Come to Leeuwenboschfontein from the 10th to the 15th of March and share some of the darkest skies you are likely to find this close to Cape Town with a group of like-minded astronomy enthusiasts. There will be no talks or formal gatherings, so social distancing and adherence to the Covid-19 rules will always be under your own control. There is also more than enough space on the lawn, and elsewhere at Leeuwenboschfontein, to ensure that all the social distancing rules can be complied with while observing. Bring your telescope(s), binoculars, camera, or whatever you wish to bring, and spend a weekend observing and, if you wish, talking astronomy. If you don’t want to bring any equipment just bring yourselves and enjoy Leeuwenboschfontein by day and the stars at night.
You are more than welcome to come earlier in the week if you would like to have more observing time, but I suspect most people will probably only arrive on Friday. When you come is not important, but it is important that you do come, please.
You have to book your own accommodation. You can camp or book into one of the chalets or houses and share or not share, whichever takes your fancy. In March the weather will still be warm enough to make Leeuwenboschfontein the ideal venue to relax during the daytime and do some serious observing after dark under their pristine skies. Although we expect mild weather, please bring along warm clothing, because Leeuwenboschfontein has a sneaky habit of slipping in the odd very cold night when you least expect it.
This is not a Southern Star Party and StarPeople are not presenting anything. We are only putting the suggestion/invitation out to lure astronomy enthusiasts into coming to Leeuwenboschfontein for some serious stargazing. Nothing is pre-organized, nothing will be presented, no guest speakers, no coffee & rusks, so there will also be no registration fee.
Please phone Hermien at 023 004 1307 and make a booking, she would love to hear from you. In case you have forgotten what the accommodation at Leeuwenboschfontein entails, pop over to their website at http://leeuwenboschfontein.co.za/tariffs/ and check it out.
Important Notice – 26/01/2021. During the upcoming Deep Sky outing at LBF in March the LBF Observatory will be available for all persons attending who wish to do astrophotography. This means the astrophotographers can go about their work without worrying that their various (and numerous) light sources will be bothering the ordinary observers. There is no fee for the use of the LBF Observatory.