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Stone Mt

2012 Schedule

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  • March 24th - some member are trying to setup camping for weekend.
  • May 19th June 2, 2012
  • August 18th
  • October 13th

Google Map of Location We will set up behind camp site # 33 and use this as the entry point.. Setup is in the OLD area above the manhole cover

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Park/Viewing Information

  • This is a lock in observation for the campers staying at the park.
  • The gate to the park will be locked at the normal park close time.
    • Park Hours
      • November - February, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
      • March, April, September, October, 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.
      • May - August, 8 a.m. - 9 p.m.
      • Closed Christmas Day
  • Club members taking part in the observation will be left out when the observation is over. Only club members can take advantage of the gate being opened.
  • What to bring or know about.
    • Someone needs a large trash bag and cord to seal off the manhole cover in the middle of the field.
    • The field should be cut but it still is a field so think of your feet
    • Dew control may be needed
    • Small stool/ladder for kids to use.
    • An a scope for the campers to view the night sky
  • The field does have trees but most of the sky is open and presents a good view.
  • FYI - It can get COLD in the mountains.
  • Stone Mountain State Park - N.C. State information about the park.
  • Stone Mountain State Park - What Wikipedia has about the park
  • Heavens - Above - ISS and more.

Public Star Night


Sky Weather

Special Notice

Hello Steven, my name is Darrell Richardson I am the maintenance supervisor at Stone Mtn. State Park. I understand you will be having a program in the campground this weekend. I will need your co-operation in helping us to maintain our sewer field. We had to spend several hundred dollars to repair the sewer field this past winter partly due to the system not working correctly creating a problem with surfacing fluids and partially due to vehicle traffic on the sewer field itself. I would greatly appreciate it if you will help by keeping vehicles out of the area below the cement exposed dosing tank. Any traffic below this area can and has damaged our tail lines. I appreciate your help in keeping vehicles out of this area. I hope the weather is good for your program. This will need to be adhered to from now on into the future. Thanks again, Darrell Richardson MMIV Stone Mountain State Park

Past Events

2011 Schedule

Stone Mt. : Events Calendar

  • Here are the dates for the Stone Mountain campground observations for 2011.
    • March 12 26th
    • April 9th, 2011 - Special #3 Try
    • May 7 21 - Anyone up for a camp out! - Vivian and Chip will be going up on May 20th, doing the observation on the 21th, and heading home on the 22th we will be at Site 88.
    • August 6 20th Rain date!!! Ok Try Again - 17 Sept, 2011 Rain outs!!!
    • October 22, 2011 - there will not be any rain, some FAS members already have camp sites, to do an all night observation. ^-r

Stone Mt. State Park

2010 Schedule

Stone Mt. : Events Calendar

  • March 20 - Over and it was a fun time!
  • May 8 - Over reports of a good time.
  • August 7 14
  • October 16 - Last time this year!!!

October 16, 2010

Hey All you Zerbers
Saturday night we have the Stone Mt. Observation and the weather is going to work for us...
The Park is full. Entry into the field will have to be the old entry point...
Do Not drive into the open area past the concrete septic tank. I will try and get there early to put up cones. Stay north of these...
We will still be on the lower end of the field near camp site 37..
I have talked with the park and I hope that they have the grass cut in the areas I showed them...
If you have questions please call me.. 336-764-8773.

See Ya!

  • Sunset: 6:44pm Astro Sunset: 8:29pm
  • Moon Rise: 3:25pm - so daylight moon viewing may be possible.
  • Jupiter - come on out and get a great view of the giant planet.
  • Some of the high points of the night
    • M31
    • - And lots more.

August 7, 2010

A message from Steve Wilson: The Stone Mountain observation for the 14th of August has to be changed to the 7th.
Google Map of Location We will set up behind camp site # 33 and use this as the entry point.. Setup is in the OLD area above the manhole cover

All of the below was based on the 14th

Night of the Planets

It is a rare night the all the Planets can be viewed between Sunset and Midnight.

  • Sunset - 8:12 PM - Astro at - 9:47
  • Mercury - Set 8:06PM
  • Saturn - Set 10:05PM

  • Moon - Four days past new moon - August 10th so moon will be up for a while and good to look at! Set at 10:47PM

This should be a great night of viewing - all the planets and Pluto should be viewable.

