MAINE ASTRONOMY RETREAT
AUGUST 11-17, 2018
Cabins still available!
No need to bring a tent, or sleep in a sleeping bag, or eat so-so food. Medomak has comfortable, private cabin facilities with real beds, hot showers, electricity, and amazing, chef-prepared food. Limited to 40 observers and it’s all included in your tuition.
And it’s only a few steps away from your cabin. Convenience is key, and our camp is ready for it. You’ll enjoy convenient stargazing at any time of night. Sign up using the Registration Form below.
(SQM value of 21.3 MPSAS) From relatively dark suburban areas, the Limiting Magnitude is frequently close to 5 or fainter, but from our site in Maine the Limiting Magnitude is higher than 6, allowing a much greater viewable spectrum.
for unhindered observing. We are dedicated to preserving the night sky by reducing sky glow and limiting light pollution. This results in some of North America’s best viewing conditions.
J. Kelly Beatty
Kelly writes many of the feature articles and news items found in Sky & Telescope and on its website.
He joined the magazine’s staff in 1974 and served as the editor of Night Sky, a magazine for beginning stargazers, in 2004-07. He also teaches astronomy at the Dexter-Southfield School in Brookline, Massachusetts. Kelly and his writing have been honored with major awards from the Division for Planetary Sciences (DPS) of the American Astronomical Society, the Astronomical League, and the American Geophysical Union. You’ll occasionally hear his interviews and guest commentaries on National Public Radio and The Weather Channel. Kelly enjoys speaking to audiences of all ages and interest levels about his passion for astronomy. He observes when he can through one of his eight telescopes, and he is active nationally in the fight against light pollution.Close
Amateur astronomer, telescope builder and Director of the Amateur Telescope Makers of Boston Research and Imaging Observatory (ARIO).
Bruce is an avid amateur astronomer, tinkerer, designer, and observer who loves to get involved in astronomy projects.
His first telescope, an 8-inch reflector made from scratch, won an Optical Excellence award at the annual Stellafane Convention, and its unique mount took an award for Innovative Mechanical Design.
Since then Bruce has built, rebuilt, refurbished or repaired many different telescopes, mounts and observatories. Bruce helped design and now serves as director of the ATMoB Research and Imaging Observatory featuring a .35 meter telescopic imaging system. He has also roamed the world in search of astro-adventure – trekking to California, China and the South Pacific to view solar eclipses. He has taken part in Minor Planet research with a leading university, receiving NSF funding to gather data on minor planets at the Mexican National Observatory in San Pedro Martir and Fortaleza Brazil.
Babak A. Tafreshi
Founder of The World at Night or TWAN program and a photographer for the National Geographic image collection
Babak A. Tafreshi
Babak A. Tafreshi is the founder of The World at Night or TWAN program and a photographer for the National Geographic image collection, specialized in nightscape imaging, connecting the Earth and sky, bridging art and science. He is also a science journalist and astronomy communicator. He is a board member of Astronomers Without Borders and a contributing photographer for Sky & Telescope.
Personal website: http://dreamview.net
The World at Night: http://twanight.org/tafreshi
National Geographic: http://natgeocreative.com/photography/babaktafreshi
Timelapse Motions: https://vimeo.com/btafreshi/videos
The World at Night and one on Sky in Motion (timelapse astrophotography), or Most Attractive Sky Events for Photographers.
Medomak is located on a beautiful Maine lake that’s perfect
for swimming, paddling, sailing, fishing, or just relaxing
on the docks.
Each private, one-room cabin has a bathroom and a shower. Simply put, our cabins are simple, in the New England tradition. Cabins are supplied with linens and towels for each guest. There are a few creature comforts like reading lights, rocking chairs, comfortable beds (two twin beds that can be pushed together), and a writing table. Outside each cabin you will find two adirondack chairs to enjoy the warm days and a good book.
If you are staying up late to watch the sky, it is nice to comfortably sleep in through the morning, and get a nice hot shower.
