Night Vision Technology



Starsplitters will be hosting two programs in August:

  • Saturday, August 12that 8:30--we will be open to the general public.
  • Wednesday, August 9th at 8:30--Our program will be for amateur astronomers who are interested in night vision technology for telescopes. More information below.


Join us for

A Program about Night Vision Technology


Dr. Carl J. Wenning, a member of the Twin City Amateur Astronomers and NCRAL’s Northern Lights newsletter editor, will visit the Starsplitters on Wednesday, August 9th.  He will deliver a PowerPoint presentation about and demonstrate (weather permitting) the use of the latest night vision technology available to amateur astronomers. His talk at NCRAL 2023 about innovations in amateur astronomy prompted this visit.


Dr. Wenning will present Telescopic Viewing with an Image Intensifier at the Huser Observatory in Wyalusing State Park near Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, beginning at 8:30p.m. During his presentation, Carl will describe this technology and explain its use. He regularly uses white light night vision technology with a 20” PlaneWave telescope at Waynesville Observatory in Illinois. He has many experiences and practical recommendations to share.


As immediate past Chair of NCRAL (2017-2023), Carl will conclude his presentation with words about the Astronomical League and its North Central Region. Following his presentation, we will view the heavens with this amazing instrument if the sky permits. For details about this program, contact Jean Napp at


Dr. Wenning was a physics teacher educator at Illinois State University from 1978 to 2022. He served as that institution's planetarium director from 1978 to 2000. Wenning is an Astronomical League Master Observer and received NCRAL’s Region Award in 2007.