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01 March 2013

Astronomy Club Toutatis night out. Visit to the ruins of Kuusisto Castle, South Finland


Ruins of Kuusisto Castle near Kaarina, Finland
Credit: Astronomy club Toutatis Kustavi
Finnish Astronomy Club reporting activities in Southern Finland. With clouds clouding almost all the space community of the Carnival of space these last weeks, Our Astronomy club Toutatis took a chance and went for a fied trip. This time we visited the Ruins of Kuusisto Castle near the city of Kaarina, Finland.

Astronomy Club Toutatis night out!
Visit to the Ruins of Kuusisto Castle near the city of Kaarina, Finland.

Great night to catch the almost full Moon over the ruins of a medieval castle in Southern Finland. I few friends and family members came to see the ruins under a clear night sky with many night sky object to be seen.

The Moon was at it's best as it rose in the background of the ruins landscape. The planet Jupiter was the brightest object in the night sky and was still a challenge to see in our "field" telescope. (70mm Meade refractor). Even at 6 km from the big city lights, this place could be rated as a dark sky site for observations. We had a nice snack while looking around and we looked some more through the telescope at the Moon. After a session of astrophotography we headed back home.

Great astronomy night. Thanks to everyone involved!
See more Pictures of the event on  Facebook Astronomy Club Toutatis homepage.
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Wikipedia on Kuusisto Castle