StellarFest 2014

Friday, 25th July 2014 at 3pm - 6pm Sunday, 27th July

Location: Foxton Beach Bible Camp

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The Horowhenua Astronomical Society is holding the third annual StellarFest on 25th, 26th and 27th July 2014 at Foxton Beach Bible Camp, Foxton Beach, Horowhenua, Lower North Island. 

The overall theme of the weekend will be the Winter Milky Way and the Clouds of Magellan.  The venue is situated in a very dark site so these wondrous areas of the night sky will be easily visible and riding high in the sky. 

The weekend will include:

Hydrogen-alpha solar viewing and photography 

Interesting talks by both professional and amateur astronomers 

Night-time observing, through a variety of telescopes (feel free to bring your own telescopes – the more the merrier!) 

A telescope trail 

There will also be a programme of interesting talks on a variety of topics throughout the day and, in the event of bad weather, during the evening.

The following speakers are confirmed - more to follow:

Professor Tony Signal

Jeremy Moss

Professor Bill Williams

Steve Keen

John Talbot

Stephen Chadwick

Catherine Abou-Nemeh

If you have your own telescope/binoculars/camera please bring them along.  If you would like some advice about getting the most out of your equipment there will be experts on hand to assist.  Don't be shy!

There is a pool table and table tennis as well as a playground with trampolines and a flying fox, rugby and soccer, grass tennis and volleyball to keep the young (and not so young!) amused. 


StellarFest Fee:  Applies to ALL attendees, including Day Visitors.

People over 18 years = $23.00   /   10-18 years = $12. Under 10s = FREE  

On-Site Accommodation:

Shared heated Cabins (from twin to 8 per cabin) or Dormitory - $19 per night per person over 5 years old; $3 per night for preschoolers.

We will endeavour to accommodate couples and families in cabins ahead of individuals. As the cabins are limited in number, individuals may be asked to use the dormitory accommodation. If you are an individual, and can pre-arrange to share a cabin please tell us before hand.  Any spare cabins will be allocated on a first in, first served basis.

Alternative Accommodation:

The Foxton Beach Motor Camp is located within 5 minutes' drive of the StellarFest venue.  They have powered and non-powered sites as well as cabins available.  Please make bookings directly with them:-


Mattresses and pillows are provided but please note that you must bring your own pillow slips and bedding.

A large fully equipped kitchen is available, with crockery, utensils, dishwasher, cleaning products, fridges and freezers.  A huge dining hall is available for eating in.

The main hall is fully set up for talks.  It has a large open fire as well as electric heating.

The venue is hired on a ‘do-it-yourself’ basis – groceries can be bought locally from New World in Foxton, or from the dairy in Foxton Beach itself.


At Saturday lunchtime and Sunday lunchtime there will be optional sausage sizzles.  These cost $4 each.  On the Saturday evening an optional fish and chip supper is available for $10 per head.  All other meals must be prepared yourself using the available facilities.

Hot soup will be available on both Friday and Saturday evening to accompany observing and other activities.


Either complete your booking form and pay online


If you have any queries, or wish to register and pay offline, please contact the HASI Secretary, Tina Hills, at:


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