Hosted by Door Peninsula Astronomical Society

MAY 4-5, 2018 at The Lodge at Leathem-Smith


[Audrey Fischer's note: I am honored to be an invited speaker for this event. If you live in the Chicago region and want to car-pool to NCRAL2018, feel free to contact me at; put "NCRAL carpool" in the subject line. I have room for a couple people w/or without telescopes.]


"Dark Skies for Bright Stars"


Following this theme, speakers are scheduled, the venue set, and a very interesting NCRAL 2018 is expected. Registration will open January 1, 2018.  Located in Door County Wisconsin, which offers dark sky and beautiful natural surroundings, Door Peninsula Astronomical Society (DPAS) will host the meeting at the Lodge at Leathem Smith in Sturgeon Bay, WI.  We will be celebrating the recent designation of nearby Newport State Park as an International Dark Sky Site, the first in Wisconsin and only the 13th in the entire United States.  Anyone wishing to visit the site can bring viewing equipment or visit this beautiful park the day before or after the meeting.


On Friday evening members of DPAS will open our observatory and Astronomy Center for viewing and tours of the facilities.  During the day Saturday we will be having an astronomy photo contest and astronomy related poetry contest.  Bring any number of your own photos printed any size and original poems for voting by all participants.


The list of speakers follows and the subjects will prove to be on very timely topics.

A block of rooms with special rates has been set aside.  Contact information is on the registration form.  Payment for the meeting registration can be made by check to DPAS or through PayPal after the first of the year.  Questions can be directed to


Members of DPAS cordially invite you and your guests to join us here in beautiful Door County, Wisconsin for an informative and relaxing weekend with fellow amateur astronomers.  

A block of 30 rooms at special rates will be held until March 15, 2018 at the Lodge at Leathem-Smith. After that date rates will revert to the standard seasonal rates. You MUST make your reservations by phone and mention NCRAL to get the special rate. (920)743-5555

Standard Rooms (1 King/2 Queens) - $89/night + tax

Captain Suites (1 Queen & sofa sleeper) - $129/night + tax

Complimentary breakfast is included.