Central Star Party

Central Star Party has been established to hold annual star parties in the central North Island for the benefit of the astronomical community of the North Island of New Zealand. The goal of the organisers is to provide a fun social astronomical gathering laced with talks and activities.

The fourth Central Star Party will be held from Thursday 3rd January to Monday 7th of January 2019 and will be held at the Tuki Tuki Camp site in the Hawkes Bay. This is the site of many previous star parties.

There is a brand new hall, with two additional meeting rooms for alternate meetings, a new kitchen and three new dormitories. Accommodation is tenting, staying in the dormitories or using one of the six powered caravan sites.

Website: www.censtar.party
Contact Name: Steve Lang
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Category: Common Interest > Science

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CSP 2018 programme announced!

Posted by CSP Admin, Wednesday, 10th January 2018 @ 9:08pm

  • Greetings!

    Only 8 days to go now, and the programme, like the weather, is looking HOT HOT HOT!

    We're in the final stages of preparation, and have now finalised the programme. Hope you like it, and hope to see you there.

    Cheers -

      Arrival and set up. No official programme.  
    6:00pm Sausage sizzle Gold coin donation  
    7:00pm Official opening and house­keeping matters ISAAC (Steve, Gary)
    7:15pm Artificial Gravity Bethany Jones
    7:45pm Space and Chemistry Remco Mensert
    8:30pm Supper. Telescope set up time.  
    9:30pm Movie – TBD  
    Noon Sausage sizzle Gold coin donation  
    1:00pm Buy, Sell and Swap table (also Sunday) ISAAC (Steve, Gary)
    2:00pm Thinking Outside the Envelope Gary Sparks
    2:30pm My 2015 trip up Mauna Kea to the Keck Telescopes and to the International Astronomical Union Conference John Drummond
    3:00pm The Orrery Rob Snowball
    3:30pm Afternoon tea  
    4:00pm Perfect Solar Eclipses and Their Significance Keith Wilson
    4:30pm Solar and Lunar Eclipse Photography Otto Gruebl
    5:00pm Telescope trail Gary Sparks (with help)
    6:00pm Dinner (fish and chips)  
    7:15pm Group photo. Meet in the hall. Graham Palmer
    7:30pm Which Way is Up? Alex McConahay
    8:30pm Raffle draw  
    8:35pm Towards a Unified Theory Terry McMahon
    9:20pm Supper. Telescope set up time.  
    9:45pm Movie – TBD  
    10:00am-Noon Astrophotography Workshop – All welcome Alex, John, Graham
    Noon Sausage sizzle Gold coin donation  
    1:00pm Buy, Sell and Swap table (also Saturday) ISAAC (Steve, Gary)
    2:00pm So, our Universe is a Hologram Antony Gomez
    3:00pm Establishing a Colony on Mars Bruce Ngataierua
    3:30pm Afternoon tea  
    4:45pm Planetarium visit in Napier.  
    5:30pm Dinner (in Napier or on site)  
    7:00pm Hubble – The Final Chapter A great documentary from NASA  
    8:00pm Astro quiz  
    9:00pm Supper. Telescope set up time.  
    9:30pm Movie – (Surprise)  
      Lay day ­ relax and enjoy.  
      Pack up in the morning ­ leave by lunchtime.  

Central Star Party 2018

  • Thursday, 18th January 2018 at 12pm - 12pm Tuesday, 23rd January
    Location: 70 Moore Rd, Haumoana, Hawkes Bay

    Location - 70 Moore Rd, Haumoana, Hawkes Bay

    • 33 people attended

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