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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

Oregon Star Party

Astronomical Events [A]
A premier dark sky star party in central Oregon where astroimagers complain about the light pollution from the Milky Way!
Date:
08/27/2008 12:00AM   —  08/31/2008 12:00AM
Location:
Prineville OR, United States
Contact:
Gregory Rohde
Phone:
503-268-8387
Email:
gfrohde@yahoo.com
URL:
http://www.oregonstarparty.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/

Stellafane Convention

Convention [C]
The 2008 Stellafane Convention will be held Thursday, July 31 through Sunday, August 3. A gathering of Amatuer Telescope Makers and telescope making competition . The Stellafane site is a National Historic Landmark. It features speakers,lectures,workshops,hands on mirror grinding and activities for all ages and levels. An onsite food vendor is available throughout the convention. for more info see our website!!!
Date:
07/31/2008 12:00AM   —  08/03/2008 12:00AM
Location:
Springfield VT, United States
Contact:
Tom Spirock
Phone:
not available
Email:
convention@stellafane.com
URL:
http://stellafane.org/convention/index.html

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

Green Bank Star Quest

Star Party [SP]
4 DAY Optical & Radio Astronomy Star Party. Scheduled Presentations by nationally known speakers in climate controlled lecture hall. Speakers include Scott Lever from JPL, Mars Exploration Rover Project. Camping with hot showers and a bunkhouse. DARK sky observing site. Vendors on site. All in the shadow of the world's largest fully steerable radio telescope at Green Bank National Radio Observatory, Green Bank, WV.
Date:
07/02/2008 12:00AM   —  07/05/2008 12:00AM
Location:
Green Bank WV, United States
Contact:
Joe Gonzalez
Phone:
304-626-5012
Email:
caacwvmaster@yahoo.com
URL:
http://greenbankstarquest.org/

Shingletown Star Party (SSP)

Astronomical Events [A]
The 7th annual Shingletown Star Party at unused Shingletown Airport, 3 miles east of Shingletown, California, boasting mag 7+ skies at an elevation of 4,000 feet off State Highway 44. Camp onsite, rent a cabin, bring an RV...your gear is safe onsite even if you are not there. Supermarket and gas in town, registration closes June 15 (but you can register st the gate).
Date:
06/30/2008 12:00AM   —  06/30/2008 12:00AM
Location:
Shingletown, United States
Email:
szsherm@yahoo.com
URL:
http://www.shingletownstarparty.net

Craters of the Moon Star Party

Astronomical Events [A]
A magical site of majestic beauty, Craters of the Moon offers extremely dark skies. On top of wonderful conditions and surroundings, daytime activities available include ice caving and hiking. Visit where what is now the Yellowstone 'hot spot' used to be. Craters offers enough amenities to be comfortable, yet small enough crowds as not infringe upon this remote setting.
Date:
06/27/2008 12:00AM   —  06/28/2008 12:00AM
Location:
Craters of the Moon NM ID, United States
Contact:
Mike Hart
Email:
president@ifastro.org
URL:
http://ifastro.org/web/index.php