on using it to view the heavens. Come out and see the progress on the Morgan County Observatory and get a peek through the powerful 16" Cassegrain telescope housed there. Admission is free to all and donations are encouraged.

Morgan County Observatory and Morgan County Schools are giving a six week class held every Thursday from 7:30 to 9:30PM entitled 'Observational Astronomy' focused on finding your way around the night sky. The class begins this Thursday and costs $30 plus the cost of 'Turn Left at Orion', the very popular textbook for the class. Students of all ages are welcome and will learn about telescopes, star maps, constellations, planets, nebulae, sun, moon and more. Call Laura Hovermale at 258-2430 or MCOF to sign up.

The Annual Meeting of the Morgan County Observatory Foundation will be held Saturday November 6 at 10AM at MC Public Library where current members will be asked to elect candidates for the Board of Directors. The next Member's Only viewing night at the observatory will be held Friday October 22 at 8PM.

MCOF's booth at the Apple Butter Festival was very popular this past weekend. The winner of the annual telescope raffle this year was Elizabeth Coakley from Virginia who won a brand new Orion 90mm EQ refractor telescope. Second prize winner was Andy Andryshack of Great Cacapon who won the Constellation Space Race board game. The work of volunteer face painters Yvette Boles, Kalee McClure, Wendy Golden, Brianna Grigsby, Rebecca Truitt and Rachel Wurster was very much appreciated by the younger folks and their parents in the crowd.

The Foundation would like to thank the following new or returning members and contributors for their generous support: Larry Cain, Leigh Jenkins, Loretta Brown, Roger McIntire, Paul Truitt, Warren Hart, Barbara Schrider, Alan Moeck, Brian Eney of Westminster Astronomical Society, Carrie Durst, Homeopathy Works, Dennis & Margaret Boles, Mark Hyman, Joanne Tommarello, Morgan County Public Library and Bob Young. Member benefits include: newsletter, yearly calendar, voting rights at MCOF general meeting, admission to 'Members Only' events and notification of all events. All donations of $50 or more will be memorialized on Founding Members' plaques to be displayed inside the Observatory.

Come out and enjoy the dark skies of Morgan County while learning more about astronomy and the stars. To get to the Observatory from Berkeley Springs, follow Rt 522 South 2 miles and take a left on Winchester Grade Rd (Rt 13), then travel 9 miles just past Greenwood School on the left. For information 304-258-1013, http://www.nitesky.org, or dynsol@crosslink.net.

MC Observatory News - Oct 4, 2004

Morgan County Observatory and Morgan County Schools are giving a six week class entitled 'Observational Astronomy' focused on finding your way around the night sky. The class begins Thursday evening from 7:30 to 9:30PM and costs $30 plus the cost of 'Turn Left at Orion' the very popular textbook for the class. Students of all ages are welcome and will learn about telescopes, star maps, constellations, planets, nebulae, sun, moon and more. Call Laura Hovermale at 258-2430 or MCOF to sign up.

This Friday evening October 8th beginning at 8PM Morgan County Observatory will host a Member's only Star Party. The following evening Saturday September 18th, also at 8PM will be a Public Star Party at the Observatory. There will be stargazing, refreshments, movies and hands on astronomy exhibits to entertain folks of all ages. Everyone is invited to come out and view the wonders of the night sky through the many wonderful telescopes available with the experts from the Foundation to guide you. If you have a telescope, you may bring it and get help on using it to view the heavens. Come out and see the progress on the Morgan County Observatory and get a peek through the powerful 16" Cassegrain telescope housed there. Admission is free to all and donations are encouraged.

MCOF will have a booth at the upcoming Apple Butter Festival with astronomical information and activities so stop by and see us and support your observatory. Volunteers are needed to man the booth and do face painting. The annual telescope raffle is in progress and tickets may be purchased at the Morgan County Public Library or at any MCOF event. The prize is a brand new Orion 90mm EQ refractor telescope which is great for the beginner or intermediate amateur astronomer and will be given away at the end of the Apple Butter Festival.

