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NOVA EAST 2017 will be held July 28-30, 2017

Nova East, Atlantic Canada's longest-running Star Party
August 26 - 28, 2016

This year's theme: 30 years of Astronomy at Nova East

2016 Guest Speaker: Dr. Roy Bishop

Organized by the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, Halifax Centre
and the Minas Astronomy Group

Location: Smileys Provincial Park, Hants County, Nova Scotia

Welcome to the home page of Nova East 2016, the 30th anniversary of Atlantic Canada's regional star party. Nova East was originally established as the camping and observing weekend for the Halifax Centre, and has grown to include participants from many other astronomy clubs in the Atlantic region, and a number of attendees from the northeastern United States. All participants come to enjoy dark skies. A limiting magnitude of +6 is the norm. Nova East occurs on a weekend near the new Moon phase towards the end of summer.

Astrophotography contest: see below

Door Prizes: There will be several excellent door prizes at Nova East, including a SkyWatcher observing chair. Our main door prize is a Celestron Prodigy 6, fully automatic, Go-To telescope, valued at over $1,400.00. Remember you have to be present at the draw on Saturday evening to win.

Dr. Roy Bishop, is the keynote speaker and special guest at Nova East 2016 and the title of his talk will be:

“Sky Perspectives: Notes from a 77-orbit Visit to the Third Planet”

Dr. Bishop is Emeritus Professor of Physics at Acadia University and a long-time member of the Halifax Centre of the RASC. He was the Centre President 40 years ago and is our current Honorary President. He edited the RASC Observer's Handbook (informally known as the “Bible According to Bishop”) for a Saros period (editions 1982 - 2000) as well as serving a two year term as the National President. He has been honored with the naming of asteroid (6901) Roybishop, by induction into Nova Scotia's Discovery Centre Hall of Fame, and with a Fellowship in the RASC.
Dr. Bishop's steadfast and influential work, over four decades, has helped raise the global reputation of the RASC to that of a leading astronomical organization. His reputation for, and insistence on, scientific accuracy, thoroughness, and integrity, has guided and maintained the RASC on the path of excellence. Dr. Bishop and his wife, Gertrude, have three children and seven grandchildren. That one of those grandchildren is a pilot with Air Canada makes him realize how the years have flown.

Features of the 2016 Nova East

Saturday evening BBQ: All welcome. We will cook up a delicious BBQ and just ask for registrants to bring a dessert, appetizers/finger food, salad, snacks or rolls (or a $5 donation to help out with the cost). Please indicate on your registration form if you plan to attend and what you might bring (or contact ).

Door prizes: Each registrant will receive a door prize ticket. There will be some “right some good” prizes to be won!

30 observing objects: All registrants will receive a star map and a list of 30 observing objects visible from NE. See how many objects you can find. No prizes, just bragging rights!

Astrophotography contest: We will host an astrophotography contest for NE registrants.
All submissions of astronomical subject matter will be considered (including atmospheric events).
All entrants must be registered for Nova East, but you don't have to be present to win.
First prize will be a framed print of the winning submission.
Photos will be judged based on the following criteria: astronomical interest, originality, artistic value, and technical merit.
Please send one submission per registrant in PDF format to .
We will confirm receipt of submission.
The contest closes on August 1st 2016.

Swap Meet table: Got something to sell? Looking for something to buy? We will host a swap meet table in the Event Building at noon on Saturday.

Public observing: Both Friday and Saturday evenings from dusk until 11 p.m. No laser pointers after 11 p.m. please.

This picture of Roy Bishop was taken in Winnipeg in 2012 by Dave Chapman. Roy and Dave had flown to Winnipeg for clear skies in order to observe the transit of Venus.

The sensational photograph of a double rainbow over Woolsthorpe Manor, Sir Isaac Newton's birthplace, was taken by Roy Bishop on Oct 7, 1979.

Last Updated: July 2016