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A weekend gathering of amature astronomers with the purpose of observing the sky.

Presented by
The Astronomical Society of New Haven
Please join us at our location in Goshen, CT
On September 30 - 02, 2016
Rain or Shine
Astronomical Society of New Haven CSP 26
Special Announcement

We are pleased and lucky to have the opportunity to celebrate our 26th anniversary of the Connecticut Star Party (CSP) back in the dark skies of Northwestern Connecticut.This year we will be holding CSP-26 at the Edmund D. Strang Scout Reservation in Goshen, CT on the weekend of September 30 - 02, 2016

Camp Strang offers three different observing locations to choose from, all with beautiful dark skies. Each field has its own character, and it's up to you to choose where you want to set up.

"Brownsea Field" is similar in size to the main observing field in Ashford, but a little more hilly.This field includes showers with electric power available for daytime use to recharge batteries, cell phones, and computers, and a bunkhouse with a back porch for lounging during the day.The field has a good-sized flat area to set up on near the showers, and plenty of room around the field to pitch a tent.

"Dining Hall Field" does not have power available and is located between the Dining Hall and the "Training Facility" bunkhouse near the main entrance.

"Camporee Field" is the largest of all the fields. It is also the highest elevation and has the best all around views of the horizon in all directions. Camporee is also the most remote and "rustic" of the three, outdoor latrines are available on the Camporee field. There is no power available on Camporee so we recommend that you read an article by Jerry Lodriguss on "Power in the Field" . You can visit his page click here

Everything is a little more spread out in this camp, with the walk from the Brownsea field to the Dinning Hall being approximately a 1/2 mile.Roughly this is the distance from the lower cabins in Ashford to the mess hall. Camporee is approximately a quarter mile from Brownsea Field, but accessible directly from West Side Road.

Your support of Connecticut Star Party has allowed us to spread the word about the wonders and beauty of astronomy to hundreds of people through our public outreach program.ASNH has observed here in the past, and based on common consensus most believe the skies are at least a mag darker than our other locations.It's very difficult to find a good spot in our state, and we truly believe this is a good one! ASNH and the CSP Team are very grateful for your support and understanding, and we hope you'll give this great new location a try.

The ASNH Board of Directors


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Frequently asked questions about the new CSP location?

Q: Will there be electrical service to the fields?
A: There will be no power to any field for observing. We had previously announced that there would be power at the Brownsea field. While there is power at the Shower house on this field, it will only be available during the day. The sodium lights are on the same circuit as the power outlets and will be shut off during observing periods. There is no 220 service for us to pull power for a panel.

NOTE: There is an alternative to AC in the filed. We recommend that you read an article by Jerry Lodriguss on "Power in the Field". Please visit his page click here

Q: Where will Registration be located?
A: Registration will be in the Dining Hall instead of at the entrance. Find your spot and then register..

Q: How dark are the skies compared to Ashford?
A: Comparatively dark.

Q: Are there restrooms or portable facilities relatively close to where people will be camping?
A: Each observing location has adequate latrine or restroom facilities near by.

Q: For attendees with limited mobility, where would the best place to camp be?
A: There are two main fields for observing, and all are pretty widely spaced. Staff will be on hand to determine the best field choices for your needs.

Q: How do I choose where I want to set up my scope?
A: Setup sites are available on a first come first served basis. If you want to be near the showers, Brownsea is best choice. If you don't mind camping and hiking, Camporee would be a good choice.

Q: Are cars allowed on the fields?
A: Yes. Each field has adjacent spots for general overnight parking. Anyone who is planning on leaving or entering after dusk will be required to use specified Day Parking areas. Instructions will be supplied for parking on each field. Larger vehicles and RVs will have specific areas defined for them depending on their size. Check with the CSP staff for larger vehicles.

Q: Is there driving allowed between the fields?
A: No. For safety concerns there will not be any driving between fields by attendees.

Q: Is their cell phone service at the site?
A: Yes, Major service providers have adequate service in most areas.

Q: Is there WiFi service at the site?
A: No.

Q: Are the fields level?
A: All fields have slight grades and level location. We will have the level locations marked off where you can set up your equipment.

Q: What if we need to leave after dark?
A: Not a problem. However you will need to make arrangements to park in the designated Day Parking areas.

Q: Observing site changes?
A: There will be no observing in the field next to the dining hall. This field is sloped and is next to the parking lot, where cars will be moving after dark.

Q: Anything to consider not being on the meal plan?
A: As with any wilderness camping area, there is wildlife. Keep your food locked up and secured when not in use.

Q: What about hiking the area?
A: There are abundant trails and wooded areas. Once you are outside the designated observing areas you are responsible for your safety and your return to the CSP camp area. Being on a Boy Scout reservation the standard rule is to use the buddy system. We recommend always travelling with at least one other person at all times especially if you venture outside of the CSP camp observing areas.

