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It's back.... And it's going to be bigger and better than ever! Join us for a fantastic weekend....


September 30 - October 1, 2005

NEWS FLASH: Several people have written me asking about the possibility of getting in at the gate. The answer is YES! We've made up several open registration packets and you are welcome - even if we run out of packets! Just check in at the ClubHouse upon arrival and tell them you are "open registration". The fee is still $40 and checks are preferred. Do not hesitate if I cannot answer your e.mail inquiries, because I'll be there starting Thursday afternoon. Just join us! The weather looks like it's going to cooperate and this is going to be the best Hidden Hollow ever. We'll see you there!!

You asked for it? You got it. The Hidden Hollow weekend Star Party at Warren Rupp Observatory is back. Plans are going smoothly and we are proud to annouce our vendors, door prizes and a stellar line of guest speakers! As past guests know, Hidden Hollow is one of Ohio's premier dark sky sites and the views through the Observatory's 31" scope are out of this world! Not only do we offer a fine site to set up a scope, but the fellowship and fun are beyond compare. Check back frequently as this site updates!

Guest Speakers

Brent Archinal: Brent is a professional astronomer who is also a planetary geodeseist. As an honorary life-long member of Richland Astronomical Soceity at Warren Rupp Observatory, Brent will be "back in town" to tell us about his work with Huygens. Check out this page for more!

Stephen James O'Meara: You know the name... Now meet the man. As a volcanologist, Stephen is a gifted writer and is a contributing editor to Sky and Telescope Magazine. He is an award winning visual astronomer, as well as author and co-author of many astronomy books. Be sure to check out this page for more!

Terry Mann: It is our very great pleasure to once again welcome the Astronomical League Vice-President, Terry Mann who will be giving us a presentation on aurora. Terry is a lot more than just that... Please check it out here!

Nate Cardarelli: A retired radiation/biophysicist, Nate holds the patent on the material used to construct the Apollo spacesuits. This fascinating gentleman knew the astronauts personally and his insights are highly entertaining!

Barb Hubal: From the Black River Astronomy Society, Barb holds an BS in Chemistry and a MS in Polymer Science and a Masters in Library & Information Science. Her love is studying the planets and astrophotograpy. Her presentation will be on "Safe Solar Viewing" and "The Venus Transit".

Jason Shinn: As a member of the Akron Astronomy Club, Jason is also very involved in Radio JOVE and will be giving us a presentation about his work with the project. You can bet we'll all be "listening"! You can check out more about Jason here!

Rick Schrantz: Rick Schrantz is president of the Bluegrass Amateur Astronomy Club in Lexington, KY. He has been astro-imaging for 20 years, and is now an avid imager of h-alpha objects and also likes planetary imaging using a webcam. You can check out more about his workshop program here!

Interested in some of our past? Then be sure to check out Joe Tarkany's account of Hidden Hollow '02! Who says it isn't fun? Even a hurricane can't stop this great weekend. No matter what the weather, there are plenty of sheltered areas and things to do. You won't be disappointed!

About The Star Party...

As in past years, there will be primative lodging available in the bunkhouses provided by Friendly House, as well as camping on the Observatory grounds. The fee is included in registration and is first come, first served. If you chose not to stay, there are many fine motels located within just a few miles of Hidden Hollow. Please check our on-line map page link for instructions!

This year we are incredibly pleased to announce the addition of NorthStar Concessions to the Hidden Hollow weekend! Opening on Friday morning, the crew will be on hand 24 hours a day to keep us supplied with such goodies as french fries, steak sandwiches, italian sausage, grilled chicken, hotdogs, chili, potato soup and even pizza! Breakfast? No problem. Sausage, egg and cheese sandwiches - or would you just prefer donuts and coffee? The prices are wonderfully reasonable and the food is great! We look forward to having our favourite munchies just a short walk away from our scopes. We'll never want to leave!

We will also have many fine vendors! So far, we have the great folks from Smart Astronomy, Telescopes.com, University Optics and AstroCard. The last of our vendors has now registered and we are pleased to include the good folks from Tech 2000 and "Crazy Bob" - Astronomy to Go!.

Door prizes? You know it! This list of door prizes is growing and right now we have software from Starry Nights,, accessories fromProtoStar merchandise fromTelescopes.com, some very special goodies from Smart Astronomy and surprises from Hales Harley Davidson. Latest on the prize list is gift certificates from ITE Astronomy, merchandise from Dynapod, a full set of AstroCards and red LED lighter from the folks at AstroCard and a beautiful autographed edition of "The Grand Tour - A Traveler's Guide to the Solar System" contributed by Dave Hartsel. And they keep on coming! Now we have a VersiTool and a WaistCase from Orion, a wonderful fully featured eyepiece case from Case Place USA. $100 in merchandise from AstroZap and some very special meteorites from the one and only Robert Haag - The Meteorite Man! Stop the press... There's more! John Chumak of Galactic Images is donating some of his fine work and the incredible Meade Telescopes has donated a state of the art LX90!! Does it get any better than that? You betcha'. We've just received word that Mike Martinez of Mare Meteoritics will also be contibuting some of his great meteors! And wait until you see this clever gadget, Acton Astro has just contributed two Telguides! Our latest prizes include a beautiful book on "Video Astronomy" from Sky Publishing and gift certificates from Lumicon.So, keep watching because there may be many more terrific prizes (and suprises!) to come. If you are interested in contributing merchandise, we would welcome it, and provide you with an on-going link to your website as well as a receipt for your generousity. Your donation will be displayed for our guests to examine, and complete information about your company and where to find these great products will accompany it. Donate today!

Registration

The cost for this year's Hidden Hollow event will be $40 per person (non-refundable). For everyone wishing to attend, you will need to pre-register and pay at that time. Registration is now open and you may download the form here. (UPDATE: It has come to my attention that some browsers are unable to pick up a pdf format. If you are unable to access the form, please try here.) For those who have internet service, if you provide us with an e.mail address, we will send you confirmation when your fees and registration have been received. Don't delay. The deadline for mailing will be September 20, 2005 and they must be post-marked by then for us to receive them. So far, this year's attendance is quite low, so we urge you to register soon. The "legend" will die without you! If you would like a brochure and copy of the registration form? Just write and I will be happy to send it your way!

When you arrive at the Observatory, you will need to check-in at the ClubHouse where you will receive your registration package and weekend pass. At that time, you may chose your spot for set up, camping, or lodging in the bunkhouses. The gates will close at nightfall on the day of opening and no walk-ins will be allowed. Late arriving guests will need to make prior arrangements.

Should you chose to leave before the gates open at dawn, a parking area will be designated.

Schedules and Updates...

We now have a schedule of events available. Please check this SCHEDULE page for a list of times and programs. Of course, there will be many questions such as number of guests registered, availability of cabins, shower facilities, etc. and/or driving instructions. Please click here for our UPDATES page.

Contact Us...

Please contact us with any questions you might have!

In the mean time, keep checking back! More details will be coming soon...

Won't you join us under the stars??

"What ever tomorrow brings... I'll be there. With open arms and open eyes, yeah. What ever tomorrow brings? I'll be there. I'll be there..."