CAA Public Star Parties:
For Public Star Party information and directions to our observing site, please see the following section: CAA Observatory
Here are the 2019 convention dates for regional conventions and star parties:
These events are generally intended for members of regional astronomy clubs and not the general public.
Apollo Rendezvous: — Miami Valley Astronomical Society
Chagrin Valley Astronomical Society (CVAS): — OTAA Convention — Observing and socializing ’til 4:00 AM.
Cherry Springs Star Party: May 30 – June 2, 2019 — Presented by the Astronomical Society of Harrisburg, Penn., Inc. — The Cherry Springs Star Party has been running since 2005 at the Cherry Springs State Park, featuring excellently dark skies and expert astronomical companionship!
Green Bank Starquest XV: June 26 – 29, 2019 — Green Bank Starquest — We have amazingly dark skies, first-rate facilities, and as a bonus, you get the opportunity to learn about radio astronomy, from the Green Bank Observatory staff.
Astroblast: — Presented by the Oil Region Astronomical Society (ORAS), this is a regional gathering of amateur astronomers and anyone interested in astronomy! Lectures, information, educational sessions, on-site camping, and dark sky observing are all a part of our annual star party.
Scenic Vista Stargaze: — Mahoning Valley Observatory — Meeting of the Ohio Turnpike Association Astronomy (OTAA) Clubs. Public is welcome to attend.
Black Forest Star Party: September 27 – 29, 2019 — The Black Forest Star Party (BFSP) is an annual dark-sky amateur astronomy observing event hosted by the Central Pennsylvania Observers (CPO). Held every year since 1999, the BFSP generally spans a weekend in the late summer or early fall in Cherry Springs State Park in Potter County, Pennsylvania.
Cuyahoga Astronomical Association’s OTAA Convention/Star Party: September 21, 2019 — featuring an evening astronomy presentation, potluck dinner, and late-night observing in a Medina County park setting. Park improvements include enclosed, air conditioned meeting room with modern restroom, and a paved parking lot with convenient access to grassy observing area. Indoor programming will go on, “rain or shine,” with only the star party affected by cloudy skies or inclement weather. The event starts around 2 p.m. We plan to eat between 5 and 6 p.m., followed by a drawing for raffle prizes, and an opportunity for observing later during the evening. The CAA will provide the meat for the picnic: brats, sausages, and hot dogs. We will also provide paper plates, cups, plasticware, condiments, and “fixins.” Since this is a pot-luck event, please bring your favorite food or a dessert to share. A refrigerator will be available. Bring your own soft drinks if you wish. Location information here.
Black River Astronomical Society OTAA Star Party: September 21 (?), 2019 — Black River Astronomical Society. From 5 PM to Sun, September 22, 3 AM (if weather cooperates). Birmingham United Methodist Church Hall; 15018 South Street; Birmingham, Ohio 44816
Scope Out: September 14, 2019 — An telescope/astronomy fair hosted by the Cincinnati Observatory. The main event is Saturday night: Join the members of the Cincinnati Observatory as they celebrate the telescope. Dozens of astronomers will set up their telescopes and share their knowledge, passion, expertise between 6 – 8 PM. Then as darkness falls, from 8 – 10 PM they will share views through their own telescopes (weather permitting). Plus the massive Cincinnati Observatory telescopes will be in operation to view the planets up close. There will also have activities for students of all ages, meteorites on display, and new and used telescopes for sale.
Hidden Hollow Star Party: September 26 – 27, 2019 — At the Warren Rupp Observatory in the Mansfield area; presented by the Richland Astronomical Society under dark skies, offering spacious campgrounds, bunkhouses, restrooms, speakers, vendors, raffles, and a really big telescope (“Big Blue” – a 36-inch reflector!)
Special thanks to our friend, Guy Gillespie for providing updates to this list of events interesting to amateur astronomers.