Announcing Peak Star Party 2013, 11 to 14 October
We are proud to announce PSP2013, the third year of the “all new” Peak Star Party. This is one of the largest astronomy events in the country with around 200 resident astronomers, guest speakers, practical workshops and events for the whole family in 2012. It runs from Friday 11 to Monday 14 October at Shallow Grange, near Chelmorton, Buxton, right in the heart of the Peak District.
You will also be able to take part in our bottle rocket competition, try your hand at making telescopes, learn your way around the night sky, observe the fascinating and ever-changing surface of the sun and find out about your local astronomy club. You might even go away with that perfect gift idea in time for Christmas!
We have been working hard to improve Peak Star Party year on year; for 2013 we can offer:
- All talks and trade stands moved to a large, secure barn
- Separate marquee for workshops.
- All weekend catering from 9 am to 6pm Saturday and Sunday and from midday Friday with breakfast and light snacks on Monday morning.
- "Honesty Box" refreshments from the Information Point out of hours - hot and cold drinks and some snacks available through the night for day visitors
"Back to Basics" for 2013
The theme for 2013 is "Back to Basics": we will be setting up workshops and talks to cover the more common problems faced by amateur astronomers from telescope collimation to star-hopping to polar alignment to using setting rings.
We hope to give beginners to the hobby the confidence to carry on and help more advanced users overcome any bad habits they have picked up or find solutions to the problems they have been ignoring.
Great Dark Sky Location
Shallow Grange offers a great, easily accessible dark sky location with limiting magnitude near 6 on clear nights. This means many of the night sky's greatest spectacles are clearly visible to the naked eye, including the Andromeda galaxy, some of the dust lanes in the Milky Way and the double cluster near Cassiopeia.
Shallow Grange is high up, offering a very large sky under broad horizons, with fantastic visibility all round.
Supporting local science education is at the heart of the Peak star Party and we are happy to welcome groups of secondary school students and youth groups such as Scouts and Guides. We are working on ways to appeal to younge children and would welcome any suggestions from primary schools and similar.