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Mason Dixon Star Party 2015 - July 15-19

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The 26th annual Summer MDSP will be held July 15 thru July 19 with guest speakers, vendors, a raffle. Early arrivals allowed with advance permission. A food vendor will be at the star party Friday evening through Sunday morning. Come celebrate our 26th year with us!

Overview below of 2015 Summer Mason Dixon Star Party

Located on a private grass strip airport near Wellsville, Pennsylvania at 380 Kralltown Road,  The MDSP horizon is extremely flat, stars are visible at less than 10 degrees above the horizon and light pollution seems to be at a minimum. The Milky Way is easily visible. Observing can be made from the grass airport taxiway. The airport is closed for MDSP Star Party. Hope to see you at the MDSP! See MDSP photo gallery from previous years. MDSP Photos. See Maps page for directions: Maps

Night Entry Not Allowed

No camp fires, white lights, or lanterns, only low powered red flashlights are permitted after dark.

Below MDSP field looking North

Below MDSP field looking South

     

Directions

See our Map page for directions.

Arrival

Sign in at the registration tent upon arrival. Here you will pick up your raffle tickets and information packets.

Large RV entry may be made at top of hill of Kralltown road. See Map Legend for large RV entry point.

Lasers

We will not be allowing the use of green lasers at this Star Party. We apologize for the inconvenience, but due to public safety, liability, and astrophotography concerns, we will not permit the use of green laser pointers. Also, all lights must be red filtered. (We are not the only star party to do this).

Event Site

There is no electric or water on the camping field. There is running water at the Bunkhouse near the runway, as well as hot showers and men's and women's flush toilets at both Bunkhouse and at Pavilion at pool (only usable if you pay the pool fee) . We will be providing Jiffy Johns placed along the taxiway. The taxiway is 2600 feet long.  Participants will set up their camps along either side of the taxiway, and there will be a wide path between the camps for safe walking at night. Please remember Night Entry Not Allowed.

Recharging Power Station

For charging, there will be at least 16 exterior receptacles on the concrete pad near the bunkhouse.

Generators

Notice: If using Generators, use farther west end of taxiway. Ask at Registration check in on where parking for use of generators is. Generators are for daytime use ONLY. Hours are 10am to 6pm. No night time use, no exceptions.

Camping

Camping fees include the following:  the use of public showers and restroom facilities at the Bunkhouse, volley ball and horseshoes (equipment provided by owner), and trash removal.  We will provide trash bags to all attendees, as well as 55-gallon bags for the trash drums (he has 4 drums).  The owner will collect the trash, however, we will ask all participants to take trash to either the dumpster or a central location.  We will be collecting the camping fees for the site owner upon your arrival.  YCAS does not keep the camping fees.  We collect them on behalf of the event site owner.

Camping is permitted on the grass taxiway on the south side of the runway. The airport will be closed for the MDSP event.  We are allowed to use the grass runway for ballgames or other activities, including observing, but not camping. You may set up your telescope, and park, at your campsite.

Pool

Pool is $TBA all day per person. Life Guard On Duty.

Food

The Busy Bee Food Vendor from the Central Market in York, will Bee serving Thursday evening dinner to Sunday morning breakfast. See Menu

Local Restaurants & Stores

Here is a link to local stores and eating establishments:
http://tinyurl.com/2010mdspeat

Vendors

We will provide as many vendors as possible. See the schedule to see what times the vendors will be open.  Many of these vendors are also providing door prizes. If you would like to be a vendor, please contact us at here

Raffle Tickets

Each Star Party registered adult is given 2 free raffle tickets for the raffle.

Extra raffle tickets can be bought at the event for  $TBA each, 12 for $TBA.

Questions? Email us at:  Info at MDSP

If you wish to be a speaker at this years 2015 MDSP, click: here

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Speakers

Contact us if you would like to be a speaker!