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#1 Doc Willie

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Posted 14 December 2012 - 11:32 AM

This would be my 3rd WSP. However, I was just informed that all the chickee bunks are taken. In 2011 I was in a tent, and miserable most of the time, mainly because of the wind. The soil is so shallow on the island that it is impossible to get a tent staked adequately. My tent (borrowed) broke a strut. Others had tents blown into the woods.

Last year I stayed in a chickee had had a much better time.

What to do?

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Posted 14 December 2012 - 12:52 PM

I have tented several years with no problems what so ever. Maybe your tent is bigger? I just use four 6-10 inch long piece of *BLEEP* stakes and it's fine.

It can be a little noisy at night with wind but never concerned it would blow away.

I've never seen full ckickees before. A lot time it seems like only two people in a chickee. Maybe people somehow reserve the whole thing for two people.

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Posted 14 December 2012 - 12:55 PM

By the way, I'm offended by the censors. My word wasn't that bad but with the *bleep* there people probably think I said something else.

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Posted 14 December 2012 - 08:13 PM

I've been in the Chickees for 4 years and I still don't know what "full" means. I have never been in a chickee where anyone slept in a top bunk. It's always one to a bottom bunk and you put all your suitcases etc. in the top bunk. Have they changed this policy this year? Are there more registrations this year - enough to fill all the bunks, top and bottom?

I have concerns here. First, if they fill the chickees, top and bottom this year, the crowding of six or eight adult amateur astronomers in one chickee will be very uncomfortable with all the gear and equipment etc...

My other concern is my Chickee assignment. I have been in the same Chickee for four years (Antoniadi 2) and have requested it each subsequent year and have been placed there. This year, despite my request I have been placed in "Mauna Kea 2". Where is this Chickee (the website map does not show this information - the provided map of accommodations does not mention 'Mauna Kea')? Has anyone here on CN stayed in this chickee?

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Posted 14 December 2012 - 10:02 PM

Hi Dave, I have cleaned out all of the chickees and they all look pretty much the same to me. They have new registrars this year so they are probably not familiar to the fact that the other registrars placed you in the same chickee every year. I will contact Tim or Charlie over the weekend and find out how many people are being placed in the chickees.

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Posted 15 December 2012 - 09:15 AM

Hola, Sergio. My concern is not the architecture of 'Mauna Kea' - I realize all the Chickees are the same. It's the location that concerns me. There are some chickees shoved off in a dark, treed corner close to the Boy Scout camp that would be very poor - unuseable - for observing nearby..... Is 'Mauna Kea' one of these? The map on the website holds no clues....

Thanks for checking.

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Posted 15 December 2012 - 09:58 PM

Dave, that I do not know. :shrug:

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Posted 18 December 2012 - 08:01 PM

OK, I have some information for you guys. As far as the chickees being sold out, Charlie Perillo told me that we always try to rent the top bunk and bottom bunk seperately. In other words, since it is sold out, there is a person assinged to the top bunk and another to the bottom bunk. He told me that in some years they don't sell out and that is why you are able to use the top as storage and use the bottom as your sleeping area. So as far as he knows, the chickees should be totally full. One thing to remember is that some people do not attend for the entire WSP and some don't show due to last minute things that arise so there might be a chance that you might have an open bunk.

Dave - Mauna Kea 2 should be the same chickee and Antoniadi 2. The chickees have been re-maned this year becuase the trailer in which we kept all of the power cables and other items that are used for the star party was stolen. Among these things were the signs for the chickees. Since they were stolen, it was decided to re-name the chickees. The ones in this particular area are now named after famous observatories. The number that is assigned to the chickee is the number that was assigned by the Girl Scouts so Maunea Kea 2 and Antoniadi 2 are one in the same only with a different name.

I hope that this info helps to answer your questions.

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Posted 19 December 2012 - 07:22 AM

Thanks, Sergio. That's very useful information.... It will be a first for me to be in a chickee with six people...... Gonna be crowded.....

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Posted 21 December 2012 - 02:22 PM

This would be my 3rd WSP. However, I was just informed that all the chickee bunks are taken. In 2011 I was in a tent, and miserable most of the time, mainly because of the wind. The soil is so shallow on the island that it is impossible to get a tent staked adequately. My tent (borrowed) broke a strut. Others had tents blown into the woods.

Last year I stayed in a chickee had had a much better time.

What to do?



Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhh! Be a MAN and sleep in a tent...and hope for better weather. :smirk:

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Posted 21 December 2012 - 02:25 PM

This would be my 3rd WSP. However, I was just informed that all the chickee bunks are taken. In 2011 I was in a tent, and miserable most of the time, mainly because of the wind. The soil is so shallow on the island that it is impossible to get a tent staked adequately. My tent (borrowed) broke a strut. Others had tents blown into the woods.

Last year I stayed in a chickee had had a much better time.

What to do?


Look on astromart, a couple Chickee tickets opened up.

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Posted 25 December 2012 - 04:09 PM

Look on astromart, a couple Chickee tickets opened up.


I got one of them. Thanks for the pointer.

See y'all there.

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Posted 27 December 2012 - 04:29 PM

Does anyone know if it's still possible to register for WSP...staying in a tent? I'm not sure if they fill up every year or not.

Thanks,

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Posted 27 December 2012 - 06:48 PM

I found 2 on Astromart not yet taken. Go to Classifieds/Misc and other Astronomy, enter "winter" in the search box. Be sure these are camping tickets and he has permission to sell these tickets.
Everything usually goes, but if you ask them they might have some tickets left for camping if the Astromart offer sells out. Registrars Click on one of the registrars, Chuck or Judy near the bottom of the page to contact them. I did contact them in 2002 3 months after the close of registration and I got in.

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Posted 29 December 2012 - 05:47 PM

First time down on this Star party , Rented a hotrod and a resort room!! was offerd a Chickee but could not think about such a place ! So much spent on scopes eps ! spend a little on comfort!! just sayin!!

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Posted 03 January 2013 - 01:58 PM

Getting pumped now. Just reserved a room for the trip down, meeting up with others in Clearwater. Campout in Glades next day/nite and head for Keys next am.

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 12:50 AM

Ticket is in the mail! Does anyone know if there's lodging nearby? I can do a tent if I have to but a room would be nice.

Patrick

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 08:56 AM

There are hotels on both Marathon Key and Big Pine Key on either side of the WSP site, but it is "high season" so check on availability.

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 01:12 PM

How is the camping down there? Can you drive your car up to your tent site and leave it there? Is there a place I can recharge my 12v batteries? I use a CPAP machine while sleeping so are there any electrical outlets near the camping area?

Thanks,

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 02:03 PM

Yes, yes, yes. Only issue with camping is that your conventional tent stakes can't be driven into the coral deeply enough.

Anyone have a solution for this?

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 02:48 PM

May I suggest Tent Pole Weights. May work with some Para cord and make anchor points on the weight & tie down... Just a thought

here is a link

http://www.macsports...le-Weights-p...

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 03:53 PM

Tent didn't cost that much... :lol:

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 06:24 PM

Hi, guys. I've watched the annual WSP thread develop with my usual over-salivation and envy.

Here's a good, cheap tent stake substitute. Go to Good Will or the equivalent and buy a bunch of non-plastic shopping bags, at maybe $.50 each. They pack into a small, lightweight bundle. When camping, tie your guy lines to the bags' handles and fill the bags with rocks, or I suppose even sand would work well.

Now, back to my regularly scheduled cold, clouds & rain.

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 07:49 PM

Would not work well with the winds we had 2 years ago, brutal!

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 09:49 PM

I've always use the stakes that were provided with my tent and I have not had any issues.






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