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Frequently Asked Questions (with answers)...

What is a star party ?
A star party is a gathering of amateur astronomers. Often non-astronomers are invited to come and particpate as well. It is a great way for non-astronomers to see things they don't typically take the time to ponder.

How much does it cost?
The Acton Star Party is a no-charge event and open to astronomer and non-astronomer alike.

Should I bring a flashlight ?
If you do, bring only small ones to keep the stray light low. Flashlight etiquette - point it toward the ground only.  Cover it with several layers of red cellophane or use a red LED light.  Red light doesn't affect our adaption to night vision.  You will find that after a few minutes in the dark, without looking at the white beam of a flashlight, you will be able to see enough to walk safely on the paved path toward the astronomers.  It takes 3 minutes to reach 30% of full night-vision-adaption; 30 minutes to reach 65%; but 3 hours to reach full night-adaption.  One flash of light in your eyes will start the process all over again!  So, please be respectful of others who are trying to get night-adapted!

How can I learn more about shielding techniques for outdoor lighting?
An excellent resource for learning more about outdoor lighting issues, glare, and light pollution can be found here

What kind of clothing should I wear?
The rule is dress warm - have plenty of layers - especially a hat and gloves. Temps in November have been known to get down to the 30s in the evening.

How do I get to the Star Party?
The Parker-Damon school building is located about a half mile north on Rt. 111 on your right from the intersection of Rt. 27 and 111 when you continue through that intersection.[Click here for detailed directions]

What if there is bad weather?
Clouds or exteme low temperatures would cancel the Acton Star Party. We will consult local weather forecasters and make a decision by 1:00p on the day of the star party. If the event is to be canceled or postponed to the next day, we will make every attempt to let you know. You can always check www.actonstarparty.com to get a GO/NO GO status on the star party.

How do I volunteer?
Whether you are an Astronomer (professional, amateur, or just have a telescope and want to bring it) or you just want to help out at this great event, please contact us directly.

What can I expect to see in November 2018?
So many beautiful Sky-Lites, including

- Mars setting 11:37PM
- Saturn setting 7:41PM
- Dumbbell Nebula
- Orion Nebula
- Constellation Leo

- and a whole lot more...