The Foundation would like to thank the following new or returning members and contributors for their generous support: Tom Collins, Barbara Schrider, Larry Barkdoll, Sonny's Produce, Bob Sclater, Gerry Ward, Kris O'brien of O'brien's Cabins, Carol Hsu, Alan Moeck, Barb Herrman, Gisele Aoussat, Steve Schultz, Carrie Durst, United Way of Berkeley & Morgan County. Member benefits include: newsletter, yearly calendar, voting rights at MCOF general meeting, admission to 'Members Only' events and notification of all events. All donations of $50 or more will be memorialized on Founding Members' plaques to be displayed inside the Observatory.

Come out and enjoy the dark skies of Morgan County while learning more about astronomy and the stars. To get to the Observatory from Berkeley Springs, follow Rt 522 South 2 miles and take a left on Winchester Grade Rd (Rt 13), then travel 9 miles and park at the school on the left. For information 304-258-1013, http://www.nitesky.org, or dynsol@crosslink.net.

MCOF Star Party Friday Sept 17, 2004

This Friday evening September 17th beginning at 8PM Morgan County Observatory will host a Public Star Party. The rain date for this event will be Saturday September 18th, also at 8PM. There will be stargazing, refreshments, movies and hands on astronomy exhibits to entertain folks of all ages. Everyone is invited to come out and view the wonders of the night sky through the many wonderful telescopes available with the experts from the Foundation to guide you. If you have a telescope, you may bring it and get help on using it to view the heavens. Come out and see the progress on the Morgan County Observatory and get a peek through the powerful 16" Cassegrain telescope housed there. Admission is free to all and donations are encouraged.

MCOF will have a booth at the upcoming Apple Butter Festival and volunteers are needed to man the booth and do facepainting. The annual telescope raffle is in progress and tickets may be purchased at the Morgan County Public Library or at any MCOF event. The prize is a brand new Orion 90mm EQ refractor telescope which is great for the beginner or intermediate amateur astronomer.

The Foundation would like to thank the following new or returning members and contributors for their generous support: Carrie Durst, United Way of Berkeley & Morgan County. Member benefits include: quarterly newsletter, yearly calendar, voting rights at MCOF general meeting, admission to 'Members Only' events and notification of all events. All donations of $50 or more will be memorialized on Founding Members' plaques to be displayed inside the Observatory.

Come out and enjoy the dark skies of Morgan County while learning more about astronomy and the stars. To get to the Observatory from Berkeley Springs, follow Rt 522 South 2 miles and take a left on Winchester Grade Rd (Rt 13), then travel 9 miles and park at the school on the left. For information 304-258-1013, http://www.nitesky.org, or dynsol@crosslink.net.

Morgan County Observatory News - August 9, 2004

Morgan Co. Observatory Foundation has several events coming up this month. This Friday evening August 13th beginning at 8PM there will be a 'Members Only' viewing opportunity at the observatory in Greenwood for foundation members. If you are not a member, or you're thinking of becoming a supporter of the observatory you may attend to check out the facility and sign up there for $20/individual or $35/family for a year long membership. On Saturday night August 14th at 8PM, in conjunction with the MD Department of Natural Resources, MCOF will host a Public Stargazing Party at Fort Frederick State Park in Clear Spring, MD. We will gather at the far end of the parking lot for the visitor's center. The rain date for this event will be Saturday August 21st, also at 8PM. Our next Public Star Party at the County Observatory will be held next Friday August 20th at 8PM. There will be stargazing, refreshments, movies and hands on astronomy exhibits to entertain folks of all ages. Everyone is invited to come out and view the wonders of the night sky through the many wonderful telescopes available with the experts from the Foundation to guide you. If you have a telescope, you may bring it and get help on using it to view the heavens.

This Thursday evening, August 12th is the peak of the annual Perseid meteor shower. It is one of the most spectacular and regular showers of the year. No special equipment is required, just go outside after dark and look up. You should see as many as 60 shooting stars per hour. This phenomenon is caused by the Earth passing through the remains of the comet Swift-Tuttle which has left lots of dust and gravel sized particles in the Earth's orbital path causing streaks of light as they burn up in the atmosphere as the Earth passes through them. While viewing is best on Thursday night, you will be able to see meteorites streaking across the sky Wednesday and Friday evenings also. Come out and see the progress on the Morgan County Observatory and get a peek through the powerful 16" Cassegrain telescope housed there. Admission is free to all and donations are encouraged.

