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#1 Jwemes

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Posted 09 December 2010 - 04:57 PM

The next Wickenburg star party will be January 8,2011. Moonset is 9:58PM, and Luna is 19% illuminated. The location is Sophie's Flat Trailhead, and one of us locals will make sure that there is TP in the NEW BLM outhouse. All you Greater Phoenix area guys who are looking for a nice new site are more than welcome to come by. See the last month posting for directions, or ask and I'll repost. Will post a current conditions follow up early on Jan. 8.

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Posted 10 December 2010 - 08:43 AM

Are you going to have those gals selling cookies and such again? :jump:

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Posted 10 December 2010 - 03:20 PM

Ron,
I'll ask and get back to you. Are you thinking about a special request?

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Posted 10 December 2010 - 04:36 PM

No, I was thinking of bringing extra munchies but did not want to keep someone from fund raising.

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Posted 14 December 2010 - 03:44 PM

Ron,
I was told that there WOULD be someone at the star party selling yummies!
Later,

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Posted 15 December 2010 - 09:41 AM

Very good!

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Posted 16 December 2010 - 08:46 AM

Scott; this is the tread you want to watch. January 8th is the next one.

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Posted 16 December 2010 - 09:37 AM

I think I can make this one.

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Posted 18 December 2010 - 04:57 PM

Hi All,
Is this a seriously dark event? I travel with a video observing system (Mallincam). It would be fun to head for lower elevation and warmer air (I'm in Prescott) but I do shed some light and I don't want to offend anyone.

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Posted 18 December 2010 - 05:54 PM

Hi Bill,
This event has two functions: A public star party, and an invitation to amateurs to try out the site. On one side of the road we have ~1 acre, and on the other side we have ~4 acres. Verizon broadband is strong at the site. Come on down!

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Posted 19 December 2010 - 12:25 AM

Bill; I've seen your set up at Watson Lake for the Prescott outreach star parties; I think you would fit it very well in Wickenburg.

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Posted 19 December 2010 - 12:11 PM

Scott; this is the tread you want to watch. January 8th is the next one.


Just noticed this thread and sadly I already have plans for that night so I will keep trying to make them as they're announced. Thanks for the heads up though, I'm sure it'll be great.

Is there a plan for a Messier Marathon in Wickenburg?

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Posted 19 December 2010 - 01:33 PM

That would be a great idea, Scott. I would very much be up for a MM closer to home than where it's going to be this upcoming spring. The new site is just too far for me.

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Posted 19 December 2010 - 01:49 PM

The new site was nice at the AASP but was it really worth the drive compared to Wickenburg? No, quite honestly.

Im a big fan of Wickenburg and like how it is a hidden astronomy retreat. No big clubs, just a good group of people enjoying the skies as it should be.

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Posted 20 December 2010 - 08:17 AM

I agree that while the amenities are nice at the larger star parties, the drive to Hovatter is a little far and I'm interested in a smaller gathering. Hopefully we can all start getting out to Wickenburg once in awhile.

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Posted 20 December 2010 - 09:31 AM

There are some really dark skies just outside of Wickenburg. Aguila offers 7th magnitude skies and its only about 20 minutes further past Wickenburg and just outside of Wickenburg is Vulture Mine Road which offers another dark site. Then of course the site we will be using for this event.

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Posted 20 December 2010 - 10:02 AM

The new site was nice at the AASP but was it really worth the drive compared to Wickenburg? No, quite honestly.

Im a big fan of Wickenburg and like how it is a hidden astronomy retreat. No big clubs, just a good group of people enjoying the skies as it should be.


Once they finish construction on I-10 the comparison may be more fair; but for us in the northern part of Phoenix/Arizona the drive to Wickenburg is pretty painless and fairly short. The close proximity of Wickenburg (FOOD!!) is a huge plus.

I'm a bit biased as I'm not a big fan of I-10 or the congestion on the south west side of town.

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Posted 20 December 2010 - 07:55 PM

Great ice cream parlors in Wickenburg :grin: And yes, I-10 traffic makes me nutty, the Carefree Hwy. is a much nicer (and calmer) ride!

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Posted 01 January 2011 - 03:31 PM

Thanks Ron and John, for the encouragement. Further encouragement comes from the zero on the thermometer here last night and a foot of snow on the ground.

Is there AC power at the site? I can do batteries but AC is easier.

Bill

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Posted 01 January 2011 - 10:34 PM

I have not been there yet but descriptions of the site would indicate no.

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Posted 02 January 2011 - 04:57 PM

No snow on the ground at Sophies Flat. As of this morning, the road is still in fine shape, no washouts, and only a couple of damp spots. Even a lowrider can make it easily. Sorry Bill, no power is available at the site. Look for an update of conditions midmorning on Saturday.

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Posted 03 January 2011 - 02:53 PM

My four day weekend got frozen out so I'm way behind on projects and probably won't make it out this weekend. :bawling:

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Posted 03 January 2011 - 05:23 PM

No snow on the ground at Sophies Flat. As of this morning, the road is still in fine shape, no washouts, and only a couple of damp spots. Even a lowrider can make it easily. Sorry Bill, no power is available at the site. Look for an update of conditions midmorning on Saturday.

Thanks,John.

I'll collect some electrons and try to make it Saturday.

Bill

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Posted 04 January 2011 - 09:03 AM

John; for the 2011 calendar year, are there dates that the Wickenburg Public star party won't be held on the second weekend(not counting weather canceled events)? Eric is putting together calendar and I'd like to have this event listed.

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Posted 04 January 2011 - 06:00 PM

Ron,
We've been shooting from the hip as far as our dates for star parties. Can we wait until after the weekend for a decision? I'll need to sit down with my cohorts-in-crime and a 2011 calendar.






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