Nova East Etiquette 2023
To make Nova East an enjoyable and safe experience for everyone, we would appreciate your co-operation in following these Star Party rules of etiquette.
- WHITE LIGHTS, RED LIGHTS, & GREEN LASERS
Green Laser Pointers (GLPs) are only to be used by Certified users providing the Sky Tour and Binocular Table events. Otherwise GLPs are not permitted at Nova East. Focussed white light pointers (e.g. Maglites) are not to be used after 11:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights, and not at all on Sunday night. Please respect these rules.
White lights ruin our night vision and our ability to see the night sky. Please do not operate a white light source on the site after dark. Cover flashlights and/or car lights with a red film filter(available at the registration desk if needed).
- CARS AT NIGHT & NON-CAMPERS
Parking in the observing field area is limited to campers only; parking for non-camping participants is available inside the Park near the observing site. Cars cannot be moved in/out of the observing field from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. If you need your vehicle between dusk and dawn, move it to the nearby non-camping parking area ahead of time for an easy departure. Check at the Nova East Event Pavilion for directions.
- QUIET TIME
Quiet time is to be observed from 1:00 AM - 8:00 AM.
- CHILDREN, PETS and VALUABLES
Supervision of children on site is the responsibility of parents or adults accompanying the children. Park rules require pets to be kept on a leash at all times. In consideration of all in attendance at Nova East, registrants are required to have pets under control at all times. Please protect your valuables as Nova East is not responsible for lost or stolen articles.
- ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES
No alcoholic beverages are allowed to be consumed on site.
- HEADPHONES? YES. BOOMBOXES? NO.
One person's music is another person's noise. If you want music, please use headphones.
- IF YOU SMOKE, PLEASE BE CONSIDERATE
Do not smoke in or near the Event Pavilion, or upwind of observers.
- BE SOMEBODY—WEAR YOUR NAME TAG
It takes time to link names and faces. Please wear your name tag throughout Nova East so others can get to know you. White strings identify Registrants whereas orange strings indicate Speakers, NE Planning Committee, Telescope Medics, and Volunteers.
- FOLLOW ALL PARK RULES
A copy of park rules is available at the park entrance.