Saskatchewan Summer Star Party 2017

Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park Centre Block - 30 km South of Maple Creek on Highway 21

Wednesday August 23 to Sunday August 27, 2017

Presented by the Saskatoon and Regina Centres of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada


Welcome to SSSP for 2017!

We are currently in the planning process and will update this web site as soon as the information is available.

For more information:

Contact us at sssp.sk@sasktel.net.

For questions regarding registration or camping, contact Rick Huziak at 306-665-3392.

For all other questions, contact Les Dickson at 306-249-1121.

Tentative Schedule of Events

(Click on each day below to open)

Come early and stay late if you choose. Most events take place in the Resort's Wapiti Room (WR), the Meadows Campground Observing Field (MC), the Park Amphitheatre (PA) or the Dark-Sky Campground (DC). Every day ends with viewing in the MC.

This schedule is subject to change without notice. Check the notice board at the Registration Tent for any changes.

Free time for park activities
21:00 - SSSP Viewing (MC)
17:00-18:30 Welcome BBQ (PA)    
19:00-20:00 Under Living Skies Public Lecture - Candace Savage (PA)    
21:00 - SSSP Viewing (MC)
11:00-12:30 Solar Observing (by Swimming Pool)
13:30-17:30 "Photoshop for Astronomy" Workshop presented by Mr. Alan Dyer (WR)    
19:00-19:15 Official Welcome to SSSP 2016 (WR)
19:15-20:00 Retrospective on 20 Years of SSSP (WR)
21:00-23:00 Public Star Night (DC)
21:00 - SSSP Viewing (MC)
22:00 - Observing Clinic - Ron Waldron (MC)    
10:00-11:30 Kid's Program - Jennifer Petriew and Kim Kulak (Yurt, DC)        
11:00-12:00 Swap Table (MC)
13:30-14:30 Afternoon Presentation - Kenton Lysak (WR)
15:00-16:00 Fr. Lucian Kemble Memorial Lecture - Jay Anderson (WR)    
16:00-16:45 10-Year Pins, Astrophoto Contest, Volunteer Prizes, Door Prizes, Group Photo (WR)
18:00-19:30 Banquet (WR)    
21:00-23:00 Public Star Night (DC)
21:00 - SSSP Viewing (MC)
22:00 - Observing Clinic - Larry McNish (MC)    
Free time for park activities
17:00 - Potluck Supper (Yurt by Observatory DC)
21:00 - Stragglers Evening Viewing (MC)

Programming

The categories are listed below:
  1. Tripod: starry landscapes, star trails or constellation portraits
  2. Wide field tracking
  3. Solar System: Moon, planets, and comets
  4. Deep Sky
  5. Sketching
For each of the categories 1-5 above, a First Prize plaque and a Second Prize certificate will be awarded.

Two special prizes will also be awarded:

  1. Photography Novice Award: Awarded to an entry from someone who has not won before at any star party.
  2. People's Choice Award
The rules of the contest are as follows:
  1. A maximum of 2 photos can be entered per person, and a maximum of 2 sketches per person.
  2. Images may be in printed or in electronic format.
  3. All entries must be identified with labels provided.
  4. Photos do not have to be taken at SSSP nor not within the same calendar year.
  5. Winning photos or sketches from previous SSSP's can not be entered again.
  6. Entries cannot have won anywhere else, but could have been entered elsewhere as a non-winning entry.
  7. Sketches must be field sketches either completed at the eyepiece or started at the eyepiece and finished later based on observing notes. All sketches must be hand-drawn.
  8. The SSSP will be accepting Electronic Images for the astrophoto contest. Please bring your images on a memory stick and load them onto the SSSP laptop in the Wapiti Room - opening times will be in the SSSP 2016 Handout. Images will be displayed in a scrolling Powerpoint program, but judges will have the original images available to view. Printed images may certainly still be entered.
  9. All entries must be received by 12 Noon on Saturday August 6.
The Resort catering staff will be serving a single meat entrée buffet. The banquet is served in the Wapiti Room, starting at 6:00 pm Saturday. Costs for the banquet are: Adults 11 yr+, $35; Youth 6-10 yr, $23; Children under 6 yr, free.

