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Peak Star Party 2011 Report (2)

Peak Star Party 2011 a Huge Success

Peak Star Party 2011, over the weekend 21 -24 October at Shallow Grange Farm in the Peak District, was a huge success with nearly 80 pitches booked and about 40 other day visitors. It was a fantastic demonstration that star parties can be great fun for everyone: with talks, an astro-boot sale, a bottle rocket competition, a “build a telescope” workshop, evening barbecue and opportunities to try out a range of equipment, the event encompassed all ages and abilities.

A Great Weekend

First arrivals on Friday were greeted with some foreboding cloudy skies which promised storms but cleared completely from 1am to 5am. The welcome briefing in the evening showed the diversity of people attending the star party, with well over three quarters of the people present saying it was their first one ever!Orion the Hunter rose around midnight and the Orionids meteor shower had a number of brief bursts with several reports of fireballs.

Saturday was a lovely sunny day and a great opportunity to get the PSTs out – this gave many visitors their first taste of solar observing! The astro-boot sale in the morning allowed people to pick up a bargain or two, while the Green Witch and Astrodevelopments trade stands were busy through the day. The afternoon saw the bottle rocket competition with nearly twenty entrants; the “build a telescope” workshop sponsored by IR Poyser was also popular with nine lucky people able to view Jupiter that evening using telescopes they had built themselves!Several PDDS member societies were represented with Chesterfield AS having a stand of their own and information boards from Macclesfield AS and White Peak AOG.

Saturday evening began with a hugely popular barbecue and the night continued clear until about midnight when the clouds rolled in. Sunday night sadly stayed cloudy but was a great opportunity to catch up with the other visitors.

Fascinating Talks

The six afternoon talks were very well attended: on Saturday, John Tanner introduced Peak District Dark Skies and outlined the issues the National Park is facing with light pollution; Dr Dan Brown of Nottingham Trent University gave a fascinating talk about how the nightscapes and landscapes of the region have been interpreted through history and Professor Ian Morison of Manchester University gave a hugely entertaining “Harbingers of Doom” talk about comets, meteors and near earth objects.

The talks continued on Sunday, with Kevin Kilburn giving an excellent presentation on his work on lunar afocal imaging with the Manchester Astronomy Society. “The Cosmic Whirlwind” Nigel Bradbury gave his ever-popular talk on viewing the Aurora and Professor Andrew Lyne, also of Manchester University, gave a fascinating and entertaining talk on his work on pulsars.

Great Result for Peak District Dark Skies

PSP2011 raised nearly £1,000 for Peak District Dark Skies, which will be put towards reducing local light pollution, raising awareness of the issues it causes and promoting education through astronomy. It also brought an estimated £20-30,000 into the local economy, demonstrating astrotourism can significantly benefit the Peak District and further increasing support for the dark skies campaign.

John Tanner, from the Peak District Dark Skies Group, said: “The weekend was great success. Luckily we had several hours clear skies on both nights, so most people had plenty of opportunities to observe and use lots of different types of telescopes, binoculars and cameras, with some stunning results.”

Image Gallery

Peak Star Party 2011 Committee

James Pels (event organiser)

Angela Knisely-Marpole (event marshal and registration; Macclesfield AS and White Peak AOG)

Richard Knisely-Marpole (event marshal and registration; Macclesfield AS and White Peak AOG)

Paul Collins (event marshal, Chesterfield Astronomical Society)

Paul Brierley (event marshal, Macclesfield Astronomical Society)

John Tanner (Peak District National Park Authority liaison)

 

Please e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

 

Peak Star Party 2011 Report

Peak Star Party 2011 a Huge Success

Peak Star Party 2011, over the weekend 21 -24 October at Shallow Grange Farm in the Peak District, was a huge success with nearly 80 pitches booked and about 40 other day visitors. It was a fantastic demonstration that star parties can be great fun for everyone: with talks, an astro-boot sale, a bottle rocket competition, a “build a telescope” workshop, evening barbecue and opportunities to try out a range of equipment, the event encompassed all ages and abilities.

A Great Weekend

First arrivals on Friday were greeted with some foreboding cloudy skies which promised storms but cleared completely from 1am to 5am. The welcome briefing in the evening showed the diversity of people attending the star party, with well over three quarters of the people present saying it was their first one ever!Orion the Hunter rose around midnight and the Orionids meteor shower had a number of brief bursts with several reports of fireballs.

Saturday was a lovely sunny day and a great opportunity to get the PSTs out – this gave many visitors their first taste of solar observing! The astro-boot sale in the morning allowed people to pick up a bargain or two, while the Green Witch and Astrodevelopments trade stands were busy through the day. The afternoon saw the bottle rocket competition with nearly twenty entrants; the “build a telescope” workshop sponsored by IR Poyser was also popular with nine lucky people able to view Jupiter that evening using telescopes they had built themselves!Several PDDS member societies were represented with Chesterfield AS having a stand of their own and information boards from Macclesfield AS and White Peak AOG.

Saturday evening began with a hugely popular barbecue and the night continued clear until about midnight when the clouds rolled in. Sunday night sadly stayed cloudy but was a great opportunity to catch up with the other visitors.

