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Mid-Atlantic Star Party

Star Party [SP]
Please see website
Date:
10/27/2008 11:00AM   —  11/02/2008 02:00PM
Location:
Robbins NC, United States
Contact:
John Dilday
Email:
2008@masp.org
URL:
http://www.masp.org/

Volunteer State Star Party

Star Party [SP]
Near Hohenwald, TN... Von Braun Astronomcal Society (vbas.org) annual dark sky site weekend. No formal events. Primitive camping, Amish store near by. No charge but b.y.o. scope.
Date:
10/24/2008 04:00PM   —  10/26/2008 12:00PM
Location:
Tiger Bennett Rd. Hohenwald TN, United States
Contact:
Eric Johnson
Phone:
931-427-8048
Email:
ejohnso4@yahoo.com
URL:
http://www.vbas.org/index.cfm

Chiefland Fall Star Party

Star Party [SP]
Chiefland Astronomy Village Fall Star Party. Pre-registration required. Latitude 29 24' 29.52" North, Longitude 82 51' 38.52" West Tom Crowley crowleytj@hotmail.com
Date:
10/24/2008 12:00AM   —  11/02/2008 12:00AM
Location:
Chiefland FL, United States
Contact:
John Novak
Email:
lado0@yahoo.com
URL:
http://www.chiefland.org/

Prairie Skies Star Party

Star Party [SP]
Prairie Skies Star Party 2008 will be held at beautiful Camp Shaw-Waw-Nas-See 4-H camp, adjacent to Kankakee State Park, near Bourbonnais Illinois. We place a special emphasis on amateur telescope making, by recognizing outstanding achievement through our ATM Telescope and Accessory Awards. In addition to all night observing; Prairie Skies features an imaging contest, door prizes, a swap market, vendors, catered meals, and a guest speaker or two. There are several additional activities to attend or participate in. Visit the Prairie Dog Stand and enjoy a tasty prairie dog; and don’t miss out on the famous Midnight Chili! As always; complimentary coffee, tea, and hot chocolate will be available in the Dining Hall all day and night throughout the event. Our popular Almost All Night Movie Festival will feature sci-fi movies in the Dining Hall. Join us as Prairie Skies Star Party "continues the tradition" at Camp Shaw. The pre-registration deadline is 8-23-08 (prices higher after deadline). Camp Shaw-Waw-Nas-See provides a semi secluded location, well protected from the glare of off-site lighting. The 6 acre main observing field is large and grass covered, making it ideal for observing and camping. Rustic barrack style cabins are available for non-campers. The large Dining Hall serves as a gathering place for many of the scheduled activities. Enjoy walking through the woods on shady hiking trails; one of which, follows Rock Creek as it traverses the camp property through a small canyon. Nearby Kankakee River State Park has an extensive bike trail system, and offers many other recreational opportunities.
Date:
09/25/2008 12:00AM   —  09/28/2008 12:00AM
Location:
near Bourbonnais IL, United States
Contact:
John Weber
Phone:
708 481-7970
Email:
infopssp@prairieskies.org
URL:
http://www.prairieskies.org

Enchanted Skies Star Party

Star Party [SP]
The Enchanted Skies Star Party, held in Socorro, New Mexico, offers a unique Southwestern Astronomy experience. With many exciting features, the Enchanted Skies Star Party includes a unique opportunity for a night of observing at an elevation of 10,600 feet. We continue our decade-long tradition of presenting outstanding lectures by leading professional and amateur astronomers, and we'll gather on Saturday night for an evening of great food, Southwestern entertainment and excellent, dark-sky observing. Socorro's dry, high-desert climate, dark skies, and friendly small-town environment provide an excellent dark sky observing experience. Join us for dark sky observing, astronomy workshops, door prizes, lectures, and insider tours of the Very Large Array and the Magdalena Ridge Observatory.
Date:
09/24/2008 12:00AM   —  09/24/2008 12:00AM
Location:
Socorro, United States
Contact:
Deborah Dean
Phone:
575-835-8927
Email:
tourism@socorronm.com
URL:
http://enchantedskies.org

South Dakota Star Party

Star Party [SP]
6th Annual Star Party Held at Hodgson Observatory at Sunniside, Beresford SD. Simple Laid back environment no thrills no frills just plain old fashion observing at the night sky.
Date:
08/29/2008 12:00AM   —  08/31/2008 12:00AM
Location:
Beresford SD, United States
Contact:
Jim Morris
Email:
jamorr509@yahoo.com
URL:
http://www.sdsp.org

