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2017 IDSSP

Illinois Dark Skies Star Party

Sept. 21 – 23, 2017

Jim Edgar Panther Creek State Fish & Wildlife Area

Observer oriented – Dark skies – Great facilities – Fantastic food

The Star Party will be pretty much be the same as in previous years – good site, plenty of room to spread out, good food, good programs, friendly folks, and of course The IDSSP Give-Away.

For those of you who have not been to our star party before I would say, there is no better place in Illinois to spend a weekend with your telescope than at IDSSP!

Watch the Illinois Dark Skies Star Party video

Click on the “Maps” tab of this website to attain printable maps of the area and directions.

2017 IDSSP Registration Form Please note that the form is a two page form and the second page addresses a Liability Release and requires the registrant’s signature. We also appreciate legible printing of the form in order to facilitate the production of the official name badges administered at check-in.

2017 IDSSP Menu  You can place your food order when you register.   The meals will be prepared and served by our local chapter of the Lions Clubs.

Check out the new 2017 IDSSP T-Shirt design! Be sure to check your appropriate sizes on the registration form. Featured T-Shirt design is Total Solar Eclipse. Both long & short sleeves t-shirts and sweatshirts are available.

Astrophoto Contest!

$50 First Prize

$25 Second Prize.

Attendees will select the winner. Photos must be taken within the last year (starting from the date of last year’s star party, Sept. 10). Please, label the pictures with the date-taken and location. We also request winners to provide SAS with a pdf version of the photo so we can post it to our website and Facebook page.

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