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Tennessee Spring Star Party 2013

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#1 tnscoper


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Posted 19 February 2013 - 09:45 AM

Hi All

The Astronomy in the Parks Society, Cumberland Astronomical Society, Dyer Observatory and Fall Creek Falls State Park will be hosting the Tennessee Spring Star Party 2013 on May 10-12 at Fall Creek Falls State Park in Pikeville, Tennessee.

As in the past, TSSP 2013 is free to attend and registration is not required. All are welcome to attend and are responsible for their food and lodging.
Fall Creek Falls is offering a star party package for those wishing to stay at the inn. Campsites are also available. 
Call 1-800-250-8610 for reservations. Ask for the star party package for rooms at the inn.

There will be all night observing Friday and Saturday night on the observing field (observers are permitted to nap in their vehicles, but camping on the observing field is not permitted)
We will have a hospitality/warming tent on the observing field with warm beverages and snacks provided.
There will be public viewing Friday and Saturday nights, 7:00-10:00pm

During the day on Saturday there will be free programs offered in the Cascade Room. This years speakers include

Terry Alford   "Using a IIE ( image intensifying eyepiece)
Mark Marquette "Mars, Abode for past life?"
Mike Chesman "Native American Sky Tales"
Paul Lewis   "New UT planetarium and upcoming astro programs"
Dr Billy Teets "Exo-Planets How do they know?"

There will be vendors set up in the lobby at the inn as well as a swap table. 

We will also offer an introduction to astronomy on Saturday night on the observation field, showing those interested how to use a star wheel and telescope.

Come enjoy a weekend under the stars at one of Tennessee's premier parks. Fall Creek Falls has a family friendly atmosphere with activities offered for all ages.


For more information contact
Lloyd Watkins    watkinslk at comcast dot net
Allen Ball   tnscoper at gmail dot com

Thanks and hope to see you in May!


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Posted 19 February 2013 - 11:00 AM

Sounds like a nice event Allen. This happens on the same weekend that TSP starts so again I will miss it. Perhaps one year it will work out for me.


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Posted 26 April 2013 - 02:59 PM

Allen, I plan on being there. Also the National Space Society will have the Chapter of Middle Tennessee Space Society set-up with a great Lay-out presentation. And the ""Astronomy Channel"" with it's Fully mind blowing Live Video roving observatory showing the Universe like you have never seen it before. Fully dark adapted,Large LCD screens,computer operated and much more. This should be an great Star Party !!!
Besides, I have been at Fall Creek Falls State Park, and would say it truely is one of the best Parks in the State as well as the South East USA. It has alot of things to do for All the family.
See ya then. Bill

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