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Re: REGIONAL ASTRONOMY EVENTS IN 2021

Roy Diffrient
 

Yeah, that was a gem of a memory!


On Mar 24, 2021, at 8:46 PM, Ian Stewart <ian@...> wrote:

Long live the hot dogs.


On Mar 24, 2021, at 8:28 PM, Roy Diffrient <mail@...> wrote:

Unfortunately the last event on the list, the Delmarva star party, is gone.  And unless there has been an unheralded resurrection, the Delmarva Stargazers club is gone too.  That’s a shame – we had many great times and good observing for many years at their star parties held at Tuckahoe State Park on the Eastern Shore.

Roy


On Mar 24, 2021, at 7:36 AM, Shawn Loescher <shawn.loescher@...> wrote:



Greetings MERAL officers, presidents and AlCors,

Please share this email with your club members:

As the pandemic slowly comes under control, we are hoping to be able to hold in-person events later this year. So now is the time to make travel plans!

To that end, below is a list I have accumulated, with input from MERAL clubs, that lists all the large regional events I am aware of in MERAL territory (mostly). A couple of these are not in the MERAL territory, but they are so well known that I thought they should be included. 

Not all the events have been confirmed at this point, so I have included links to the websites for all the events if they are available. The events are in chronological order, with the events that have not determined a date at the bottom of the list.

Clear skies,

Don Knabb, MERAL Chair


Northeast Astronomy Forum, April 10 – 11, Rockland Community College, NY (Not in MERAL). Virtual event - https://www.neafexpo.com/

Astronomy Day, May 15, Northern Virginia Astronomy Club - C.M. Crockett Park, Midland, VA.  This event might need to be virtual this year due to health concerns, that is yet to be determined. https://www.novac.com/wp/outreach/astronomyday/

Cherry Springs Star Party, June 10-13. https://www.facebook.com/CherrySpringsStarParty/

Green Bank Star Quest, July 7-10 Green Bank WV. Final decision yet to be made. http://www.greenbankstarquest.org/

Stellafane, August 5-8 (Not in MERAL), Springfield, Vermont. Website indicates the event is a go. https://stellafane.org/

Almost Heaven Star Party at Spruce Knob Mountain Center in Circleville, WV over Labor Day weekend, 3 -7 Sep, 2021.  https://www.ahsp.org/

York County Star Party Sept 8-12 and Oct 6-11. http://www.skyshedpodpa.com/york-county-star-party.html

Blackwater Falls Astronomy Weekend, September 9 – 11, Blackwater Falls State Park, WV. http://kvas.org/events.html

Staunton River Star Party (Fall), October 4 - 10, 2021, Staunton River State Park, Virginia http://chaosastro.org/starparty/

Northern Virginia Astronomy, Star Gaze, 10/9 Typically hosted at C.M. Crockett Park, Midland, VA. https://www.novac.com/wp/outreach/stargaze/

South Jersey Astronomy Club Star Party. No fall star party date is currently listed. http://www.sjac.us/star-party/

Mega Meet, Pulpit Rock, PA. No date is currently listed. https://lvaas.org/page.php?page=megameet

Black Forest Star Party, the date is to be determined. https://bfsp.org/

Delmarva Star Watch, Trap Pond DE. No information available, no website.


Re: REGIONAL ASTRONOMY EVENTS IN 2021

Ian Stewart
 

Long live the hot dogs.


On Mar 24, 2021, at 8:28 PM, Roy Diffrient <mail@...> wrote:

Unfortunately the last event on the list, the Delmarva star party, is gone.  And unless there has been an unheralded resurrection, the Delmarva Stargazers club is gone too.  That’s a shame – we had many great times and good observing for many years at their star parties held at Tuckahoe State Park on the Eastern Shore.

Roy


On Mar 24, 2021, at 7:36 AM, Shawn Loescher <shawn.loescher@...> wrote:



Greetings MERAL officers, presidents and AlCors,

Please share this email with your club members:

As the pandemic slowly comes under control, we are hoping to be able to hold in-person events later this year. So now is the time to make travel plans!

To that end, below is a list I have accumulated, with input from MERAL clubs, that lists all the large regional events I am aware of in MERAL territory (mostly). A couple of these are not in the MERAL territory, but they are so well known that I thought they should be included. 

Not all the events have been confirmed at this point, so I have included links to the websites for all the events if they are available. The events are in chronological order, with the events that have not determined a date at the bottom of the list.

Clear skies,

Don Knabb, MERAL Chair


Northeast Astronomy Forum, April 10 – 11, Rockland Community College, NY (Not in MERAL). Virtual event - https://www.neafexpo.com/

Astronomy Day, May 15, Northern Virginia Astronomy Club - C.M. Crockett Park, Midland, VA.  This event might need to be virtual this year due to health concerns, that is yet to be determined. https://www.novac.com/wp/outreach/astronomyday/

Cherry Springs Star Party, June 10-13. https://www.facebook.com/CherrySpringsStarParty/

Green Bank Star Quest, July 7-10 Green Bank WV. Final decision yet to be made. http://www.greenbankstarquest.org/

Stellafane, August 5-8 (Not in MERAL), Springfield, Vermont. Website indicates the event is a go. https://stellafane.org/

Almost Heaven Star Party at Spruce Knob Mountain Center in Circleville, WV over Labor Day weekend, 3 -7 Sep, 2021.  https://www.ahsp.org/

York County Star Party Sept 8-12 and Oct 6-11. http://www.skyshedpodpa.com/york-county-star-party.html

Blackwater Falls Astronomy Weekend, September 9 – 11, Blackwater Falls State Park, WV. http://kvas.org/events.html

Staunton River Star Party (Fall), October 4 - 10, 2021, Staunton River State Park, Virginia http://chaosastro.org/starparty/

Northern Virginia Astronomy, Star Gaze, 10/9 Typically hosted at C.M. Crockett Park, Midland, VA. https://www.novac.com/wp/outreach/stargaze/

South Jersey Astronomy Club Star Party. No fall star party date is currently listed. http://www.sjac.us/star-party/

Mega Meet, Pulpit Rock, PA. No date is currently listed. https://lvaas.org/page.php?page=megameet

Black Forest Star Party, the date is to be determined. https://bfsp.org/

Delmarva Star Watch, Trap Pond DE. No information available, no website.


