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  Star Parties September 2012

Black Forest Star Party
Sep 14-16, 2012
Cherry Springs, PA

The Black Forest Star Party is an annual dark-sky amateur astronomy observing event hosted by the Central Pennsylvania Observers (CPO). Held every year since 1999, the BFSP generally spans a weekend in the late summer or early fall in Cherry Springs State Park in Potter County, Pennsylvania.

September 23 - 28, 2012
Franklin, PA

ASTROBLAST is an annual event, first held in June 1994, by the Oil Region Astronomical Society. Our organization is blessed with a remote "dark sky" site located far from the light pollution of large urban areas. The event is held in a large field surrounding our observatory in the Lockwood Campground at Venango County's Two Mile Run Park, near Franklin, Pennsylvania.

Almost Heaven Star Party
Sep 3-7, 2012
Spruce Knob, WV

Held at Spruce Knob in West Virginia which is one of the darkest spots east of the Mississippi. It is held at the Mountain Institute in Spruce Knob, WV. This will be a joint venture of NOVAC and the Virginia Outdoor Lighting Task force and all proceeds will be used to fight light pollution. The Mountain Institute provides an outstanding observing location as well as civilized amenities like hot showers, meal service, and internet access.

Sept 29, 320 2012
Paso Robles, CA

The annual CalStar California Star Party, hosted by the San Jose Astronomical Association during September or October has been in operation since 2000. It is one of California's premier amateur stargazing events, a definite must-attend event, not to be missed by anyone interested in astronomy.  This is a very relaxed, friendly, non-commercial amateur astronomy event.

It is held at the South Shore area (Monterey County Parks) of Lake San Antonio, about a 35-minute drive from Paso Robles through very dry and picturesque ranch country.

The Autumn Equinox Sky Camp
September 6 - 17, 2012
Main Day Saturday 11 Sept 
Kelling Heath, Norfolk

The Equinox Sky Camp is the largest star party in the UK, with hundreds of amateur astronomers meeting up at Kelling Heath, Norfolk, for a weekend of observing and events. The main day of the event has traditionally been the Saturday, with trade stands, secondhand 'astroboot' stalls and talks, but since 2005 the events have extended into the Sunday with talks and a workshop of particular interest to active observers. These will take place after midday to allow for those who are observing until the small hours!

Iowa Start Party
Sep 2012
Whiterock Conservancy
Coon Rapids, IA

This star party is being jointly sponsored by the Ames Area Amateur Astronomers and Whiterock Conservancy. Meals will be provided and accommodations ranging from tent camping to full B&B will be available. Advanced registration is required.

Atlanta Skeptics Star Party
The Emory Math & Science Center
Atlanta, GA

Proceeds to go to Light the Night - the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Please join the Atlanta Skeptics on Thursday, September 2, 2012 for stargazing, food, drinks and conversations with astronomers. We are once again hosting a star party to celebrate the beauty of the universe around us while raising money for a great cause.

Prarie Skies Star Party
Sep 22-Oct 25, 2012
Camp Shaw-Waw-Nas-See
Bourbonnais IL

Prairie Skies Star Party 2012 will be held at beautiful Camp Shaw-Waw-Nas-See 4-H camp, adjacent to Kankakee River State Park, near Bourbonnais Illinois. Attention ATMers! We place a special emphasis on amateur telescope making, by recognizing outstanding achievement through our ATM Telescope and Accessory Awards. In addition to the usual all night observing; Prairie Skies features an imaging contest, door prizes, a swap market, vendors, catered meals, and a guest speaker or two. Children can participate in their very own age appropriate door prize drawings. Visit the Prairie Dog Stand and enjoy a tasty prairie dog; and don’t miss out on the famous Midnight Chili! As always; complimentary coffee, tea, and hot chocolate will be available in the Dining Hall all day and night throughout the event.

Pacific Astronomy and Telescope Show
September 17-18 2012
Pasadena Convention Center
Pasadena, CA

  • Be part of the most exciting astronomy and telescope show on the West Coast. Browse dozens of manufacturers and dealers of astronomical equipment, software, and accessories, all under one roof. Company representatives and, in some cases, owners will be available to answer your questions.
  • Check out all the telescopes and discover the one that's right for you. While there will be many which are suitable for beginners, there'll be plenty that are aimed at intermediate and advanced amateurs.
  • See astrophotography products from the industry's leading camera, mount, video camera, and software manufacturers.
  • Examine books, star charts, and astronomical accessories across a range of prices.
  • Find bargains and pick up the product you always wanted.
  • Enjoy indoor events including talks by scientists, observers, and a very talented artist.
  • Outdoors you will find an array of specialized solar telescopes offering breathtaking views of the Sun (for many, this alone is worth the trip).
Enchanted Skies Star Party
Sep 28-Oct 1 2012
Socorro, New Mexico

The Enchanted Skies Star Party offers several exciting features, including a unique opportunity for a night of observing at an elevation of 10,000 feet. We'll continue our decade-long tradition of presenting outstanding lectures by leading professional and amateur astronomers, and of course, we'll once again gather at Socorro County's Pound Ranch for a night of great food, Southwestern entertainment and excellent, dark-sky observing.

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