Saskatchewan Summer Star Party 2019
Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park Centre Block - 30 km South of Maple Creek on Highway 21
Wednesday August 28 to Monday September 2, 2019
Presented by the Saskatoon and Regina Centres of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada
CHATFIELD BINOCULAR CHALLENGE LIST
The "Chatfield Binocular Challenge List" is now available using "Astro Info" under the menu at the top-left of the screen.
NEW CLINIC ADDED TO SSSP
Scope Help 1-on-1 (your scope) Clinic
: Got a problem with your scope? Edmonton member Alister Ling will be repeating his Scope Help clinic again this year on Friday and Saturday evenings (Aug. 30 & 31.) No matter what kind of scope, Alister will help you figure out the problems you are having: use, collimation, set-up, annoyances, feelings of ditch-chucking? ... He will spend an hour with you helping out. It's free! Before the star party, you can book a spot at: https://signup.com/go/WtzGsTM
or email the registrar email@example.com
who will pass your information on the Alister. At the star party, sign up at the Registration tent.
CAMPING in the Meadows UPDATE
The camp map shows almost all of our powered (numbered) camping spots are now booked by SSSP attendees. HOWEVER, this does NOT mean there is no more room for anyone else! The Meadows is much larger than the map implies, so there is ample room for self-sufficient trailers that do not require power and for many more tents. Rick Huziak is maintaining a powered spot waiting list
. Contact Rick (firstname.lastname@example.org
, tel: 306-665-3392) to get on this list if you need a powered spot. Note that past years have shown that there will be cancellations, so there is a decent chance of getting a powered spot.
WELCOME BARBECUE: 5:30 PM THURSDAY
We have moved the time from the traditional 5:00 pm to 5:30 pm to remove the dead-space gap before the 7:00 pm public lecture. The venue has also moved from the Amphitheatre to the Community Hall (near the lake and Visitor's Centre). Because this is not easily walkable from the Meadows, we will be providing taxi rides leaving from the Registration Tent at 4:40 pm and 5:10 pm and 6:40 pm, and will bring people back up to the Meadows after the BBQ and after the talk. If you did not preregister for the BBQ, you can still buy the $7 tickets at the Registration tent, or at the BBQ.
HOW to book CAMPING in the MEADOWS
All Meadows campsites are booked through SSSP at the email addresses below or by telephone. You can book your campsite before you register. SSSP will start accepting Campground bookings on April 14 at 9:00 a.m. CST. Email your request to email@example.com, or firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 306-665-3392
. Please request your preferred site number and one or two alternate sites. SSSP will book sites for you in the order that they are requested and you will receive a confirmation by email. To be fair to everyone, campsites are issued on a first-come first serve basis and we WILL NOT take bookings for a specific campsite before April 14. Once you receive an assignment from us, you are booked for Star Party nights, but you can then attempt to book extra nights for your site
(before or after star party dates) through Reserve-a-Site
starting April 16 at 7:00 a.m. CST
. Note that 60% of the most-preferred SSSP campsites booking in the first 48 hours of registration opening. But we do have 108 powered sites and room enough for over 100 overflow (non-powered) campers and tenters, so we can always accommodate you right up to the date of the Star Party. See a full description of camping and campsites and the Camp Map at "Menu | Resort/Camping | Camping in the Meadows"
Starting this year, you will need to present your paid camping receipt in order to pick up your registration package.
Our room block at the Resort runs from Wednesday August 28 through Saturday August 31 (up to four bookable nights). There are a mix of hotel rooms, townhouses (2 and 3 bedroom) and cabins (2 and 3 bedrooms). BOOK YOUR RESORT ACCOMODATION as soon as you can. The official date to release the remaining unbooked rooms is JUNE 16, 2019. We cannot guarantee there will be any rooms available after that date.
Contact the Resort at 306-662-4477. Additional information about the Resort is available at their website
The SSSP 2018 Group photo (and past group photos) can be found in "Galleries | SSSP Group Photos" under the Menu.
We are pleased to announce our confirmed speakers for this year:
- Thursday "Under Living Skies" Public Lecture speaker: Don Hladiuk – Inspiring the Mars Generation
- Friday afternoon workshop – Why Astronomy Clubs Struggle in Modern Day – moderator Pierre Schierle
- Friday evening clinic: Jim Goodridge – The AAVSO 10-Star Tutorial
- Friday and Saturday evening clinics: Alister Ling - Scope Help 1-on-1 (your scope) Clinic
- Saturday Fr. Lucian Kemble Speaker: Dr. Gordon Sarty – MRIs for Moon Bases
- Saturday afternoon speaker: Murray Paulson – An Update Regarding the Buzzard Coulee and Whitecourt Meteorite Strewnfields
- Saturday evening clinic: Murray Paulson - The Chatfield 40 Object Binocular Challenge
Contact us at email@example.com
or call Rick Huziak at 306-665-3392
or Les Dickson at 306-249-1091.
Check back often for new developments and announcements.