Observing & Camping Vacation
RAC holds the longest and most exciting star party, geared to both the serious observer, imager, and the whole family. Our location in the Berkshires is known for its pristine dark skies, and gorgeous arching Milky Way. Don’t miss our Opening Festival and StarBQ with live music!
• Pristine Dark Sky Location
in Northwest Massachusetts
• Large Open-grass Telescope Field
with 360-degree view of night sky,
horizon to horizon
• Famous SSP Chicken StarBQ: Only $16.95 ($11.95, kids under 12)
Don't miss the festivities
Saturday, August 11th, 5:30 pm.
Your feast includes:
fresh BBQ'd chicken, potato salad,
cole slaw, baked beans,
rolls & dessert. Featuring Live Music,
Lecture, Talks & Demos.
• Opening Festival & Sky Lantern Launch Join us Sat, Aug. 11th
at sundown for a great live acoustic
concert and our spectacular
sky lantern launch.
• FREE Raffle Ticket: Win valuable
astronomical equipment incl. TeleVue
• FREE Wi-Fi (Value: $35)
• Refreshment & Game Tent
w/ Daytime Lemonade & Unlimited
Evening Coffee, Hot Coco & Cookies
• FREE Daily Continental Breakfast
• Food Prep Tent including
microwave, gas grill, dish washing
sink, food prep table, fire pit,
picnic table, red lighting
• Stellafane Convention is nearby for
• Vendors with astronomy gear &
accessories for sale, including
Camera Concepts & Teeter's
Campground Amenities >Campground Amenities
• Safe, Secure & Quiet Campground with
card-activated entry gate
• Spacious Campsites
• FREE WI-FI
• Swimming Pool & Spa (10am-dusk daily)
• Full Snack Bar open Fri/Sat evenings 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, Laundry & Game Arcade
(8am–dusk), Lodge with big fireplace
• Softball, Horseshoes, Basketball & Volleyball
Courts, Hiking, Biking, & much more
Even More SSP Features >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 &
• Scope Tour: Daytime activity to tour all the
• Group Photo Session
• Movie Presentations and Lectures during
• Classic sci-fi movies and our 'Best of NEAF'
videotaped lectures on a 10-foot screen for
• Great Tourist Attractions to visit including:
Mount Greylock, Zoar Outdoor Whitewater
Rafting, Yankee Candle Factory, Mass MOCA,
• Lovely Country Restaurants
UP, UP AND AWAY!
An armada of hot air lanterns hit the cool evening sky to the delight of SSP participants and campers alike.
Some of the 150 participants at SSP 2013 gather in front of the lodge fireplace for a group smile.
Getting ready to track the night sky for crisp exposures.
Camera Concepts and other vendors were on hand to provide convenient accessories and ‘must-haves’ to grateful SSP attendees.
NOT A MOMENT TO LOSE
Taking advantage of clear skies for crisp solar observing from SSP’s large open grass observing field.
Rob Teeter of Teeter’s Telescopes explains his equipment to onlookers as the night sky darkens.
SIGHTSEEING & RELAXATION
Daytime activities are abundant for either enjoying the numerous local attractions or just relaxing in the hot tub and pool at Peppermint Park.
ASTROIMAGING AT SSP
Angela Yanette readies some serious equipment in a portable observatory, her home away from home.
FIELD OF DREAMS
Equipment set up and ready to go for the next amazing night of viewing.
Alan MacRobert, Senior Editor of Sky & Telescope Magazine, treated the SSP crowd to a green-laser-pointer tour of the constellations, as well as his talk, ‘Comet ISON, and the Best Summer Observing Targets’.
RAC Member Roland Roberts and Caroline Moore work with SSP kids building space stations and exploring science topics.
PREPARING FOR BLISS
Every day is another opportunity to prepare equipment for the next night’s astroimaging.
Nothing like a little snooze on a warm Summer day in the Berkshire Mountains!
SSP CHICKEN STARBQ
Listening to live music while filling up on the exclusive SSP Chicken StarBQ with all the fixin’s.
Long-time RAC member John Holmboe and RAC Board of Directors member Keith Murdoch get their 20-inch dob ready to rock and view.
Tom Picciani presents his SSP Talk: ‘CCD Sharp & Photoshop Imaging Techniques’.
CAMPING IN THE BERKSHIRES
Another peaceful night descends on an eager crowd of stellar observers.
SINGING TO THE STARS
Ken Blumberg and Mies Hora serenade observers with originals and old favorites from the SSP stage.
SSP affords plenty of down time to get acquainted with fellow observers and enthusiasts during the 10-day event.
ASTROIMAGING AT SSP
RAC member and imaging authority Jim Burnell giving his inspirational talk: “Celestial Snapshots: Low-impact Astrophotography”.
C'MON BABY LIGHT MY BONFIRE!
For those rare overcast nights, there’s always a good bonfire and live music to cheer the spirits.
PUBLIC SOLAR VIEWING
SSP attendees invite campers at Peppermint Park to enjoy stunning views of our closest star.
EQUIPPED TO OBSERVE
Michael Pass prepares his equipment for the next night’s viewing.