A group of Girl Scouts watch as the roof of the dome is opened while learning about the 24-inch Boller & Chivens telescope on Friday, March 25, 2011, at the Eastern Iowa Observatory and Learning Center in Mount Vernon. The telescope was donated by the University of Iowa. The Cedar Amateur Astronomers host private events, including this Girl Scouts event, and regular public nights throughout the year.
Aubrey Pisarik, 9, of Iowa City, looks at a friend through a finder scope mounted on a Dobsonian telescope.
A 16-inch telescope, donated by the University of Iowa, is housed in a classic dome building at the Eastern Iowa Observatory.
A star map is projected on the wall at the Eastern Iowa Observatory and Learning Center.
If only deadlines and publication dates would wait for the best photo possibility. It was a cloudy, cold night, and our pool 5d MkII wasn't available, so I made the most of it with my dinosaur 1d MkII. Yikes..