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#1 crazyqban

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Posted 12 July 2012 - 02:03 AM

Hello, I am considering attending this years Peach State Star Gaze. I have never attended before so I wanted to get some first hand advice as the website is so-so. On the site, the only registration form that is available is from 2011. The form states that the registration fee is $75 but the website states that it is $50. Does anyone know which is correct or if this year it is altogether different? Can I register at the site? Do I have to pre-register? Any penalty for not pre-registering? How is the weather in Georgia during that time of year? I plan on attending regardless but any info that I can get would be helpful. Thanks.

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Posted 12 July 2012 - 12:42 PM

I'm on the PSSG staff, and 2012 will be my 9th.

Anyway, I expect the registration fee will be $75 as it was in '11. No change in the camping fees is anticipated.

You CAN register at the site, but there is usually a discount for pre-registering, which is the $50 fee you saw. However, prices for '12 haven't yet been firmed up; I'm guessing there will be no change from '11.

Weather at the site is unpredictable. Highs could be in the 90°s, lows in the 40°s. It's usual to have a cloudy night or two, with rain.

If you are bringing an RV, it's recommended to arrive early to get a better choice of sites. The same if you're tent camping.

Ice is for sale on the field, and meals and drinks are also available.

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Posted 12 July 2012 - 06:35 PM

Rusty, thank you for the information. Do you know when the new form will be completed so that I can pre-register? Also, if I register for 3 days but decide to stay an extra one can I pay for the extra one at the site? I look forward to seeing you and everybody else up there.

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Posted 13 July 2012 - 02:25 PM

My wife, Miss Dorothy, and I are interested in attending PSSG, but are not RVers or tent campers. The website does list some motels/b&bs in the area, but it's not clear how far they (Washington) is from the site... What's the closest in the way of accomodations?

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Posted 13 July 2012 - 05:40 PM

Rusty, thank you for the information. Do you know when the new form will be completed so that I can pre-register? Also, if I register for 3 days but decide to stay an extra one can I pay for the extra one at the site? I look forward to seeing you and everybody else up there.


I haven't talked to Peter Macumber about that yet, but in the past, it has appeared about 6-8 weeks before the start. Yes, you can pay "at the door" for an extra day.
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Washington is closest - about 15 miles up Lundberg Road (which is a continuation north of Double Wells Rd.) Thomson is about 25 miles away. Thomson is closer than that as the crow flies, but the crow doesn't have to double back to Sharon to avoid one-lane unpaved roads.

There are only a couple of motels in Washington, but several B&Bs (most are somewhat pricey), here. There are many more in or near Thomson.

Washington has a variety of local and chain restaurants.

Both supermarkets (Bi-Lo and Ingles) have small delis.

For repairs, Fareway Building Supply (in Washington), is an old, established store. Washington Hardware is right off Lundberg Road, but accepts only cash. There is a Fastenal, a Tractor Supply, and big Ace Hardware in Thomson.

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Posted 13 July 2012 - 06:07 PM

Tnx!

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Posted 13 July 2012 - 08:31 PM

I'm pretty sure I'll be going this year and it will be nice to see Sergio again(looking forward to seeing your new scope!) and to meet you Rod.

I've been there a few times and almost bought a lot in the village. My good observing buddy did buy one, but it's too far away for me to use more than once a year so I passed. It's a real nice observing spot with dark skies.

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Posted 14 July 2012 - 01:45 PM

Scott and Diane Horstman (Backyard Observatories) and Nikki plan to come, and will be staying down at my place, 483 Constellation Lane.

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Posted 20 July 2012 - 06:25 PM

Hi Jim, look forward to seeing you there also.

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Posted 22 July 2012 - 05:07 PM

PSSG online registration is now open

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Posted 23 July 2012 - 12:09 PM

Thank you.

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Posted 02 September 2012 - 05:46 PM

Five weeks until the PSSG!

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Posted 02 September 2012 - 11:32 PM

WooHoo!!!

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Posted 13 September 2012 - 10:05 AM

This is going to be my very first Star Party - I'll be there Wednesday through Sunday. Can't Wait!!


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Posted 13 September 2012 - 12:29 PM

I'll see you there; I'm in the white Barth motorhome a couple of spaces down from the food trailer.

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Posted 19 September 2012 - 12:41 PM

18 days!

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Posted 23 September 2012 - 07:49 PM

2 weeks!

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Posted 30 September 2012 - 03:11 PM

1 WEEK! :bounce:

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Posted 30 September 2012 - 08:45 PM

Hi Rusty,

I'm reluctant to say the extended forecast looks promising. If I go I can only stay till Thursday. I'm not making the 900 mile one way drive unless the forecast is good.

I'll be in a Blue Jeep Cherokee, Michigan plates, pulling my new to me teardrop on it's maiden voyage.

BTW the Ohio State decals are no longer on it. I made it's previous owner remove them before I could possibly bring it across the state line. :cool:

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Posted 30 September 2012 - 09:16 PM

Nice looking rig! Long- and short-range forecasts at DAV are notoriously, well, notorious.

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Posted 01 October 2012 - 02:17 PM

Wish I could go but have AIC in San Jose coming a week after this. I will try my best to be there next year.

Hope the skies are clear for you!

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I will probably see many of you at Chiefland.

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Posted 01 October 2012 - 04:42 PM

I'll see you at Chiefland then, down at Crowley's as usual.

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Posted 01 October 2012 - 05:32 PM

Rusty, I am planning on arriving on Tuesday and leaving on either Thursday or Friday. How do I pay for registration, cash/credit?

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Posted 01 October 2012 - 08:39 PM

Cash or check at the door; you can also use PayPal. No credit cards.

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Posted 01 October 2012 - 10:33 PM

Thanks.






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