This isn’t institutional food. We grow many of our own organic vegetables, we milk our own cows, and bake our own breads and desserts. There is always plenty to go around of our hearty, healthy, comfort food. Coffee, tea, fruit and snacks are available all day and well into the night, so you can keep your eyes open waiting for that next brilliant shooting star.
Medomak has two organic gardens that supply many of the delicious ingredients for our meals. And we also have a local organic farmer.
Milk from our cows enable us to produce fresh milk, yogurt and other dairy products. We are also commited to using fresh produce and other products produced by local farmers such as jams, fruits, honey, eggs and poultry. And, of course there is our abundant Medomak blueberry patch. Blueberry pancakes anyone?
Farnsworth Museum and Wyeth Center in Rockland, Maine
Baxter State Park/Mt. Katahdin
Maine Lobster Festival – if you’re coming to camp at the end of July or the beginning of August you might want to plan a side trip to the festival.
Windjammer Schooner Tours out of the beautiful town of Camden.
Rockland Golf Course 1/2 hour from camp
Samoset Golf 1/2 hour from camp
Birch Point State Park – One of our camper’s favorite box lunch day destinations. Great tidal pools where the pines meet the Atlantic ocean.
A fun activity is to plan a sea kayaking trip with Maine Sport.
Monhegan Island is an artist colony with plenty of walking trails. Drive to the coastal town of Port Clyde and visit the lighthouse highlighted in the film “Forrest Gump”, stop in to the Dipnet for a lobster roll & root beer and take the Laura B to Monhegan Island.
Dating to the 1700’s, one of the United States’ oldest surviving wooden military buildings can be found at Old Fort Western. This is a National Historic Monument located in Augusta, Maine.
Camden Hills State Park has beautiful views of Penobscot Bay and groomed trails for hiking. Head into town to Cappy’s for their clam chowder for lunch.
Excellent community radio station broadcasted out of Blue Hill
Spruce Mountain Blueberries excellent blueberry chutney and other blueberry things.
Hope Spinnery is a small wind-powered fiber processing mill a few miles inland from the Coast of Maine in the town of Hope Maine. The owner, Bill Huntington, is our lead instructor at our Knitting Retreat.
Seacolors is a source for high-quality wool. All their yarns are sun dyed in seawater using colors inspired by nature. Their wool is grown on the backs of fine-wooled sheep and goats still grazing on the hills of our farmstead in Maine. The farm is located in Washington Maine.
Black Locust is a Bed and Breakfast and cashmere goat farm located in Washington Maine.
Savage Oakes Winery a great place to stop on box lunch day!
Sweet Grass Local wines and distilled brandies and gin.
Moody’s Diner featured on CBS’s Sunday morning…you gotta try the pie. Check out the Four Berry Pie, yummy!
Union pottery – Hand painted stoneware this quaint shop is close to camp. A perfect spot to pick up a Maine souvenir.
A-1 Diner in Gardiner Maine, 30 minutes from camp, has been highlighted on the Food Network’s popular show Diners, Drive-ins and Dives.
Day-long horseback riding camps in the town of Washington.
Red’s Eats in Wiscasset. Some say they have the best lobster roll in Maine!
Sweet Season Farm, Market and Cafe…Dave’s favorite place to eat on his day off. Locally sourced produce and meat, pick your own berries and ice cream, too! Plus the best burger in the mid-coast!
Primo Restaurant in Rockland
Café Miranda in Rockland
Town of Belfast chamber of commerce site
The Maine Office of Tourism offical website.
Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce, of which we are members, has great info on regional businesses and attractions.
Union Chamber of Commerce has interesting facts on the towns of Washington, Appleton, Hope and Union.
June 5-August 31
178 Liberty Road
Washington, ME 04574
Until June 5
12230 Clarksville Pike, Suite C
Clarksville, MD 21029
Contact us using the form above.