The Foundation would like to thank the following new or returning members and contributors for their generous support: Ansel & Kathern Gere, Bob & Peggy Sclater, Catherine Clark, Nick & Ed Quarantillo, Pat Largent, Town of Bath and Carrie Durst. Member benefits include: quarterly newsletter, yearly calendar, voting rights at MCOF general meeting, admission to 'Members Only' events and notification of all events. All donations of $50 or more will be memorialized on Founding Members' plaques to be displayed inside the Observatory. Come out and enjoy the dark skies of Morgan County while learning more about astronomy and the stars. To get to the Observatory from Berkeley Springs, follow Rt 522 South 2 miles and take a left on Winchester Grade Rd (Rt 13), then travel 9 miles and park at the school on the left. For information 304-258-1013, http://www.nitesky.org, or dynsol@crosslink.net.

Public Star Party at Observatory Friday July 23rd 2004

Morgan Co. Observatory Foundation will hold a public Star Party Friday evening July 23rd at 8:30PM on the observatory grounds at Greenwood School. In the event of mostly cloudy or overcast skies, these events will be rescheduled to Saturday evening . Everyone is invited to come out and view the wonders of the night sky through the many wonderful telescopes available with the experts from the Foundation to guide you. If you have a telescope, you may bring it and get help on using it to view the heavens. Refreshments will be served.

Come out and see the progress on the Morgan County Observatory and get a peek through the powerful 16" Cassegrain telescope housed there. Admission is free to all and donations are encouraged. Informative exhibits, NASA/JPL movies, contests for kids and hands on astronomy activities will be present.

The Foundation would like to thank the following new or returning members and donators for their generous support: Christy Randall, Joy Butts and the volunteers of Americorps, Tom & Virginia Seely Foundation, Koinonia Foundation, Ahmed & Lillian Omar, Dennis Johnson & Family, Ronald & Marion Kaminski, Bill Lands & Norberta Shoene, Fred & Pat Glaeser, and Jane Doyle, Sheila Doyle Fizer & Cholce Torre. Member benefits include: quarterly newsletter, yearly calendar, voting rights at MCOF general meeting, admission to 'Members Only' events and notification of all events. All donations of $50 or more will be memorialized on Founding Members' plaques to be displayed inside the Observatory.

Come out and enjoy the dark skies of Morgan County while learning more about astronomy and the stars. Other upcoming events at the observatory include a booth & seminars at the Morgan County Fair July 31 & August 1 with Observatory Open House July 31 beginning at 8:30PM, Public Star Party at the observatory August 13th 8PM, Public Star Party August 14th 8:00PM at Fort Frederick State Park in Clear Spring, MD. To get to Greenwood from Berkeley Springs, follow Rt 522 South 2 miles and take a left on Winchester Grade Rd (Rt 13), then travel 9 miles and park at the school on the left. For information 304-258-1013, http://www.nitesky.org, or dynsol@crosslink.net.

Public Star Parties at Observatory Friday July 16th and 23rd 2004

Morgan Co. Observatory Foundation will hold a public Star Party Friday evening July 16th and next Friday July 23rd at 8:30PM on the observatory grounds at Greenwood School. In the event of mostly cloudy or overcast skies, these events will be rescheduled to Saturday evening . Everyone is invited to come out and view the wonders of the night sky through the many wonderful telescopes available with the experts from the Foundation to guide you. If you have a telescope, you may bring it and get help on using it to view the heavens. Refreshments will be served.

Come out and see the progress on the Morgan County Observatory and get a peek through the powerful 16" Cassegrain telescope housed there. Admission is free to all and donations are encouraged. Informative exhibits, NASA/JPL movies, contests for kids and hands on astronomy activities will be present.

