Here's something my local club is doing:
WACO STAR PARTY
June 5th, 2010
8:40pm to 10:30pm
The Central Texas Astronomical Society (CTAS) will have our Waco Star Party for members and the public on Saturday June 5th starting at 8:40pm, regardless of weather. We will meet as usual at the Waco Wetlands. Bring your telescope (if you just got a telescope and want help with it, this is a great place for that) or just enjoy those of the members as we explore the night sky of June.
We will begin with an indoor program on the life-cycle of stars, even if it's cloudy.
Then, weather-permitting, we hope to see objects both inside our Solar System, elsewhere in and around our Milky Way Galaxy, and outside our galaxy. In our Solar System, we will look at Mars and Saturn. Elsewhere in our galaxy, we would like to look at the Beehive open cluster of stars (M44) which can be seen with the naked eye as a faint glow, the Hercules globular cluster (M13) which is a ball of older stars that orbits our galaxy, and a nebula that is the remains of a burnt-out star (M97). Outside our galaxy, we will look at the Leo Triplet of galaxies, a trio of three galaxies that can be seen in one telescope field of view, and the Whirlpool Galaxy (M51)--a cannibal that is eating up a neighboring galaxy which can also be seen.
Experience it yourself and work with other local amateur astronomers to explore all that the night sky has to offer. This event is free to the public and is sponsored by CTAS.
Directions to observing site:
Lake Waco Wetlands at 1752 Eichelberger Crossing Road.
Directions: From Interstate 35 take the Exit 330 and proceed west (toward Meridian) on Hwy. 6/Loop 340. Continue for approximately ten miles to the intersection of Hwy 6 & FM 185. Turn right onto FM 185 and continue 0.6 miles then turn left on Eichelberger Crossing Road. The Lake Waco Wetlands Research and Education Center will be 1.6 miles on your right at 1752 Eichelberger Crossing Road.