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#1 The Ardent

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Posted 04 January 2013 - 06:28 PM

Time has come again, bring your refractor to the

2013 Mid Atlantic Refractor Soiree-Spring.

Lets meet at the Staunton River Star Party
We'll have Jupiter in the west for a couple of hours and Saturn culminating around 4 AM.
Please bring any refractor and your enthusiasm.

Pictured is the 7" f/15 Mogey refractor in Richmond.

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Posted 06 January 2013 - 09:27 AM

Sounds great, it's now officially on the travel calender :grin: Thanks!

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Posted 11 February 2013 - 08:25 PM

Got my reservation in, see ya'll there :grin:

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Posted 16 February 2013 - 11:29 PM

I'm registered too! :jump:

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 05:35 PM

Not long now. Be sure to register before Friday Mar 1.

The FSQ-106 is owned by one of the star party founders. I was amazed at how well it worked in Jupiter last year, considering how short it is.

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Posted 10 March 2013 - 04:59 PM

I learned a lot and saw a lot this weekend. Thanks Guys!

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Posted 10 March 2013 - 05:10 PM

I didnt bring a refractor as my main scope. For the first time I tried my Borg 45 as a finderscope. Ive used Antares or Stellarvue RACI finders for over ten years. Good scopes but the stars are distorted starting halfway to the edge.
Stars in the Borg are sharp across the field, pinpoint with excellent color rendition. Im using the digaonal from the Stellarvue and a Meade 20mm RG with crosshairs. This gives a FOV that can fit Orion's belt. Now Im thinking of the 50 or 60mm Borgs.

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Posted 10 March 2013 - 08:24 PM

Great pics! Sorry I missed it.

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Posted 11 March 2013 - 05:14 PM

We missed you Scott, it was a great time. Maybe you can catch the October reprise :grin:

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Posted 11 March 2013 - 06:05 PM

So we are just back from another terrific star party at Staunton River State Park in southern Virginia. The hospitality was exceptional, and aside from dodging some left over soggy spots on the field (we had rain and snow throughout the mid-Atlantic area the day before the event kicked off!) the conditions were quite nice. I didn't arrive until Friday afternoon and had to scramble to get my gear set up before dark (it comes first of course), and never did manage to set up my tent(slept in the 4-Runner instead). Skies were beautifully transparent that night, even if the seeing was a bit bumpy. The viewing was fantastic! Jupiter looked pretty good early on, and the crew got to see tons of DSO coolness compliments of a super 18" Teeter Dob, a fine Mewlon 210, and a couple of nice refractors (TEC 140 and SW100ED) in our camp. The sky conditions kept us up until just before dawn, and everyone went to bed exhausted but satisfied...

Clear Skies,
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Posted 11 March 2013 - 06:08 PM

Saturday started off late and lazy. The solar filter for the SW100ED came out and we did a bit of casual solar observing along with the straightening up...

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Posted 11 March 2013 - 06:19 PM

There was some worrisome haze early Saturday evening, but it cleared off quickly enough, and the seeing was more stable. It was a night for more DSO hunting and splitting double stars. We hit several and had some memorable views...saw the Pup with the TEC 140 and it was very satisfying. Later, Saturn put on quite a spectacle through my Pentax 5mm XO and we were able to make out the tiny notch of the blue polar hex during moments of good seeing - I was even able to use the TV 3-6 zoom on the 3mm setting to good effect. All in all it was a memorable weekend under the stars.
In parting, I have to give big kudos to the event organizers and park staff, they made the whole thing look easy and we felt right at home. There will be another star party at SRSP in October, and I hope to go down and enjoy some more of the local hospitality and fine observing. And thanks guys for a great weekend, I always learn so much when I get a chance to observe with you :grin:

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Posted 11 March 2013 - 07:15 PM

Ray and Brian summed things up well. After getting some rest Friday night from a long day I had a great time. I didn't bring my TEC-140 this time; but knowing Brian was bringing his gave me solice that if I got to missing mine I could take a few steps over and feel right at home again. :grin: I had my Celestron Onyx 80ED, but didn't use it, just mounted it for the refractor row photo op.

It was great having the opportunity to see all the DSO that I've never seen and revisiting some familiar ones. Although it may seem small, the highlight DS observation for me was seeing the Zodiacal Light and splitting 78 UMa for first time in about four years (attributed to the excellent seeing). I also learned alot from everyone.

Saturday presented a public viewing session and quite a few locals (one lady told us she drove about 45 minutes to bring her son) and campers stopped through. It was such a well organized event that there was little interference from visitors' headlights.

Looking forward to October.

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Posted 27 March 2013 - 01:21 PM

I hope we can do this again in the fall.

Im looking at the Novac Stargaze Oct 5th.

The Delmarva Fall star party is another option, date TBA. With the 3 day star party there is a better chance for good weather.






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