CAA Public Star Parties:
For more information and directions to our observing site, please see the following section: CAA Observatory
Here are the 2018 convention dates for regional conventions and star parties:
The Cuyahoga Astronomical Association’s 2018 Annual Convention and Picnic take place Saturday, September 8, 2018.
Apollo Rendezvous: June 9, 2018 — Miami Valley Astronomical Society
Chagrin Valley Astronomical Society (CVAS): June 9, 2018 — OTAA Convention — Observing and socializing ’til 4:00 AM.
Cherry Springs Star Party: June 14 – 17, 2018 — 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: July 11 – 14, 2018 — 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: August 8 – 13, 2018 — 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: August 11, 2018 — Mahoning Valley Observatory — Meeting of the Ohio Turnpike Association Astronomy (OTAA) Clubs. Public is welcome to attend.
Black Forest Star Party: September 7 – 9, 2018 — 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 Star Party: September 8, 2018 — featuring an evening astronomy presentation, potluck dinner, and late-night observing in a Medina County park setting. Park improvements include enclosed meeting room, with modern indoor restroom, 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.
Black River Astronomical Society OTAA Star Party: September 8, 2018 — Black River Astronomical Society. From 5 PM to Sun, September 9, 3 AM (if weather cooperates). Birmingham United Methodist Church Hall; 15018 South Street; Birmingham, Ohio 44816
Scope Out: September 14 & 15, 2018 — A two-night telescope/astronomy fair hosted by the Cincinnati Observatory. Special event Friday featuring dinner, a guest speaker, and observing. 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 21 – 24, 2018 — 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!)