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Nebraska Star Party #28 at Merritt Reservoir SRA

August 1

Join us August 1-6 for the 28th Annual Nebraska Star Party!

Take advantage of Merritt Reservoir’s tremendous astronomical views and take in the wonders of the night sky. The center of activity at NSP will be the large tent on the Observing Field near the entrance to the Snake Campground. Activities under the NSP Tent are: meal service, night time constellation talks, and door prize giveaways. The exception will be Wednesday, when activities will be moved to the high school in the town of Valentine.

For more information and registration, visit Nebraska Star Party.

 

Schedule

Sunday, August 1

  • Registration/check-in, 4-6:30 p.m. at Boardman Campground
  • Optional BBQ chicken dinner, 7-8 p.m., NSP Tent on the Observing Field
  • Observation, Dusk ‘Til Dawn, Observing Field

Monday, August 2

  • Beginner’s Field School, 2-4 p.m., Merritt Resort
  • Registration and check-in, 5-6:30 p.m. at Boardman’s Campground
  • Optional BBQ beef sandwich Dinner, 7-8 p.m., NSP Tent on the Observing Field
  • Observation, Dusk ’til Dawn, Observing Field

Tuesday, August 3

  • Beginner’s Field School, 2-4 p.m., Merritt Resort
  • Registration and check-in, 5-6:30 p.m. at Boardman Campground
  • Free “Cattle Country” Burger Bash, 7-8 p.m., Tent on the Observing Field
  • Observation, Dusk ’til Dawn, Observing Field

Wednesday, August 4 (at Valentine High School)

  • Registration and check-in, 10 a.m. – Noon
  • Beginner’s Field School, 10 a.m. – Noon
  • Swap Meet, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Pizza Lunch Buffet, Noon – 1 p.m. (Approximate cost, $8)
  • Astro photo contest judging
  • Speaker programs, 1 – 4 p.m.
  • Children’s programs, 1 – 4 p.m.
  • Contest awards and door prizes
  • Evening meal on your own
  • Observation, Dusk ’til Dawn, Observing Field

Thursday, August 5

  • Open Day – No NSP events scheduled
  • Optional Brewers Canoe/Float Trip down Niobrara, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Optional Deli Sandwich Dinner, NSP Tent on the Observing Field, 7-8 p.m.
  • Observation, Dusk ’til Dawn, Observing Field

Friday, August 6

  • Open Day – No NSP events scheduled
  • Optional Brewers Canoe/Float Trip down Niobrara, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Public Star Party, 9 p.m., Observing Field

Details

Date:
August 1
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Venue

Merritt Reservoir State Recreation Area
NE-97 & Cedar Bay
Valentine, NE 69201
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Phone:
(402) 389-0672
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Time outdoors is time well spent

Nebraska Game and Parks offers a plethora of opportunities beyond events. You can get away and unwind by planning a trip to a Nebraska state park. You can catch the next big one, go wildlife viewing, plan a hunt or more. Or you can help us celebrate our park system’s 100th birthday. Go ahead: Build your own adventure.

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