The Foundation would like to thank the following new or returning members and donators for their generous support: Christy Randall, Joy Butts and the volunteers of Americorps, Tom & Virginia Seely Foundation, Koinonia Foundation, Ahmed & Lillian Omar, Dennis Johnson & Family, Ronald & Marion Kaminski, Bill Lands & Norberta Shoene, Fred & Pat Glaeser, and Jane Doyle, Sheila Doyle Fizer & Cholce Torre. Member benefits include: quarterly newsletter, yearly calendar, voting rights at MCOF general meeting, admission to 'Members Only' events and notification of all events. All donations of $50 or more will be memorialized on Founding Members' plaques to be displayed inside the Observatory.

Come out and enjoy the dark skies of Morgan County while learning more about astronomy and the stars. Other upcoming events at the observatory include a booth & seminars at the Morgan County Fair July 31 & August 1 with Observatory Open House July 31 beginning at 8:30PM, Public Star Party at the observatory August 13th 8PM, Public Star Party August 14th 8:00PM at Fort Frederick State Park in Clear Spring, MD. To get to Greenwood from Berkeley Springs, follow Rt 522 South 2 miles and take a left on Winchester Grade Rd (Rt 13), then travel 9 miles and park at the school on the left. For information 304-258-1013, http://www.nitesky.org, or dynsol@crosslink.net.

Public Star Party at Observatory Friday June 18th 2004

Morgan Co. Observatory Foundation will hold a public Star Party Friday evening June 18th at 8:30PM on the observatory grounds at Greenwood School. In the event of mostly cloudy or overcast skies, this event will be rescheduled to Saturday evening June 19th. The planet Saturn will be visible, along with Jupiter & Mars, also last chance to see Comets NEAT and LINEAR , and much more. Everyone is invited to come out and view the wonders of the night sky through the many wonderful telescopes available with the experts from the Foundation to guide you. If you have a telescope, you may bring it and get help on using it to view the heavens. Refreshments will be served. Come out and see the progress on the Morgan County Observatory and get a peek through the powerful 16" Cassegrain telescope housed there. Admission is free to all and donations are encouraged. Informative exhibits, NASA/JPL movies, contests for kids and hands on astronomy activities will be present.

The Foundation would like to thank the following new or returning members and donators for their generous support: Bert Muti, Mr & Mrs. John Waters, Nick & Ed Quarantillo, Williamsport Retirement Village, Giselle Aoussat & Barb Herrman, United Way of Berkeley & Morgan Counties, Employees of Citizen's National Bank, Friends of Stony Creek Store, Larry & Cynthia Cain, and Franklin Miles Company. Member benefits include: quarterly newsletter, yearly calendar, voting rights at MCOF general meeting, admission to 'Members Only' events and notification of all events. All donations of $50 or more will be memorialized on Founding Members' plaques to be displayed inside the Observatory.

Come out and enjoy the dark skies of Morgan County while learning more about astronomy and the stars. Other upcoming events at the observatory include a Public Star Party July 9th 9:00PM at Fort Frederick State Park in Clear Spring, MD, Members Only viewing July 16th and a Public Star Party July 23rd at the Observatory, and the Summer Indoor Star Show July 24th at the Ice House. To get to Greenwood from Berkeley Springs, follow Rt 522 South 2 miles and take a left on Winchester Grade Rd (Rt 13), then travel 9 miles and park at the school on the left. For information 304-258-1013, http://www.nitesky.org, or dynsol@crosslink.net.

Public Star Party at Observatory Friday May 14th 2004

MCOF will hold a public Star Party Friday evening May 14th at 8:30PM on the observatory grounds at Greenwood School. In the event of mostly cloudy or overcast skies, this event will be rescheduled to Saturday evening May 15th. The planet Saturn will be visible, along with Jupiter, Mars & Venus, also the Comet NEAT, and much more. Everyone is invited to come out and view the wonders of the night sky through the many wonderful telescopes available with the experts from the Foundation to guide you. If you have a telescope, you may bring it and get help on using it to view the heavens. Refreshments will be served.

Come out and see the progress on the Morgan County Observatory and get a peek through the powerful 16" Cassegrain telescope housed there. Admission is free to all and donations are encouraged. Informative exhibits, NASA/JPL movies, contests for kids and hands on astronomy activities will be present.

