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    Griffith Park Los Angeles November 5th. Definitely not dark skies, but it's fun and lots of views throught many different scopes. Plus the planetarium and museum are awesome. I believe its hosted by the Los Angeles Astronomical Society. Should be nice and clear tomorrow night, it just rained and the temp is dropping.

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    Nova East star party
    Aug 17–19 Smiley's Prov. Park, NS.
    Keynote speaker: David Levy

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    The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada
    Halifax Centre
    Minas Astronomy Group

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    Northern Prairie Star Party
    September 11-16, 2012
    Black Nugget Lake
    Near Tofield, Alberta, Canada
    more info: Royal Astronomical Society of Canada - Edmonton Centre - Northern Prairie Star "Party"
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    Does anyone know if there is anything along these lines coming up in or around Nashville??

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    There is a Star Party in New York City (Central Park) tonight. It's the Urban Starfest in Central Park. It seems there are going to be a few prominent guest speakers there too.

    Here is the release. I suppose I should have posted this earlier. Sorry for posting it so late.

    It lists a rain date, but it's going to be clear skies tonight.

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    Amateur Astronomers Association of New York
    Sponsors October 20 Urban Starfest in Central Park

    The Event: On Saturday evening, October 20, the Amateur Astronomers Association of New York (AAA), in conjunction with the NYC Urban Park Rangers, will take Manhattan on a tour of our solar system and universe during its annual Urban Starfest in Central Park’s Sheep Meadow.

    Honored guests this year include David Eicher (editor in chief) and Richard Talcott (senior editor) from Astronomy magazine, and Tele Vue founder and chief optical designer, Al Nagler. Joining the event as well will be Adorama Camera, a longtime friend and supporter of AAA.

    The Sheep Meadow is an open area of the park, free of glare from local lighting, where the majority of the urban night sky can be seen. There will be telescopes of various magnifications and design, capable of reaching out into the Milky Way Galaxy and beyond. Come have a look at the universe just a mile from Times Square and easily reachable by public transportation.

    The event will begin at dusk, when trained AAA observers will be setting up their scopes and determining their celestial targets. Guests are welcome to come early, watch this process, and speak with AAA members and supporters about telescopes, astronomical binoculars and solar observing equipment.

    The People: Just as important as what you will see is who will join you on your journey to the stars. AAA publicly promotes science education and culture throughout the five boroughs. Its goal is to teach, educate, and foster a culture of stargazing and public science engagement. Member observers will take you on your first steps to understanding our cosmos. Those with more advanced knowledge will be able to discuss astronomy with their peers. For kids, astronomy is the gateway to the sciences. Seeing Saturn's rings or Jupiter's moons is a source of wonder and amazement that can dramatically change one’s perspective.

    The AAA Urban Starfest strives to plant new seeds of curiosity (much like NASA has planted its Curiosity rover on Mars) — not just about astronomy, but about science, technology, engineering, and math. The supportive environment of this Central Park event is the perfect venue to meet helpful and friendly people dedicated to sharing what they've learned. Although observing the night sky is the focus of the evening, Starfest is about making new friends and talking to people about new and amazing things.

    Each year, this event brings hundreds of New Yorkers together to share the experience of viewing the skies above Manhattan. Intrepid AAA observer teams staff 15 to 20 telescopes and astronomical binoculars of various magnifications.

    The Technology: Tele Vue Optics telescopes and eyepieces, Celestron NexStars, Orion StarBlasts, SkyProdigys, and more, telescopic guidance systems have progressed tremendously. Learn and observe AAA members as they program their scopes to point to the cosmos. Sky Safari, Starwalk, Google Sky Map, Space Map — there are many excellent apps for phones and iPads alike. Watch as AAA members research targets and scout the sky with the latest software. CCD cameras, DSLRs set to infinity, there are many ways to capture images by letting in starlight. Bring your own equipment and discuss imaging techniques with member photographers.

    Our Targets: Our astronomical targets will be both near and far. In our solar system, the cloud bands of Jupiter, its moons, and our Moon will be easily visible. Beyond, we will observe distant galaxies, star clusters, and nebulae. The sky is filled with opportunities each night.

    Directions: Enter at Central Park West at 67th Street, walking past the parking lot for the old Tavern on the Green towards the Sheep Meadow, a wide-open space. Look for a table staffed by Park Rangers and AAA members at the entrance to the meadow.

    About AAA: Founded in 1927, The Amateur Astronomers Association of New York is dedicated to educating residents of the metropolitan area in the science of astronomy. In addition to observing sessions in four boroughs and upstate, AAA sponsors a monthly lecture series, offers astronomy classes and seminars throughout the year, publishes a monthly membership news journal, Eyepiece, and provides a wealth of information on its website for current events and astronomical content.

    Rain Date: In case of a clouded over sky or rain, Urban Starfest will be held the following evening, Sunday, October 21.

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    Stardate SI, in Staveley, Canterbury, New Zealand, from Feb 8-11 2013. For details and to register see Stardate SI

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    For those in the General North Carolina area. The Raleigh Astronomy Club will be holding a Public Observing Session on Saturday, January 19, 2013 at 7:00 pm at North Cary Park. This is a FREE event open to the public. Check back on the day of the observing session for a go/no-go status. The website is Raleigh Astronomy Club . I am planning on going, I hope to see some of yall there.

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    June 8

    ROCK CREEK STAR PARTY

    Rock Creek Campground & Day Use Site (in Grasslands National Park), Saskatchewan

    Organizer: Grasslands National Park

    Contact: Brenda Peterson or Carrie Clausen, PO Box 150, Val Marie, SK S0N 2T0

    Tel: 306-298-2362

    Fax: 306-298-2042

    E-mail: grasslands.info@pc.gc.ca

    Website: Parc national du Canada des Prairies | Grasslands National Park of Canada

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    Seems like this thread is a little bit dead, but I'll add my bit:
    Two June star parties at the Robert Ferguson Observatory in Sonoma County, California. Events are June 21, 2014 and June 28, 2014. Times for both dates:

    Solar observing (visual and radio) 11 am to 3 pm
    Star party beginning at 9 pm and lasting as long as anyone stays.

    What better way to spend a day in Sonoma Valley Wine Country.

 

 
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