About 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, the Inter-Society Astronomical Advancement Committee (ISAAC), is to provide a fun social astronomical gathering laced with talks and activities.

The first Central Star Party will now run from Friday 1st - Tuesday 5th January and be held at the Tuki Tuki Camp site in the Hawkes Bay. This is the site of many previous 'Stardates'.

We decided to hold the 2016 event at this venue because it has recently been completely rebuilt. There is a brand new hall, with two additional meeting rooms for alternate meetings, a new kitchen and three new dormitories that can house ten people in each. Accommodation is tenting, staying in the dormitories or using one of the four powered caravan sites.

Prices will be much cheaper than previous Stardates held at Tuki Tuki. We now have Famly Passes as well as Early Bird Discounts (run out in mid-November)

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CSP2016 programme confirmed

Posted by SLang, Sunday, 6th December 2015 @ 8:07pm

  • CSP2016 Programme Confirmed

    The talks will be in the hall. We are very fortunate to have Professor Euan Mason from Christchurch addressing us with two talks this year.

    Telescope viewing happens in the evenings on the field (weather permitting).

    Friday 1st January 2016 -

    7:00pm Official opening and house-keeping (preceded by Euan & Rhiannon's music)

    7:15pm Archaeoastronomy in Peru - Gary Sparks

    7:45pm A Beginner's guide to telescopes - Euan Mason

    8:30pm Supper. Telescope set up time (Moonrise: 00:35am)

    9:30pm Movie?

    Saturday 2nd January 2016 -

    2:00pm History of observatories and telescopes in the central region - Gordon Hudson

    2:30pm An overview of astrophotography from A-Z for the beginner - John Drummond

    3:00pm Imaging the ever changing Sun - Dr Otto Gruebl

    3:30pm Afternoon tea

    4:00pm The latest and greatest about Pluto - Edwin Rod

    4:30pm Meteorites – those rocks that fall from the sky - Vicki Irons

    5:00pm Telescope trail (Host: Gary Sparks)

    6:00pm Dinner (fish and chips) - accompanied by Euan & Rhiannon's music

    7:30pm Sailing in the Ship of Argo - Stephen Chadwick

    8:00pm Deeply imaging interacting galaxies to reveal faint tidal interactions - John D

    8:30pm A trip to Hven – a haven of astronomical measurements - Euan Mason

    9:15pm Supper. Telescope set up time (Moonrise: 01:00am)

    9:30pm Movie?

    Sunday 3rd January 2016 -

    1:00pm Buy, Sell and Swap table - by the hall

    2:00pm Getting attracted to Quantum Gravity -Terry McMahon

    2:30pm Fred Hoyle, an interesting character - Michael Mackrill

    3:00pm Ceres – the largest asteroid we know of - Edwin Rod

    3:30pm A century of Relativity - where are we now? Jeremy Moss

    4:00pm Afternoon tea

    4:15pm Planetarium visit (4:30 - 5:15(?)pm). Get dinner in Napier individually.

    5:30pm Dinner

    7:00pm Seeing in the Dark (by Timothy Ferris) - great astronomy feature doco

    8:00pm Astro quiz

    9:00pm Supper. Telescope set up time (Moonrise: 01:35am)

    9:30pm Movie?

    Monday 4th

    - Lay day - relax and enjoy… (Moonrise: 02:00am)

    Tuesday 5th

    - Pack up in the morning - leave by lunchtime…

Central Star Party 2016

  • Friday, 1st January 2016 at 12pm - 12pm Tuesday, 5th January
    Location: 70 Moore Rd, Haumoana, Hawkes Bay

    Location (Google Maps)


    CSP 2016 prices     …

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