Starfest

Star Party [SP]
The North York Astronomical Association invites you to attend its annual astronomy convention. Starfest is Canada's largest annual observing convention and star party. It attracts over nine hundred astronomy enthusiasts from Ontario, and neighboring provinces and states. It has been ranked among the top star parties in North America, and among the top ten star parties in the world. Starfest offers a wide variety of observing-oriented activities that address the needs and interests of experienced observers and astrophotographers, as well as those of people new to the hobby. Activities include observing sessions, formal and informal slide presentations, workshops, commercial exhibits, and a children's program. You are invited to bring your telescope, astronomical images, and share your observing experiences with others.
Date:
08/07/2008 12:00AM   —  08/10/2008 12:00AM
Location:
River Place Park, Ayton ON, Canada
Contact:
Malcolm Park
Phone:
416-802-7011
Email:
starfest@nyaa.ca
URL:
http://nyaa.ca/

THE NEBRASKA STAR PARTY

Star Party [SP]
July 27th THROUGH August 1st, 2008 SNAKE CAMPGROUND, MERRITT RESERVOIR, 27 MILES SOUTH OF VALENTINE, NEBRASKA Plan now for this summer's family vacation under the stars! The astronomical views from Merritt Reservoir's Snake Campground are fabulous, and there are plenty of recreational opportunities to keep the entire family entertained all week long at the 15th annual Nebraska Star Party. For newcomers, NSP is the perfect place to become acquainted with the wonders the heavens hold, many of which can't be enjoyed from cities. Our unique Beginner's Field School will show you how fun it is to explore the heavens here, as well as in your own back yard when you return home, with or without a telescope. For youngsters, we've added even more educational value to the experience of camping beneath the stars with short evening classes in addition to an expanded kids' afternoon program midweek. Seasoned observers will find NSP enjoyable as well, with observing challenges, an astro photo contest, and a fantastic light pollution-free sweep of the summer night sky, with naked-eye limiting magnitude (the faintest objects visible to the naked eye) approaching magnitude 7.5 to 8! Apart from the starry central attraction, the remote sandhills of north-central Nebraska offer a vacation full of western and natural history as well. Short day trips will take you to historical sites important to the settlement of the west. The spring-fed water and sugar sand beaches of Merritt Reservoir offer swimming, boating, and fishing. Valentine national Wildlife Refuge provides a window into the ecology of the prairie, while the nearby Niobrara River affords a cooling tube float or canoe trip through the surrounding cattle ranching country. Whether you've been to NSP many times before, or you don't even know what a star party is, you'll be treated like a cherished old friend. Plan now to join us next summer for an unforgettable – and economical – vacation! You don't even need a telescope to attend. Be sure to register before June 1st to save $10 per adult on registration costs. Are you new to astronomy? Don't have a telescope? If you've never attended a star party before, or if you've been to other star parties but need more information about what to expect at NSP, check out our Frequently Asked Questions page.
Date:
07/27/2008 05:00PM   —  07/27/2008 12:00PM
Location:
valintine, United States
Email:
ecbalcom@msn.com
URL:
http://www.nebraskastarparty.org/

Rocky Mountain Star Stare 2008

Star Party [SP]
For over two decades, astronomers from across the U.S. and around the world have been gathering each summer in the mountains west of Colorado Springs. What draws them here each year? Dark skies. Not just dark skies, but dark skies with amazing transparency. These gazers of the stars are enjoying Rocky Mountain Star Stare! Held in June in the Pike National Forest, RMSS is one of this nation's premier star parties. This year's event will be held from July 2nd - July 6, 2008. Average attendance is usually 350 astronomers.
Date:
07/02/2008 12:00PM   —  07/02/2008 12:00PM
Location:
Lake George, United States
Contact:
Alan Gorski
Phone:
719-651-8476
Email:
chairman@rmss.org
URL:
http://www.rmss.org

Golden State Star Party

Star Party [SP]
GSSP is an annual star party dating back to its inception as the Mount Lassen Star Party in 1994. This year the event moves to some of the darkest skies in California. The site offers an unobstructed 360 degree horizon, flat surface with clay soil, and easy highway access. Visual and imaging, tent camping and RVs. All necessary amenities on site.
Date:
07/02/2008 12:00AM   —  07/06/2008 12:00AM
Location:
Adin CA
Contact:
Richard Ozer
Phone:
510-406-1914
Email:
Richard Ozer <rozer@pacbell.net>
URL:
http://www.goldenstatestarparty.org