2020 has been a miserable year for star parties. Most have cancelled due to Covid-19. A few that cancelled did have a few regulars show up to do some astronomy at a distance anyway.
As of now there are still 7 or 8 US star parties scheduled thru November. Likely a few more will cancel. In many cases the venue is calling the shots and they in turn are just following mandates of the states where they are located. As of now we are proceeding with plans to hold the 38th Annual Deep South Star Gaze. It has been held every year beginning in 1983. Our current venue, the White Horse Christian Retreat Camp located about a dozen miles south of Columbia, MS is the darkest we have utilized (Our skies hover on the Bortle 3/4 boundary with a NELM of about 6.5.) This, our 3rd location, also boasts the lowest horizons. We are able to easily see Omega Centaurus during our Spring Scrimmage.
The Deep South, held this year from Tuesday, November 10th to Sunday, November 15th, typically has had attendances above 100. On occasion close to 200. 2020 though is a different year. We realize that our attendance will be down this year as some people are just not ready to "star party" yet. Nevertheless we are proceeding with plans to hold our event. Our earlier Spring Scrimmage, held in May, had a small crowd, but we had no complications during or after the event. This fall I am anticipating an attendance of between 30 and 40. Yes, that's small, but enough critical mass to enjoy the company of others and to stay safe at the same time. We will have restrictions with the primary change being that we are limiting use of the bunkhouses where occupancy will be greatly reduced. (If all bunks were to be occupied we could accommodate 120, but with the restriction we will have in place we can probably have no more than about 40 in bunks.) Others will stay in tents, campers and rv's. We have plenty of room for those.
More can be found on our website, just go to: https://dssg.boards.net/
and then go to this thread: https://dssg.boards....8th-annual-dssg
You will find the registration form there.
Questions? Let me know. We would like to see some familiar names from CloudyNights, those in need of a star party fix.
Barry Simon, Director
Deep South Star Gaze
PS - while we cannot start earlier than November 10th, if the weather is good, some may want to stay longer than our official final date. No problem with that. Pay your lodging fee and Carol will be happy to accommodate you.
Edited by BarrySimon615, 26 August 2020 - 09:41 PM.