Midsouth Stargaze 2013
Posted 05 March 2013 - 02:36 AM
Posted 06 March 2013 - 06:51 AM
We are gearing up for Rainwater Observatory's annual Midsouth Stargaze and Astronomy Conference coming up April 10-13, 2013! This event attracts amateur and professional astronomers from all over the United States. It is held under one of the darkest skies in the southeastern United States just off the beautiful Natchez Trace Parkway near the village of French Camp, Mississippi. We have a large camping area with a pavilion, picnic tables, men’s and women’s showers and bathrooms, electrical outlets on the hill, 14 bed air conditioned bunk house, grill and two campfire pit areas with surround seating. There is a Bed and Breakfast, Council House Cafe, Lodge, Memphis Guest House and other additional lodging located within a mile of the observatory.
Join us this year for fun, fellowship, observing, and fascinating presentations by astronomers such as galaxy researcher, Dr. William Keel from the University of Alabama, comet researcher, Dr. Donna Pierce from Mississippi State University, extra solar planet researcher, Dr. Angelle Tanner from Mississippi State University and much more!
Posted 06 March 2013 - 08:21 AM
There was power on the field when I was there, but the access to it was limited and they had some stability problems with it, so I would prepare to bring your own battery power.
The observing field is positioned on the side of a gentle rolling knoll with the main observatory building off to one side.
I tent camped when I was there before and it was comfortable. The bunkhouse is pretty decent, but I don't know how the housing there is decided. The meal plan they had was average camp food, but nothing bad. You might want to bring your own snacks. This is a fairly remote location, so don't anticipate that you can shop for anything you forgot or wish you had. Plan ahead for that.
Posted 06 March 2013 - 08:40 AM
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Posted 06 March 2013 - 10:06 AM
Posted 06 March 2013 - 10:42 AM
I look forward to meeting everyone that goes, I'll report on here to let everyone know how great it was ! Thanks again bicparker.
Perhaps we'll see you in the future LivingNDixie !
Posted 06 March 2013 - 06:29 PM
In the past, there have been several activities for kids.
There are a few RV sites behind the lecture hall/bunkhouse with 30A outlets. Unfortunately, the electrician Siamesed some, so RVs have to hold consumption down to keep from tripping the breakers.
Limited wi-fi is available.
The Council House Restaurant (just off the Trace) has great food.
As had been mentioned, observing field power is scattered, so bring extension cords. Sites are all over the hill. Rainwater has a couple of its scopes available for public use. Hopefully, the big scope in the dome has its software issues sorted out.
Expect a pleasant time!
Posted 07 March 2013 - 04:50 AM
Limited wifi ? Could you expound on that, do you mean as far as range or availability ?
Posted 07 March 2013 - 07:03 PM
I think FCA has a T1 pipe; the system was upgraded some time ago because the Sangre scope (in the observatory) was to be linked to Wayne Rising's Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope Network.
Posted 08 March 2013 - 01:52 AM