Re: REGIONAL ASTRONOMY EVENTS IN 2021

Roy Diffrient
 

Unfortunately the last event on the list, the Delmarva star party, is gone.  And unless there has been an unheralded resurrection, the Delmarva Stargazers club is gone too.  That’s a shame – we had many great times and good observing for many years at their star parties held at Tuckahoe State Park on the Eastern Shore.

Roy


On Mar 24, 2021, at 7:36 AM, Shawn Loescher <shawn.loescher@...> wrote:



Greetings MERAL officers, presidents and AlCors,

Please share this email with your club members:

As the pandemic slowly comes under control, we are hoping to be able to hold in-person events later this year. So now is the time to make travel plans!

To that end, below is a list I have accumulated, with input from MERAL clubs, that lists all the large regional events I am aware of in MERAL territory (mostly). A couple of these are not in the MERAL territory, but they are so well known that I thought they should be included. 

Not all the events have been confirmed at this point, so I have included links to the websites for all the events if they are available. The events are in chronological order, with the events that have not determined a date at the bottom of the list.

Clear skies,

Don Knabb, MERAL Chair


Northeast Astronomy Forum, April 10 – 11, Rockland Community College, NY (Not in MERAL). Virtual event - https://www.neafexpo.com/

Astronomy Day, May 15, Northern Virginia Astronomy Club - C.M. Crockett Park, Midland, VA.  This event might need to be virtual this year due to health concerns, that is yet to be determined. https://www.novac.com/wp/outreach/astronomyday/

Cherry Springs Star Party, June 10-13. https://www.facebook.com/CherrySpringsStarParty/

Green Bank Star Quest, July 7-10 Green Bank WV. Final decision yet to be made. http://www.greenbankstarquest.org/

Stellafane, August 5-8 (Not in MERAL), Springfield, Vermont. Website indicates the event is a go. https://stellafane.org/

Almost Heaven Star Party at Spruce Knob Mountain Center in Circleville, WV over Labor Day weekend, 3 -7 Sep, 2021.  https://www.ahsp.org/

York County Star Party Sept 8-12 and Oct 6-11. http://www.skyshedpodpa.com/york-county-star-party.html

Blackwater Falls Astronomy Weekend, September 9 – 11, Blackwater Falls State Park, WV. http://kvas.org/events.html

Staunton River Star Party (Fall), October 4 - 10, 2021, Staunton River State Park, Virginia http://chaosastro.org/starparty/

Northern Virginia Astronomy, Star Gaze, 10/9 Typically hosted at C.M. Crockett Park, Midland, VA. https://www.novac.com/wp/outreach/stargaze/

South Jersey Astronomy Club Star Party. No fall star party date is currently listed. http://www.sjac.us/star-party/

Mega Meet, Pulpit Rock, PA. No date is currently listed. https://lvaas.org/page.php?page=megameet

Black Forest Star Party, the date is to be determined. https://bfsp.org/

Delmarva Star Watch, Trap Pond DE. No information available, no website.


Re: REGIONAL ASTRONOMY EVENTS IN 2021

jimcoble2000
 

I think you would be hard pressed to find darker skies than West Virginia, I could not see my car from 10 feet away. I guess the ocean would beat that (it does) but you have to enlist for 4 years and the accommodations are worse than Federal Prison. Chiefland is about a 13 hour haul from here if I recall. I lived south of there and it is one long BORING drive. I have heard good things about Staunton River but if the weather is bad I have heard it described as being like a civil way reenactment of Andersonville.

On Wednesday, March 24, 2021, 7:07:11 PM EDT, Ian Stewart <swampcolliecoffee@...> wrote:


Still going, not sure what's happening this year.

On 3/24/2021 5:58 PM, vp wrote:
Ian,
is there still a Chiefland Star Party?  I went to one many years ago (2002) and enjoyed it very much.  As you say, it is a long haul from Virginia.

George
On March 24, 2021 5:33 PM Ian Stewart <swampcolliecoffee@...> wrote:


Just to jump in here. I've been to Greenbank - great interactive program, Spruce Knob (Almost Heaven) - excellent skies when the weather cooperates but big storms when it doesn't. Staunton River - my favorite  - poorer skies than Spruce Knob but better weather and facilities. Coinjock, just miss the camaraderie there, Kent put on an excellent program. A bit of a drive but Chiefland in Florida has great facilities and some very stable skies.

Cheers

Ian


Re: REGIONAL ASTRONOMY EVENTS IN 2021

Ian Stewart
 

Still going, not sure what's happening this year.

On 3/24/2021 5:58 PM, vp wrote:
Ian,
is there still a Chiefland Star Party?  I went to one many years ago (2002) and enjoyed it very much.  As you say, it is a long haul from Virginia.

George
On March 24, 2021 5:33 PM Ian Stewart <swampcolliecoffee@...> wrote:


Just to jump in here. I've been to Greenbank - great interactive program, Spruce Knob (Almost Heaven) - excellent skies when the weather cooperates but big storms when it doesn't. Staunton River - my favorite  - poorer skies than Spruce Knob but better weather and facilities. Coinjock, just miss the camaraderie there, Kent put on an excellent program. A bit of a drive but Chiefland in Florida has great facilities and some very stable skies.