  • Some club members are going to try and go up Friday and camp over and come home Sunday, not sure if this will work out but could make for a fun weekend of viewing.

May 8, 2010

  • Sunset: 20:14
  • Mars - Good view
  • Saturn - Good views
  • Venus - Should be able to see at sunset

March 20, 2010

  • Results: There were five of us in the field, three great scopes setup, clouds and clear sky above, some campers stopped by before dark to see the moon. At 8:10 the ISS passed over just as Steve had predicted. It was one of the better pass I’ve seen and the campers got a real kick out of it. Everyone seemed to have a good time, the Moon, Mars, Orin, and Saturn were the hits of the night other object were viewed as the sky cleared in patches, the ranger stop by a few times and thanked us for coming. All in all this was a night I wish more members would have been there for, the sky was not great but the people sure were.

2009 Schedule

Stone Mt. : Events Calendar

Scheduled observationsNote
March 28th Rained Out
May 16th Rained Out
August 15thSuccessful Event View Report
October 24th Everyone had a good time!

October 24, 2009

     Observation report – FAS public observation at Stone Mt. State Park, October 24, 2009 – I would have bet this one was a rain out, but Saturday afternoon the rain stopped and as the sunset, areas of the sky cleared. Don, Steve, Chip, and Vivian setup in the campground, Steve had the most fun (Not), he got stuck in the mud and took luck and good driving to get out. The Moon looked great in clouds that lowered the light reflection just enough to give the Moon a Halloween look and feel! Jupiter and its four moons provided Oh and Ahs, as did the Moon. The Great Globular Cluster in Hercules, Dumbbell Nebula, Andromeda Galaxy, the Double Cluster and more provided campers (45+) and ourselves a good evening of viewing and talk. This was a very calm and laid back night, low stress, good talk, and viewing that at times that was clear and dry! Hope to see more members next year at Stone Mt. – Chip

Posted - Oct 24th - 1100AM EDT

     Hello everyone: Even though the weather looks impossible right now, it should clear up enough to hold the observation tonight. I will try to get there around 7, so if you can make, I will see you then!


  • Plans are underway for a great night.

Whats Up

  • Moon R-13:37 S-23:35
  • Sun S- 18:34 (Astro. Twilight 20:00)
  • Neptune - Very near Jupiter -
  • Deep Sky Objects -
    • C14 - The Double Cluster is the common name for the naked-eye open clusters NGC 884 and NGC 869, which are close together in the constellation Perseus.
    • Messier 31 - Andromeda Galaxy is a spiral galaxy approximately 2.5 million light-years away in the constellation Andromeda.
    • Messier 33 - Triangulum Galaxy is a spiral galaxy approximately 3 million light-years away in the constellation Triangulum.
    • Messier 15 - a globular cluster in the constellation Pegasus.
    • Messier 27 - The Dumbbell Nebula (also known as Messier 27, M 27, or NGC 6853) is a planetary nebula (PN) in the constellation Vulpecula, at a distance of about 1,360 light years.
    • Messier 57 - The famously named “Ring Nebula” is located in the northern constellation of Lyra, and also catalogued as Messier 57, M57 or NGC 6720. It is one of the most prominent examples of the deep-sky objects called planetary nebulae

August 15, 2009

  • Great night, good sky, lots of people asking good questions.
  • Terry provided an interesting overview to the gathering campers.
  • The Milky Way was good and got better as the night went on.
  • Some of the objects viewed by the campers (there were many more!!!!)
  • This is what out reach is about
  • Thanks to the Stone Mt Park rangers and the campers for a great night.
  • Members – Don, Steve, Terry, Chip, and Vivian
  • Campers from – Hayes, State Road, Winston-Salem, Elkin, King, Kernersville, Raleigh, Statesville, and more

May 16th Camp Out

  • Update 5/16/2009 - Rained Out!
  • A few club members are planning to go up Friday night and camp! If the weather is not a complete washout.
  • I’m sure this will be a blast if we setup Friday have a great time all day Saturday and then a great time Saturday night with no hurry or long drive in the dark!


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