Indiana Family Star Party
Access in/out of the camp is via the WEST GATE (Main gate - see the map). Also, the check-in (Registration) booth will be just north of the Nature Center. Those arriving before the check-in booth is open may drive past to their campsite (during daylight hours only!) and then come back to check-in once the booth opens on Thursday. The check-in booth will be staffed after 3pm Thursday, 10am to 10pm Friday and 10am to 10pm Saturday. The West Gate will close at 10pm every night of the star party.
“Saving” parking/camping spaces on the observing field for later arrivals is limited to one extra space per “already arrived” individual/family. (Please make sure this spot is well marked to avoid disputes.)
The event's organizers and volunteers will be using FRS ("Family Band") radios set to channel 11 to communicate. If you are using FRS radios, please use a different channel.
RVs: As in years past, you will need to enter via the west gate. If the gate is closed, call the camp's phone at (765) 296-2753 for us to come open the gate. The camp does not have RV hook-ups.
No driving on the observing field after dark.
No white lights in the observing areas. If you don't have a red-light flashlight, we will have a roll of transparent red plastic available at the info booth at the Nature Center that you can put over your light to convert it to red light.
Campfires are permitted in established campfire rings only, and must never be left unattended. No campfires in or near the observing field.
Camp stoves are permitted on the observing field before dark and some group campsites have charcoal cooking grills. There's a microwave oven in the Nature Center.
Do not run generators on the observing field. Generators can be used north of the observing field on the north side of the gravel lane (near the playground area), or at other areas further from the observing field and observatory, but only from noon to 8pm.
Since many observers will be up until dawn and may be sleeping late, excessive noise before noon is prohibited.
Bag all garbage, dispose of cigarette butts, and clean up your campsite.
Water and restrooms are available at the Nature Center.
Only three unrelated people may be in the Raffle area at a time.
Well-behaved pets are allowed, but do not walk your dog on the observing field- it would be way too easy for a dog to wrap its leash around a telescope's tripod leg and knock it down. There are several large open areas in other areas of the camp. Cleanup after your pet is required.
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WiFi is available on the field, but we have a very slow connection. Streaming of music or video is prohibited.
No firearms, fireworks, controlled substances, or alcohol are allowed in the camp. This is a childrens' camp and we obey their rules. Anyone found with any of these is subject to immediate eviction from the event and forfeiture of all fees.
Questions? Contact Russ Kaspar at 765-659-4451 firstname.lastname@example.org.
STAR PARTY ETIQUETTE
If you've never been to a star party before, here are a few tips:
For this year, we do not prohibit sharing of a telescope, but if you do share your telescope we strongly recommend that between different viewers that you wipe the controls and eyepiece cup with an alcohol wipe.
Most amateur astronomers love to show off what's visible through their scopes. This year, use common sense before looking through someone else's telescope.
No white light! Many astronomical objects are faint, even when viewed through a telescope, so preserving the dark-adapted state of our eyes is very important. Red-light flashlights are permitted, since red light has less effect on dark-adaptation. If you don't have a red-light flashlight, we will have a roll of transparent red plastic available at the information booth (at the Nature Center) to put over your flashlight to convert it to red light. Even then, keep it aimed low, and avoid shining it in people's faces.
Bring warm clothing. Even in July/August, it can get surprisingly cold late at night. And if you'll be there during the day, remember to bring sunscreen.