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The dates for the 2017 MegaMeet, the annual LVAAS weekend camping and observing event, held at our Pulpit Rock Astronomical Park are:
May 26 to 28, 2017 with no rain date.
Please contact Tom Duff, MegaMeet Coordinator for more details. 
Visitors to the site are strongly encouraged to use bear safe practices.  Click on the following for BEAR SAFETY tips.

MegaMeet 2017 will be held May 26 to 28, 2017 at our Pulpit Rock Facility.

MegaMeet is LVAAS’s bare bones star party, without vendors, speakers, or registration fees. Members in good standing of regional amateur astronomy clubs are invited to attend
MegaMeet attendees can either come for the evening observing sessions or camp for the weekend. Camping is encouraged, but space is limited. Initial access to the site is via a locked gate which will be attended during sign-in hours shown below.
For LVAAS members without gate keys and regional club members, access will be available Friday May26th from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM and Saturday May 27 from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM. Upon access to the site you will receive the combination to the special gate lock used for this event, and will be free to come and go until 12:00 noon on Sunday. There is no fee for attending or camping. However, please notify Tom Duff, our MegaMeet coordinator, of your intention to attend so we can obtain a head count and plan accordingly. Please provide your name, number of people in your party and if you plan to camp or just observe. Also advise Tom if you can volunteer for gate duty during the event.
Access to the site, behind the locked gate, is via 2 miles of some rather steep gravel mountain road. The road is in good shape and is readily accessible for cars and light trucks, however if you are towing a small camper it is recommended that your vehicle be 4-wheel drive. Larger campers should not attempt to access the site.
FOOD SERVICE - There will be a tent set up for the entire weekend with a gas grill, coffee, sodas, and bottled water. As in past years, the food service will be a “supply and cook your own, self-serve”, and you will be on your honor for payment of sodas and bottles of water. If you do plan on bringing your own food and cook it yourself, you must use either charcoal or gas for cooking as no open fires are permitted on site. Please remember we have had bear sightings in the area, so do not leave food in tents or exposed, and put all trash in the provided covered garbage containers.
As a reminder, there is no potable water on site, so you will have to bring your own drinking or cooking water.  Also, there are no shower facilities; however, there is a flush toilet available on site. 
Please visit our web site at Pulpit Rock Astronomical Park for pictures of the site and directions. Questions can be directed to Tom Duff at the e-mail address above. or visit our on-line forum.  


 Pulpit Rock Astronomical Park
Lat: 40º 35’ 78” N
Lon: 75º 55’ 57” W
Alt: 1,584 feet
Mag Dev: 11º 57’ W

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