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       Golden State Star Party (GSSP)        


Every summer there is a fantastic star party near Adin, in northern Calif., just about 2 hours east of Redding on Highway 299. It is held at Frosty Acres, the property of a rancher that raises cattle. The skies here are some of the best in California. The altitude is about 4200' and just about perfect for either visual observing or imaging. The star party is set up in a field with extremely low horizons 360º all around, and has pleasant temperatures at night. Usually just a sweatshirt is needed. During the day temps. hover in the 80-90º range. Winds can get up to 20 mph with gusts up to around 30 mph, so tents and shade tents must be anchored with heavy tent stakes. The event is set up to handle 400 people and their telescopes. The field is laid out like regular neighborhood with named streets and there is plenty of room for all. There are areas for tent campers as well areas for those with RVs.

There are several things that make GSSP a truly special event.
One - is that you can sign up for up to three dinners. The Albough family brings out their BBQ cooking trailer and prepares a wonderful beef dinner buffet style. The local community also holds their annual fund raising day
the astronomers are there, so you can get dinner, desert and something fun to drink while contributing to a worthy cause.

Two -
there is a shower truck on the property and it is open all day. There's nothing like getting a nice cool shower after a hot and sweaty day before a great night of observing.

hree - the town of Adin is just a few minutes drive away and has a general store for sandwiches, ice or just about anything else you might need. In town there is also a hamburger shop if you need a burger fix. Their milkshakes are pretty good
, too! During the day there are lots of day-trip places to go in the area, too. While you're gone your gear will be safe and sound as there are volunteers that man the gate during the day.

Here is a link to the GSSP Website. Pre-registration usually begins right after the new year begins in January.
Everything you need is on the website.

Golden State Star Party (GSSP)

lease contact Ron Yelton if you have any questions.  ryelton660@aol.com