North York Astronomical Association 30th Annual Starfest

Date: August 25-28, 2011.
Location: River Place Park, RR 3, Ayton, Ontario.
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About: On cosmic scales, 30 years doesn’t sound like much. And yet, so much has changed in astronomy and for a popular star party that happens every year in August near Mount Forest. Join us as we reflect on the past three decades of Star Fest and amateur astronomy. We’ll look back and ponder the tremendous changes in computing and imaging technology that has allowed amateurs to produce visually spectacular and scientifically insightful images. Our knowledge of the universe has grown in leaps and bounds with new telescopes and probes to the other planets, profoundly changing our understanding. But one thing that hasn’t changed is the awe, wonder and spectacle of a clear, starry sky. So join us as we remember the past, speculate on the future and share in the wonder of the grand cosmos.
Starfest is Canada’s largest annual observing conference and star party. It attracts over nine hundred astronomy enthusiasts from Ontario, and neighbouring provinces and states. It has been ranked among the top star parties in North America by Sky and Telescope magazine.
Starfest offers a wide variety of observing-oriented activities that address the needs and interests of experienced observers and astrophotographers, as well as those of people new to the hobby. Activities include observing sessions, formal and informal slide presentations, workshops, commercial exhibits, and a children’s program. You are invited to bring your telescope, astronomical images, and share your observing experiences with others.

About Marc Boucher

Boucher is an entrepreneur, writer, editor & publisher. He is the founder of SpaceQ Media Inc. and CEO and co-founder of SpaceRef Interactive LLC. Boucher has 20+ years working in various roles in the space industry and a total of 30 years as a technology entrepreneur including creating Maple Square, Canada's first internet directory and search engine.

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