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 2021 convention dates for regional conventions and star parties:
Events and schedules remain disrupted due to the pandemic. This list will be updated as we receive information about 2021 events.
Note: OTAA events are generally intended for members of regional astronomy clubs and not the general public.
2021? — Chagrin Valley Astronomical Society (CVAS): Saturday, June 13, 2020 — OTAA Convention — Observing and socializing ’til 4:00 AM.
Cherry Springs Star Party: Thursday – Sunday, June 10 – 13, 2021 — 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!
CANCELED: Green Bank Starquest XV: Wednesday – Saturday, July 7 – 10, 2021 — Green Bank Starquest — “With deep regret, we have reluctantly canceled Star Quest for 2021. There were just going to be too many restrictions from Green Bank Observatory and from agencies that our speakers work for.” 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.
Cuyahoga Astronomical Association’s OTAA Convention/Star Party: Saturday, July 31, 2021. At Letha House Park West. 2:00 PM: Official Start // 2:30 PM: Observatory Training (Members Only) // 5:00 PM: Dinner // 6:00 PM: Door Prize Raffle // Observing to follow, weather permitting.
The Stellafane Convention – Thursday – Sunday, August 5 – 8, 2021 — The 85th Convention of the Amateur Telescope Makers on Breezy Hill in Springfield, Vermont, will take place Thursday through Sunday. This year all attendees must register online and in advance — no mail-in or at-the-gate entry.
2021? — Scenic Vista Stargaze: Saturday, August 15, 2020 — Mahoning Valley Observatory — Meeting of the Ohio Turnpike Association Astronomy (OTAA) Clubs. Public is welcome to attend.
Astroblast: August 10 – 15, 2021. — NOTE: These dates are tentative; a decision on whether to go ahead with the event will be made in late may or early June. 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.
Black Forest Star Party: Friday – Sunday, October 1 – 3, 2021 — The Black Forest Star Party (BFSP) is an annual dark-sky amateur astronomy observing event hosted by the Central Pennsylvania Observers (CPO). Since 1999, the BFSP generally spans a weekend in the late summer or early fall in Cherry Springs State Park in Potter County, Pennsylvania.
Hidden Hollow Star Party: October 7 – 10, 2021. — 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!)
2021? — Apollo Rendezvous: — Miami Valley Astronomical Society
2021? — Black River Astronomical Society OTAA Star Party: — Black River Astronomical Society. Birmingham United Methodist Church Hall; 15018 South Street; Birmingham, Ohio 44816
2021? — Scope Out: — 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.