There are a limited number of places for the banquet. They will be allocated on a "first registered, first allocated" basis. We strongly suggest that you preorder your tickets when you register. A small number of places will be held for at-the-door registrations but only if the room limit has not yet been exceeded. We also ask you, if you find that you are not able to come to the banquet but have preordered tickets, to contact us immediately by phoning 306-280-1899. We will refund your banquet ticket costs and will allocate your tickets to people on our waiting list. If you do not contact us beforehand and you do not show up, your banquet ticket costs will NOT be refunded. See "Refund Policy" for more information.

Classic Dinner Buffet:

  • Fresh Rolls
  • Caesar Salad | Garden Salad | Potato Salad
  • Seasonal Select Vegetables
  • Rice Pilaf
  • Roast Turkey with Sage Dressing and Gravy
  • Chef’s dessert creation
  • Coffee/Tea

If you have specific dietary requirements, please contact the star party organizers by e-mail or phone.

The BBQ, which starts at 5 pm, will be held by the Amphitheatre. Tickets are $5. The public talk by Candace Savage will start after the BBQ, about 7 pm at the Amphitheatre.
We are pleased to announce our confirmed guests for this year:
  • Jay Anderson: Fr. Lucian Kemble Memorial Lecture presenter - Jay is a dedicated solar eclipse chaser and is well known for his eclipse weather predictions. He is co-author of the NASA eclipse circulars, a retired meteorologist and astrophotographer.
  • Candace Savage: Under Living Skies Public Lecture presenter - Candace is a well-known local writer and an organizer of the “Wild About Saskatoon Nature City Festival”.
  • Kenton Lysak: Saturday afternoon presenter – Kenton is a senior interpreter for the Meewasin Valley Authority at the Beaver Creek Conservation Area. He is involved in the protection of the Northeast Swale and has an interest in maintaining dark skies within urban and natural environments.
  • Allan Dyer: “Photoshop for Astronomy” Workshop – Allan is an Astronomy author, photographer and presenter. He also presents astrophoto workshops and inspiring talks on astronomy and the wonders of the universe.
  • Ron Waldron: Friday Night Observing Clinic: Ron, a member of the RASC Saskatoon Centre, is a Saskatchewan educator with 36 years classroom teaching experience with the Saskatoon Public School Division. Currently, Ron is proprietor of Living Skies Stargazing, dedicated to providing telescopic views of the universe up close and personal.
  • Larry McNish: Saturday Night Observing Clinic: Larry is a Councillor and Webmaster for the RASC Calgary Centre.
  • Jennifer Petriew: Children's Program: Jennifer Petriew will be organizing the Children's Program on Saturday morning. Jennifer Petriew is married to Vance Petriew, discoverer of Comet Petriew. She hails from White City, SK.
  • Kim Kulak: Children's Program: Kim Kulak will be assisting Jennifer Petriew with the Children's Program. Kim is a wife and mother of a child with Autism and has a Bachelor of Education with a specialty in Early Childhood. She hails from Edmonton.
SSSP 2016 “Photoshop for Astronomy” Workshop

PHOTOSHOP for ASTRONOMY ... from Raw to Rave!

Friday, August 5th, Wapiti Room in the Resort, 1:30 pm

This a paid-for workshop. The cost is $80/person. It will be limited to 20 attendees. Below is a short description of the workshop taken from Alan Dyer’s website. Follow this LINK for a complete description of the workshop.

Half the work in creating great astronomical photographs is in the processing.

Adobe Photoshop is the most important tool we have to process images from DSLR cameras, to bring out the maximum detail with the minimum of noise.