Cheers

Ian


Re: REGIONAL ASTRONOMY EVENTS IN 2021

vp
 

Here is a link to some general information about Cherry Springs State Park near Coudersport, Pennsylvania.
Besides the Cherry Springs Star Party near the New Moon in June, there is usually another, the Black Forest Star Party, usually held near the New Moon in September.

George

On March 24, 2021 1:17 PM vp <vp@...> wrote:


Jonathan,

I too am interested in attending one or more of those events.  I have never been to Green Bank or Staunton River or any of the other ones listed.  I hope they take place this year.  The ones I am interested in are Cherry Springs, Green Bank, Almost Heaven (WV),  Staunton River, and Northern Virginia.  According to their website, Greenbank is open for pre-registration.

Here is an update on each one, as I have been able to determine thus far:

Update as of Feb 18, 2021):· 
Update on the 2021 Cherry Springs Star Party:
Even on a snowy day like today it’s starting to be time to look ahead to the warmer weather of June and the 2021 Cherry Springs Star Party. While we are hoping to be able to hold a Star Party this year - we really missed everyone last year - only time will tell if we will be able to do so or not. At the current time there are no large public events allowed to be held in PA State Parks account the ongoing pandemic, so if that regulation is not relaxed we will not able to hold a party again this year. If it is relaxed, then we may be able to hold the Star Party, however it may not be our usual “full” party as there may have to be some changes to activities, rules and to the size of the party to accommodate restrictions for the health of everyone. If we are able to go ahead with an event, we will hope to open registration up for it in late March or early April. We will post updates to both this Facebook page and the Cherry Springs Star Party website as we have more information.
Clear skies to all!


_._,_._,_

George Reynolds 
VP, Back Bay Amateur Astronomers 
BBAA 
Outreach Coordinator
backbayastro.org



Re: REGIONAL ASTRONOMY EVENTS IN 2021

vp
 

Ian,
is there still a Chiefland Star Party?  I went to one many years ago (2002) and enjoyed it very much.  As you say, it is a long haul from Virginia.

George
On March 24, 2021 5:33 PM Ian Stewart <swampcolliecoffee@...> wrote:


Just to jump in here. I've been to Greenbank - great interactive program, Spruce Knob (Almost Heaven) - excellent skies when the weather cooperates but big storms when it doesn't. Staunton River - my favorite  - poorer skies than Spruce Knob but better weather and facilities. Coinjock, just miss the camaraderie there, Kent put on an excellent program. A bit of a drive but Chiefland in Florida has great facilities and some very stable skies.

Cheers

Ian

On 3/24/2021 4:07 PM, Matthew Cook via groups.io wrote:
Never been to the star party but Spruce Knob is one of two “close” dark sky sites where we love to camp.  The other is Ocracoke.  Might have to keep an eye on that Almost Heaven event.

Ocracoke Island National Park campground


On Mar 24, 2021, at 13:20, vp <vp@...> wrote:

Jonathan,

I too am interested in attending one or more of those events.  I have never been to Green Bank or Staunton River or any of the other ones listed.  I hope they take place this year.  The ones I am interested in are Cherry Springs, Green Bank, Almost Heaven (WV),  Staunton River, and Northern Virginia.  According to their website, Greenbank is open for pre-registration.

Here is an update on each one, as I have been able to determine thus far:

Update as of Feb 18, 2021):· 
Update on the 2021 Cherry Springs Star Party:
Even on a snowy day like today it’s starting to be time to look ahead to the warmer weather of June and the 2021 Cherry Springs Star Party. While we are hoping to be able to hold a Star Party this year - we really missed everyone last year - only time will tell if we will be able to do so or not. At the current time there are no large public events allowed to be held in PA State Parks account the ongoing pandemic, so if that regulation is not relaxed we will not able to hold a party again this year. If it is relaxed, then we may be able to hold the Star Party, however it may not be our usual “full” party as there may have to be some changes to activities, rules and to the size of the party to accommodate restrictions for the health of everyone. If we are able to go ahead with an event, we will hope to open registration up for it in late March or early April. We will post updates to both this Facebook page and the Cherry Springs Star Party website as we have more information.
Clear skies to all!

Green Bank Star Quest, July 7-10 Green Bank WV. Final decision yet to be made. http://www.greenbankstarquest.org/
Green Bank Star Quest XVII Scheduled for July 7-10, 2021.
Green Bank Star Quest Is A Premier Star Party
This event is held at the Green Bank Observatory, Green Bank WV. We feature a distinguished keynote speaker EVERY evening, with presentations on the latest in astronomy. Clinics and additional presentations held throughout each day (indoors) on multiple subjects, including astrophotography. Solar and night-time observing with our amazing dark skies right from your campsite. Campground has graveled roads, sanitary stations and HOT showers nearby. We feature: a Large Raffle Drawing; Children's Activities and raffle; Cafeteria and Snack Bar on site. As a added bonus, you can learn about radio astronomy from the GBO staff. There are many West Virginia scenic attractions nearby. We do our best to bring you a fun, informative and safe event.
Pre-Register Now!
PayPal or Mail Forms
Registration: The four-day registration fee is just $100.
Limited bunkhouse accommodations for additional fee. Optional Breakfast and Supper buffet available for purchase from GBO and served in their cafeteria. Meals are also available in the Starlight Cafe which will be open extended hours for our event.
If you have any questions please call 304-265-5514

Almost Heaven Star Party at Spruce Knob Mountain Center in Circleville, WV over Labor Day weekend, 3 -7 Sep, 2021. https://www.ahsp.org/
AHSP 2021 Status:
As the AHSP Staff would have started prepping for AHSP 2021 around now I wanted to post that we have decided at this time to wait until May to start the evaluation of where we are with COVID-19 to determine whether we can host the event this year.

