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
Location: Smileys Provincial Park, Hants County,
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.
REGISTER SOON: T-SHIRT DEADLINE JULY 21st
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.
Astrophotography contest: see below
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.