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#51 Patrick

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 09:16 AM

Thanks Sergio...I should be there well before then.

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 06:39 PM

Thanks Sergio. We plan to be there well before 7pm.

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Posted 17 January 2013 - 10:49 AM

Can't wait to hit the road. Love road trips anyway. Gonna camp one nite in the Glades on the way there.

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Posted 22 January 2013 - 10:22 AM

Is there much of a dew problem down in the Keys?

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Posted 22 January 2013 - 10:52 AM

Yeah, there can be if the wind isn't blowing and it's been a particularly warm day. Be prepared. OTOH, there's plenty of vendors ready to sell you dew heaters.

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Posted 29 January 2013 - 12:59 PM

Less than a week!!!

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Posted 29 January 2013 - 01:15 PM

This is my first year looking forward to seeing the southern Sky . And meeting some new friends . I am bringing the 17 chief down . If any one wonts a 20 inch f5. Swayze primary or a 25 f5 PM me I could bring them down .

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Posted 29 January 2013 - 01:43 PM

This is my first year looking forward to seeing the southern Sky . And meeting some new friends . I am bringing the 17 chief down . If any one wonts a 20 inch f5. Swayze primary or a 25 f5 PM me I could bring them down .


I'll be looking for that.

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 09:51 AM

Are there any good astronomy stores in Miami or Florida??

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 11:32 AM

Prolly the best will be just off the observing field at WSP. But to answer your question, I don't know. I'm sure avoiding Miami like the plague when I drive through.

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 12:15 PM

"Prolly the best will be just off the observing field at WSP."

Actually, there will be observing from the middle of the astronomy shopping mall at WSP - some binocular H-a during the day, and I'll have my 18" out there at night.

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 03:25 PM

I'll have my 18" out there at night.



Sweet!

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 03:31 PM

Prolly the best will be just off the observing field at WSP.



How is the vendor turn out at WSP? If I wanted to buy a telescope or ccd camera for instance, would there be a vendor there selling those kinds of big ticket items? I've checked out the vendor list and I saw Astronomics, Televue, and a few others. It didn't seem like a long list...so I'm just wondering.

Thanks,

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 03:37 PM

If there is something in particular you want, best thing is to call the vendor ahead of time and see if they are bringing one.

There are some scopes for sale but mostly it is accessories, books, shirts, eyepieces, lights, etc.

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 10:06 PM

If there is something in particular you want, best thing is to call the vendor ahead of time and see if they are bringing one.



I might need an eyepiece or two. I'd also like to get a small refractor, 80-90mm APO. Maybe I'd settle for a 31mm Nagler...pretty sad when a eyepiece cost more than a telescope. :grin:

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 10:24 PM

Camera Concepts usually has several small refractors, and plenty of eyepieces. I got all my Ethos from Jeff, great guy.
And if your real anal, bring your televue boxes and maybe get Al Nagler himself to sign them :)

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 10:26 PM

And maybe a 2x Powermate... :smirk: And...and...etc. :)

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Posted 31 January 2013 - 09:15 AM

Patrick Hope to see you there Howie says the southern sky is great and some very big telescopes . I am interested in the CCD and see them work . All great . Except for that long drive.

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Posted 31 January 2013 - 10:50 AM

Once you cross over from the mainland to Key Largo you will feel like you are in a different country. Oh, and fill up fuel there as that is the last of the cheaper stuff. And RELAX for the rest of the drive :yay:

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Posted 31 January 2013 - 12:08 PM

Heading out after work this afternoon. Can't wait to visit Pedro!

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Posted 31 January 2013 - 10:01 PM

Don't forget to grab some good Cuban food while driving through Miami, let me know which way you are coming and I can give some recommendations. Also, in Marathon there is a place that is called Keys Fisheries. They have $2.00 Stone Crab claws at the bar, Lobster Reuben sandwich and the most decadent Lobster Mac N Cheese ever!!! For the best Key Lime Pie, check out Ballyhoo's in Key Largo.

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Posted 01 February 2013 - 12:04 PM

Don't forget to grab some good Cuban food while driving through Miami, let me know which way you are coming and I can give some recommendations. Also, in Marathon there is a place that is called Keys Fisheries. They have $2.00 Stone Crab claws at the bar, Lobster Reuben sandwich and the most decadent Lobster Mac N Cheese ever!!! For the best Key Lime Pie, check out Ballyhoo's in Key Largo.


Sergio,

Four of the very few things I miss about Florida:

1) WSP :waytogo:
2) South Beach :cool:
3) Comida Cubana :bow:
4) Spiny Lobster :jump:

Used to dive off the beach in Fort Pierce and grab dinner during season. Sorry, I'm drooling...

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Posted 04 February 2013 - 09:19 AM

Weather looks great guys...ENJOY!!! Looking forward to pics and reports when you all get back!

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Posted 06 February 2013 - 01:22 PM

Wow, two days in and no reports? Come on folks!

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 09:11 AM

Arrived yesterday afternoon.
Raining hard in Marathon--not much on site 5 miles west.
Early reports, Monday and Tuesday nights were both very good (Joe Wambo's 32 was getting a lot of excellent commentary).
Wednesday night started partly cloudy, some rain south, with clear skies and moderate seeing after midnight. Mickey seems to be putting even more chocolate in the brownies.

Forecast for tonight and tomorrow night looks good--clear with highs near 80 and lows near 70. Saturday night forecast calling for lows in the mid 60s and partly cloudy after midnight--thought I would add that to show there is some "winter" in Winter Star Party :)

This one appears to have all the makings of a "great" Winter Star Party!






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