Staunton River Star Party (Fall), October 4 - 10, 2021, Staunton River State Park, Virginia http://chaosastro.org/starparty/
(To be determined)

Northern Virginia Astronomy, Star Gaze, 10/9 Typically hosted at C.M. Crockett Park, Midland, VA. https://www.novac.com/wp/outreach/stargaze/
(No update as of 3/22/2021)
On March 24, 2021 12:38 PM Jonathan Scheetz <jonathan@...> wrote:


Thanks Jim.  The Staunton event is located pretty close by and is not until October; I've heard good things about this event from some of the group members.
I'm hopeful that this one will happen and I'm going to think about attending it.  But, like you said everything is probably iffy for this year. 
When the time gets closer I'll put out some feelers to see who else might be going.

One of the other ones I was interested in was the Green Bank event about which I've heard good things from the group.  But it is in July and I doubt that will come off.

The last one I was considering was the Spruce Knob WV event in September. 
The skies there are rated to be very dark.   https://www.lightpollutionmap.info/#zoom=10.00&lat=38.7076&lon=-79.5878&layers=B0FFFFFTFFFFFFFFFFF
I haven't heard anything about this from any of the group members.  Does anyone have opinion on whether or not this is a good event?

Jonathan




George Reynolds 
VP, Back Bay Amateur Astronomers 
BBAA 
Outreach Coordinator
backbayastro.org


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George Reynolds 
VP, Back Bay Amateur Astronomers 
BBAA 
Outreach Coordinator
backbayastro.org



Re: REGIONAL ASTRONOMY EVENTS IN 2021

Ian Stewart
 

Just to jump in here. I've been to Greenbank - great interactive program, Spruce Knob (Almost Heaven) - excellent skies when the weather cooperates but big storms when it doesn't. Staunton River - my favorite  - poorer skies than Spruce Knob but better weather and facilities. Coinjock, just miss the camaraderie there, Kent put on an excellent program. A bit of a drive but Chiefland in Florida has great facilities and some very stable skies.

Cheers

Ian

On 3/24/2021 4:07 PM, Matthew Cook via groups.io wrote:
Never been to the star party but Spruce Knob is one of two “close” dark sky sites where we love to camp.  The other is Ocracoke.  Might have to keep an eye on that Almost Heaven event.

Ocracoke Island National Park campground


On Mar 24, 2021, at 13:20, vp <vp@...> wrote:


Jonathan,

I too am interested in attending one or more of those events.  I have never been to Green Bank or Staunton River or any of the other ones listed.  I hope they take place this year.  The ones I am interested in are Cherry Springs, Green Bank, Almost Heaven (WV),  Staunton River, and Northern Virginia.  According to their website, Greenbank is open for pre-registration.

Here is an update on each one, as I have been able to determine thus far:

Update as of Feb 18, 2021):· 
Update on the 2021 Cherry Springs Star Party:
Even on a snowy day like today it’s starting to be time to look ahead to the warmer weather of June and the 2021 Cherry Springs Star Party. While we are hoping to be able to hold a Star Party this year - we really missed everyone last year - only time will tell if we will be able to do so or not. At the current time there are no large public events allowed to be held in PA State Parks account the ongoing pandemic, so if that regulation is not relaxed we will not able to hold a party again this year. If it is relaxed, then we may be able to hold the Star Party, however it may not be our usual “full” party as there may have to be some changes to activities, rules and to the size of the party to accommodate restrictions for the health of everyone. If we are able to go ahead with an event, we will hope to open registration up for it in late March or early April. We will post updates to both this Facebook page and the Cherry Springs Star Party website as we have more information.
Clear skies to all!

Green Bank Star Quest, July 7-10 Green Bank WV. Final decision yet to be made. http://www.greenbankstarquest.org/
Green Bank Star Quest XVII Scheduled for July 7-10, 2021.
Green Bank Star Quest Is A Premier Star Party
This event is held at the Green Bank Observatory, Green Bank WV. We feature a distinguished keynote speaker EVERY evening, with presentations on the latest in astronomy. Clinics and additional presentations held throughout each day (indoors) on multiple subjects, including astrophotography. Solar and night-time observing with our amazing dark skies right from your campsite. Campground has graveled roads, sanitary stations and HOT showers nearby. We feature: a Large Raffle Drawing; Children's Activities and raffle; Cafeteria and Snack Bar on site. As a added bonus, you can learn about radio astronomy from the GBO staff. There are many West Virginia scenic attractions nearby. We do our best to bring you a fun, informative and safe event.
Pre-Register Now!
PayPal or Mail Forms
Registration: The four-day registration fee is just $100.
Limited bunkhouse accommodations for additional fee. Optional Breakfast and Supper buffet available for purchase from GBO and served in their cafeteria. Meals are also available in the Starlight Cafe which will be open extended hours for our event.
If you have any questions please call 304-265-5514

Almost Heaven Star Party at Spruce Knob Mountain Center in Circleville, WV over Labor Day weekend, 3 -7 Sep, 2021. https://www.ahsp.org/
AHSP 2021 Status:
As the AHSP Staff would have started prepping for AHSP 2021 around now I wanted to post that we have decided at this time to wait until May to start the evaluation of where we are with COVID-19 to determine whether we can host the event this year.

