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#1 Deepskyclusterstruck

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Posted 19 January 2019 - 12:53 AM

Im trying to find large multiday/night star parties in the US for February through the rest of the year. Ive never been to one before.

#2 Deepskyclusterstruck

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Posted 19 January 2019 - 12:53 AM

Im trying to find large multiday/night star parties in the US for February through the rest of the year. Ive never been to one before.

#3 Hubbletrouble

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Posted 19 January 2019 - 02:15 AM

Check out the Peach State Star Gaze in October. It is put on by the Atlanta Astronomy Club and held at Deerlick Astronomy Village. Great Event!



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Posted 19 January 2019 - 02:18 AM

This will get you started:   http://amateurastron...vents-calendar/



#5 havasman

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Posted 19 January 2019 - 02:20 AM

https://www.cloudyni...t/#entry8982344

 

You should keep an eye on that forum section.



#6 havasman

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Posted 19 January 2019 - 02:25 AM

https://www.cloudyni...9-star-parties/

 

And then there's that.



#7 sg6

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Posted 19 January 2019 - 03:09 AM

This really is when adding your location helps.

https://www.go-astro...club-search.htm

 

People can look up and say "There is one in your state/whatever at the ABC club in whatever month."

 

A question along the lines of "Where is or Where are?" Really necessitates knowng where you are.

 

What type of starparty are you thinking of?

Soon, generally, in March there will be Messier Marathons held. Stay up and nail as many messier objects as you can. Does mean if you take part that you need to plan ahead concerning which Messiers first (West I guess before they disappear). However other people will be there for the purpose of getting them as well so likley not an event for extensive socialising or enquiring about equipment.



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Posted 19 January 2019 - 05:11 AM

I love the 6-day Nebraska Star Party and never miss it.  This year it starts July 28.  VERY dark, great people, lots of room.



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Posted 19 January 2019 - 06:05 AM

Where are you located and how far will you travel?

 

did you know there is a section of cloudy nights just for star parties? 

 

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Posted 19 January 2019 - 06:08 AM

It might be easier, and cheaper, to start with a smaller, one night, star party with a local club near you.

 

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Posted 19 January 2019 - 10:33 AM

Sometimes a party of one is the best party....especially at blue or better dark sites.



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Posted 19 January 2019 - 01:04 PM

I took part in a "virtual" star party once.

 

It was a complete disaster.

 

Never again.

 

I love observing alone! So quiet, so peaceful, so meditative. With but the creatures of the night for company.


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#13 Keith Rivich

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Posted 19 January 2019 - 01:17 PM

I took part in a "virtual" star party once.

 

It was a complete disaster.

 

Never again.

 

I love observing alone! So quiet, so peaceful, so meditative. With but the creatures of the night for company.

What's a virtual star party? Everyone connected via facetime or similar?

 

Personally I do not mind observing alone but I much prefer observing with others of similar experience. I enjoy the interaction. 



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Posted 19 January 2019 - 01:25 PM

What's a virtual star party? Everyone connected via facetime or similar?

 

Personally I do not mind observing alone but I much prefer observing with others of similar experience. I enjoy the interaction.

Not facetime, just some other ridiculous app that I have long forgotten the name of. You are basically correct.

 

Interaction is not always desirable or healthy.



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Posted 19 January 2019 - 02:12 PM

Moved to Astro Clubs and Star Parties for better fit of topic.



#16 airbleeder

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Posted 19 January 2019 - 06:31 PM

    I enjoy either observing alone, with family or neighbors who stop by.


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Posted 19 January 2019 - 06:46 PM

I find star parties to be fun and well worthwhile whether small single night or big week long events.  I enjoy the interaction with others and always learn something new from those with more knowledge and experience.  I’ve actually gained enough experience to be able to help others myself which is very rewarding.  Virtual star parties make no sense to me.  How can you look through and interact with others and their scopes?  There’s just no way for virtual to match real.  I’ll stick with everyone being there in person which is just so much better.


