Northern Prairie Star Party 2024

The Northern Prairie Star Party (NPSP) will run from Tuesday, September 3 to Sunday, September 8, 2024, with most of our group activities planned for Friday, September 6 and Saturday, September 7. It is being held at the Black Nugget Lake Park located about an hour’s drive from Edmonton. The campground is also the location of our Black Nugget Lake Observatory.

This year we have ONLINE REGISTRATION for all aspects of the event, including reserving campsites, ordering T-shirts, paying attendee fees, and signing up to volunteer.

This year we are asking that ALL those planning to attend NPSP to PLEASE REGISTER IN ADVANCE – this will assist with our planning. The final deadline for registering (attendees, campsite and T-shirt) and payment is Thursday, August 15, with payment via e-transfer. The link to the NPSP registration page can be found here: NPSP 2024 Registration Form 

RASC Edmonton Centre has booked the northern part of the campground for use by star party event attendees – for use during the entire event. Campsites will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. With a limited number of sites with power, we encourage NPSP attendees wishing to camp overnight to book as soon as possible. The Online Registration Form contains an updated map showing the locations of campsites available to NPSP participants. Note that site numbers have changed for 2024!

July 11th update: As of this date, all powered sites have now been taken. The remaining available sites are non-powered. If you have not yet registered and need electricity for your RV you have the option of booking a powered campsite outside the NPSP event area in Black Nugget Lake Campground by going to their online registration page. For those who would like to set up a telescope at the NPSP site for one or more evenings, we will be accommodating astronomers and their equipment with a set-up area near the Black Nugget Lake Observatory. Confirm the location of the set-up area with the NPSP organizers at the Registration Table when you arrive.  Here is a link to the 2024 Schedule (as of July 7th) as well as the event Ground Rules. Continue Reading →

Northern Prairie Star Party 2023

Twenty years ago, the first Northern Prairie Star Party (NPSP) was hosted by the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC) – Edmonton Centre at the Black Nugget Lake campground located southeast of Tofield. This year’s event will run from Tuesday, September 12 to Sunday, September 17, 2023. Most of our group activities are planned for Friday, September 15 and Saturday, September 16.

It’s not too late to register and take in the many activities of this year’s NPSP. As a registrant, you are welcome to take in any or all of the events planned from Tuesday to Sunday as listed below and in the 2023 NPSP Schedule, General Information and Ground Rules.

The registration fees are: $30 per person and $60 for a family. We highly recommend that you REGISTER IN ADVANCE by emailing the 2023 NPSP Coordinators emailing coordinators Rick and Susan Bramm. This will help with planning, especially for seating in the event tent and for food for the Saturday BBQ. You have the option of sending payment via e-transfer or paying when you arrive onsite. Additional camping fees apply if you are staying overnightclick here to camping arrangements below.

If you’re NOT camping, PLEASE ENTER and exit via the NORTH GATE off TWP road 492 (see map at: https://www.beaver.ab.ca/public/download/files/206106 ) between Group Site 8 and site 91. (The campground operator has requested that ONLY those who are camping need to enter through the main campground entrance.) Proceed to the event tent at Site 92 to check in – this is the location of Friday’s workshop and Saturday’s afternoon presentations. If you are coming out in the evening for viewing at the Black Nugget Lake Observatory with the new Unyk-Drew Telescope, you will be directed there when you arrive at the North Gate.

The 32-inch Unyk-Drew Telescope is now installed in the Black Nugget Lake Observatory, with viewing offered every evening during 2023 NPSP from 9 PM to 1:30 AM (viewing conditions permitting). A daytime tour is scheduled on Saturday from 12 to 1 PM.

Before you come out, please review the detailed schedule and rules & regulations (PDF) about this exciting event.

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Northern Prairie Star Party 2022

2022 Northern Prairie Star Party

The 17th annual Northern Prairie Star Party (NPSP) was held at the Black Nugget Lake campground southeast of Tofield, Alberta, from September 20 to 25, 2022. We enjoyed four nights of dark sky viewing and a busy Saturday with Black Nugget Lake Observatory building tours, solar observing, three excellent speakers, a variety of door prizes, and a BBQ followed by a great evening of sky viewing.

Please see the October issue of Stardust for a report on this event.

The 2022 NPSP was open to the public – registration fees applied: $30 per person and $60 for a family. Camping fees appled if staying overnight – the northern portion of the campground had been reserved by RASC-Edmonton Centre. The process for reserving a site in that area is described below. Continue Reading →

Northern Prairie Dark Sky Weekend 2021

RASC members only event
Tuesday, September 7 to Saturday, September 11

Update September 3, 2021

This is a members-only event for those wishing to book a campsite for personal observing. Almost all of the sites reserved by RASC-Edmonton Centre have been taken. Please email the Northern Prairie RASC Dark Sky Weekend coordinators Northern Prairie RASC Dark Sky Weekend coordinators Susan and Rick Bramm, for more information.