Staunton River Star Party (Fall), October 4 - 10, 2021, Staunton River State Park, Virginia http://chaosastro.org/starparty/
(To be determined)

Northern Virginia Astronomy, Star Gaze, 10/9 Typically hosted at C.M. Crockett Park, Midland, VA. https://www.novac.com/wp/outreach/stargaze/
(No update as of 3/22/2021)
On March 24, 2021 12:38 PM Jonathan Scheetz <jonathan@...> wrote:


Thanks Jim.  The Staunton event is located pretty close by and is not until October; I've heard good things about this event from some of the group members.
I'm hopeful that this one will happen and I'm going to think about attending it.  But, like you said everything is probably iffy for this year. 
When the time gets closer I'll put out some feelers to see who else might be going.

One of the other ones I was interested in was the Green Bank event about which I've heard good things from the group.  But it is in July and I doubt that will come off.

The last one I was considering was the Spruce Knob WV event in September. 
The skies there are rated to be very dark.   https://www.lightpollutionmap.info/#zoom=10.00&lat=38.7076&lon=-79.5878&layers=B0FFFFFTFFFFFFFFFFF
I haven't heard anything about this from any of the group members.  Does anyone have opinion on whether or not this is a good event?

Jonathan




George Reynolds 
VP, Back Bay Amateur Astronomers 
BBAA 
Outreach Coordinator
backbayastro.org

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Re: REGIONAL ASTRONOMY EVENTS IN 2021

jimcoble2000
 

If you are looking for dark skies without the star party you might look into Pettigrew State Park in North Carolina. They are quite astronomy friendly and the skies are very dark. Of course the heat is considerable in the summer but they have camping spots and are used to dealing with astronomers. Most observing is down by the Lake and not from the campground. It is out in the middle of nowhere so I suspect you have to bring food supplies.

I once went out to Cedar Island way down in the outer banks but the bugs are intolerable during the summer. There is not enough bug spray in the world.

Coinkock is open in April but according to Kent significant changes have taken place in the Cedars. Maybe he can address what he saw last week. I went down there last year in November by myself during the week. No other campers were there during mid week. I might consider a run in the spring during the week to ensure no other people are down there when I am. The sky is still good but KOA is running the place now and costs are fairly high per night. If other campers are down there it might be a problem with camp fires. Summer there is too buggy for me also. June through Mid September is out, for me, in the Cedars.

On Wednesday, March 24, 2021, 12:38:07 PM EDT, Jonathan Scheetz <jonathan@...> wrote:


Thanks Jim.  The Staunton event is located pretty close by and is not until October; I've heard good things about this event from some of the group members.
I'm hopeful that this one will happen and I'm going to think about attending it.  But, like you said everything is probably iffy for this year. 
When the time gets closer I'll put out some feelers to see who else might be going.

One of the other ones I was interested in was the Green Bank event about which I've heard good things from the group.  But it is in July and I doubt that will come off.

The last one I was considering was the Spruce Knob WV event in September. 
The skies there are rated to be very dark.  https://www.lightpollutionmap.info/#zoom=10.00&lat=38.7076&lon=-79.5878&layers=B0FFFFFTFFFFFFFFFFF
I haven't heard anything about this from any of the group members.  Does anyone have opinion on whether or not this is a good event?

Jonathan


 


Re: REGIONAL ASTRONOMY EVENTS IN 2021

Matthew Cook
 

Never been to the star party but Spruce Knob is one of two “close” dark sky sites where we love to camp.  The other is Ocracoke.  Might have to keep an eye on that Almost Heaven event.

Ocracoke Island National Park campground


On Mar 24, 2021, at 13:20, vp <vp@...> wrote:


Jonathan,

I too am interested in attending one or more of those events.  I have never been to Green Bank or Staunton River or any of the other ones listed.  I hope they take place this year.  The ones I am interested in are Cherry Springs, Green Bank, Almost Heaven (WV),  Staunton River, and Northern Virginia.  According to their website, Greenbank is open for pre-registration.

Here is an update on each one, as I have been able to determine thus far:

Update as of Feb 18, 2021):· 
Update on the 2021 Cherry Springs Star Party:
Even on a snowy day like today it’s starting to be time to look ahead to the warmer weather of June and the 2021 Cherry Springs Star Party. While we are hoping to be able to hold a Star Party this year - we really missed everyone last year - only time will tell if we will be able to do so or not. At the current time there are no large public events allowed to be held in PA State Parks account the ongoing pandemic, so if that regulation is not relaxed we will not able to hold a party again this year. If it is relaxed, then we may be able to hold the Star Party, however it may not be our usual “full” party as there may have to be some changes to activities, rules and to the size of the party to accommodate restrictions for the health of everyone. If we are able to go ahead with an event, we will hope to open registration up for it in late March or early April. We will post updates to both this Facebook page and the Cherry Springs Star Party website as we have more information.
Clear skies to all!

Green Bank Star Quest, July 7-10 Green Bank WV. Final decision yet to be made. http://www.greenbankstarquest.org/
Green Bank Star Quest XVII Scheduled for July 7-10, 2021.
Green Bank Star Quest Is A Premier Star Party
This event is held at the Green Bank Observatory, Green Bank WV. We feature a distinguished keynote speaker EVERY evening, with presentations on the latest in astronomy. Clinics and additional presentations held throughout each day (indoors) on multiple subjects, including astrophotography. Solar and night-time observing with our amazing dark skies right from your campsite. Campground has graveled roads, sanitary stations and HOT showers nearby. We feature: a Large Raffle Drawing; Children's Activities and raffle; Cafeteria and Snack Bar on site. As a added bonus, you can learn about radio astronomy from the GBO staff. There are many West Virginia scenic attractions nearby. We do our best to bring you a fun, informative and safe event.
Pre-Register Now!
PayPal or Mail Forms
Registration: The four-day registration fee is just $100.
Limited bunkhouse accommodations for additional fee. Optional Breakfast and Supper buffet available for purchase from GBO and served in their cafeteria. Meals are also available in the Starlight Cafe which will be open extended hours for our event.
If you have any questions please call 304-265-5514

Almost Heaven Star Party at Spruce Knob Mountain Center in Circleville, WV over Labor Day weekend, 3 -7 Sep, 2021. https://www.ahsp.org/
AHSP 2021 Status:
As the AHSP Staff would have started prepping for AHSP 2021 around now I wanted to post that we have decided at this time to wait until May to start the evaluation of where we are with COVID-19 to determine whether we can host the event this year.

