Star Party

The 2023 Hidden Hollow Astronomy Conference will be held Friday, September 15 – Saturday, September 16, 2023!

Long-time star party fans know the legend of Hidden Hollow as one of the friendliest and most comfortable conferences around. We’re nestled deep in the woods of Hidden Hollow resident camp in northeast Ohio near the town of Mansfield. Each year we provide some of the finest guest speakers available, and they join in the fun!

We provide cabins, bunkhouses, and showers for your comfort. We also have primitive/boondocking/dry camping sites for tent and RV camping and modern restrooms.

If it rains, it’s no problem. We have indoor facilities and all activities go on. There are warm areas where you can gather to converse, places to watch movies, play cards or just hang out. The observing field is well-drained and groomed with plenty of “space” to go around.

One of the most appealing parts about Hidden Hollow is the location itself. Even if you aren’t interested in staying up all night observing, you’ll fully appreciate the fine scenery of the camp itself. During the Fall season, Ohio offers some of the most spectacular foliage in the United States, and the pristine, quiet and peaceful surroundings of Hidden Hollow are an ideal place to relax and have an enjoyable weekend. There are plenty of trails to walk in the woods and nearby attractions, restaurants, hotels and shopping. Children and families are always welcome here!

Thanks to wide open spaces and peaceful seclusion, you’ll have a wonderful time at the Hidden Hollow Astronomy Conference. During your weekend stay, you’ll be treated like family as you enjoy our workshops, contests, programs, fantastic prizes and observing. We welcome visitors of all ages, and you’ll find that no matter where you roam… There’s no place like our home in Hidden Hollow!

Order your T-Shirt before August 31 here –  Hidden Hollow 2023 T-Shirt Order

Speaker Schedule

Friday, Sept 15

6:00 PM   TBD, by Tom Wertman, State Director at MUFON of Ohio

Saturday, Sept 16th

10:00 AM   How to Run a Small Astronomy Business, by Bob Morrow, owner of Bob’s Knobs

11:30 AM   Ohio Meteorites, by James St. John, Senior Lecturer of Earth Sciences at Ohio State University

12:00 PM   Lunch Break

1:00 PM   Keynote: The Solar System and Beyond, by Jeffrey Woytach, Systems Engineer at NASA Glenn Research Center

2:30 PM   The Obi-Wan Kenobi of Stars, by Curtis McCully, Astrodata Scientist at Las Cumbres Observatory 

4:00 PM   Eclipse Chasing, by George Eberts and Tom O’Grady, Astronomy Assistants at Ohio University

5:30 PM  A Look Behind Sky and Telescope Magazine, by Peter Tyson, Editor in Chief at Sky & Telescope Magazine

Educational Class Registration:

Take a look at the educational classes and sign up!

Solar Filter Making Class (pdf)

Painting Class (pdf)

General Information:

Hidden Hollow 2023 Flyer (pdf)

Hidden Hollow 2023 Registration (pdf)

Nearby Hotels and Restaurants (pdf)

Map for Exiting I-71 (pdf)

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