This new half-day workshop picks up where my two other workshops leave off. The other workshops deal first and foremost with how to take great images in the field. From that starting point, we explore the next stage: processing those images in step-by-step detail using Photoshop, and its companion programs Adobe Camera Raw (ACR) and Bridge

Allan Dyer is an Astronomy author, photographer and presenter. He also presents astrophoto workshops and inspiring talks on astronomy and the wonders of the universe. He is an associate editor of SkyNews, Canada's magazine of stargazing, and a contributing editor to Sky & Telescope magazine. His photos and videos have appeared on Spaceweather.com, Astronomy Picture of the Day, Universe Today, National Geographic, TIME, NBCNews, and CBSNews. He is a member of the The World at Night photo group. He is now retired from many exciting years producing planetarium shows for the theatres in Winnipeg, Edmonton, and Calgary, Canada. The main belt asteroid #78434 is named for him, a very nice honour.

Accommodations

Resort Room Block Release Date July 21, 2016

The majority of the unbooked accommodations in our room block have been released back to the Resort. We are holding 6 hotel rooms for late booking attendees but only until JULY 21. After that, those rooms will be released. If you want accommodations in the Resort this year, BOOK NOW.

Our room block at the Resort runs from Thursday through Saturday nights.

When contacting the Resort, ask first for a room in the Star Party room block. If none are available, ask for any room that might be available. If there are no units available, contact our Registrar Rick Huziak at 306-665-3392 or sssp.sk@sasktel.net. We are maintaining a waiting list for people who wish to find accommodations in the Resort. Do NOT ask the Resort to place you on their waiting list: they do not maintain a waiting list of their own.

Note that we will have to release a portion of the unbooked rooms in our room block back to the Resort about a month before the star party. So, if you want to stay in the Resort, book your accommodations as soon as possible.

Contact the Resort at 306-662-4477. Additional information about the Resort is available at their website.

The SSSP is held in the Meadows Campground. For the dates of Aug. 3 and Aug. 7, all SSSP campsites are booked directly though Rick Huziak, separate from the Registration process. The provincial Reserve-a-Site website shows these campsites are blocked out because they have been exclusively reserved for SSSP attendees – they are indeed available.

The Meadows has pull-through and back-in campsites for RVs or tents. Every campsite has power hook-ups, a fire-pit and a picnic table, and some have water hook-ups.

If you decide to come earlier than the official reserved days of SSSP (Aug. 3 - 7) you will be sharing camping with non-SSSP campers, but they will all have to leave by the time SSSP begins. The campground lights will be extinguished from Aug. 3 until the morning of Aug. 7. If you need dark skies before that, you are welcome to observe from the Dark-sky Campground at the Observatory. The Observatory has a six guest pads and power plugs on the south side of the building. If you want to camp in the Dark-sky Campground before the star party begins, book directly with the Park Campground Office.

For see the current Camp Map or for further information about camping in the Meadows, click

Bookings for the Meadows during the days of the SSSP will be handled by the SSSP REGISTRAR, Rick Huziak. If you have any complaints or disputes about camping, please talk to the Registrar, and not the Campground Office.

Use the Camping Map in the tab above and pick your SSSP campsite. If the spot is not pink or black, it might be available. If the map starts to look full, don’t panic - we will find a space for you! An updated map will be posted weekly.

Email Rick Huziak at sssp.sk@sasktel.net (preferred) or call (306-665-3392) with your campsite choice. He will try to get back to you on the same day and confirm your desired booking. You may put one camper or one tent on the site if you are the owner of the site, plus an additional tent only if they are directly related family members.

Site costs are: Electric: $28/night; Non-electric: $18/night; Economy/overflow: $16/night. All site fees are payable to the Park Campground Office once you arrive at SSSP. They will have you on their reservation list. You may take any or all of these five days, paying for only the days you use.

If you intend to come earlier than Aug. 3 or stay later than Aug. 7, then you must book those days and pre-pay for your camping through the Sask Parks Reserve-a-Site. SSSP cannot book days outside of SSSP dates. We strongly suggest you book extra days as close to April 16 as you can (when Reserve-a-Site opens), since Meadows is a very popular campground. If you are there earlier than Aug. 3, you may have to return to the campground office on Aug. 3 to pay for your SSSP camping period.

