Astronomy at Augustana College

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At the open house we also plan to use our newest telescope, a computer automated NexStar 5i.

Halloween Open House - 2002
The planetarium and observatory will be open to the public from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 26, 2002, for the annual Halloween open house. The evening's events will include a planetarium show where the wonders of the night sky will be presented on the facility's 30-foot dome with the Spitz A3P projector. Views of planets, double stars, star clusters and galaxies will be provided via the 14-inch reflecting telescope in the Gamble Observatory. In addition, the Getz-Rogers Gallery, where images of celestial objects and a quarter-ton piece of the Canyon Diablo meteor are on display, will also be open to the public. Admission is free. The observing areas are unheated so dress appropriate to the weather. In the event of cloudy sky conditions, the indoor programs will still be offered.
Report:  About 150 visitors enjoyed the planetarium show (Mel Peterson), the PowerPoint astronomy quiz in the John Deere Lecture Hall (Lee Carkner), and observing various objects through two telescopes - the 14" in the observatory (Paul Choin) and the new 5" on the sidewalk.  The sky was clear from 7:00 to 8:00 pm.