Fall 2018 Stokes Star Party:
** Friday & Saturday, October 12 & 13 **
NOTE: The large bunkhouse is not available this weekend. Due to NJSOC budget and staffing cutbacks they can only make the small bunkhouse available to us. The smaller bunkhouse sleeps approximately 15 people and is much more "cozy." Further, it will be first-come first-serve. The facility is open to us as early as 1:00pm on Friday, October 12. As always, tent camping on the field is encouraged. Car camping and RVs are welcome adjacent to the observing field.
Panoramic view, facing Northwest, of the main observing field taken
during a previous event. The Southern horizon is lower, so most
equipment is setup on the northern end of the field. Image courtesy
of Tom Olgetree.
Jersey" and "dark skies" are not usually companions
within the same sentence, but the Stokes Star Party has begun
a tradition of taking advantage of the remaining dark skies
in the Garden State. Nestled up in the far Northwest corner
of the state is Stokes State Forest, inside of which is found
the 240-acre abode of the New Jersey School of Conservation (NJSOC).
Owned and operated by Montclair State University (MSU), this tract
of land is preserved as an environmental extension station for
the College of Science and Mathematics at MSU.
such, the NJSOC has become an ideal setting for star-gazing
under night skies that are the least obstructed by light pollution
in the state. Join us for a weekend of observing the planets and all of the Spring deep-sky wonders (as well as some Summer treasures for those who stay up late enough, including the Summer Milky Way rising over Lake Wapalanne!).
The Stokes Star Party IS a beginner friendly event!
We welcome astronomers of all experience levels, even those without their own equipment. Come up and observe through telescopes that others have brought, along with learning the constellations and taking "Star Tours" from experienced observers. We also typically have at least one astronomer in attendance using a CCD video camera projecting images for all to see on a large 8'x8' canvas on the edge of the observing field.
We also welcome astro-imagers! There is AC power on the field, but please bring your own extension cord(s) and surge-protector(s) to plug in.
the coordination of John Miller (Pearl Observatory), Rob Teeter (Teeter's Telescopes) and a handful of other dedicated observers,
the Stokes Star Party has become a "right
of passage" every April as the first Northeast Star Party of the
visit the links to your left or Email Rob Teeter for more information: rob(at)teeterstelescopes.com
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