All sites not booked by the first day of SSSP will be treated as rush sites, first come, first serve, and will be booked at the Registration Tent.

If you cannot attend SSSP, please let Rick know so he can cancel your booking.

The SSSP has sites M1 – M76, M114 - M117, M119 - M127 & M134 - M143 booked for SSSP participants. Books these sites through Rick Huziak at sssp.sk@sasktel.ca. Campsite capacity details and images can be found on the Reserve-a-Site website.

M1–M20
Open field camping. Unprotected from Bald Butte Road, so car headlights will be prevalent during the Friday and Saturday night public star nights now held at the observatory. Cars will run up and down this road from 9pm – 11pm both nights. Great horizons, except for low south. You can also just camp in these sites and set your telescopes up for the weekend in the main grassy area of the Meadows.

M21–M30
Camping spots sheltered in the trees, but unprotected from Bald Butte Road, so car headlights will be prevalent during the Friday and Saturday night public star nights now held at the observatory. Cars will run up and down this road from 9pm – 11pm both nights. You can also just camp in these sites and set you telescopes up for the weekend in the main grassy area of the Meadows. Great north, east and west horizons.

M31, M35, M38, M43, M45
Camping spots sheltered in the trees. No light issues – face the Meadows grassy area. Great south, east and west horizons.

M32
SSSP registration tent and Star-Lite Café.

M33, M34, M36, M37, M39, M41, M42, M44, M4– M54, M60, M62, M63, M64, M65, M70
Open field camping in main grassy area of Meadows. No shade, but excellent horizons in all directions.

M55, M56, M58, M59, M61, M69
Camping spots sheltered in the trees. No light issues – face the Meadows grassy area. Great south and east horizons.

M57
Camping spots sheltered in the trees, but down a fair slope. Very shaded, but is low. Large campers might have trouble getting down and up. No light issues – face the Meadows grassy area. Great south and east horizons.

M66, M67, M68 Camping spots sheltered in the trees. Horizons are not all available from here, so parking telescopes elsewhere is advised.

M71, M72, M73
Camping spots sheltered in the trees. No light issues – face the Meadows grassy area. Great north and east horizons, and south horizon looking down the road.

M74, M75, M76
Camping spots sheltered in the trees. May be some light issues as the next sites to the south are public sites, though SSSP will talk to adjacent campers about the need for sheltering any lights. Great north and east horizons, and south horizon looking down the road.

M120, M122
These spots are completely in the trees. If you want to be away from the crowd, these are good spots, but there are no clear horizons; you would have to set your telescope up in the main observing field for the weekend. It is a 1-minute walk to the observing field.

M114 - M117, M119, M121, M123, M124
Camping spots sheltered in the trees. There are no horizons available from here, so observing is recommended by parking scopes to the north through the trees near the playground.

M126, M137, M138, M140, M142
Open field camping in main grassy area of Meadows. No shade, but excellent horizons in all directions except low south.

M127, M134, M135, M136, M139, M141, M143
Camping spots sheltered in the trees. No light issues, but may be near public campers – face the Meadows grassy area. Great north and east horizons, and west horizons.

