The Mason Dixon Star Party is on sabbaticalEmergency Contact:
Emergency messages may be left on the YCAS messaging system. Messages are checked infrequently, and not on any particular time schedule. Please leave only emergency messages.
YCAS members will be working at the Star Party and emails will not be checked over the weekend.
1 What is the
The MDSP stands for the Mason Dixon Star Party. The MDSP is hosted by the York County Astronomical Society of York County, Pennsylvania. A star party is large gathering of amateur astronomers who meet, typically for a weekend for observations, and other activities, such as education, presentations, and other fun activities. [top]
The price of our shirts, sweatshirts and golf shirts do not include shipping. Clothing can be picked up at the information desk after you check in at the registration tent. If you need anything shipped to you, please contact us to make arrangements. [top]
PETS ARE allowed, but must be kept on a leash, and cleaned up after. [top]
All checks received will be cashed on Saturday morning of that week. [top]
Notice: If using Generators please Ask at Registration check in on where parking for use of generators is. Generators are for daytime use ONLY Hours are 10am to 6pm. No night time use, no exceptions. [top]
YES! The day rate includes night time observing. You may bring your observing equipment and set up with everyone else, but you may not camp at the event site. The day rate does not include any camping privileges. [top]
Permission to stay past our advertised times will be at the discretion of YCAS for an additional fee†and are undetermined at this time. [top]
As indicated on the registration pages, all registrations are non-refundable. Although it may not be apparent to attendees, there are vast amounts of planning and preparations that go into a Star Party. Along with this, there are large fixed costs that are not refundable for the event organizers. Our registrations fees are on par with other star parties. The registration fee also includes a seat at the presentations, free raffle tickets, and other events. Inclement weather may depress the amount of attendees, but it will improve your chances on winning a raffle prize! [top]
Surf to our Maps & Directions page. [top] Also see aerial map of MDSP.
Coordinates: TBA [top]
Camping spaces will not be assigned. They are on a†1st come basis. If you need additional space for other club members, so you can all camp together, please let us know when you register. Also, once you chose a space for your group, be sure to let the registration desk know where you are so we can notify the rest of your group when they arrive. You may set up your telescope, and park, at your campsite. [top]
Early arrivals TBA. [top]
Notice of Vendor times will be announced. [top]
Yes cell connections are available. [top]
Yes. The MDSP is held on private land. "Please Drink Responsibly" otherwise you will be held accountable! [top]
Yes there are hot showers and heated bathrooms. [top]
We donít normally confirm unless someone specifically asked to have a confirmation sent. The PayPal receipt or cleared check seems to function well enough. [top]
Places to stay: TBA