Report 02: 12th SSP. (October 26 – 31, 2016)

The 12th SSP was held at Night Sky Caravan Park, Bonnievale, South Africa, from 26 to 31 October 2016.

Who was there?

Rene Auras, Tyron Auras, Deon Begeman, Ronelle Begeman, Dominique Brink, Johan Brink, Nellie Brink, Alan Cassells, Rose Cassells, Pamela Cooper, Lynn Court, Caitlin Cupido, Caycee Cupido, Gavin Cupido, Karin de Bruin, Chris de Coning, Andre de Villiers, Pierre de Villiers, Wanda Diaz-Merced, Barry Dumas, Miemie Dumas, Arnè Esterhuizen, Iain Finlay, Chris Forder, Edward Foster, Lynnette Foster, Louis Fourie, Peter Harvey, Susan Joubert, Robert Ketteringham, Evan Knox-Davies, Bennie Kotze, Nicolas Kröner, Thomas Kröner, Paul Kruger, Anna Kunz, Ruth Kuys, Lee Labuschagne, Martin Lyons, Eddy Nijeboer, Jannie Nijeboer, Laura Norris, Peter Norton, Marius Reitz, John Richards, Leslie Rose, Rogan Roth, Auke Slotegraaf, James Smith, Lena Smith, Herman Steyn, Kiona van der Merwe, Corne van Dyk, Juanita van Rensburg, Chris Vermeulen, Wendy Vermeulen and Abigail Zwartz-Cupido.

Several party-goers took good advantage of the extended dates; Eddy & Jannie Nijeboer, Barry & Miemie Dumas, Louis Fourie, Auke Slotegraaf, Amar Sharma, Alan & Rose Cassells, and Edward & Lynnette Foster will be staying 5 nights or more.


Group photo

Photos by Paul Kruger

Photos by Chris de Coning

Photos by Chris Vermeulen


Wednesday, October 26 & Thursday, October 27

20:00 Observing and such.

Friday, October 28

18:00 Meet & Greet in the Social Tent; introduce yourself to everyone while enjoying a cup of coffee (or tea).
18:30 Prepare for the night’s observing. Constellation Exploration (ConEx) participants, please make sure your telescopes are set up in the special designated area.
19:30 If you registered for the Beginners Programme, meet with Edward and Lynnette in the Social Tent; don’t forget your chair. Everyone else, join Auke in the Telescope Area for the What’s Up Tonight. Remember to bring a chair.
20:30 If you registered for the Deep-Sky Challenge, then go at it! If you registered for ConEx, join Auke in the Telescope Area. Everyone else, enjoy the night’s observing, socializing, and chilling!
00:00 Beginners Programme for Friday ends.

Saturday, October 29

00:30 Round #2 of Constellation Exploring in the Telescope Area.
05:00 Get ready for Sirius B! (Finder chart in your SSPassport.)
08:30 Beginners Programme resumes in the Social Tent.
10:30 Tea & coffee in the Social Tent.

11:00 Speaker: Prof Herman Steyn (Stellenbosch University)
“Space missions from Rosetta to CubeSats”

12:00 Short talk: Dr Pierre de Villiers (ASSA Hermanus)
“A novel observatory in the making”

12:30 Feedback: Share your observing highlights from last night

12:45 News Update: Fresh news from the world’s press release

13:00 Braai.

14:56 Lucky Draw – but only if you’re in the Social Tent on time!

15:00 Speaker: Martin Lyons (Somerset West)
“Caring and obsessing over optics – a layman’s perspective”

15:30 Short Talk: Auke Slotegraaf (Centre for Astronomical Heritage)
“An update and a call to arms”

15:45 Speaker: Dr Wanda Diaz-Merced (Puerto Rico)
“How a blind astronomer found a way to hear the stars”
16:30 Group photo outside the Social Tent.
17:30 Demonstration: How to clean eyepieces.
17:45 World Famous SSP Pub Quiz in the Social Tent.
19:00 Instructions on setting up and using telescopes for newcomers.
19:30 Supper and prepare for the night’s observing.
20:30 Beginners Programme resumes.
20:30 Constellation Exploration resumes in the Telescope Area.
20:30 Deep-Sky Challenge resumes.
00:00 Beginners Programme ends.

Sunday, October 30

03:30 Deep-Sky Challenge ends. Find Auke in the dark, with your notes!
09:00 Tea & coffee in the Social Tent.
10:00 Farewell until next time!
• 2017 Summer SSP, February 22 – 27, at Leeuwenboschfontein
• 2017 Spring SSP, October 18 – 23.
20:00 More observing and such

Monday, October 31

10:00 Social Tent will be taken down.
Farewell until next time!