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LAPC July shoot – Astrophotography

July 19, 2014 @ 7:30 pm - July 20, 2014 @ 1:00 am


What:  Astrophotography

When:  Saturday July 19th, 7:30pm to 1:00AM on the 20th

Where:  Eastern Iowa Observatory and Learning Center, 1365 Ivanhoe Road, Ely


Cross your fingers for a clear night on Saturday July 19th as we are led by fellow club member and astrophotographer Lynn Reihman.  We will be shooting star trails and wide field photography.


If it is raining or if there are solid clouds and/or rain that are predicted past 8-8:30ish, the rain date for the Astrophotography shoot will be Friday August 1st, same time, same place.  Check the website the evening of the shoot for any updates.


Suggested equipment to bring:

Red flash light (no white light please)

Tripod-shutter release (cable or wireless)

Batteries!  With cooler temps and longer shutter times, batteries go much quicker than usual.

The have cans of soda available for $0.50 but you may want to bring your own snacks.


Clothing/shoes/etc:  We will be inside for the initial presentation and then outside for viewing/shooting.  No hiking required.  Indoor kitchen and full rest rooms will be available all night.  Despite being July, it can still get chilly after the sun goes down.  Lynn would advise against bug spray as it can eat mirror/lens coatings.  If really needed, you would need to walk away and downwind of scopes to spray.  Try to keep spray off hands as it will eat off equipment lettering as well.


July 19th is a club night as well for CAA members.  We will be sharing the observatory with the club.  This is good for LAPC members as there will be plenty of CAA members besides Lynn to help with questions.  Lynn says he has heard nothing but positive reception and excitement from CAA members about this.


The Eastern Iowa Observatory and Learning Center is located at Palisades-Dows Nature Preserve and Observatory on the southeast edge of Palisades-Kepler State Park. Located at 1365 Ivanhoe Road, the Pal-Dows Observatory is approximately 15 miles southeast of Cedar Rapids and approximately 20 miles north of Iowa City.  GPS coord.  41.889036, -91.49899


For more information on the observatory, see http://cedar-astronomers.org/eiolc

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask, email me at [email protected] and I’ll get you the answer.


There is a $3 per person fee payable upon your arrival for our use of the observatory.  There is no limit on the quantity of RSPV’s, however, I must have an RSVP to [email protected] no later than Wednesday July 16thif you’d like to attend.


See you out there!

Amy Mueggenberg

LAPC Activities Officer


Lynn Reihman - 7012 sm no wm (photo by Lynn Reihman)





July 19, 2014 @ 7:30 pm
July 20, 2014 @ 1:00 am


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Amy Mueggenberg