Staunton River Star Party (Fall), October 4 - 10, 2021, Staunton River State Park, Virginia http://chaosastro.org/starparty/
(To be determined)

Northern Virginia Astronomy, Star Gaze, 10/9 Typically hosted at C.M. Crockett Park, Midland, VA. https://www.novac.com/wp/outreach/stargaze/
(No update as of 3/22/2021)
On March 24, 2021 12:38 PM Jonathan Scheetz <jonathan@...> wrote:


Thanks Jim.  The Staunton event is located pretty close by and is not until October; I've heard good things about this event from some of the group members.
I'm hopeful that this one will happen and I'm going to think about attending it.  But, like you said everything is probably iffy for this year. 
When the time gets closer I'll put out some feelers to see who else might be going.

One of the other ones I was interested in was the Green Bank event about which I've heard good things from the group.  But it is in July and I doubt that will come off.

The last one I was considering was the Spruce Knob WV event in September. 
The skies there are rated to be very dark.   https://www.lightpollutionmap.info/#zoom=10.00&lat=38.7076&lon=-79.5878&layers=B0FFFFFTFFFFFFFFFFF
I haven't heard anything about this from any of the group members.  Does anyone have opinion on whether or not this is a good event?

Jonathan




George Reynolds 
VP, Back Bay Amateur Astronomers 
BBAA 
Outreach Coordinator
backbayastro.org

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Re: REGIONAL ASTRONOMY EVENTS IN 2021

Dale Carey
 

Dont forget Green Bank Star Quest, one of the best Star Parties on the East Coast , 2019 there was 14 of us from the club there.
DC


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Hi Jonathan. There certainly are some events that certain members traditionally attend either through taste or logistics. Ian Stewart regularly attends Staunton River along with a couple of other members. Unfortunately a couple of star parties that were well attended by club members are no longer in existence. These were very popular, socially and distance wise.

One was legendary for good company, easy atmosphere, and location. But that one now seems destined to pass into legend. Nice memories for those of us who attended for years but a loss for the next generation.

I would say Staunton River would be the best attended by locals. Further afield ones like Cherry Springs and Stellaphane are not as well traveled to though Roy always attended Stellaphane way up North. That one is mostly aimed at telescope makers.

As you might guess recent conditions have killed most gatherings and I have reservations things will change much despite wishes to the contrary. I would not bet too much money on this fall's events.

On Wednesday, March 24, 2021, 10:50:51 AM EDT, Jonathan Scheetz <jonathan@...> wrote:


Thanks Shawn. 
I've been looking over the list and I would be interested in attending one or more of these.  Does the group do any organizing to attend these events? 
Maybe just a list of folks who are planning to attend an event and how to meet up with them at the event?
It would be nice to meet up with some club members and do a little socializing and knowledge sharing.
It might be a topic to discuss at the next meeting.

Jonathan


Re: REGIONAL ASTRONOMY EVENTS IN 2021

vp
 

Jonathan,

I too am interested in attending one or more of those events.  I have never been to Green Bank or Staunton River or any of the other ones listed.  I hope they take place this year.  The ones I am interested in are Cherry Springs, Green Bank, Almost Heaven (WV),  Staunton River, and Northern Virginia.  According to their website, Greenbank is open for pre-registration.

Here is an update on each one, as I have been able to determine thus far:

Update as of Feb 18, 2021):· 
Update on the 2021 Cherry Springs Star Party:
Even on a snowy day like today it’s starting to be time to look ahead to the warmer weather of June and the 2021 Cherry Springs Star Party. While we are hoping to be able to hold a Star Party this year - we really missed everyone last year - only time will tell if we will be able to do so or not. At the current time there are no large public events allowed to be held in PA State Parks account the ongoing pandemic, so if that regulation is not relaxed we will not able to hold a party again this year. If it is relaxed, then we may be able to hold the Star Party, however it may not be our usual “full” party as there may have to be some changes to activities, rules and to the size of the party to accommodate restrictions for the health of everyone. If we are able to go ahead with an event, we will hope to open registration up for it in late March or early April. We will post updates to both this Facebook page and the Cherry Springs Star Party website as we have more information.
Clear skies to all!

Green Bank Star Quest, July 7-10 Green Bank WV. Final decision yet to be made. http://www.greenbankstarquest.org/
Green Bank Star Quest XVII Scheduled for July 7-10, 2021.
Green Bank Star Quest Is A Premier Star Party
This event is held at the Green Bank Observatory, Green Bank WV. We feature a distinguished keynote speaker EVERY evening, with presentations on the latest in astronomy. Clinics and additional presentations held throughout each day (indoors) on multiple subjects, including astrophotography. Solar and night-time observing with our amazing dark skies right from your campsite. Campground has graveled roads, sanitary stations and HOT showers nearby. We feature: a Large Raffle Drawing; Children's Activities and raffle; Cafeteria and Snack Bar on site. As a added bonus, you can learn about radio astronomy from the GBO staff. There are many West Virginia scenic attractions nearby. We do our best to bring you a fun, informative and safe event.
Pre-Register Now!
PayPal or Mail Forms
Registration: The four-day registration fee is just $100.
Limited bunkhouse accommodations for additional fee. Optional Breakfast and Supper buffet available for purchase from GBO and served in their cafeteria. Meals are also available in the Starlight Cafe which will be open extended hours for our event.
If you have any questions please call 304-265-5514

Almost Heaven Star Party at Spruce Knob Mountain Center in Circleville, WV over Labor Day weekend, 3 -7 Sep, 2021. https://www.ahsp.org/
AHSP 2021 Status:
As the AHSP Staff would have started prepping for AHSP 2021 around now I wanted to post that we have decided at this time to wait until May to start the evaluation of where we are with COVID-19 to determine whether we can host the event this year.

