The following details have been provided by the Phoenix Astronomical Society.
Location: Tukituki Youth Camp, Tukituki Valley, near Havelock North, Hawkes Bay
When: Official programme runs from Friday 3rd January – Sunday 5th January*
*note that it is expected that all campers people will help with the camp cleanup on the morning of Monday 6th January.
You are also welcome to camp Wednesday 1st January and/or Sunday 5th January for a small extra fee
Information on Stardate
2014 will be the 26th anniversary of Stardate, making it the longest running and largest starparty in New Zealand.
The camp site in Tukituki Valley offers a wonderful horizon, away from cloud-attracting hills and city lights, as well as the normal campsite facilities. Weather permitting; participants will be looking forward to lots of observing time. Many participants bring telescopes while for others it’s their first telescopic view of the heavens.
There is ample opportunity to mix and mingle with other astronomy enthusiasts. Some people here have 30-40 years experience; others are complete newcomers.
Even if the weather is unsuitable for observing, there is a programme of talks, workshops and movies organised to complement skywatching. Whatever the weather Stardate is great astronomical experience. – a chance to ask questions, share ideas, and make or renew old friendships.
We will let you know when registrations are open for Stardate 2014.
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