The Foundation would like to thank the following new or returning members and donators for their generous support: Joanna Corwin, John Devine & Leslie & Chenaya Milbourne of Wind Dance Farm, Barbara Herrman, Dr Jason Best & Sara Maene of Shepherd University, Inspirations Restaurant, Carrie Durst, The Town of Bath, and Rob Campbell & Barbara Schrider. Member benefits include: quarterly newsletter, yearly calendar, voting rights at MCOF general meeting, admission to 'Members Only' events and notification of all events. All donations of $50 or more will be memorialized on Founding Members' plaques to be displayed inside the Observatory.

Come out and enjoy the dark skies of Morgan County while learning more about astronomy and the stars. Other upcoming events at the observatory include a Public Star Party May 21st 8:30PM at Fort Frederick State Park in Clear Spring, MD. To get to Greenwood from Berkeley Springs, follow Rt 522 South 2 miles and take a left on Winchester Grade Rd (Rt 13), then travel 9 miles and park at the school on the left. For information 304-258-1013, http://www.nitesky.org, or dynsol@crosslink.net.

Public Star Party at Observatory Friday March 19th 2004

MCOF will hold a public Star Party Friday evening March 19th at 7:00PM on the observatory grounds at Greenwood School. In the event of mostly cloudy or overcast skies, this event will be rescheduled to Saturday evening March 20th. The planet Saturn will be visible, along with Jupiter, Mars & Venus, also the Orion nebula, Andromeda galaxy, and much more. Everyone is invited to come out and view the wonders of the night sky through the many wonderful telescopes available with the experts from the Foundation to guide you. If you have a telescope, you may bring it and get help on using it to view the heavens. Refreshments will be served.

Come out and see the construction progress on the Morgan County Observatory and get a peek through the powerful 16" Cassegrain telescope housed there. Molding & trim installation is being donated by Rob Campbell. The wood was stained by volunteers Steve Kaldos, Ayla Heefner & family. Tom Collins is doing drywall work on the beams. Admission is free to all and donations are encouraged. Informative exhibits, NASA/JPL movies, contests for kids and hands on astronomy activities will be present. MCOF recently became part of the Night Sky Network, a collaborative program between NASA's JPL and the Astronomical Society of the Pacific to provide hands on learning materials to astronomy clubs for star party attendees to use.

There is still room in the Adult Education class on Astronomy being taught at the observatory Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8:30PM. Cost is $30 and you can register by calling 258-2430 x35. Extra copies of the textbook "Turn left at Orion" are available for $17.50 . MCOF recently made informative presentations to the MC Planning commission and Town of Bath council on Dark Skies and intelligent lighting alternatives to promote awareness of light pollution issues and encourage people to help keep our night skies dark. Morgan County is an identified dark sky site and MCOF would like everyone to help preserve this local natural resource. Anyone wanting more information encouraged to check out the website of the International Dark Sky Association at http://www.darksky.org .

The Foundation would like to thank the following new or returning members and donators for their generous support: Bob & Peggy Sclater, David & Nina Schwartz, United Way of Morgan & Berkeley County, Carrie Durst, The Town of Bath, Rob Campbell & Barbara Schrider, Rebecca Petitpierre, Doug Bush & family, Dave & Kris O'brien, Dave Hansen, H.L. Street, and Steve, Taylor & Peter Kaldos & Ayla Heefner. Member benefits include: quarterly newsletter, yearly calendar, voting rights at MCOF general meeting, admission to 'Members Only' events and notification of all events. All donations of $50 or more will be memorialized on Founding Members' plaques to be displayed inside the Observatory. The next 'Members Only' night will be held Friday April 16th 8:00PM at the observatory. If you are not a member, you may obtain membership there for $20/individual or $35/family.

Come out and enjoy the dark skies of Morgan County while learning more about astronomy and the stars. Other upcoming events at the observatory include a Public Star Party April 23rd 8:00PM and Indoor Star Show April 24th 7PM. To get to Greenwood from Berkeley Springs, follow Rt 522 South 2 miles and take a left on Winchester Grade Rd (Rt 13), then travel 9 miles and park at the school on the left. For information 304-258-1013, http://www.nitesky.org, or dynsol@crosslink.net.

