East Coast Star Party


Video background was created by Melvin Sprull

A time lapse video taken at the location where the East Coast Star Party will be held. This is a video of an event the club refers to as Nightwatch. If you look closely you can see that a rocket launch from Florida was captured on this evening. The video was filmed on September 24, 2022 at the Chippokes State Park, Virginia.


  • Melvin M Spruill


Thursday, September 14 - Sunday, September 17

The East Coast Star Party (ECSP), formerly hosted by BBAA member Kent Blackwell at Hampton Lodge Campground in Coinjock, North Carolina is BACK! The campground in North Carolina was sold, so BBAA members found a new location, and the star party is starting back this fall at Chippokes State Park in Surry, VA. As in the past, the party will run from Thursday through Sunday morning. The BBAA will host a Saturday afternoon cookout. We will provide hot dogs, hamburgers and soft drinks. In the past many attendees added their own dishes, and that tradition is being encouraged again. The event usually turns into a grand pot luck feast. All are welcome to attend. We look forward to slowly ramping up activities as the star party progresses.


Friday, September 15 from 6PM - 10PM

The Back Bay Amateur Astronomers and the Chippokes State Park rangers encourage the members of the public to attend on Friday evening for the public star party. From 6-10pm, BBAA members will use their telescopes to share the night time sky with park visitors. Please feel free to ask questions and look through all of telescopes during this public outreach event.

We all want to have a great time at the star party. Please follow these simple rules that keep things fun for everybody.

This event is NOT weather dependent and is held rain or shine.

Photos from past ECSP

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Kent Blackwell at the spring 2018 ECSP - Credit: Shawn Loescher
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2003 East Coast Star Party - Credit: Kent Blackwell
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2014 East Coast Star Party - Credit: Kent Blackwell
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2014 East Coast Star Party - Credit: Chuck Jagow
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2014 East Coast Star Party - Credit: Chuck Jagow
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2018 Dee and Roy - Credit: Chuck Jagow
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Georgie June - Credit: Chuck Jagow
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2014 East Coast Star Party - Credit: Leigh Anne Lagoe