Fascinating Talks

The six afternoon talks were very well attended: on Saturday, John Tanner introduced Peak District Dark Skies and outlined the issues the National Park is facing with light pollution; Dr Dan Brown of Nottingham Trent University gave a fascinating talk about how the nightscapes and landscapes of the region have been interpreted through history and Professor Ian Morison of Manchester University gave a hugely entertaining “Harbingers of Doom” talk about comets, meteors and near earth objects.

The talks continued on Sunday, with Kevin Kilburn giving an excellent presentation on his work on lunar afocal imaging with the Manchester Astronomy Society. “The Cosmic Whirlwind” Nigel Bradbury gave his ever-popular talk on viewing the Aurora and Professor Andrew Lyne, also of Manchester University, gave a fascinating and entertaining talk on his work on pulsars.

Great Result for Peak District Dark Skies

PSP2011 raised nearly £1,000 for Peak District Dark Skies, which will be put towards reducing local light pollution, raising awareness of the issues it causes and promoting education through astronomy. It also brought an estimated £20-30,000 into the local economy, demonstrating astrotourism can significantly benefit the Peak District and further increasing support for the dark skies campaign.

John Tanner, from the Peak District Dark Skies Group, said: “The weekend was great success. Luckily we had several hours clear skies on both nights, so most people had plenty of opportunities to observe and use lots of different types of telescopes, binoculars and cameras, with some stunning results.”

Image Gallery

Peak Star Party 2011 Committee

James Pels (event organiser)

Angela Knisely-Marpole (event marshal and registration; Macclesfield AS and White Peak AOG)

Richard Knisely-Marpole (event marshal and registration; Macclesfield AS and White Peak AOG)

Paul Collins (event marshal, Chesterfield Astronomical Society)

Paul Brierley (event marshal, Macclesfield Astronomical Society)

John Tanner (Peak District National Park Authority liaison)

 

Please e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

 

Peak Star Party 2011 Report (3)

Peak Star Party 2011 a Huge Success

Peak Star Party 2011, over the weekend 21 -24 October at Shallow Grange Farm in the Peak District, was a huge success with nearly 80 pitches booked and about 40 other day visitors. It was a fantastic demonstration that star parties can be great fun for everyone: with talks, an astro-boot sale, a bottle rocket competition, a “build a telescope” workshop, evening barbecue and opportunities to try out a range of equipment, the event encompassed all ages and abilities.

A Great Weekend

First arrivals on Friday were greeted with some foreboding cloudy skies which promised storms but cleared completely from 1am to 5am. The welcome briefing in the evening showed the diversity of people attending the star party, with well over three quarters of the people present saying it was their first one ever!Orion the Hunter rose around midnight and the Orionids meteor shower had a number of brief bursts with several reports of fireballs.

Saturday was a lovely sunny day and a great opportunity to get the PSTs out – this gave many visitors their first taste of solar observing! The astro-boot sale in the morning allowed people to pick up a bargain or two, while the Green Witch and Astrodevelopments trade stands were busy through the day. The afternoon saw the bottle rocket competition with nearly twenty entrants; the “build a telescope” workshop sponsored by IR Poyser was also popular with nine lucky people able to view Jupiter that evening using telescopes they had built themselves!Several PDDS member societies were represented with Chesterfield AS having a stand of their own and information boards from Macclesfield AS and White Peak AOG.

Saturday evening began with a hugely popular barbecue and the night continued clear until about midnight when the clouds rolled in. Sunday night sadly stayed cloudy but was a great opportunity to catch up with the other visitors.

Fascinating Talks

The six afternoon talks were very well attended: on Saturday, John Tanner introduced Peak District Dark Skies and outlined the issues the National Park is facing with light pollution; Dr Dan Brown of Nottingham Trent University gave a fascinating talk about how the nightscapes and landscapes of the region have been interpreted through history and Professor Ian Morison of Manchester University gave a hugely entertaining “Harbingers of Doom” talk about comets, meteors and near earth objects.

The talks continued on Sunday, with Kevin Kilburn giving an excellent presentation on his work on lunar afocal imaging with the Manchester Astronomy Society. “The Cosmic Whirlwind” Nigel Bradbury gave his ever-popular talk on viewing the Aurora and Professor Andrew Lyne, also of Manchester University, gave a fascinating and entertaining talk on his work on pulsars.

Great Result for Peak District Dark Skies

PSP2011 raised nearly £1,000 for Peak District Dark Skies, which will be put towards reducing local light pollution, raising awareness of the issues it causes and promoting education through astronomy. It also brought an estimated £20-30,000 into the local economy, demonstrating astrotourism can significantly benefit the Peak District and further increasing support for the dark skies campaign.

John Tanner, from the Peak District Dark Skies Group, said: “The weekend was great success. Luckily we had several hours clear skies on both nights, so most people had plenty of opportunities to observe and use lots of different types of telescopes, binoculars and cameras, with some stunning results.”

Image Gallery

Peak Star Party 2011 Committee

James Pels (event organiser)

Angela Knisely-Marpole (event marshal and registration; Macclesfield AS and White Peak AOG)

Richard Knisely-Marpole (event marshal and registration; Macclesfield AS and White Peak AOG)

Paul Collins (event marshal, Chesterfield Astronomical Society)

Paul Brierley (event marshal, Macclesfield Astronomical Society)

John Tanner (Peak District National Park Authority liaison)

 

Please e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

 

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