As many of you may know, 2018 marks our fourteenth year for the Almost Heaven Star Party (AHSP). It’s is my pleasure to announce, on behalf of the Almost Heaven Star Party organizing team, that general registration for the 2018 event is now live!
AHSP 2018 begins on Friday, September 7 and ends the morning of Tuesday, September 11. The timing of this year’s event allows participants to enjoy four observing nights.
Registration base fee is $85 during the early period for the first participant (this will rise to $105 on June 1). Additional adults sharing the same campsite are $45 (up to 6 people per campsite). Registration for children 12 and under are free.
If you are a NOVAC member you would get an additional $10 on top of the $20 early registration by using the special code (email email@example.com for the code of you are a NOVAC member and haven’t received it) when signing up to take advantage of this registering early bird period.
Spruce Knob Mountain Center’s tasty and creative hot meals will once again be available as an option for those who would like them, at $35/day (adults) and $25/day (children) plus you won’t be washing your dishes!
Assignments to an observing field are on a first-come, first-served basis, though–so register early to ensure that your location of choice is available! This is especially important for those bringing a large RV. We have a limited number of field spaces available to large RVs (sold out already!) in order to ensure availability of the relatively level ground needed by these vehicles.
We will continue to strive to do everything in our power to make sure that everyone is having the best time at our star party as we do every year. If you have any questions please refer to the website www.ahsp.org or if you can’t find what you need let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org how we can assist you.
It’s still early days planning wise so we are still working on speakers but expect to have a terrific program of speakers and hands-on instruction as usual. We will have back the Green Bank Behind the Scenes Tour as well the Green Bank Overnight Observing to go along with always popular Cass Mountain Railroad excursion, and we will continue to have the Beaver Dam and Water Ecology hike to even out the activity offerings. The AHSP website will be updated on a regular basis as we firm up the schedule but the base events are set in the registration.
Don’t wait, register early! AHSP has sold out every year since 2010, and we expect this year will be no exception with the last four selling out before the end of the early bird period!
Clear skies, and we look forward to seeing you at AHSP 2018!
Chris Lee on behalf of the AHSP Staff