The thirteenth Northern Prairie Star Party will be held at the Black Nugget Lake campground south east of Tofield from September 27 to October 2, 2016. Most of our group activities will occur on Friday, September 30 and Saturday, October 1.
Keynote at 4:00 PM on Saturday, October 1, 2016
My life as a comet searcher
NPSP 2016 T-Shirt Design
Order yours by Monday, September 5
Public Talks on October 1, 2016
David Levy (4:00 PM)
Jay Anderson is a meteorologist and a long-time member of the RASC with a passion for chasing tornadoes and eclipses.
So you want to be an eclipse chaser?
Luca Vanzella (2:00 PM)
First introduced by Warren Finlay for the 2014 NPSP, the observing certificates are meant to give attendees a specific goal to accomplish with their observing during NPSP. This year, over the duration of the star party, participants are welcome to complete one or more Observing Certificate (four levels, from observing “with keen eyes and no optical aid” to “uncommonly observed objects for advanced observers”). New for this year is a mini-bimarathon interweaving five laps around a short cross-country course (each lap is 700 meters in length) with observing 10 specified Messier objects. The mini-bimarathon is a shorter version of the bimarathon, a unique observing challenge invented by Warren Finlay.
The lists and instructions for the lists will be given out when people register on site at NPSP.
The 2016 NPSP t-shirt commemorates the historic, direct observation of gravitational waves by LIGO. We will preorder the t-shirts like we did last year. Please let us know by email to Rick Bramm if you would like (1) long or short sleeved t-shirt and (2) size extra small, small, medium, large, extra-large or double extra-large. Deadline for ordering your shirt is Monday, September 5.
When you attend the 2016 Northern Prairie Star Party, you will receive two tickets. One will be for a variety of prizes given out at the end of the presentations, donated by All-Star Telescope, the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada – Edmonton Centre, SkyNews, Starizona and a number of individual Centre members. This includes eye pieces, moonfilters, children’s science books, white light solar binoculars, calendars and more. The other ticket will be for the prizes to be awarded at the BBQ, including a telescope donated by
Here is more information about the grand prize telescope. The Sky-Watcher Heritage 5.12-inch diameter (130 mm) collapsible telescope is a great beginner telescope, designed to be easy to use and portable, with consistent performance. It weighs less than 15 pounds (6.8 kg), and its tube collapses to 14.5 inches (36.8 cm). Retail value is estimated at $300. For more details, check the All-Star Telescope website. (Image from Skywatcher.)
A big thank you to All-Star Telescope for their steadfast support of the Northern Prairie Star Party!