If you are tenting and do not want a powered site, can you overflow camp in the Meadows. You can do this only during the official SSSP days of Aug. 3 -7. We have designated an overflow tenting area just northwest of the Service Centre, but you can tent anywhere there is room. If we exceed the ~112 sites in the Meadows, we would like those who have paid for a powered site to offer a corner of their site to other tenters, trailers and telescopes - there is ample room. Note that we have special permission from the Park to double up on campsites if we fill all campsites. If you are tenting outside of the overflow area, please ask the nearest site owner if it is okay to share their site. Overflow campers must pay $15 or $17/night at the Campground Office, even if sharing. Overflow campers will NOT get a picnic table, so bring your own table. If you need power, then make a deal with the site owner to plug into their pole (so bring a 50-foot extension cord). Do not camp on any roads. Outside of SSSP dates, you must take an official campsite.
If you do not want to camp in Meadows, the Dark-sky Campground is available. But SSSP events and activities are held in the Meadows. The Dark-sky sites are more rustic, have a fire-pit and a picnic table, but no power. Rates for these sites are $15/night. This is a great campground to use for astronomy before or after the SSSP or at other times of the year.
When arriving at SSSP, enter the Meadows through traditional gate at the Meadows Comet Petriew cairn. The Registration Tent will be there, and you can get registered and find your campsite. We will have a map of available campsites hanging on the tent, and can offer guidance for overflow campers and those who will just set their scopes up. Do not use the Ball Diamond entrance, which now goes to Meadows-B sites used by the public.
The Service Centre has flush toilets and showers and will be red-lit for the duration of the SSSP. Note that the Service Centre will also be used by non-SSSP campers who occupy other sites in the Meadows. The Park and the SSSP will make efforts to educate these users about telescopes and the star party, and will offer red filters for their flashlights, so if you see a white flashlight, please remind them CALMLY to point them downward. Do not yell at them, or SSSP gets yelled at by the Park.
If you are not staying in the Meadows and want to set up and leave your telescope or equipment tent, you may do so by using the tent overflow area, or by occupying a corner of a powered site or a grassy area in between. Have a talk with the site owner to assure they are OK with you setting up there. Equipment tents are allowed but must be labelled "Equipment tent" and must not be occupied. There is no charge to put up an equipment tent. You may leave your equipment set up for the duration if you wish. Leave room for the site owner to get in and out of their site. You will NOT get a picnic table so bring your own table. If you need power, then make a deal with the site owner to plug into their pole (so bring a 50-foot extension cord). Do not set up on any roads. Outside of SSSP dates, either you must take an official campsite.
Google map of park with markers.

Other things to see while you are in the area:

The SSSP may have trouble cashing personal cheques drawn from American banks. Please choose one of the following payment options:
  • Paypal (including credit card payments). Paypal billing will be in Can$, conversion should be handled by your method of payment
  • International money order or bank draft (request bank to convert Can$ total to US$ payable)
  • Pre-register on-line or by mail and tell us you will pay cash at the star party

The SSSP will honor international currency conversion rates before and at the Star Party.

Cypress Hills Park contains banking machines that issue Can$.

US and foreign residents require passports to enter Canada.

The SSSP Committee welcomes astronomy (and related) dealers to set up booths at the SSSP. At this event you have the potential to reach over 300 astronomy enthusiasts just looking to buy something.

To participate, you are asked to follow the standard registration procedure - i.e. vendors must register as normal participants at the normal costs for the star party. You may in turn sell and conduct normal business within the Meadows observing field, but due to Park restrictions cannot solicit elsewhere in the park. The SSSP is not responsible for any vendors' business costs (transportation, accommodation, living, etc.) Vendors are responsible for their own arrangements, park entry and must pay standard camping fees (to the Park) and campsite power if needed, if staying in the Meadows. The SSSP is not responsible for any merchandise loss or damage. As registered SSSP star party goers, vendors are welcome to participate in all activities that they have registered for.

If you would like to donate a door prize, this will be graciously accepted & will be accordingly acknowledged, though a door prize donation is not required and is at the discretion of the vendor. On request vendors can receive a free 1/4-page ad in the star party handout literature or for $25 can purchase a full-page ad. Ads in the SSSP handout are gray-scale photocopied and are not in colour. Formatted ads for inclusion in the printed brochure must be received no later than 10 days prior to the star party. Alternately, the SSSP will pre-package vendor-supplied product brochures in our registration folders for free if they are received no later than 10 days before the start of the star party. Approximately 200 registration packages are handed out. (Send to Rick Huziak, 127 Maple Street, Saskatoon, SK, S7J 0A2.)

