Spring Star Party at St. Malo

April 29-May 1 2022 (subject to change)

The 2022 Spring Star Party at St. Malo IS GO but may be restricted or cancelled outright due to COVID-19 Public Health regulations. We have our fingers crossed we can see you in the Spring after a long winter!

The Spring Star Party is a members-only event. Become a member to join us for one of our most fun-filled events of the year, as well as taking advantage of our other membership perks!

Entry to the Park is from Highway #59, see attached map. The observing site is at latitude 49.31 longitude 96.92. Once in the park (a park pass is not required) proceed along the perimeter road to the Star Party field east of Sunset Shores Campground at Group Use Area Site 1. Note: We are being allowed special access to the park outside regular park operating dates. This privilege requires us to Leave No Trace that we were ever there. Please ensure you bring everything you need with you, and leave nothing behind but happy memories.

Registration will open March 1 2022.


Image

Crescent Nebula by Kevin
Galka, taken from St. Malo Sept 2021

Schedule


Because the equipment on display can’t help but to garner attention, we will conduct a “scope tour” where members have a chance to talk about their particular scope, mount or other piece of equipment for all the see. An observing circle will be open every night for those that wish to observe as a group! A generator will be available during daylight hours at the shelter for recharging your batteries, as well as coffee, tea, and treats! If you are fond of baking please feel free to contribute to the treats table!

Friday APR 29

3:00 PM: Star party opens
• Upon arrival to the star party grounds, follow signage and instructions on where to set up.
• Big campers to be set up In Bay 11 (see map) Note that there will be no services as the campground is closed.
• If you have a generator let the star party coordinator guide you to where you can set up.
7:00 PM: Welcome and Announcements
9:00 PM: Group binocular observing / laser pointer tours (come prepared to share your favorite objects!)
10:00 PM till dawn: Observing/astrophotography (no laser pointers / lights permitted)

Saturday APR 30

10:00 AM - 7 PM: Registration meet and greet. No access after 7PM.
1:10 PM: Telescope and equipment tour - Join us for a guided tour of astronomical set ups around the observing field.
3:30 PM: Swap table opens - Bring your astronomical items for swap, trade, or sell! Be on time... don't miss out on a deal!
9:00 PM: Group binocular observing / laser pointer tours (come prepared to share your favorite objects!)
10:00 PM till dawn: Observing/astrophotography (no laser pointers / lights permitted)

Sunday MAY 1

9:00 - 10:00 AM Pancake breakfast at Shelter.
10:30 AM: Group photo - be there!
10:30 AM - 3:00 PM: Tear down and clean up
3 PM Closing Remarks and PRIZES! You must be present to win!

presenters - TBD


 

Camping and Accommodations


Observing Field

This is where most members gather to share their passion for astronomy. It is an open field in the Group Use Area with trees far enough away to give an open dark sky. There is no service but non-modern toilets are available.

Campsites

A limited number of sites are available in Bay 11 of the Sunset Shores Campground. These sites are NOT seviced as the park is closed but the offer drive in parking with fire pits for your enjoyment.


Local Lodging

If camping isn’t your style, there are many lodgings nearby for you to rest when you’re done your night under the stars. We suggest having a look at St. Malo Cabins within walking distance of the observing field!

https://stmalocabins.com/


Map


Map to venue

Etiquette


Gallery


Watch this space for images from the Spring Star Party!

Cover image courtesy of Firstname Lastname shortu.rl/I71gHi54