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Astrofest 2008 

When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through Sept. 7 2008
Price: $28 for one day, $38 for two days, kids $14 for one day, $26 for two days
chicagoastro.org/af
This year's theme for the Chicago Astronomical Society's annual "hands-on star party & campout with the stars" is "celebrating amateur astronomy." Experts of the PhD and DIY varieties will conduct lectures and workshops on telescope construction, astrophotography, light pollution, and "Astrometrics of Near-Earth Objects--You Can Do It." At night, with strict rules regarding lights (the neighboring farmers have agreed to douse theirs), the telescopes come out. Vendors will make presentations on relevant gear, and there's a swap line for participants to trade amongst themselves. Tent space, food, showers, and all-night sci-fi flicks in the barn are available. Get the full rundown at the Web site.

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