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  Star Parties July 2012

Green Bank Star Quest
June 20th- June 23rd, 2012

When you think of a star party, you typically think of campers, home-made scopes, tents, lens swapping, porta-potties, exotic equipment, lectures, vendors, and the whole gamut of gadgets attached to amateur scopes for imaging, guiding, and learning the night skies. That was then, this is NOW! Get ready to attend the fifth annual Green Bank Star Quest. Your first question might be: Isn’t Green Bank for radio telescopes? The answer is yes, but now with much more! The Central Appalachian Astronomy Club and the Kanawha Valley Astronomical Society of West Virginia have teamed up with the Green Bank National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) to bring you the only combined OPTICAL and RADIO star party.

Nebraska Star Party
JULY 15th THROUGH 20th, 2012

The 12th Annual Nebraska Star Party will be held at Merritt Reservoir, 27 miles south of Valentine, Nebraska. NSP has established itself as the premier summer dark-skies star party. In addition to excellent skies, Merritt Reservoir and the surrounding area offers many daytime activities for the entire family.

The Mason Dixon Star Party
July 2012

The York County Astronomical Society's 15th annual Mason Dixon Star Party is scheduled for Friday evening May 30th, through Sunday June 1st.
This event will be held at the Codorus State Park, near Hanover, PA. Observing, Camping, a swimming pool, raffle and no man eating black flies. It makes for a great mini vacation this summer. This location offers a large and level camping and observing area with unlimited space for attendees in southern Pennsylvania with reasonably dark skies. This event will also bracket a new moon to provide optimal observing

Table Mountain Star Party
July 19th, 20th & 21st, 2012

The Table Mountain Star Party is an annual gathering of people interested in astronomy and its many related topics. Most people attending are amateur astronomers who enjoy the great viewing which the mountain provides


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