The Northwest Suburban Astronomers (NSA) is based in the northwestern suburbs of Chicago.  With a wide range of interests, experience, and equipment, our membership is over 150, making us one of the largest astronomy clubs in the mid-west.  Here you can find out about our public meetings, star parties, and the benefits of becoming a member.  Thanks for visiting, and clear skies.


Next NSA Meeting - Open to the Public

 Date: Friday, May 16, 2014, 7:30 p.m.
 Location: Willow Recreation Center (Hoffman Estates Park District)
3600 Lexington Drive (at Algonquin Road)
Hoffman Estates, IL (we meet in the lower level gym)
 Speaker: Michelle Nichols
Adler Planetarium
Cassini Mission
Michelle will be presenting a program on the Cassini mission to Saturn.

NSA Star Parties (all are open to the public at no cost)

Saturday, April 26, 20147:00 - 10 p.m. at Marengo Ridge Conservation Area Shelter #2 parking lot in cooperation with the McHenry County Conservation District. Look at stars, galaxies, nebulae and star clusters with the help of NSA member
telescopes. Observing highlights will include the planets Mars and Jupiter, The Great Orion Nebula (M42), The Double Cluster, Globular Clusters M3, M5 and M13, and other deep sky objects.

Dress for a chilly evening and bring a flashlight covered with red plastic or cellophane (red light preserves your night vision). Please arrive around 7:00 p.m. or come early and hike the trails. You are welcome to bring your own telescope or binoculars.
In the event of inclement weather the event will be canceled. There is no cost to attend and no registration is required.

Marengo Ridge Conservation Area is located on the east side of Illinois State Route 23, north of the City of Marengo in McHenry County, Illinois. The site entrance is approximately 1/4 mile north of River Road. A location map can be found here.

Saturday, May 10, 2014, 5:30 - 10 p.m. National Astronomy Day at Harper College, 1200 W. Algonquin Road, Palatine, Illinois in cooperation with the Harper College Physical Sciences Department. There will be telescopes on display, astronomy lectures,
hands on activities for children, astronomy displays and photographs (Building Z) and observing the night sky with the campus observatory and NSA club member telescopes (Building O, Karl G. Henize Observatory). The indoor activities in Building Z are rain or shine.
The outdoor observing will be weather permitting. There is no cost to attend and no registration is required. There is free parking on campus. For activities in Building Z use parking lots 2 or 3. For the Observatory use lots 8 or 9. A campus map can be found here.
More information including the program schedule will be posted here closer to the event. Download our 2014 flyer here.

Saturday, May 31, 2014 - at Afton Forest Preserve. In cooperation with the DeKalb County Forest Preserve District. More details closer to the event.

Saturday, July 26, 2014 - At Wildcat Mountain State Park near Ontario, Wisconsin, in cooperation with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. More details closer to the event.

Clear Sky Chart

NSA is on Facebook.

NSA is on Yahoo Groups (The NSA Yahoo Group is a resource for current club members).

Northwest Suburban Astronomers is a not-for-profit corporation chartered by the State of Illinois "to cultivate, foster and promote interest and participation in astronomy."