In a further attempt to foster on-going good will, star party vendors will be entitled to one ad of one page or less in the Saskatoon Skies monthly newsletter, over the coming year. These ads are at no additional cost. Our current newsletter circulation is approximately 80 copies, but these are highly targeted readers & the newsletters are also on-line. All ads are subject to approval by the Saskatoon Centre Executive before inclusion in the newsletter. We will do our best to publish the ad in the month desired.

Check back often for new developments.

The SSSP is a Red-Light Only Zone from sundown to sun-up. We are not unique: all star parties insist on no white lights to preserve night vision for participants. If you are a new attendee or do not understand these regulations, ask a star party organizer for assistance.

White light flashlights are NOT allowed! Use only red filtered flashlights, and keep them as dim as possible.

Please make sure to have your car parked in its final resting position well before darkness sets in. If you do not intend to remain in the Meadows Observing Field all night long, park and set up near to the entrance so you can leave without blinding everybody! Cars are to use their park-lights only, or be lead with their lights off by someone with a red flashlight. (This is not advised for safety reasons and to be used only in an emergency). Gate security people will have a limited supply of red flags to cover car lights. Cover the following lights: interior, back-up, license plate, trunk and headlights. Gate security people will tape red flags your vehicle lights at the gate as you arrive. Please cover windows on RVs as not to accidentally have a family member flash the crowd with white light. The most common offending light issues with vehicles are interior dome lights and uncovered backup lights coming on unexpectedly.

Red and green lasers are permitted. Do not point them horizontally at people or trailers! Do not point them at aircraft or you will be in violation of Transport Canada safety rules and can be arrested, and you will jeopardize the SSSP. Lasers will show on astrophotos if they are held in the same place for many seconds, so please use them sparingly. Lasers will be used extensively during the scheduled starwalks from 10:00pm to 11:00pm on Friday and Saturday nights.

A full set of Light Etiquette suggestions will be in the registration brochure in your registration package.

The SSSP is held in a provincial park, thus provincial park entry fees apply to your stay. Pay at the park gate as you enter.

Current fees are:

  • $8/day
  • $19/3 days
  • $28/week
  • $55 transferable annual pass

  • Free for Saskatchewan seniors (65+ years)

For more information on Saskatchewan Parks, visit the Saskatchewan Parks web site at http://www.saskparks.net/.

The SSSP 2016 pin design is:

Pin prices are as follows:

  • 2016 pins: $8
  • Previous years’ pins: $2

We also have SSSP Embroidered Patches available for $5.

NOTE THIS POLICY HAS CHANGED SLIGHTLY FOR 2016

The SSSP will offer complete refunds* for registration costs and prepaid activities, without a handling fee, to participants who wish to withdraw from the SSSP prior to the start of the star party and for no-show participants except as follows:

  • SSSP cannot refund the prepaid banquet costs within 48-hours of the banquet (ie. after 5:00 p.m. on the preceding Thursday) since the SSSP locks in their banquet costs to the Resort at that time. If shirts are pre-ordered, the SSSP may not be able to cancel shirt orders within 3 weeks of the star party. If possible, refunds for shirts will be made, but if cancellation is not possible, shirts will be mailed out at the withdrawing participant's cost after the star party. No shows are defined as those who have not registered by the end of registration period on the Saturday afternoon of the star party.
  • However, banquet tickets are always in demand right up to the starting minute of the banquet! There is almost always a waiting list since banquet seating space is limited. If you have not made previous arrangements and find that at the last minute you cannot come to the star party or cannot attend the banquet, please telephone us at 306-280-1899 (star party cell) and let us know if you will release your banquet tickets for resale. If we can resell your banquet tickets, we will refund the entire cost to you, even within the 48-hour no-refund window. Someone at the star party will be delighted that you thought of them! Otherwise, your tickets will be held for you assuming you will show up at the last minute and are thus not otherwise refundable.

* For refunds of $25 and less, SSSP will issue you a credit for a future SSSP and will inform you of this before the next year's registration. However, we will be glad to refund the $25 or less by cheque if you request this.

