NSA Club

Northwest Suburban Astronomers

Club Meetings: Meetings are on the Friday nearest the full moon each month.
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PO Box 261, Dundee, IL 60118.

Our club 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.

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Public Star Party at Afton Forest Preserve

  • Afton Forest Preserve 13600 Crego Road DeKalb, IL, 60115 United States (map)

The Northwest Suburban Astronomers (NSA), in cooperation with Dekalb County Forest Preserves, will be hosting a public star party on Saturday, May 25th, 2019, at Afton Forest Preserve, located at 13600 Crego Road, just south of Dekalb, Illinois.  View the galaxies of the Virgo Cluster, including M87, the black hole at the center of which was recently in the news, along with other galaxies, the beautiful globular star clusters M3, M13, and M92, the Ring Nebula, and many other celestial objects. NSA members will be on hand to explain these objects and answer questions on them, as well as on astronomy and telescopes in general.

Dress for evening and bring a flashlight covered with red plastic ( red light helps preserve everyone’s vision ), as well as insect repellent.  Please arrive by 8:15 ( sunset is 8:13 ). You are welcome to bring your own telescope or binoculars.  In the event of inclement weather the event will be cancelled. There is no cost and no registration is required. 

Earlier Event: May 17
May NSA Meeting
Later Event: June 14
June NSA Meeting