The Weekly Vista

Astrophoto­graphy with lecture, sky viewing at Hobbs

- Staff reports

Hobbs State Park-Conservati­on Area will host a free event in which participan­ts will get to visits the night sky with an astrophoto­graphy lecture and celestial object viewing.

The event will be held Saturday, March 26, beginning at 7:30 p.m. at the visitor center, followed by night sky viewing at 8:30 p.m.

Experts will discuss planetary astrophoto­graphy, which records objects within our solar system, including planets as distant as Uranus and Neptune. The lecture will cover the proper tools for astrophoto­graphy including a single-lens, reflex (DSLR) camera with low-light capabiliti­es, a fast lens with a long focal length and a sturdy tripod.

After the lecture, the event will turn to the night sky. The Sugar Creek Astronomic­al Society will bring high-quality amateur telescopes for the public to share in viewing celestial objects. At this time, the moon will be a 4-day old crescent and Venus, Mars and Uranus will be within view. Comet 176p may be visible. Other highlights include the constellat­ions Orion, Taurus and Ursa Major; star clusters such as the Pleiades, the Hyades and the Beehive; and a potential meteor shower.

Participan­ts should come dressed in clothing warm enough for local weather conditions. If possible, guests are advised to bring a redlight flashlight and a pair of binoculars.

The program is free to the public. Ages 8 and above are welcome.

For more informatio­n on the event, contact the park at 479-789-5000.

Hobbs State Park-Conservati­on area is located at 20201 E. Highway 12 in Rogers.

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