The logo design and background shirt colour are:

Shirt prices are as follows:

  • T-shirts: $25 available in adult sizes S to XXXL and youth sizes S to L
  • Golf-shirts: $45 available in adult sizes S to XXXL
  • Hoodies: $50 available in adult sizes S to XXXL and youth sizes S to L

Shirts have to be pre-ordered during the Early Registration period for them to be available to you at the star party. The on-site order prices will remain the same as pre-orders except that $10 extra will be charged for shipping where applicable.

SSSP is held in Meadows Campground. Meadows has a Service Centre with flush toilets and showers. SSSP had input into the design of the Service Centre, so that the building remains as dark as possible and now contains separate red lighting used during the star party. However, Meadows also contains streetlights that are used outside of star party dates. All streetlights follow dark-sky full cut-off requirements. It should be noted that the Cypress Hills Dark-Sky Preserve Agreement does not limit development within the Park, especially in the core area where businesses are located and where campers camp. Thus new and renovated campgrounds can receive lighting provided that it is compliant with dark-sky rules. Meadows covers approximately 8 acres of a 197,000-acre dark-sky preserve. Almost all other areas of the Park outside of the core area contain no lighting.

In 2013, SaskPower changed the last 90 old style drop-lens cobra-head streetlights in the Park to IP-addressable flat-lens full cut-off lights that can be dimmed and turned off by the Park using an RF link. These lights can be dimmed or shut off on command. Almost all streetlights within the park are now compliant to the Dark-sky Agreement.

If observing time is desired beyond star party dates, any area within the park can be used for that activity, though you cannot camp overnight in non-designated campgrounds. You can, however, take advantage of camping and no lights in the Dark-Sky campground immediately northwest of Meadows. The campground contains 16 non-powered, unlit campsites. Since the Cypress Observatory is the home of a new observatory and Yurt classroom, some activity using red light use may occur during interpretive programs, but otherwise, the site is very dark. Eight outside power plugs and concrete pads for visitor telescopes are available for use and are located on the south side of the Observatory.

Benefits of the Cypress Hills Dark-Sky Agreement:

  • the creation of Canada's largest Dark-sky Preserve when signed in 2004
  • the construction of the Dark-sky Campground
  • the construction of the Cypress Observatory & Yurt classroom
  • astronomy interpretive program with telescopes - the highest-attended program in the Park
  • inter-park equestrian campgrounds with Grasslands National Park DSP
  • cross-training of interpreters between Cypress Hills and Grasslands DSPs
  • the first RASC General Assembly ever held in a Dark-sky Preserve (2009)
  • Astronomer-in-Residence program introduced in 2011
  • awareness of light pollution issues in Saskatchewan
  • a DSP display in the Park Interpretive Centre
  • Cypress Hills & Grasslands DSPs as Southwest Saskatchewan Tourism favoured destinations in 2011 and 2014
  • Cypress DSP featured on Saskatchewan Televsion Network's "15 Minutes of Fame"
  • Cypress DSP featured to foreign television viewers during the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics Vignettes as a Canada Destination Place
  • 400 astronomers use the Park respectfully every August and produce additional Park revenue
21st Annual Saskatchewan Summer Star Party: August 23 - 27, 2017

22nd Annual Saskatchewan Summer Star Party: August 8 - 12, 2018

The location of the center of the Meadows Observing Field is:
  • Latitude: 49° 39' 14.65" (+49.6541)
  • Longitude: 112° 31' 20.02" W (-112.5222)
  • Time Zone: Central Standard (CST) minus 6 hours from UT

Contact Us

Contact us at sssp.sk@sasktel.net.

For questions regarding registration or camping, contact Rick Huziak at 306-665-3392.

For all other questions, contact Les Dickson at 306-249-1121.

Saskatchewan Summer Star Party Registration / Order Form

You can register and/or order items on-line or by regular mail. If you have any questions, please contact the registrar at email sssp.sk@sasktel.net or call Rick at 306-665-3392.