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Posted 20 January 2019 - 10:59 AM

Observing alone has its benefits and joys, but being with friends occasionally at a very good observing site is also fun. I try to make it to one or two star parties per year, and I try to observe from the back yard on about 100 nights per year. 



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Posted 20 January 2019 - 04:14 PM

I attend four per year, depending on weather and personal circumstances. They're all sponsored by the Las Vegas Astronomical Society.

 

Why?

 

Travel, for one.

 

Second is that they don't ban green laser pointers. Even though I don't use mine much anymore because I now have push-to, it's just the principle of it.

 

Finally, I know the sites and know their ins and outs and don't see fixing something that isn't broke.

 

Locally, I go out for private viewing most of the time.

 

Otherwise it's public outreach and those aren't for any serious observing...usually, because of the locations close to Las Vegas.



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Posted 22 January 2019 - 09:11 PM

I live in Southern Ohio. I generally actualy usually observe alone. There is a group connected with the local University that does meet for stargazing on a relatively frequent basis(I think twice a month) but only when the skies cooperate which they havent for a long time. The skies when they are good have a limiting magnitude of about 4.5 but there is usually a blockage of the horizon due to surrouding hills and interference from artificial light that often blocks the stars up to about 30 degrees altitude. My interest in star parties is primarily a desire to be able to get hands on experience and knowledge from observing and using different equipment and finding an accessable spot where the sky is relatively free from excessive light polution and remote but perhaps safer by being around a group rather then out in the middle of nowhere alone and vulnerable to wildlife or unsavory two legged nuts.

Ill take my chances if have to and sometimes prefer to but there is a degree of safety in a group and atleast having that option sometimes would be nice. I dont mind crazy ...just dangerous crazy.😊 Running into an unknown human in the middle of nowhere is always a risk.

Having an area that is easy to set up in is also part of the thought process. Knowing Im not going to be mistaken for an animal by a drunken hunter or atacked by some innocent animal just trying to protect its territory or looking for a tasty meal gives me pause about where to set up.A star party maight take some of the difficulty of doing so out of the equation.

Im also a birder so Im looking for an area that can provide an opportunity for that as well.

The weather has been so unfriendly for so long these last months that Im willing to travel some distance to get to a decent spot. Ive had bad luck with trying to chase good weather but at this point if I can get a reasonable shot a few days ahead Im able and willing to travel out of state, to get even a few days of decent stargazing in. Way out of state if necessary.

I did not realize before I posted that there is a seperate section for this topic so thank you Alex for alerting me to this and thank you for the move csa.

I dont imagine Id have any better luck in Canada this time of year but I just dont know.

The Nebraska Star Party sounds good as does the Georgia one but Im wanting to find something sooner. Im getting sky withdrawal.

Ill probably be taking an 80ED with me and maybe a table top as well.

My only means of transportation right now is probably Greyhound or amtrack or some combination.A short cab ride might also be thrown into the mix. Really whatever it takes.

Edited by Deepskyclusterstruck, 22 January 2019 - 09:53 PM.


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Posted 21 February 2019 - 04:02 PM

I live in Southern Ohio. 

Im also a birder so Im looking for an area that can provide an opportunity for that as well.

My only means of transportation right now is probably Greyhound or amtrack or some combination.A short cab ride might also be thrown into the mix. Really whatever it takes.

I don't know what part of southern Ohio, but it's about 5 hours from Chillicothe to Green Bank, West Virginia, and they have a fantastic party during the summer at the GB Observatory. It's 7 hours from Chillicothe to Staunton River State Park, Virginia, where there's another great party in late winter/early Spring (depending on New Moon dates). That one is coming up March 4-9, but it looks like marginal weather right now. Staunton River SP is also along a large waterway, birding might be a good alternative if the skies don't cooperate. Look at their website, as well as Green Bank's, for dates and amenities.

 

As for transportation, These are relatively remote areas, which is why they're so good for star parties (dark skies with little or no light pollution); I doubt there's a train station within 50 miles of either place, and the only buses would be chartered ones (there are quite a few tour buses to Green Bank). Have you considered renting a car or small SUV?


Edited by Luna-tic, 21 February 2019 - 04:03 PM.



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