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Northern Star Party – Dark Sky Weekend

October 21 @ 5:00 pm - October 23 @ 10:30 am

We are excited to announce the dates for the Northern Star Party, 2022, held at Waharau Regional Park and hosted by the Auckland Astronomical Society.   We are holding the event over the Friday and Saturday nights of Labour Weekend.

It will be a weekend of practical astronomy and dark sky observing.  It is great opportunity to spend a weekend viewing the sky from a dark site, on Moonless nights, though a range of different telescopes. Bring your telescope or binoculars, but if you don’t have any there will be plenty there for you to look through.  Also the society has telescopes available for hire though the hire will have to be set up external to the camp.  Refer to the club for further details.



During the day on Saturday, there will be a full program of practical astronomy – how to use equipment and various types of telescopes, new equipment demonstrations and an astrophotography workshop.

Films will be shown in the early evening on Friday and if appropriate on Saturday.

The full  information pack and agenda will be released shortly.  We just wanted to get the dates out so that you can lock them in now!


Prices Members Non-members
Early Bird paid by 7th October $20 $40
Standard $30 $50


No one night price.


Friday: Viewing, movie (TBC)


Workshops: Midday to 4:30 pm.

Time Activity Details
12:00 – 14:00 Astronomy Equipment Familiarisation, maintenance, collimation, etc
14:30 – 16:00 Astronomy Processing Basic introduction into processing using PixInsight
16:30 – 18:00 Telescope trail Telescope trail


Viewing from 19:00, movie (TBC)

Food: BYO – walk-in fridge and kitchen available. Tea, coffee, milo (morning/afternoon tea) supplied.


Click here to purchase tickets

Please note that there are a limited amount of bookings available.



October 21 @ 5:00 pm
October 23 @ 10:30 am
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Robert Patterson


Waharau Regional Park
1748 East Coast Rd
Orere Point, Whakatiwai 2473
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