The on-line form can be used to Register and/or Order Items for the Saskatchewan Summer Star Party.
Step 1: Fill out the form on the next page. If you are making additions to a previous registration/order, you can use the form again but please use the same email address. If you need to make changes to the form after it is submitted, please contact the registrar (include your registration/order number).
Step 2: Click on the Paypal link and enter your payment information. Credit cards and Paypal accounts are accepted. If you need to pay by cheque, still use the form to register/order and contact the registrar (please include your registration/order number).
Step 3: Check your email for your confirmation message and verify eveything looks correct to you. You should receive an email with your registration/order information and a second email confirming payment after your online payment has been processed.
Step 4: Meet us at the registration tent to pick up your registration package and any items you ordered.
The SSSP may have trouble cashing personal cheques drawn from American banks. Please choose one of the following payment options:
  • Paypal (including credit card payments). Paypal billing will be in Can$, conversion should be handled by your method of payment
  • International money order or bank draft (request bank to convert Can$ total to US$ payable)
  • Pre-register on-line or by mail and tell us you will pay cash at the star party

The SSSP will honor international currency conversion rates before and at the Star Party.

Cypress Hills Park contains banking machines that issue Can$.

US and foreign residents require passports to enter Canada.

Register / Order On-Line: Use coupon:
Register / Order by Mail:
CONTACT PERSON

May we contact you by email two or three times a year about next year's SSSP?

MAILING ADDRESS


(You do not have to be a member of a club to participate)

Please list names of all attendees, as you would like them shown on the name tags. Include last names if different from Contact Person.
Total number of people attending:

What observing equipment do you expect to bring (binoculars, telescopes, etc.)? This will be printed in the SSSP handout.

I am planning to stay at:
Date Arriving:

Date Leaving:
See the Accommodations section for instructions on how to book.

Would you like to give a talk at the Friday night informal presentations (5-15 minutes)?
Topic:

Equipment Required:

Would you help at SSSP by volunteering for a 2-hour work shift?

Will you display at the Astro Art Exhibit in Wapiti Room? (see website for details)

Single(s)
$0.00
Couple
$0.00
Family
$0.00

Thursday BBQ Tickets:
 
$0.00

Friday Workshop ("Photoshop for Astronomy" with Alan Dyer):
 
$0.00

Saturday Banquet Tickets (only 160 sittings available):
Adults 11 years+
$0.00
Children 6-10 years
$0.00
Under 6 years old eat free
$0.00
On-site availability of dinner banquet tickets not guaranteed if not requested and paid for in advance.
Souvenir Items:
SSSP 2016 Pins. Click to see this year's design.
$0.00
SSSP Embroidered Patch
(Patch does not vary year to year)
$0.00

SSSP 2016 Shirts. Click to see colour and shirt logo.

Due to the late date, on-line ordering of T-Shirts, Golf Shirts, and Hoodies is no longer available. Shirt orders will be taken at the star party and mailed out afterwards. The on-site order prices are $25.00 for T-Shirts, $45.00 for Golf Shirts, and $50.00 for Hoodies with an additional shippping charge ($10 or more where applicable). Golf shirts are not available in youth sizes.

SSSP 2016 Shirts (select quantity for each size/type). Click to see colour and shirt logo:
Size T-Shirts ($25.00) Golf Shirts ($45.00) Hoodies ($50.00)
Adult Small
Adult Medium
Adult Large
Adult XL
Adult XXL
Adult XXXL
Youth S 6-9 N/A
Youth M 10-12 N/A
Youth L 14-16 N/A
Total
Total Shirt Cost
 
 
$0.00
On-site availability of shirts is not guaranteed if not requested and paid for by July 8, 2016. Shirt orders will be taken at the star party and mailed out afterwards. The on-site order prices will remain the same except that $10 or more will be charged for shipping where applicable. Golf shirts are not available in youth sizes.

TOTAL:    $0.00


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