Star Party Etiquette
These rules are intended to help maintain access and
use of the Saguaro Astronomy Club observing sites for as many members
and their guests as possible, while preserving the conditions that have
brought us out to enjoy the sky. Following these rules will permit everyone
to pursue the study and enjoyment of astronomy to the fullest satisfaction.
If you are new to the Club, or it has been a while since
you have been to a part party, please take a few minutes to review these
basic rules. Please don't hesitate to ask questions if anything is unclear.
Members are Responsible for
All non-members are considered
``Invited Guests,'' and must observe the rules.
Consumption of Alcoholic
Beverages is Prohibited.
|No Open Fires Permitted
Do Not Litter!
Everyone shall be responsible
for their litter. If you bring it in, take it with you when
you leave. Access to the observing site depends upon each
member complying with this rule.
No White Lights after Dark!
Use dim red lights after
sundown. Use only the minimum light necessary for safety.
If you must use lights, please ask first, to avoid spoiling
someone's night vision or astrophoto. Shield or turn off automatic
car door or trunk lights (Pull the fuses if necessary.)
Park Based on your Observing
Park facing towards the
exit, to avoid having to backup using backup lights. If you
planning to leave early, park close to the exit. If you do
not bring a telescope, park away from observers and walk over.
|Five MPH is the maximum
speed while on observing field to keep dust to a minimum.
Bring Observers Only
Small children and pets
generally do not enjoy star parties, and can be annoying to
others. Please leave them at home if possible.
Keep Noise to a Minimum
Please, no loud radios,
tape players, CB, CDs, horns, yelling, etc.
Plan Your Departure
Normal departure times are
scheduled hourly after 10 PM. (Astrophotographers please note!)
During the winter, departure times usually start an hour earlier.
Use Parking Lights Only - No Headlights, Please! If leaving
at other times, Please announce in advance (to save night
vision and astrophotographer's tempers), and have someone
lead your vehicle out with a flashlight.
Never be the Next to the Last
Don't leave someone alone
at the observing site without first checking with them. Dead
car batteries, vandals...
The above rules are general guidelines. All SAC members
and their guests should be considerate and conscious of other members'
feelings and conduct themselves accordingly.
Each person must help protect the Club's continuing privilege
of access to the observing site by acting in an orderly and responsible
manner at all times, by obeying these rules and all other applicable City,
County, State, and Forest Service rules and regulations.