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.
are Responsible for their Guests.
All non-members are considered ``Invited Guests,''
and must observe the rules.
Consumption of Alcoholic Beverages is Prohibited.
Open Fires Permitted.
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.
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.)
on your Observing Plan.
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.
Small children and pets generally do not enjoy
star parties, and can be annoying to others. Please
leave them at home if possible.
to a Minimum.
Please, no loud radios, tape players, CB, CDs,
horns, yelling, etc.
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.
the Next to the Last to Leave.
Don't leave someone alone at the observing
site without first checking with them. Dead car batteries,
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