Illinois Dark Skies Star Party
September 26 – 28, 2019
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.
2019 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.
Check out the new 2019 IDSSP T-Shirt and Hooded Sweatshirt design! Be sure to check your appropriate sizes on the registration form. Featured T-Shirt design is Saturn. Both long & short sleeves t-shirts and hooded sweatshirts are available.
2019 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.
2019 IDSSP Speakers and Activities
Dr. John Martin will talk about his research efforts into blue variables, which he is conducting at the University’s observatory near Pleasant Plains.
Dr. James Dire, who gave a talk on selecting the perfect telescope, will give a part two that focuses on astrophotography.
Thursday – Saturday – Swap Meet – 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. Check the message boards at each Pavilion and make your deal/s.
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.
Quiz and Trivia with prizes
“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.