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Green Bank Star Quest

 Optical "Star Party" & Conference

    June 26th - June 29th, 2019






Star Quest is a Production of the

Central Appalachian Astronomy Club


 Is A Premier Star Party

Our event is held at an excellent dark sky site: the Green Bank Observatory in Green Bank, WV.  We feature a distinguished keynote speaker EVERY evening, with presentations on the latest in astronomy and space sciences. Clinics and additional presentations are held daily (indoors) on multiple subjects including Astrophotography. Solar and night-time observing with our amazing dark skies are available right from your campsite.  The campground has graveled roads, sanitary stations and a HOT shower facility close by.  We feature: a Large Raffle Drawing (the 2018 event had about 84 prizes). We provide Children's Activities that are both fun and educational, which are given by our club's NASA ambassadors.  There is a Cafeteria and a Snack Bar, which serve hot meals, sandwiches, ice cream and more. Vendors on site. The 4-day registration fee is just $100. Limited bunkhouse accommodations for additional fee. Breakfast and Supper buffet available for purchase from GBO and served in their cafeteria. For additional information, see the other pages of this website, listed in menu at the top of this page. 

 Science Center              











Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope

The Bunkhouse

Campground / observing field


 Keynote Speakers Announced 

WEDNESDAY: TERRY TREES:  Chairman, Mid-East Regional Astronomical League

THURSDAY: TERRY MANN:  Vice-President of the Ohio Chapter of the International Dark-Sky Association; Chair of the Great Lakes Region of the Astronomical League; Astro Imager; Aurora Chaser.

FRIDAY: G. WESLEY (WES) PATTERSON:  Planetary Exploration Group (SRE), Space Exploration Sector (SES), Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

SATURDAY: SHANE LARSON:  Research Associate Professor KF7W0Z, Associate Director, CIERA (Northwestern University Center for Interdisciplinary Exploration and Research in Astrophysics); Fellow, American Physical Society

The topics of these talks will be posted as soon as they are available.


Star Quest attendees


Putting on this event takes months of planning and hard work by CAAC members. Please note that changes can and do occur. We will do our best to inform you of any updates via this website and our Facebook page.  We are not responsible for unforeseen changes or typographical errors.