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Summer Observatory Sessions Continue June 22

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CONTACT: Charles Nelson, 515-271-3034, charles.nelson@drake.edu;

Lisa Lacher, 515-271-3119, lisa.lacher@drake.edu

The summer series of Friday evening public presentations at the Drake Municipal Observatory continues with an exploration of “Radio Telescopes and Their Tricks and Accessories” at 9 p.m. Friday, June 22, at the observatory in Waveland Park on the west side of Des Moines.

Each week there is a non-technical, illustrated presentation on an astronomical topic by Charles Nelson or Herbert Schwartz of Drake University’s Department of Physics and Astronomy. The presentations are followed by the opportunity to view several stellar objects through the large refracting telescope and several smaller reflecting telescopes. The programs will be held regardless of the weather, although the selection for observation is subject to change due to sky conditions or other special circumstances.

Individuals, families and small groups are welcome to attend the presentations, which begin at 9 p.m. each Friday through July 13. A parent or responsible adult must accompany children.

The schedule for the remainder of the summer series is listed below:

  • June 29: “CCDs, Selective Filters and Image Enhancement.”
  • July 6: “Amateurs: Small Scopes Making Big Discoveries.”
  • July 13: “How to Buy a Telescope You Will Use and Not Get Tired of.”

For more information, contact Drake’s Department of Physics and Astronomy at 515-271-3141.