‪Ashton Observatory‬

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Diana P
توسن, ‪Arizona‬17 مساهمة
العائلة • سبتمبر 2017
‪Ashton Observatory is a great way for kids to "get their feet wet" and experience the night sky. I took my 8yr old grandson who just got a telescope for his birthday. The man who greeted us showed him how to use the telescope, gave simple explanations & coached him on viewing the moon. Saw Saturn & rings. Thanks to the volunteers from the Des Moines group that makes this possible.‬
كُتب بتاريخ 7 سبتمبر 2017
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‪Ankeny‬, ‪Iowa‬1,022 مساهمة
زوجان • مارس 2017
‪I first went to Ashton to take a tour of the observatory at night. The telescope is small and the observatory is on a high mound but not a high mountain. The night sky is about as good here as anywhere in central Iowa. You are far away from the light pollution of a big city. I went back several times to camp and picnic at the county park which surrounds the observatory. I this little park. There is a nice soccer field. There are lots of trees and lots of secluded camping sites. The fees are very cheap. There is a lot of wildlife.‬
كُتب بتاريخ 4 مارس 2017
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رجال الأعمال • أكتوبر 2015
‪Ashton Observatory is quietly nestled on a hilltop in Ashton-Wildwood County Park near Mingo in Jasper County. About a 20 minute drive northeast of Des Moines, near the intersection of Iowa highway 330 and county road F17. It is operated and maintained by the Des Moines Astronomical Society, a non-profit organization dedicated to educating the general public about astronomy and astrophysics. See their website for detailed info about the observatory, photos, maps, directions, DMAS's contact info, event schedule, historical background, etc.

The observatory has two motorized domes, one housing a 16 inch Newtonian style telescope and the other a 16 inch Meade GPS Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope. Between the two domes a classroom provides seating for presenting videos, lectures and workshops. DMAS hosts public viewing nights every Saturday evening from the beginning of April through the end of October. The public viewings are free but donations to support this worthwhile group's mission are greatly deserved and appreciated. The DMAS volunteers did a fantastic job of presenting videos and answering questions about which planets and stars we were viewing as they aimed the two telescopes at the night sky. Private group visits can also be arranged with advance notice on any night except Saturday for a fee. The night we were there amateur astronomers set up their personal telescopes on several of the viewing pads outside the observatory. This conveniently allowed us additional chances to view different stars and constellations besides the ones we saw through the 16" telescopes inside the observatory.‬
كُتب بتاريخ 8 أكتوبر 2015
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