Mount Carleton 2018 Star Party

UPDATE (July 12th): The park reports that the Armstrong campground is at full capacity for the star party weekend.


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Come join members of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada for our annual star party at the Mount Carleton Provincial Park, a Designated Dark Sky Preserve with pristine dark skies!

Our activities will be held at the Armstrong campground, at or around site 44 (look for the telescopes).

Several telescopes will be set-up on Friday and Saturday nights, to allow the public to view the wonders of the night sky. Weather permitting, we’ll be able to see the planets Jupiter and Saturn, as well as various star clusters, galaxies, and nebulae.

Preceding the evening observation sessions, there will be a presentation at the kitchen shelter near site 44, where you can learn about the night sky wonders that can be observed that evening.

During Saturday afternoon, drop by to take a close-up view of the sun through our safe solar-filtered telescopes. Bring along your telescope for a free set and tuning. If you need instructions on operation, there will be amateur astronomers on hand to guide you through the use and set-up of your telescope. One of our astrophotographers will be there to show you how to take pictures of the Milky Way with your camera, and to answer any questions related to photographing the night sky. There will even be instructions on using your smart phone to snap pics through your telescope.

 

 

 

 

For Visitors
The star party activities are open to the public, however, you must book your own campsite by calling 1-800-561-0123, or by reserving online. If you’re not camping overnight, you must still pay the park entrance fee and notify the staff that you’re there to attend the star party. On the Friday/Saturday nights of the star party, there will be guards at the gate who will allow registered visitors to leave the park before midnight.
For RASC New Brunswick Members
If you’re a RASC NB member, please click this link to register for your spot.

Schedule

Friday, July 13

8:30 PM to 9:30 PM – “What’s Up?” slideshow presentation
At the kitchen shelter near site 44
Come learn about the wonders of the night sky you’ll be seeing through the telescopes.

 

10:00 PM to 12:00 PM – Night sky viewing with telescopes
(weather permitting)
Come look through our telescopes and enjoy the views.

 

Saturday, July 14

1:00 PM to 3:00 PM – Solar observing
(weather permitting)
Come take a close look at our nearest star, the sun.

 

1:00 PM to 3:00 PM – Telescope and astrophotography clinic
Bring your telescope for a free set and tuning. Learn about astrophotography.


8:30 PM to 9:30 PM – “What’s Up?” slideshow presentation
At the kitchen shelter near site 44
Come learn about the wonders of the night sky you’ll be seeing through the telescopes.

 

10:00 PM to 12:00 PM – Night sky viewing with telescopes
(weather permitting)
Come look through our telescopes and enjoy the views.

 

Campground Location

Our activities will be held at the Armstrong campground, at or around site 44.


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Please be aware that due to the remote location of Mount Carleton Provincial Park, there is no cell phone reception, internet, or electrical hookups. Also be aware that the park accepts cash only for payment. Please ensure that you have sufficient cash on you. Remember to fill-up on gas before taking the secondary road to the park.

Keep in mind that the remote nature of the park is why it has such fantastically dark skies!

Late arrivals

From the Mount Carleton Website:

Mount Carleton does not have consistent cellular service. The park gates are closed at 8 p.m. If you plan on arriving past 8 p.m., please notify (by landline if within 45 km) before 8 p.m. to advise park staff of your estimated time of arrival. The park staff will do their best to accommodate late arrivals with reservations only between 8 and 11 p.m., if you call to let them know in advance. The park cannot receive payments after 8 p.m.

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