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April 2014
9th Annual Northeast Astro Imaging Conference
Experience astro-imaging at it's best.

23rd Annual Northeast Astronomy Forum & Telescope Show America's premier astronomy expo: Be Inspired. Discover. Wonder. Learn.

July 23 - August 3, 2014
Summer Star Party 2014
Peppermint Park Camping Resort in Plainfield, MA

RAC Schedule of Events (PDF)

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SSP Field

July 25 – August 3, 2014
(Friday thru Sun)

Observing & Camping Vacation
Come for a night or stay all 10 Days
Open to Members & Non-Members

Peppermint Park Camping Resort (see map)
Plainfield, Massachusetts
(just 7 miles East of our old location)

(Review & photos of SSP2013 by Alan MacRobert of S&T)

RAC Annual Dinner 2013

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SSP Field

Come to the 23rd Annual RAC 10-Day Summer Star Party!
(from the same people that bring you NEAF)
Another Great Rockland Astronomy Club Event, Featuring:
  • Pristine Dark Sky Location in Northwest Massachusetts
  • Large Open-grass Telescope Field with 360-degree view of night sky, horizon to horizon
  • FREE Wi-Fi (Value: $35)
  • Water & Electric equipped observing field can also be used for tenting next to your scope
  • Refreshment & Game Tent w/ Daytime Lemonade & Unlimited Evening Coffee, Hot Coco & Cookies
  • FREE Daily Continental Breakfast
  • EXCLUSIVE Chicken StarBQ (with all the fixin's) Sunday July 27th
  • StarBQ Lecture, Talks & Demos
  • FREE Raffle Ticket: Win a Nagler 13mm Type 6 TeleVue eyepiece (Value: $330)
  • Stellafane Convention is nearby for day/night visits
  • Vendors with astronomy gear and accessories for sale, including Camera Concepts & Teeter Scopes
Facilities at Peppermint Park

New Upgraded Location & Campground Amenities
  • Safe, Secure & Quiet Campground with card-activated entry gate
  • Spacious Campsites
  • FREE WI-FI, Swimming Pool, Spa for Adults
  • Full Snack Bar open every evening serving hamburgers, hot dogs, french fries, chicken tenders, sodas
  • Brand-new huge children's playground
  • Special Children's Activites with Astro Prizes
  • Full Hookups with 20 / 30 / 50-amp Electric
  • Clean Restrooms with flush toilets & hot showers
  • Store, Laundromat, Recreation Hall & Lodge with big fireplace
  • Softball / Horseshoes / Basketball & Volleyball Courts. Hiking, Biking, & much more
SSP Group Photo

Even More SSP Features
  • Teeter's Telescopes, LLC. and their latest telescopes available to try out in the night sky
  • Live Sky Tour of Major Objects & Constellations
  • Scope Tour: Daytime activity to tour all the scopes
  • Group Photo Session
  • Movie Presentations and Lectures during down time
  • Classic sci-fi movies and our 'Best of NEAF' videotaped lectures on a 10-foot screen for non-observing evenings
  • Great Tourist Attractions to visit including:
    Mount Greylock, Zoar Outdoor Whitewater Rafting, Yankee Candle Factory, Mass MOCA, Historic Deerfield
  • Lovely Country Restaurants
SSP Attractions

RV Rentals
  • Western Mass RV Rentals
    376A Chicopee Street
    Chicopee, MA 01013

B&B's & Inns
(for those that don't or can't camp)
  • Brookwood Bed & Breakfast
    43 Old South Street
    Plainfield, MA 01026
    413 634-5665
    (outside entrance)
    4 miles

  • Upland Meadows Farm
    338 W. Cummington Rd.
    Rte 112
    Cummington, MA 01026
    413 634-8884
    (outside entrance)
    8 miles

  • Inn at Norton Hill
    10 Norton Hill Rd.
    Ashfield, MA 01330
    413 628-4003
    8 miles

  • Blackburn Inn
    144 Huntington Rd.
    Worthington, MA 01098
    413 238-0144
    10 miles

  • Red Roof Inn
    9 Greenfield Rd.
    Rtes. 5 & 10
    South Deerfield, MA 01373
    413 665-7161
    20 miles
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