Star Party Etiquette
Once the observing is underway, feel free to go from scope to scope and talk with everyone. We are more than happy to let you look through our scopes, and will also be glad to talk about what you’re observing thru the scope, what’s in the sky, and anything else that interests you.
Please follow the following etiquette so everyone will be safe and enjoy stargazing. Remember, this is not an exhaustive safety/rules list. Star Parties are public events so please be courteous, respectful and responsible.
- Drive slowly when entering near the location.
- Please arrive before it gets dark and allow some time to setup. If you are not familiar with the observing site, arrive early enough so that you don’t have to drive in unaware.
- If you have to leave the party early, park where your lights will not bother those who are still observing.
- Come prepared. Dress accordingly. Bring chairs or blankets or anything to help you be comfortable.
- No Smoking in the viewing/public area.
- No consumption of alcoholic beverages or drugs.
- No pets, with the exception of service dogs.
- No laser pointers. From time to time the instructor may use a green pointer to help point out objects during the teaching session (however, this will be used at a minimum).
- No white lights after dark. Use red lights to preserve night vision or cover flashlights with red translucent film available at most craft stores.
- Everyone’s taste in music is different so please don’t play loud music. Music may already be provided by Day4 to set the mood.
- Watch your children. We enjoy having children at the parties, however, please use your judgment as to whether your child should be supervised outside after dark. Also, be sure your child is wearing suitable clothing for the weather and for being outside at night (light colored and/or reflective colors). Because the observing field is dark, small children are more likely to trip and get hurt, become lost, or bump into and damage expensive equipment.
- If you have a scope, bring it.
- Keep computers and electronic devises shielded or pointed away from the viewing area.
- Ask before touching any equipment.
- Ask questions!. We will do our best to answer them for you.
- Clean up after yourself. As the Star Parties are conducted on private or public property, we need to respect our host locations.
- Finally, have fun.