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  Star Parties May 2012
  May is another good month for star parties. There is no better place in the northern hemisphere to look at the stars through a telescop than the south west United States. Clear dark skies is what it is all about. There are several star parties in the southwest in the spring. Get your telescope ready and grab your eyepiece case.

Two Rivers Spring Star Party
Thu May 17th - May 20, 2012

Fall Creek Falls State Park, Pikeville , TN

This star party is sponsored by Cumberland Astronomical Society, Astronomy in the Parks Society,

Southern New Mexico Star Party
May 2012
City of Rocks State Park, NM

The National Public Observatory, in conjunction with New Mexico State Parks, will host the Southern New Mexico Star Party at City of Rocks State Park. The four-day event will be held during the second annual National Dark Sky Week.

RTMC Astronomy Expo
May 23 through Monday, May 28, 2012
YMCA Camp Oakes, five miles southeast of Big Bear City, CA

Originally called the Telescope Makers Conference, the Riverside Telescope Makers Conference (RTMC) was founded in 1969 by Clifford W. Holmes as a way for amateur telescope makers to share their craft. In 1975, the RTMC moved to its current home at Camp Oakes, a YMCA camp near Big Bear City. Located 50 miles northeast of Riverside in the San Bernardino mountains, the site offers space for camping, several dormitories and 18 three-sided shelters, a meeting/dining hall, and the Charles Walker Observatory. The camp is located at an elevation of 7,600 feet

Spring Star Party
Astro-Acres, Beaver City, Indiana

During the 1980s and 1990s there was an extremely popular star party in Indiana called NIAGfest. This was held on the last weekend in April at Camp Crossley near North Webster. NIAGfest is gone now, but it is hoped that this event will revive its traditions. The astronomy clubs and societies of Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio have been contacted as of this date to secure sponsorships for this event. It is anticipated that the program for this event will closely follow that of NIAGfest, with astrophoto and telescope making competitions and speakers on the topics of amateur astronomy accomplishments and opportunities to contribute to the science of astronomy


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