For over 30¬†years, the RASC Halifax Centre and other local groups¬†have hosted the Nova East Star Party.¬†It¬†was originally established as the camping and observing weekend for the Halifax Centre and has grown to include participants from other astronomy clubs in the Atlantic region, and a number of attendees from the northeastern United States.
All participants come to enjoy dark skies on a weekend near the new Moon phase towards the end of summer. Nova East¬†is¬†held at Smiley's Provincial Park, near Windsor, Nova Scotia.¬†A limiting magnitude of +6 is the norm.¬†
Nova East registrants have access to all events, including all talks, workshops and presentations, three nights of observing (weather permitting!), the potluck BBQ, the astronomers' breakfasts and the door prizes draw. Nova East Registrants have onsite parking (if camping) or adjacent site parking (if not camping).
In 2019, the RASC Halifax Centre revised the structure and criteria of the astrophotography contest that had traditionally been part of Nova East. There are now 3 categories to enter favourite photos - Deep-Sky, Wide-Field and Solar System.¬†The 2019¬†winners¬†can be seen here.