Northwest Unknown Star Party July 4 - 7 2013
Posted 04 July 2013 - 02:01 PM
Posted 04 July 2013 - 06:21 PM
There are many horses, trucks, and trailers in and among the tree area.
He is parked down at the south end of the meadow by the AP area. He says it is wide open down there.
Posted 04 July 2013 - 07:13 PM
Posted 04 July 2013 - 07:50 PM
sub-idea conditions that I don't know if it will be a bother to me or not.
We can probably arrange the vehicles to make a "steel curtain " and reduce any spurious lighting to a minimum.
I will be going up there Sat afternoon, hope you decide to stay.
Posted 04 July 2013 - 08:03 PM
Posted 04 July 2013 - 09:18 PM
Posted 05 July 2013 - 02:45 AM
Posted 05 July 2013 - 12:47 PM
I'll give you a wave from the ridge!
Posted 06 July 2013 - 05:09 PM
The tens of Rv's and horse trailers scared us off and we setup at a lower field that was equally good as the main field. We also needed a shaded spot for the tent and there weren't any at the main field. Sorry I missed you guys. It was a good two nights of imaging.
I am planning to head up there again next weekend!
Posted 07 July 2013 - 09:22 PM
Here's a shot of Mike serenading the sunset.
Posted 07 July 2013 - 09:25 PM
Posted 07 July 2013 - 10:30 PM
Saturday night we had about 30 students from Edmonds/Shoreline area, who are visiting from Japan, stop by to look through our telescopes. I showed them all Saturn and M13, which garnered lots of squeals and ohs and ahs as they had never looked through a telescope before! Mike showed them the Swan and another glob I believe and Robert his Northern Lights shots from the night before. It was fun to share the view.
I also was surprised to see lots of campers, sani-cans and horses up there when we got there Thursday but they turned out to be very low impact. Great neighbors as well. Some of the horses were amazing!
Thursday night was the best I think. Friday's light show was just great fun! It was also nice of Christopher to share the view through his 6" Televue. Saturday Ajay came up from down below and Ron also joined us. While not as good as the previous nights, us Northwest astronomers can't complain when we get consecutive clear new moon weekends. I had three great nights of viewing this month as well as last month at Mike's place in Goldendale.
Table Mountain has lost some trees, but none of it's beauty as far as I'm concerned. Enjoying the sunrise over the wildflower meadows with a creamy latte' is just about as good as it gets.
Thanks to everybody who came up and made this a weekend to remember.
Posted 07 July 2013 - 11:08 PM
Posted 08 July 2013 - 10:27 AM
It was an unblemished weekend, decorated with new acquaintances, thousands of wildflowers and beautiful weather, all at a lovely location.
I suspect Ajay encountered a freeway slowdown just before the rest area at Indian John Hill. Ajay and I caravaned down the hill yesterday morning. I didn't see him follow me onto the freeway and I think he may have stopped for gas. I continued on and a collision happened about 200 yd. ahead of me. I saw two cars careen uphill through the meridian about 1.25 mi. before the rest area, raising great clouds of dust. I suspect injuries, if any, were minor, since neither car rolled. I was past the accident in a few seconds but probably those behind me weren't so lucky. It must have been terrifying for those involved but perhaps simply an expensive lesson in defensive driving.