Current Events - September 2007

September 13-16, 2007: Prairie Skies Star Party

Prairie Skies Star Party 2007 will be held at beautiful Camp Shaw-Waw-Nas-See 4-H camp, near Bourbonnais Illinois. In addition to all night observing; Prairie Skies Star Party features catered meals, door prizes, a swap market, an imaging contest, vendors, a guest speaker or two, and several activities to attend or participate in. We place a special emphasis on amateur telescope making, by recognizing outstanding achievement through our ATM Telescope and Accessory Awards. Visit the Prairie Dog Stand and enjoy a tasty prairie dog; and don't forget the famous Midnight Chili on Friday night. As always; complimentary coffee, tea, and hot chocolate will be available all day and night throughout the event. Our ever popular Every Night Movie Festival will feature sci-fi movies in the Dining Hall. Join us as Prairie Skies Star Party "continues the tradition" at Camp Shaw.

Camp Shaw-Waw-Nas-See provides a semi secluded location, well protected from the glare of off-site lighting. The 5 acre main observing field is large and grass covered, making it ideal for observing and camping. Rustic barrack style cabins are available for non-campers.

The large Dining Hall serves as a gathering place for many of the scheduled activities. Enjoy walking through the woods on shady hiking trails; one of which follows Rock Creek as it traverses the camp property through a small canyon. Nearby Kankakee River State Park has an extensive bike trail system, and offers many other recreational opportunities. PSSP is hosted by the Prairie Skies Astronomical Association.

Pre-registration deadline: 8-11-07 (prices higher after deadline)

Event dates: 9/13/07 - 9/16/07

Location: Bourbonnais, IL

Contact:, John Weber (708 481-7970)

The Prairie Skies Brochure is now available!

The 2007 Prairie Skies Star Party Brochure and Registration form are now available on our website at . Have a great Summer, but don't forget to register before the deadline! Hope to see you at Camp Shaw this Fall for another fun event!

If you have trouble viewing or printing the Brochure or Registration form, please contact us with your mailing address, and we will be happy to send you a paper copy.

September 13-16 - Illinois Dark Skies Star Party

The Illinois Dark Skies Star Party will be held September 13 thru the 16th at Jim Edgar Panther Creek State Fish and Wildlife Area, 25 miles northwest of Springfield IL in eastern Cass County. The Park is easily accessible from IL Routes 78, 95 and 125.

This area boasts some of Illinois" darkest skies. Naked eye views of 5 and 6 magnitude objects are not uncommom. plans for star party events include guest speakers, presentations, and astrophotograghy contests.

The park has lots of daytime activities and is just 30 minutes from historic Lincoln sites such as the Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, Lincoln's tomb, Lincoln's Home and Law Office along with the Lincoln Homestead at New Salem State Park, Petersburg. This year we are giving visitors the option of purchasing all their meals from the Springfield Lions Club. Thats right, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner and all proceeds go to the Lions Club. You can even purchase a Tshirt or Sweatshirt as a souvenir.

Registration is easy and can be done online. Simply go to WWW.SAS-SKY.ORG and click on the star party link

September 14-16 - ASNNE's 6th Annual Starfest

The Astronomical Society of Northern New England - Kennebunk, Maine 2007 Starfest

Featuring Starfield Observatory's - 8" Ziess refractor & 16" Meade LX200GPS
-Solar viewing - H-Alpha & White light
-Free -On site Camping
-no running water or electricity
-Porta potty on site
-TYO trash please
-Chicken BBQ meal on Saturday -7$
- RVSP if possible for planning
-Open Discussions
-Swap Tables
-Astronomy games
-NASA Night Sky Network Activities
-Also featuring our Annual Northern Lights Display ;O)

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