Registration Closed

The star party is less than a week away ... and registration is closed. See you under the dark skies of Staunton River State Park soon!

Special Guest Speaker

We are very happy to announce that our special guest speaker at the star party this fall is none other than Attilla Danko! Do you recognize his name? Have you ever used the Clear Sky Clock to decide if and when you will observe? He is the person responsible for the creation of the CSC, and currently manages the service that almost all of us use. Please join us and listen to him explain how it all started ... and join Attilla on the observing field during the week ... he's coming to enjoy the dark skies at Staunton River!

Fall Star Party - October 24-30

Please join us for a week of some of the best observing in the mid-Atlantic! As most of you know, the park staff are the best hosts, but it's the attendees that make the star party special! Come join your fellow enthusiasts for a week of relaxation, an exchange of knowledge, perhaps some new equipment for your collection, and of course great observing!

More Information

Click on the items in the menu at the left to learn more about the Staunton River Star Party, who to expect as vendors this fall, where it is located, and what to find while you are here. If you can't find what you are looking for, just click on the Feedback link above and send us an e-mail.

New Astrophotography Contest

This year we will hold the first astrophoto contest at the Staunton River Star Party, in honor of Bill Walser, a long-time member of CHAOS and very accomplished astrophotographer. For more information, click on the "Photo Contest" link at the top of this page.

Speaker Lineup Online

CLick on the speakers link on the left to see the people who will be making presentations during the day on Saturday during the star party! Learn about telescope making. Connect better with visitors to your telescope during public sessions. Hear how astronomers all over the world work together to help each other.