Public Star Party at Observatory Friday March 19th 2004

MCOF will hold a public Star Party Friday evening March 19th at 7:00PM on the observatory grounds at Greenwood School. The planet Saturn will be visible, along with Jupiter, Mars & Venus, also the Orion nebula, Andromeda galaxy, and much more. Everyone is invited to come out and view the wonders of the night sky through the many wonderful telescopes available with the experts from the Foundation to guide you. If you have a telescope, you may bring it and get help on using it to view the heavens. Refreshments will be served.

Come out and see the construction progress on the Morgan County Observatory and get a peek through the powerful 16" Cassegrain telescope housed there. Molding & trim installation is being donated by Rob Campbell. The wood was stained by volunteers Steve Kaldos, Ayla Heefner & family. Tom Collins is doing drywall work on the beams. Admission is free to all and donations are encouragedInformative exhibits, NASA/JPL movies, contests for kids and hands on astronomy activities will be present.

The Foundation would like to thank the following new or returning members and donators for their generous support: Tom Collins, Gisele Aoussat, Barb Herrman, Carrie Durst, The Town of Bath, Tim Seims, William Ruff, and Rob Campbell. Member benefits include: quarterly newsletter, yearly calendar, voting rights at MCOF general meeting, admission to 'Members Only' events and notification of all events. All donations of $50 or more will be memorialized on Founding Members' plaques to be displayed inside the Observatory. The next 'Members Only' night will be held Friday February 13th 7:00PM at the observatory. If you are not a member, you may obtain membership there for $20/individual or $35/family.

Come out and enjoy the dark skies of Morgan County while learning more about astronomy and the stars. Other upcoming events at the observatory include a Public Star Party March 19th 7:00PM and Member's only night March 12th. To get to Greenwood from Berkeley Springs, follow Rt 522 South 2 miles and take a left on Winchester Grade Rd (Rt 13), then travel 9 miles and park at the school on the left. For information 304-258-1013, http://www.nitesky.org, or dynsol@crosslink.net.

Public Star Party at Observatory Friday January 23, 2004

MCOF will hold a public Star Party Friday evening January 23rd at 7:00PM on the observatory grounds at Greenwood School. The planet Saturn will be visible, also Mars & Venus, along with the Orion nebula, Andromeda galaxy, and much more. Everyone is invited to come out and view the wonders of the night sky through the many wonderful telescopes available with the experts from the Foundation to guide you. If you have a telescope, you may bring it and get help on using it to view the heavens. Refreshments will be served..

Come out and see the construction progress on the Morgan County Observatory and get a peek through the powerful 16" Cassegrain telescope housed there. Admission is free to all and donations are encouraged. Informative exhibits, NASA/JPL movies, contests for kids and hands on astronomy activities will be present.

The Foundation would like to thank the following new or returning members and donators for their generous support: Samantha Oester, Carrie Durst, Bob & Peggy Sclater, Giselle Aoussat, Rob Campbell, Warren Hart, United Way of Berkeley & Morgan County, and the Town of Bath. Member benefits include: quarterly newsletter, yearly calendar, voting rights at MCOF general meeting, admission to 'Members Only' events and notification of all events. All donations of $50 or more will be memorialized on Founding Members' plaques to be displayed inside the Observatory. The next 'Members Only' night will be held Friday January 16th 7:00PM at the observatory. If you are not a member, you may obtain membership there for $20/individual or $35/family.

Come out and enjoy the dark skies of Morgan County while learning more about astronomy and the stars. Other upcoming events at the observatory include an Indoor Winter Star Show at the Ice House Saturday January 31st (topic to be announced) and a Public Star Party February 20th 7:00PM. To get to Greenwood from Berkeley Springs, follow Rt 522 South 2 miles and take a left on Winchester Grade Rd (Rt 13), then travel 9 miles and park at the school on the left. For information 304-258-1013, http://www.nitesky.org, or dynsol@crosslink.net.





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