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Star Parties

Members-only star parties are put together on an impromptu basis a couple of times a year.  Times, dates, and locations are announced at our Open Meetings and/or via email.


Indiana Family Star Party

at Prairie Grass Observatory, at Camp Cullom, near Mulberry, IN

July 14-19, 2020

Note that the 2020 Indiana Family Star Party described below has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Instead, Camp Cullom is offering the same dates for a free event for astronomers desiring to camp on the observing field while following social distancing guidelines.  No food service or organized activities are scheduled.  For more information, click on the IFSP Website button below.

The Indiana Family Star Party is an annual regional event that WVAS co-sponsors with the Indiana Astronomical Society and the Muncie Astronomy Club.  It is the only star party in the nation specifically aimed at introducing families and children to the hobby of astronomy, but also welcomes amateur astronomers of all ages to enjoy the dark skies at Prairie Grass Observatory.  The week-nights portion of the event is aimed at amateurs interested in photography and other forms of serious observing, while the weekend nights are targeted toward families, children, and the general public. 


Activities include our Sky Trekker Observers’ program for kids and novice adults, speakers who present on various astronomical topics, a raffle, solar observing, nighttime observing, camping, and a nature walk.  Amenities include on-site showers and restrooms, an air-conditioned Nature Center, on-site catered food, and hay-wagon and/or golf-cart transport about the grounds for those unable to walk large distances or those who simply enjoy the wagon ride.

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