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Heritage Harvest
Saturday and Sunday, September 16 & 17, 2017  11:00AM-5:00PM

Seven Ponds Astronomy Club will again have a table at the nature center’s annual fall event - filled with hobby demonstrations, horse-drawn wagon rides, sheep shearing, blacksmiths, good food, plus much, much more. We will have several telescopes on display, and if the weather cooperates, they will be fitted with special solar filters for viewing the Sun. In addition to all the scopes on display, there will be books, star charts, computer program demonstrations, plus more. This is a great opportunity to talk to club members about telescopes or ask them any questions relating to upcoming celestial events, or anything regarding astronomy in general. If you attend this wonderful annual event, be sure to stop by the club display and talk awhile. Hope to see you there. The event runs from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM both days. This is a daytime event only, no evening viewing.

Great Lakes Star Gaze
September 21 - 24, 2017 near Gladwin, Michigan
This annual event will again be held at River Valley Campground and RV Park near Gladwin, Michigan. The gathering is growing each year. This is a serious observing event for amateur astronomers throughout Michigan and neighboring states. The skies are very dark with nice horizons. There will be programs during the afternoons, with observing in the evenings. For more detailed information, see their website at:

Astronomy at the Beach

Friday and Saturday, September 29-30, 2017 6:00PM - Midnight
Rain or shine!
The 21st annual “Astronomy at the Beach” will be held at Island Lake Recreation Area, located near Brighton, Michigan on Friday and Saturday, September 29 & 30. This two day yearly event is the largest gathering of amateur astronomers and their telescopes, for the public, in the midwest. Times for both Friday and Saturday are 6:00 PM to Midnight - rain or shine. The agenda includes presentations, basic equipment talk, comet talk/making demonstration, evening viewing through all the telescopes, plus much more. This is a great event, which draws thousands of visitors each year. The event is sponsored by GLAAC – Great Lakes Association of Astronomy Clubs. Seven Ponds Astronomy Club is one of those sponsoring clubs. The event is free, but the park requires a daily entry permit. Mark this on your calendar as a “must do” event.
NOTE: Island Lake Recreation Area is a new site this year. It is just south across I-96 from Kensington Metropark.
(For more info click here)

Fall Cookout, Bob MacFarland Presentation on Satellites, & Solar Eclipse Discussion
Saturday, October 28, 2017  6:00PM
This will be a three event evening. We are having our annual cookout starting at 6pm. Bob MacFarland will then give a presentation on "Satellites: The First 60 Years". After Bob's presentation, we are inviting all club members to come and talk about the August 21, 2017 solar eclipse - whether you saw the partial ecipse here in Michigan or if you travelled across the country to see the total solar eclipse. You are invited to bring your photos/videos of your travels. This will most likely be a lively discussion. Bring whatever you want for eats (we will have a grill), plus a dish to pass, and have a great evening sharing a meal, talk, and discussions. If clear, we will be observing through the telescopes afterwards.If you have never been out to one of our astronomy events, this would be a wonderful time to start. Hope to see you there.

Cheap or Clever Mods for Telescopes, Mounts, and Cameras - by Bob Berta
November 11, 2017 7:00PM
Tonight Bob Berta will be giving a talk on cheap modifications to your telescope, mounts, and cameras. This should be very informative for all of us. After the talk, we plan on observing - so bring your warm clothes and enjoy a nice evening.


If you have any questions relating to astronomy, please contact me at 248-969-2790, or via e-mail at
John Lines




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