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 second Central Star Party is Thursday 18th to Tuesday 23rd January 2018 and will be held at the Tuki Tuki Camp site in the Hawkes Bay. This is the site of many previous star parties.
The site is complete now, and 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.
Last years Central Star Party was a huge success with over 70 people attending and enjoying a great programme of presentations as well as a trip to the local observatory, sausage sizzles, entertainment as well as fish and chip dinners delivered to the camp.
We also had sponsorship from a number of organisations including Astronz who donated a pair of binoculars (amongst other things) for a raffle.
This year is shaping up to be even better, registrations are open now.
Put the dates aside – this year should be a cracker!