Staunton River Star Party (Fall), October 4 - 10, 2021, Staunton River State Park, Virginia http://chaosastro.org/starparty/
(To be determined)

Northern Virginia Astronomy, Star Gaze, 10/9 Typically hosted at C.M. Crockett Park, Midland, VA. https://www.novac.com/wp/outreach/stargaze/
(No update as of 3/22/2021)
On March 24, 2021 12:38 PM Jonathan Scheetz <jonathan@...> wrote:


Thanks Jim.  The Staunton event is located pretty close by and is not until October; I've heard good things about this event from some of the group members.
I'm hopeful that this one will happen and I'm going to think about attending it.  But, like you said everything is probably iffy for this year. 
When the time gets closer I'll put out some feelers to see who else might be going.

One of the other ones I was interested in was the Green Bank event about which I've heard good things from the group.  But it is in July and I doubt that will come off.

The last one I was considering was the Spruce Knob WV event in September. 
The skies there are rated to be very dark.   https://www.lightpollutionmap.info/#zoom=10.00&lat=38.7076&lon=-79.5878&layers=B0FFFFFTFFFFFFFFFFF
I haven't heard anything about this from any of the group members.  Does anyone have opinion on whether or not this is a good event?

Jonathan




George Reynolds 
VP, Back Bay Amateur Astronomers 
BBAA 
Outreach Coordinator
backbayastro.org



Re: REGIONAL ASTRONOMY EVENTS IN 2021

Jonathan Scheetz
 

Thanks Jim.  The Staunton event is located pretty close by and is not until October; I've heard good things about this event from some of the group members.
I'm hopeful that this one will happen and I'm going to think about attending it.  But, like you said everything is probably iffy for this year. 
When the time gets closer I'll put out some feelers to see who else might be going.

One of the other ones I was interested in was the Green Bank event about which I've heard good things from the group.  But it is in July and I doubt that will come off.

The last one I was considering was the Spruce Knob WV event in September. 
The skies there are rated to be very dark.  https://www.lightpollutionmap.info/#zoom=10.00&lat=38.7076&lon=-79.5878&layers=B0FFFFFTFFFFFFFFFFF
I haven't heard anything about this from any of the group members.  Does anyone have opinion on whether or not this is a good event?

Jonathan


 


Re: REGIONAL ASTRONOMY EVENTS IN 2021

jimcoble2000
 

Hi Jonathan. There certainly are some events that certain members traditionally attend either through taste or logistics. Ian Stewart regularly attends Staunton River along with a couple of other members. Unfortunately a couple of star parties that were well attended by club members are no longer in existence. These were very popular, socially and distance wise.

One was legendary for good company, easy atmosphere, and location. But that one now seems destined to pass into legend. Nice memories for those of us who attended for years but a loss for the next generation.

I would say Staunton River would be the best attended by locals. Further afield ones like Cherry Springs and Stellaphane are not as well traveled to though Roy always attended Stellaphane way up North. That one is mostly aimed at telescope makers.

As you might guess recent conditions have killed most gatherings and I have reservations things will change much despite wishes to the contrary. I would not bet too much money on this fall's events.

On Wednesday, March 24, 2021, 10:50:51 AM EDT, Jonathan Scheetz <jonathan@...> wrote:


Thanks Shawn. 
I've been looking over the list and I would be interested in attending one or more of these.  Does the group do any organizing to attend these events? 
Maybe just a list of folks who are planning to attend an event and how to meet up with them at the event?
It would be nice to meet up with some club members and do a little socializing and knowledge sharing.
It might be a topic to discuss at the next meeting.

Jonathan


Re: REGIONAL ASTRONOMY EVENTS IN 2021

Jonathan Scheetz
 

Thanks Shawn. 
I've been looking over the list and I would be interested in attending one or more of these.  Does the group do any organizing to attend these events? 
Maybe just a list of folks who are planning to attend an event and how to meet up with them at the event?
It would be nice to meet up with some club members and do a little socializing and knowledge sharing.
It might be a topic to discuss at the next meeting.

Jonathan


REGIONAL ASTRONOMY EVENTS IN 2021

Shawn Loescher
 

Greetings MERAL officers, presidents and AlCors,

Please share this email with your club members:

As the pandemic slowly comes under control, we are hoping to be able to hold in-person events later this year. So now is the time to make travel plans!

To that end, below is a list I have accumulated, with input from MERAL clubs, that lists all the large regional events I am aware of in MERAL territory (mostly). A couple of these are not in the MERAL territory, but they are so well known that I thought they should be included. 

Not all the events have been confirmed at this point, so I have included links to the websites for all the events if they are available. The events are in chronological order, with the events that have not determined a date at the bottom of the list.

