IceInSpace AstroCamp, 24th - 26th April 2014
The IceInSpace AstroCamp (IISAC) at Lostock, now in its 8th year, is back again!
IISAC2014 is a star party organised by the IceInSpace community and held over 3 nights, from the 24th to the 27th April 2013, at Lostock Scout Camp in the beautiful Hunter Valley area of NSW. The location was chosen because of its proximity to Sydney, the Central Coast and Newcastle, and at under 4 hours drive from Sydney you'll be amongst clear, very dark skies in a lovely country setting. If you want to see pictures and read reports from the three previous IISAC events, check out the Previous IISAC Events page.
There is bunkbed accomodation for up to 35 people in the two onsite farmhouses, or you can camp out in the large fields which have held over 500 scouts - so space is not a problem! The farmhouses also have a BBQ, full kitchen facilities, 240v power, 10 showers and 10 toilets, fridges and freezers. For off-site accomodation, the Lostock Caravan Park is only 6 km's away on the edge of Lostock Dam.
There'll be plenty to do when it's not dark, with a swimming hole to cool off during the hot summer days, as well as organised talks and workshops to cater for both newcomers and experienced amateur astronomers alike. You can go for leisurely drives through beautiful rolling hills, or a short trip takes you to the popular Hunter Valley wineries area.
The IceInSpace AstroCamp is the no-fuss star party - come to relax, to have fun, to unwind and to meet some of the great, friendly people that make up the wider IceInSpace family. And when it's clear, observe under brilliant dark skies and take home memories you'll cherish forever.
The AstroCamp is not restricted to IceInSpace forum members, it's open to anyone from anywhere! Of course we'd love you to join the forum community and join in the discussions and the fun, and we're very welcoming to newcomers.
Come for one night or stay for all three! We look forward to seeing you there!
A very big thanks to our generous sponsors who have donated prizes to IceInSpace AstroCamp 2014. They are:
Features of the Site
Competitions and Prizes
Lucky Door Prizes
Like previous IISAC's, there will be just 3 prizes; 3 lucky winners.
The following prizes are up for grabs, thanks to our generous sponsors.
The Important Competition Rules are set out in the Rules and Conditions section below. Please make sure you read them.
What To Bring!
Following is a list of items we strongly recommend that you bring to the AstroCamp.
Things to Know!
Along with the What to Bring section above, here are a few important things to know if coming to the IceInSpace AstroCamp 2014 at Lostock.
Daytime Activities, Guest Speakers and Workshops
A number of activities are planned to keep us busy during the day, while still allowing plenty of time to just relax, or go on sight-seeing tours of the Hunter Valley or local surrounds.
Please see the Programme of Events for the day and time that these activities are on.
The following guest speakers have agreed to share their time and expertise and give talks at IISAC2014:
For other help needed or impromptu workshops, a whiteboard located at the bottom house HQ will be used as a "community noticeboard" to get people together. It will be used both for people that need assistance and those that have the expertise to assist.
Please don't be afraid to ask for help! Most amateur astronomers are happy to help and share their expertise when they can - we all started out by asking heaps of questions!
Vendor Stalls and Swap Meet
Unfortunately due to lack of interest in previous years, there will be no formal vendor stalls. However any attendees, please feel free to bring along any equipment you want to try and sell at the camp. The best time and place will be at the marquee and undercover area at the bottom house, on Friday and Saturday mornings.
You can also leave any notes or messages on the white board or signs listing your equipment for sale and how/where to find you.
IISAC Community Sausage Sizzle
Saturday afternoon at 2:30pm! See below under Food and Beverage for more information.
What's in the Sky at Lostock?
April is a great time to be observing under a dark sky. Wind your planetarium software forward and see what great stuff is on offer! Here is a sample of objects that will be in favourable viewing positions during the IceInSpace AstroCamp 2014.
Check out the IISAC2014 sky list for some more detail.
Night Sky Tours
Night Sky Tours will be conducted each night from 7:30pm on the lower field. Representatives from the Three Rivers Foundation (3RF) will have a number of large dobsonian telescopes (18" and above) through which you will be able to see amazing galaxies, nebulas, globular clusters and more.
Food and Beverage
On Saturday afternoon, we will be hosting the IISACCSS (IISAC Community Sausage Sizzle)! It's the only excuse you need to come and meet the IceInSpace community, meet new people and make new friends, ask questions and get information, or simply to have a good time and relax in a great atmosphere.
The fry-up will be taking place on Saturday afternoon at around 2:30pm. Bring $2 along for the sausage sizzle and bring your own drinks and snacks. The group photo will take place afterwards.
The bunkhouses have fridges and freezers, as well as a full kitchen, cooking facilities and 2 BBQ's. You are welcome to use the facilities provided and they are available for use by all paid attendees. If you use the cooking facilities (BBQ, Kitchen etc) PLEASE clean up after yourself!
The nearest shops for restocking and supplies are in Gresford, which is about a 25-30 minute drive from the camp.
IISAC2014 T-shirts are available for order through the IceInSpace Shop. They will need to be added to your cart separately from your camp booking. If you're not attending the camp but still wish to purchase an IISAC2014 t-shirt, please order through the IceInSpace Shop.
The shirts are available in the following sizes:
The shirts will be available for collection at IISAC2014.
Prices and Booking
Book early! Bunkbed accommodation is limited, so be fast to secure your spot. On the booking form, you'll choose your option of bunkbed, camping or off-site accommodation.
Click on the button below to open the registration form and book your place!
Here's what a few people had to say after previous IISAC's:
Rules and Conditions
Swimming Hole Rules
Lucky Door Prize Rules
Here are some pictures of previous IISAC events, so you can get a feel for what it will be like to be there for this years IISAC event!