are pleased to announce our Star Gaze XXVI (26th for non-Romans) Star Party at Trap Pond State Park
Our original dates for the star party will/were clouded out so it has been rescheduled for these new dates.
When: Thursday, May 30, 2019 through Sunday, June 2, 2019.Where: Trap Pond State Park near Laurel, DE.
During recent star parties the Sky Quality Meter has been it's two darkest readings at 20.87 and of 21.00. These are indeed dark skies for the Delmarva Peninsula. To get better you'll have to travel 150 miles further to Almost Heaven (at 21.3) or Cherry Springs at about the same. There are some sites claiming Cherry Springs at 23+ but the darkest skies on the earth have measured around 22 (E.G. Mauna Kea at 21.45). You can easily get darker readings when it's overcast at night - perhaps that's the reason.
For our low, low prices we include camping by your telescope, dinner for three days, the sky for three nights, Cypress Lake for kayaking, birding, hiking, all night Stargazer coffee, 50 cent hot dogs and camaraderie with members other astronomers and guests.There are usually snacks at night.
Astrophotographers do well here. You will find astronomers of all types from novices to experts, those with large telescopes, small telescopes, binoculars and even no telescopes (sharing scopes is common).
Star parties are the best places to try out different telescope before you buy one!
Trap Pond State Park PDF map.
Trap Park State Park is along Route 13 at exit Route 24 East. After a drive that seems longer than it should be you will see a small sign on your right for Trap Pond State Park. Go right - speed limit will be 35mph shortly so you'll know you are on the right road.
You want the first exit to the park which is a right turn just beyond a dilapidated store. Then look for a larger park sign sending you to the right. Check in at the office. Continue straight down the road you are on passing through a gate and look left as you go around the bend. If you make to the large parking lot you have gone a bit too far. We will probably have signs out with 'Star Party' on them.
Observing field camping map. This is the observing field with the camping and non-vehicle areas shown.
Camping fee for the observing area (campers are encouraged to park by their telescopes)
Star Gazer Coffee continuously day and night
Soup or chili on Thursday and Friday for dinner
Fish fry on Saturday afternoon
Hot dogs will be available at minimal cost throughout the day and night
Door Prizes if we have them
There is 110V power available for charging batteries and other tasks at the Southwest end of the field
Flush bathrooms are within a short walk. (1200' - 5 minutes)
Showers are in Park camp grounds about a half mile away
Vehicle movement will be restricted in the observing area after dark as a courtesy to those who are observing.
This picture may be worth a couple of
hundred words: Observing field
There are several hotels and motels in Laurel just north of the park about 15 minutes north - a Relax Inn, Holiday Inn Express, and a Days Inn and possibly more along 13 Northbound out.
The Delmarva Stargazers do not provide disposable drinking cups (they tend to accumulate everywhere). We ask that you bring a travel mug(s) for coffee, water and drinks. We take this approach to reduce the amount of total waste and the non-recyclable (Styrofoam) waste we generate.
See below for pricing. Sorry, there will be no refunds, but you can transfer your registration. For individuals that wish to camp in the Park camping area which has water and electricity contact the Delaware State Park Reservation system.
For those staying at the Park’s camp grounds, the dump fee for your
waste water is included in camping fee. It is not included for
those camping on the observing field.
Minors, i.e., anyone under 18 years old, must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian while they are at Star Gaze. "Family" definition is intended to be parent(s) and their children less than 18 years of age or members of the same household...i.e., husband, wife, partner.
All attendees are encouraged to register in advance for this event. This is our first Star Gaze at Trap Pond and you can help us with logistics by emailing your intent to attend if you will not be preregistering.
|REGISTRATION PRICES FOR STARGAZE|
|Per person on Observing Field||$56|
|Per Family on Observing Field||$70|
|Per Person in Park camp grounds or off site||$35|
|Per Family in Park camp grounds or off site||$49|
|Per person on Observing
Field Saturday Night on or off site
|Per family on Observing
Field Saturday Night on or off site
|If you are camping on the observing field your camping fee is included in registration.|
| If you volunteer for
something we need done your fee will be waived like helping with
registration or directing traffic and other things. Contact me at
the mail link at the bottom before the Star Party starts.
|If you choose the
Park Campground you must pay the Park to camp - the registration
fee does NOT include
this camping fee nor if you are staying in a hotel.
|If you are in a hotel the offsite
|RV's camping on the observing field at Cypress Point may dump their waste water at the Park's facility for $7. This fee must be paid at the Park’s Camping Office.|
Follow the links below to complete the
Star Gaze Star Party
Registration by PayPal
Host: Michael Lecuyer 302-284-3734 (Pro-tem)