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Illinois Dark Skies Star Party

Oct. 4 – 6, 2018

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.

2018 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.

2018 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 2018 IDSSP T-Shirt design! Be sure to check your appropriate sizes on the registration form. Featured T-Shirt design is the Orion Nebula. Both long & short sleeves t-shirts and sweatshirts are available.


2018 IDSSP Speakers and Activities

Speakers – TBD

Astrophotography Contest
One entry per person. Attendees will select the winner. $50 First Prize – $25 Second Prize. Photos must be taken within the last year (starting from the date of last year’s star party, Sept. 23), 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.

Astronomy Bowl
Quiz and Trivia with prizes

Swap Meet
“Let’s make a deal”
If you’re looking for that one accessory to round out your eye piece collection or finish off that home-built scope, or maybe you have extra ATM parts that need a good home, the Swap Meet may just be the perfect opportunity. Bring your search list or spare parts swap or sell. We’ll have a bulletin board posted at the food pavilion to connect buyers and sellers throughout the event.

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