Q: Where are the garbage can locations?
A: Trash dumpsters are located at the main camp entrance and garbage cans are at the showers at Brownsea, both bunkhouses and the latrine at the Camporee field.

Q: What else is different between Ashford and Goshen?
A: There are a few things:
- Gate opens an hour early at 3pm on Friday afternoon.
- Observing time on Friday night starts later, 9pm (vs. 8pm). This will allow more time to set up in the new location.
- Registration closes at 8pm (vs. 10pm) Saturday when observing begins.
- There are designated Day Parking locations for anyone not remaining after observing starts.
- There are "Private Family Bunk" rooms. Only 2 rooms available on a first come first served basis.
Some Views of Camp Strang

  • Bassett Bunkhouse

    "Bassett Bunkhouse: Open Bay 20 Bunks"

  • Brownsea Field

    "Large Observing Field"

  • Camporee Field

    "Facing East"

  • Camporee Field

    "Facing West"

  • Dining Hall

    "Porch on the Far Side"

  • Shower House

    "3 Bathrooms 6 Showers"

  • Shower House at Brownsea Field

    "Alternative Observing Field"

  • Training Center Bunkhouse

    "5 Rooms: 2 Family, 1 Male, 1 Female, 1 Open, Each Sleeps 6"


Directions:
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Camp Rules

Remember this is a Star Party to which all the members of families - including young children - are invited.
So special restrictions MUST be observed.

  • NO VEHICLES IN THE OBSERVING FIELD AT ANY TIME.

  • If there is any chance you might have to depart the grounds after dark for any reason you must park outside the main observing field area.
  • If you arrive after dark or you plan on leaving early you must park in the designated "Day Parking" area.
  • The CSP Staff will be available and ready to help move equipment on or off the observing field.
  • No open fires.
  • No Pets or animals permitted
  • No glass containers allowed.
  • Only RED light flashlights allowed (we can temporarily fit your regular flashlight with a red lens for the weekend - see a CSP Staff person).
  • No laser pointers
  • Participants are expected to refrain from activities that are inappropriate to a family camping area including:
    • No loud music,
    • No alcoholic beverages or drunken behavior,
    • No smoking
    • Be sure your private activities remain private; i.e., tent walls are paper thin. What happens in a tent doesn't stay in a tent.
  • You are responsible for the security of your possessions.
  • Please arrive no earlier than 3pm on Friday.

  • The camp closes Sunday at 11:00 am - please depart no later.

  • Failure to comply with the above rules could result in your being asked to leave.
    No refund for those asked to leave.

Our Speakers for this year are:
Gaianne Jenkins


This workshop has goodies! Participants get a perpetual lunar Calendar in the form of a circular slide rule that gives the phase of the Moon for any Gregorian date within two centuries of the present date, to an accuracy of +/- one day. This is done by choosing a month, year, and day and setting the movable circles to give the lunar phase. The presentation will consist of how the Calendar works, why the Calendar works—including the underlying ancient astronomy of celestial harmonies and planetary cycles—and some thoughts toward squeezing out extra precision.
Robert Zinn


Robert (Bob) Zinn is Professor of Astronomy at Yale University. His passion for astronomy was born when he was an amateur astronomer and built his own 6 inch telescope as a teenager. He later became a professional, earning his Ph. D. (Yale) in 1974 and joining the Yale faculty in 1979. He studies the formation and evolution of the Milky Way and other Local Group galaxies.
Stella Kafka


Dr. Stella Kafka, is the Director of the AAVSO (American Association of Variable Star Observers). Before her tenure at the AAVSO, Dr Kafka held positions at CTIO, Spitzer Science center/Caltech, Carnegie Institution of Washington/DTM and AIP Publishing. The AAVSO is an international non-profit organization of variable star observers whose mission is to enable anyone, anywhere, to participate in scientific discovery through variable star astronomy.
Activites for the weekend
  • Friday
    • Friday Afternoon
      • 3pm Gates open
    • Friday Dusk
      • 7pm -8pm Dinner
      • 9pm Observing begins
  • Saturday
    • Saturday Morning
      • 7:30am Gates open
      • 8:00- 9:00 am Breakfast
      • 9:00am CSP Store opens
      • 10:30am Gaianne Jenkins
    • Saturday Afternoon
      • 12 - 1pm Lunch
      • 1pm Robert Zinn
      • 2pm Stella Kafka
      • 4:15pm CSP Group Photograph
      • 4:45 - 5:15pm Kid's Door Prize
      • 5:15 - 6pm Adult Raffle
      • 6 - 7pm Dinner
    • Saturday Dusk
      • 8pm Observing begins
      • 8pm CSP Registration closed
  • Sunday Morning
    • 7:30-8:30am Breakfast
    • 11am CSP close / departure
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