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Great Lakes Star Gaze
September 6 - 9, 2018 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 14-15, 2018 6:00PM - Midnight
Rain or shine!
The 22nd annual “Astronomy at the Beach” will be held at Island Lake Recreation Area, located near Brighton, Michigan on Friday and Saturday, September 14 & 15. 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 just south across I-96 from Kensington Metropark.
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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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