n MNASSA : Monthly Notes of the Astronomical Society of South Africa - Birth of the Southern Star Party : the astronomical traveller




The weekend of 4-6 March 2011 saw the birth of the Southern Star Party (SSP), held at a dark campsite on a farm between Bonnievale and McGregor in the Western Cape. A weekend filled with talks, workshops, demonstrations, stargazing, astrophotography and overall camaraderie was shared by 55 stargazers from as far as George and even Limpopo. Attendees' experience levels were a good mix, ranging from novice through to expert. Even though a number of valuable lessons were learnt, judging by the feedback received, the first ever Southern Star Party was generally regarded as a resounding success.


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