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Dark Sky Star Party 2021

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STELLARVUE'S DARK SKY STAR PARTY

This stunning image was taken at the Stellarvue Dark Sky Star Party in 2019 by Tony Hallas. It shows the Milky Way from Scorpius to Andromeda and the telescope field where 50 Stellarvue owners get to see the night sky as it should be seen!  Stellarvue hosts the Dark Sky Star Party (DSSP) in Likely California during the new moon week in either late June or early July. This is the best time to observe here. Watch as the Milky Way glides over the telescope field.

This star party IS NOT open to the public; it is a private event offered as a benefit of ownership only to Stellarvue owners. Each year 50 Stellarvue owners get to camp under magnitude 8 skies and either image, view,  and/or do various activities. Just walking under the Milky Way which extends from horizon to horizon is simply stunning. 

2020 DSSP was cancelled due to Covid-19 restrictions but three dozen Stellarvuers showed up anyway. The conditions were perfect and a beautiful naked eye comet was icing on the cake.

The 2021 DSSP will take place. July 8 - 11, 2021. 

It will include 

  • 4-5 nights under the darkest skies!
  • Electrical hookups on the telescope field
  • Optional Golfing at the resorts beautiful 18 hole course. 

Pending changes on Covid-19 status this event may include:

• Presentations by experts and imagers
• Open Air Movie Night. 
• Several recommended day trips

We select the new moon weekend in July because it is 3 times more likely to rain in June. By late July or August local fires impact the clear skies.

We currently have one full hookup site available due to a last minute cancellation. So check with us now if you would like to attend this year's DSSP! Email vic@stellarvue.com. 

Here we were at the DSSP 2019 (Pre-Covid):

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Left: Having fun at dinner, even the photo-bomber.    Center: Cutest couple (will they win in 2021?) Right: Starlight Lounge.  

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The telescope field is covered with grass (no cowpies), is sprayed by the resort for mosquitoes (it almost works) and the resort has astronomer-friendly, IDA approved lighting. 

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Milky Way over 2019 DSSP by Brian Poole

Beautifully cropped shot of the Milky Way with telescope field below (copyright Brian Poole). This was Brian's first time at our Dark Sky Star Party and we hope he'll return for many more.

2021 - THE NON-DSSP DARK SKY STAR PARTY

Despite the fact that we cancelled the 2020 DSSP, about three dozen of us showed up anyway and the conditions were spectacular. Comet Neowise was icing on the cake!

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Frank Dibbell took the image above during the non-DSSP Star Party In 2020.