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Hopewell Observatory (Astronomy Merit Badge) - Cancelled

  • 09 Jun 2018
  • 4:00 PM
  • 10 Jun 2018
  • 11:00 AM
  • Assemble and pick-up at Chevy Chase Elementary School


Sorry, this trip has been cancelled due to a forecast of poor observation weather.

Overview: On Saturday evening, weather permitting, we will observe at Hopewell Observatory, a small private observatory on Bull Mountain Mountain near Haymarket, VA. We will camp on the Observatory grounds. They have two 14-inch, a 30-cm, and a 10-inch telescope. Feel free to bring your own telescope or binoculars if you have one. We will finish several requirements for the Astronomy Merit Badge including a 3 hour (9 PM – Midnight) observing session. 

Assemble: 4:00 PM Saturday  at Chevy Chase Elementary School. 

Return: 11 AM on Sunday to CCES.

Food: There are NO camp stoves or fires allowed, but there is a way to boil water– prepare your meal plan accordingly, and bring an electric kettle if you have one. Bring food for Saturday dinner and Sunday breakfast.

Tenting: We will be guests of the Observatory. Practice Leaving No Trace! Space is limited, so plan to share and keep tents to a minimum. A short walk (200 m) is required from the cars to the Observatory grounds.

Cost: None, but be prepared to offer your driver $5 for gas.

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Registration for the Hopewell Observatory trip is now closed. If you would like to go on this trip and see if space is still available, please email Dave Compton at davecompton59@gmail.com. 



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