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#76 groz

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Posted 11 May 2013 - 09:22 AM

Dang! I was looking forward to having you there again. The only good news I take out of this is that you are almost certainly moving closer to G/dale than you are in Duncan. ;) I hope the move and the job go smoothly.


Actually, we will be farther from G'dale after the move. We are going up island about 2.5 hours drive from Duncan, ending up in Campbell River.

BUT, there is dark sky only a few miles out of town in that area, just as dark as G'dale. We've been scoping things out over the last couple of weeks, and, in the agricultural areas just south of town, the skies are amazing on a clear / dark night. We've rented a place in town for the short term, Chris starts the new job on June 3, and there isn't enough time to find / buy what we want, so we'll start the search for a permanent place after the summer rush of family events is over. We've got eldest daughter getting married in July, and a family reunion to attend shortly after. Once that's all out of the way, the hunt is on.

If we can find what we are looking for, then once we are moved into the location, you can expect an invite to the C&G invitational star party after the observatory is built. Probably still a couple years out before everything is in place, but, we are bound and determined to end up in a location where it's relatively dark, and has a decent vista in most directions from the observatory.

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Posted 11 May 2013 - 01:10 PM

I am new to this thread and unfortunately am busy that weekend but there are hints that this happens a few times a year...is that true? My Wife and I would love to attend and we are in the PDX area so not too far away!

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Posted 11 May 2013 - 01:44 PM

I am new to this thread and unfortunately am busy that weekend but there are hints that this happens a few times a year...is that true? My Wife and I would love to attend and we are in the PDX area so not too far away!


Last year there were 3. The first one in June was a blow-out due to the wind, so most of us went back in July. I believe they had another in August. Each event happens nearest the new moon of that month.

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Posted 11 May 2013 - 07:19 PM

I will keep watching and hope I can make it if it is an open star party?

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Posted 12 May 2013 - 03:27 AM

I will keep watching and hope I can make it if it is an open star party?



We could be back in July. It's a great place and friendly folk. Especially Mike, (Spaced) who owns the joint. He has some guidelines around here somewhere. You'll hear about anything cooking if you follow this forum, especially the "PNW Eterna... thread".

Another reason Goldendale is nice is that it's a smaller party and you can spread out a bit. You get crammed in like sardines at most of the bigger parties.

Sometimes Steve flys in and one time he took a bunch of us for a ride. that was a BLAST!

No axe murderers allowed for sure though, so if you're one of those, forget it.

Don't worry, most people don't get my sense of humor. :lol:

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Posted 12 May 2013 - 03:30 AM

Just a man (Spaced) and his scope. Getting ready for a great night at Goldendale. :)

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Posted 12 May 2013 - 06:50 PM

Groz, I hope you and Chris find/make a good home in Campbell River. I was in that area several times while boating with my parents in the '60s. We'd usually stay at the little resort straight across the water, April Point. Lots of tidal action around there & lots of fish. Just a lovely area.

Dave, I'm sorry you won't be able to make it but maybe next time. I plan one outing for the June new moon annually and make a point of inviting non-astronomers as well. Last year others stepped up and organized outings for July and August. "Organizing," in our k.i.s.s. world, is simply ordering up a honey bucket and getting the word out. In August the past few years T.A.S. has used the place at the same time for their young person's program; there's enough room for both.

Stacy, thanks for the pix!

I took the tent trailer down there Fri. night. It is just beautiful right now -- lush & green, with lots of wild flowers. It was too hazy for astronomy -- a cricket and coyote kind of night.

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Posted 12 May 2013 - 07:41 PM

@Stacy, awesome pics!
Mike, very generous of you to do this...I am not the axe murdering type (seems that is a requirement ;) ) so I will try to make it if it happens when I am around!

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Posted 12 May 2013 - 09:47 PM

I am not the axe murdering type (seems that is a requirement ;) )


Well, we are a congenial group, so we will accept your denial in that regard. However, I am curious, if you eschew the axe, what is your preferred instrument for the foul deed? I've heard some astronomers who seem dagger oriented (they talk of some knife edge test); some take deadly aim with lightswords like in Star Wars (called lasers). I heard one mutter something about not being able to get that sucker centered in the crosshairs (so I assume he was fond of telescopic rifles). Everyone knows a person enamored of Canons. You have to be careful around people like Robert & Ajay because they incessantly talk about shooting various things. They also conspire to filter things out, which I take for gangster euphemism to "rub out". Me? I used to be a Baader person, but now I am much nicer! :tonofbricks:

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Posted 12 May 2013 - 11:25 PM

:roflmao: :roflmao:

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Posted 13 May 2013 - 10:35 AM

No axe murderers allowed for sure though, so if you're one of those, forget it.



Well I suppose I can set aside my avocation for the weekend - rules and all...... :p

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Posted 13 May 2013 - 09:30 PM

Tom, Don't you hate it when your hobby sets up snooty rules that cramp your style. For example, when I fish I want quick results, but the rules are so prejudiced against using sticks of dynamite...

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Posted 13 May 2013 - 10:31 PM

Tom, Don't you hate it when your hobby sets up snooty rules that cramp your style. For example, when I fish I want quick results, but the rules are so prejudiced against using sticks of dynamite...


There is always gill nets.. Oh :o, did I say that outloud?

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Posted 16 May 2013 - 01:27 PM

Pitchfork spear fishing is awesome! Well it would be anyway.

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Posted 16 May 2013 - 11:01 PM

I am not the axe murdering type (seems that is a requirement ;) )


Well, we are a congenial group, so we will accept your denial in that regard.. Me? I used to be a Baader person, but now I am much nicer! :tonofbricks:

Ooooohhhhh death by pun, one of my favorite methods! :)

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Posted 19 May 2013 - 12:06 PM

I will have to miss this one. Won't be done with school until June 15 :bawling:, but i have the rest of the summer off :jump:

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Posted 20 May 2013 - 02:41 PM

That's disappointing news, Ajay. I hope to see you later in the year.

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Posted 22 May 2013 - 12:39 PM

All will be, uh, relieved to know that I just ordered the honey bucket for the event. ;)

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Posted 22 May 2013 - 01:48 PM

Thanks Mike, I am getting excited and hoping for clear skies each and every night!

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Posted 22 May 2013 - 03:47 PM

Thanks Mike, I am getting excited and hoping for clear skies each and every night!


Me two!

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Posted 22 May 2013 - 04:14 PM

Me three!

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Posted 22 May 2013 - 08:59 PM

Me four!

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Posted 23 May 2013 - 10:25 AM

What can I say? :shrug: Me five! :thewave:

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Posted 23 May 2013 - 12:58 PM

Counting the days.....

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Posted 23 May 2013 - 01:42 PM

Long term forecast does not look promising except for possibly Saturday night. But what do they know? Hoping for an HP cell centered on G-dale. :cloudy:

http://www.accuweath.../336337?mony...

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