Clear skies,

Don Knabb, MERAL Chair


Northeast Astronomy Forum, April 10 – 11, Rockland Community College, NY (Not in MERAL). Virtual event - https://www.neafexpo.com/

Astronomy Day, May 15, Northern Virginia Astronomy Club - C.M. Crockett Park, Midland, VA.  This event might need to be virtual this year due to health concerns, that is yet to be determined. https://www.novac.com/wp/outreach/astronomyday/

Cherry Springs Star Party, June 10-13. https://www.facebook.com/CherrySpringsStarParty/

Green Bank Star Quest, July 7-10 Green Bank WV. Final decision yet to be made. http://www.greenbankstarquest.org/

Stellafane, August 5-8 (Not in MERAL), Springfield, Vermont. Website indicates the event is a go. https://stellafane.org/

Almost Heaven Star Party at Spruce Knob Mountain Center in Circleville, WV over Labor Day weekend, 3 -7 Sep, 2021.  https://www.ahsp.org/

York County Star Party Sept 8-12 and Oct 6-11. http://www.skyshedpodpa.com/york-county-star-party.html

Blackwater Falls Astronomy Weekend, September 9 – 11, Blackwater Falls State Park, WV. http://kvas.org/events.html

Staunton River Star Party (Fall), October 4 - 10, 2021, Staunton River State Park, Virginia http://chaosastro.org/starparty/

Northern Virginia Astronomy, Star Gaze, 10/9 Typically hosted at C.M. Crockett Park, Midland, VA. https://www.novac.com/wp/outreach/stargaze/

South Jersey Astronomy Club Star Party. No fall star party date is currently listed. http://www.sjac.us/star-party/

Mega Meet, Pulpit Rock, PA. No date is currently listed. https://lvaas.org/page.php?page=megameet

Black Forest Star Party, the date is to be determined. https://bfsp.org/

Delmarva Star Watch, Trap Pond DE. No information available, no website.


Re: Newly published Mars Pocket Atlas

vp
 

I don't know about that, Kent.  I pointed out Mars to the folks who came out to Skywatch earlier this month.  My 13-year-old granddaughter Chloe was the first one to see Mars when it popped out of the twilight.

George
On March 20, 2021 11:10 AM Kent Blackwell <kent@...> wrote:


Ditto. Mars might be close in 2022 but poor little Mars is so tiny now. Everyone looked at him in October but now we totally ignore him. 

George Reynolds 
VP, Back Bay Amateur Astronomers 
BBAA 
Outreach Coordinator
backbayastro.org



Re: Newly published Mars Pocket Atlas

jimcoble2000
 

Emoji

On Saturday, March 20, 2021, 7:49:10 PM EDT, Bird Taylor <birdtaylor@...> wrote:


Hey Mark,

I believe that I got an email saying that my copies had shipped from Hungary, and may be here from the end of the month through the first couple of weeks or so of April. I’m not holding my breath on this one. Thanks again for the heads up.

Clear Dark Skies,
Bird

On Mar 20, 2021, at 19:00 40, jimcoble2000 via groups.io <jimcoble2000@...> wrote:

Emoji Disclaimer! I have no financial interest inEmoji this! Lets race to see who gets theirs first

On Thursday, March 18, 2021, 3:20:27 PM EDT, Bird Taylor <birdtaylor@...> wrote:


Hey Mark,

Thanks. I’m followed your lead and ordered mine, too. Very nice.

Clear Dark Skies,
Bird

On Mar 18, 2021, at 09:04 43, jimcoble2000 via groups.io <jimcoble2000@...> wrote:

I noticed this nice small pocket atlas to Mars which has just been published. Inexpensive, it looks like a very nice atlas of features and albedo features (what you see in a telescope). We won't get another shot at Mars for a couple of years but, as those of you who looked at Mars this superb year know, a good guide is hard to find and makes observing more fun.

These books normally do not have long printings and often command large prices after they go out of print. Just see how much a spiral bound pocket sky atlas will set you back now on Amazon. Or the excellent Lunar book "The Modern Moon" . I think I bought it for 30 or so dollars and it is my go to guide. Now it goes for a couple hundred on the used market.

This current atlas is a good price and should be considered. I just ordered mine.





Re: Newly published Mars Pocket Atlas

Bird Taylor
 

Hey Mark,

I believe that I got an email saying that my copies had shipped from Hungary, and may be here from the end of the month through the first couple of weeks or so of April. I’m not holding my breath on this one. Thanks again for the heads up.

Clear Dark Skies,
Bird

On Mar 20, 2021, at 19:00 40, jimcoble2000 via groups.io <jimcoble2000@...> wrote:

Emoji Disclaimer! I have no financial interest inEmoji this! Lets race to see who gets theirs first

On Thursday, March 18, 2021, 3:20:27 PM EDT, Bird Taylor <birdtaylor@...> wrote:


Hey Mark,

Thanks. I’m followed your lead and ordered mine, too. Very nice.

Clear Dark Skies,
Bird

On Mar 18, 2021, at 09:04 43, jimcoble2000 via groups.io <jimcoble2000@...> wrote:

I noticed this nice small pocket atlas to Mars which has just been published. Inexpensive, it looks like a very nice atlas of features and albedo features (what you see in a telescope). We won't get another shot at Mars for a couple of years but, as those of you who looked at Mars this superb year know, a good guide is hard to find and makes observing more fun.

These books normally do not have long printings and often command large prices after they go out of print. Just see how much a spiral bound pocket sky atlas will set you back now on Amazon. Or the excellent Lunar book "The Modern Moon" . I think I bought it for 30 or so dollars and it is my go to guide. Now it goes for a couple hundred on the used market.

This current atlas is a good price and should be considered. I just ordered mine.





Re: Another Wonderful Night In Leo

Ian Stewart
 

Hey Kent, I have used photoshop since it's inception. Primarily to process my underwater work and then later the event photography. Yep quite a learning curve but well worth the effort. Oh and yes I use it to process my astro images along with deep sky stacker to stack the original subs.

Cheers

Ian

On 3/20/2021 11:14 AM, Kent Blackwell wrote:
Ian, do you use Photoshop Cs? Talk about a learning curve.

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