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Canterbury Astronomical Society

Stardate South Island


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Come and join us for a celebration of astronomy at Stardate SI. It all happens at Staveley, on the weekend of February 16th 2018. This year's theme is "Getting started with your tour of the cosmos", and our special guest is Rob Glassey, who has some great talks and workshops to introduce you and your children to amateur astronomy.



Stardate SI has the following schedule:

  • Start - Friday February 16th
  • Registration - from 3:30 pm
  • Speakers - Fri 8 pm to 9 pm
  • Viewing - Fri night
  • Speakers - 10 am to 11 am
  • Soapbox - 11 am to noon
  • Group photograph - noon
  • Update on SI astronomical organistions - 12:30-1 pm
  • Free time and solar observing workshops - 1 to 5 pm
  • Trade table - 5 to 6 pm
  • Telescope walk - 6 pm
  • Pot luck tea Saturday - 7 to 9 pm
  • Viewing - Sat night
  • Speakers - Sunday 10 am - 12:30 pm
  • Packup - Sunday or Monday at noon (depending on registrations)


More information at http://www.treesandstars.com/stardate/ (please note there are a number of errors relating to dates back to 2016, please ignore these)


ACCOMMODATION: There are 4 hectares of space for tents if you wish, and also 12 caravan points, 6 old types, 6 new. You are welcome to bring a BBQ. We must restrict the numbers using bunks to 72 and the total to 96 so be quick with your applications.

SATURDAY EVENING MEAL: Bring food for all meals and a dish for a pot-luck dinner on Saturday evening.  Stardate will supply vegetables and salads.  The type of dish should be based on the first letter of your surname:

Surname begins with A-K           Dessert

Surname begins with L-Z            Mains

NOTE: Bring pillows, sleeping bags, towels, warm clothes, eating utensils and food. And don't forget your observing equipment.

People attending STARDATE 2018 do so entirely at their own risk. Neither the organisers nor the owners of the complex will accept any liability for injury or accidents.  NO alcohol, drugs firearms or animals on site.

REGISTRATION FEES: $20 per night per person from school age on and free per child under 5 years (actual amounts to be determined). The is no charge for a caravan point. After the refund cut-off date, 1 February 2018, there will be no refunds for cancellations. You can register after this date, however.  

Please register on-line.

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