2013 Staunton River Star Party Dates
Posted 06 January 2013 - 08:04 PM
The dates for the 2013 Staunton River Star Parties are;
Spring: March 7 - 10
Fall: October 1 - 6
The Spring Star Party is a low key event. It is a three day event with no schedualed speakers but we are considering an open astronomy talk forum. If an attendee has a topic they would like to share with his/her fellow astronomers, we will schedule a time.
The October Star Party will be the more structured event. Watch the website, www.stauntonriver-starparty.org for further details.
We'll see you soon.
Posted 12 January 2013 - 05:49 PM
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Posted 03 February 2013 - 10:31 AM
I hope your spring attendance numbers don't hurt your plans for the star party in the fall. I guess I'm a little gun-shy after the demise of the MASP last year. I really want to do my part to make sure the Staunton River event stays on the calendar for years go come. I've already made some pretty solid plans for the dates in October.
Last year's meeting in the fall was one of the best events I'd ever attended, start to finish (at least for the two nights I spent there...)
Posted 03 February 2013 - 11:28 AM
We both like to play tennis and I see from the aerial shot of the state park that they've got tennis courts within walking distance of the observing field. Do you know if they'd be open for us to use?
Really looking forward to this event. Thanks,
Posted 03 February 2013 - 11:52 AM
Posted 03 February 2013 - 12:33 PM
Posted 06 February 2013 - 12:50 PM
Yes all of the amenities are open for us to use with exception of the swimming pool. Game, Set, Match!
We're looking forward to seeing you and your wife in a month.
Posted 07 February 2013 - 11:11 AM
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Posted 27 February 2013 - 09:47 AM
Food for the star party will start being served at 4:30pm on Thursday and end after breakfast on Sunday. I just wanted to let everyone know. So if you get to the park at noon Thursday, bring a lunch. There is a McDonold and Burger King in South Boston.
The park staff are excited about the return of star party. They say that we are the happiest group they get all year and that they like having us come up. They make that easy.
More info to come.
Posted 28 February 2013 - 10:06 AM
So if you are thinking about coming, you still have a little time.
Posted 01 March 2013 - 02:43 PM
Is wind usually an issue here? We might see a little extra wind thursday night after it all blows out.
Posted 02 March 2013 - 08:34 PM
The park will pull out trailers with their tractor if the need arises. They'll have us pull out our cars and they'll pull the trailor to you.
Right now the forecast is changing by the minute. I'll go nuts if I keep watching it.
Posted 02 March 2013 - 09:41 PM
The forecast is crazy, we might see a foot or two of snow even.
Posted 03 March 2013 - 02:11 PM
Posted 04 March 2013 - 06:51 AM
Posted 04 March 2013 - 08:38 PM
I went out to the observing field yesterday, Sunday, and it was in fairly good shape. There are a couple of wet areas but these are the usual spots. All in all the field is in good condition.
Of course it will change tomorrow night into Wednesday but the forcast is calling for the weather to clear out by Wednesday night. With luck, there will be little rain or snow and it will soak in by noon Thursday.
The park does NOT close because of snow. Fallen trees and lose of power will close the park but not snow.
I also wanted to let folks know that there is a swap meet on Saturday morning until noon. So bring your items that you may want to sell or swap.
If any thing changes I will post it here.
Posted 06 March 2013 - 11:22 AM
The star party is still on have no doubt. However, do be careful if you are coming from a snow covered area. The most important thing is that everyone is safe.
The weather has pretty much wiped out our vendors. AstroGizmos is snowed in with 6 to 8 inches of snow and it's still coming. Hands on optics wasn't going to come do to a miss understanding but Gary probably couldn't make either.
I just wanted to let you know.
The park says they are getting some snow, but it's not sticking. At least it wasn't at 10am. The park is ready for us to show up.
I'll see you either tomorrow or in the next few days.