SJAC Star Party

The South Jersey Astronomy Club hosts two annual Star Parties.

The 2021 Spring Star Party has been approved for a limited number of “Members ONLY” by Belleplain State Forest DUE to Covid 19.

This is a rain or shine event and will be held April 8-11.  Note that we are limited to a group of 25 attendees and social distancing should be observed.  

Our PayPal link below is now available to register, however please call or text our treasurer Steve at 856-503-6873  before registering  to be sure that space is still available.  Spots will be on a “first come first serve “ basis.  Past attendees who have already been contacted by the club about attending, can simply register below on PayPal to confirm your spot.  

The SJAC Star Parties are a paid events and includes camping out on the observing field at Belleplain State Forest.

Star Parties are designed to give you, the amateur astronomer a place to setup your equipment and share the experience of observing with fellow astronomers. SJAC does not setup telescopes for the general public. The Star Parties are held at one of the darkest sites in the region — the athletic field at Belleplain State forest.

REGISTRATION FEES: Pre-registration is $15.00 Registration at the door is $20 per person upon arrival at the event. Kids 16 and under are free!

Click Here for a Star Party Pre-registration form to mail in, or you can pre-register using PayPal:

Star Party

Your registration automatically covers your cost of camping on the Belleplain athletic field. You may also park your vehicle at your site, including vans, SUV’s, pickups, pop-ups, motor homes and trailers.

Open fires are prohibited on the field. Restroom and shower facilities are nearby in the campground areas.

If you camp in the Belleplain campground areas, the cost is $15/night and you must register at the Forest Office (609-861-2404). This fee is separate from the Star Party registration fee!

Please stop at the registration table and you will be assigned an area.

There is plenty of free parking adjacent to the observing/camping field. No driving is permitted on the observing field after dark, so you must leave your car in the nearby lot if you plan to leave during the night.

There will be a club table where beverages and snacks can be purchased. Several restaurants, diners and stores are located nearby, or you can bring your own goodies to eat. Also plan on attending the Meet and Eat Dinner on Sat. 6pm on Sat evening. Check events below for more information.

Access to the observing/camping field will start at 3:00 PM on Thursday. We urge you to be there as early as possible, certainly before nightfall.

Common sense and courtesy apply. No alcohol is permitted in the State Forest, we discourage loud music. No pets. Red lights should be used after dark, please! Sorry green laser pointers are not allowed to be used during our star party. If you plan to leave before dawn notify our staff. Those leaving early should park closer to the exit so you lights will not shine on those still observing.

A Meet and Eat dinner will be held on Sat. 6pm. Attendees are welcome to bring their dinner, a chair, maybe a small table and join up with the clubs dinner table. It’s always nice to meet and have discussions with fellow astronomers over a meal. Individuals are welcome to set up “swap tables” on there site. An area will be dedicated for daytime fun activities such as wiffle ball, bean bag toss etc.