Autumn Equinox Sky Camp 20th - 27th September 2022
Loughton Astronomical Society

Autumn Equinox Sky Camp 20th - 27th September 2022
Loughton Astronomical Society

Kelling Heath Gallery LAS Web site Other Sky camps

The LAS Autumn Equinox Sky Camp is the largest star party in the UK, where hundreds of amateur astronomers meet up for a week of dark sky observing at Kelling Heath on the North Norfolk coast.
All three fields are devoted exclusively to astronomers, with a strict 'no lights' policy enforced for the whole week.
The main event day is the Saturday, with vendor trade stands (and equipment demonstrations), a raffle, and a telescope tour. There is no charge for day visitors, but anyone wishing to stay for the evening is warned that car movements cannot take place on the observing fields after dark, so they must park some distance away.

When booking, for the week or weekend, tell Kelling Heath you are attending Sky Camp to get the special reduced rate for a pitch.
Kelling Heath and private individuals also have lodges and mobile homes for hire. These are located a little way from the observing field and are suitable for family groups.
There are also local companies who can arrange to put a hire caravan on a pre-booked pitch.

For those who wish to extend their booking outside the Sky Camp week, the strict no-lights rule is only enforced for the duration of Sky Camp.

The 2022 Autumn Equinox Sky Camp
Tuesday 20th - Tuesday 27th September.

Please make bookings for pitch and accommodation (if not camping) directly with Kelling Heath (link above). Please refer to etiquette and Q&A's below before making a booking.

Traders:- Please contact Alan Marriott
phone: 07811 236288
email: alangmarriott@googlemail.com
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Future dates
2023: Monday 9th October - 16th October
2024: Monday 30th September - 7th October

Programme for the main event day
Saturday 24th September

Traders' stands on yellow field.

LAS members will be available at the bandstand for information, advice and the sale of raffle tickets.

Talks in the main bar and events during the afternoon, £2 per talk or £5 for all three:
2:00 Keith Venables:
'Seeing the Elusive' How to find and see more with your telescope
2:50 Break
3:10 Lilian Hobbs:
The Planetarium in the Bedroom
4:00 Jack Martin:
Converting a shed into Roll off Roof Observatory
5:00 Telescope tour Free - meet at bandstand
6:00 Raffle Draw at bandstand
Traders will be demonstrating products at their stands during the main event day.

See individual stallholders on the yellow field for details. Attending the 2022 Sky Camp - so far:

Starlight Express
International Astronomy Show
Atik Cameras
W&W Astro & Dew Control
Widescreen Centre
Webb Society
All Sky Optical Ltd
Altair Astro
Pulsar Observatories
Campaign for Dark Skies

Sky Camp Etiquette
Cars
No car movements on the fields after dark.
Lights
No car interior or boot lights on after sunset (remove fuse or cover with opaque tape). Only RED torches are to be used at night with light facing down. Shield computer screens and naked flames. No bright laser pointers. STRICTLY NO GREEN LASERS (these can potentially be dangerous). Call "Lights in 3 seconds" if a bright light is unavoidable. Toilet block lights will be shielded during the main weekend.
Noise and music
Please avoid loud talking, noise, music and computer audio throughout the night until 10.00 a.m. the next morning. Please be considerate, astronomers are often glad of a lie-in the following morning.
Children and dogs
Children and dogs are very welcome at the event, but please keep them under control. Remember, the field is dark, there is valuable equipment and astronomers will have carefully aligned their telescopes.
Rubbish
The site is rich in wildlife and a very pleasant place to stay, so please keep it that way. Use suitable containers and dispose of rubbish, litter and dog mess appropriately.
Safety
This is a dark skies event so you are advised to take care at all times. It is the responsibility of everyone to act in a safe manner.

Thank you. We hope you enjoy your time at the Equinox Sky Camp.

Sky Camp Q&A
Who Organises the Autumn Sky Camp?
The Autumn Sky Camp is coordinated by the Loughton Astronomical Society together with Kelling Heath management for bringing like-minded astronomers together. Kelling Heath retain overall control of the whole site at all times, managing the camp site, the observing fields, taking bookings and providing all the camp site facilities.
Where do my camp site booking fees go?
You book your place on the camp site with Kelling Heath and pay your fees to Kelling Heath. They use the money to run their business providing camping facilities. Note: They do provide a special rate to astronomers attending Sky Camp, so be sure to tell Kelling Heath that you are booking for Sky Camp. What do people say about Sky Camp?
Videos taken by visitors to Sky Camp and astronomy at Kelling Heath.
Mark Radice - Refreshing Views
North Norfolk's dark skies from Kelling Heath
I read that there is a restriction on all male or female groups?
The normal restrictions on all male or female groups are relaxed for those attending Sky Camp.
Where should I book my pitch?
The red field is the farthest from the main site and tends to book up first. The pitches towards the northern end are considered the best. A few of the pitches at the southern end are below trees and not good for observing. The yellow and blue fields are also used for observing and are also covered by the no-lights rules but are closer to some of the other facilities.