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#1 edwincjones

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Posted 05 December 2013 - 10:39 AM

registration to start today :jump:,
but not yet :confused:

I have always wanted to go, it is time.

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Posted 06 December 2013 - 11:20 AM

registration site up-request sent

now wait for response

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Posted 06 December 2013 - 03:15 PM

Request also sent.

Great star party!

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Posted 09 December 2013 - 03:39 PM

My request is in too.
The "Moonlight Manor" is ready to go.

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Posted 09 December 2013 - 03:44 PM

I won a prize as part of the SCURT research that I was a part of. Free admission to the TSP in either 2014 or 2015. I will wait until 2015 to return to TSP since a big chunk of my budget in 2014 will be going to my trip to Atacama Lodge in Chile in late March...

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Posted 12 December 2013 - 01:29 PM

I won a prize as part of the SCURT research that I was a part of. Free admission to the TSP in either 2014 or 2015. I will wait until 2015 to return to TSP since a big chunk of my budget in 2014 will be going to my trip to Atacama Lodge in Chile in late March...

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:rolling: Green with envy...well, we're going again. We had such a great time last year. I'll be sure to take and post pics.

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Posted 14 December 2013 - 03:14 PM

what is the difference between the 3 observing fields
-upper
-central
-lower
why would one set up on one or the other?

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Posted 15 December 2013 - 08:48 AM

what is the difference between the 3 observing fields
-upper
-central
-lower
why would one set up on one or the other?

edj


Lower field gets car headlights from the road. Middle has a few more obstructions depending on where you are. On the other hand, I like my car, tent and stuff together. You can't do that on the upper field.

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Posted 15 December 2013 - 07:27 PM

Alvan,

thanks

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Posted 15 December 2013 - 10:18 PM

The middle and lower field are also smaller than the upper field, so the social dynamics are a bit different. You really have some mini-star parties within the larger event. That kind of gives the star party a bit broader appeal for those who are concerned about being lost in the crowd.

Bear in mind, there is another very small field with power north of the motel rooms (really in the north west corner of the campus, north west of the lodge). This is probably the smallest and quietest field of the bunch. There will also be the TIS demonstration setups behind the lodge (on the north side).

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Posted 17 December 2013 - 10:53 AM

The lower field is next to the majority of the RV sites so setting up there is convenient. The lights are not too bad and very little traffic after midnight. Have not been a issue for imaging for me.

We did try the upper field last year and enjoyed it as well, different atmosphere, and mix of all kinds of scopes.

If staying in a bunk house then which ever field is the closest would be my choice. Same with RV, which ever site dictates where I set up.

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Posted 27 December 2013 - 02:16 AM

Filled out my registration. Hope for the best.
Clear skies and clean glass,
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Posted 30 December 2013 - 07:52 AM

what is the difference between the 3 observing fields
-upper
-central
-lower
why would one set up on one or the other?

edj


The upper field is huge and after dark looks like a set from "Close Encounters" with all the red power LED and red computer monitors. I prefer the middle field as it's much less techy and less crowded.

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Posted 01 January 2014 - 01:14 PM

what is the difference between the 3 observing fields
-upper
-central
-lower
why would one set up on one or the other?

edj


Edwin,
The upper field is the best and has the most action. The lower field tends to get astrophotographers/imagers. The middle field is okay, it is close to the bunkhouses. There is the Shade Tree group who always set up there, so it is popular for some.

There isn't a bad place on the ranch, the times I have been I set up on the upper field.

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Posted 03 January 2014 - 11:32 AM

I have only been on the upper field. It has it's own tendencies. The south end seems to be more imagers while the north end is the land of the big dobs. This isn't hard and fast and you will find every type of scope in every location.
The upper field is convenient if you're staying in a one of the Prude's motel style rooms, but it is further from the dining hall, midnight snack shack and meeting room. There are porta potties at the south end of the upper field.

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Posted 04 January 2014 - 12:58 AM

Most set up near their "Buds". Know anybody else that will be there ? Thanks. *BW*

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Posted 07 February 2014 - 11:09 AM

Anyone hear anything yet? The website indicates that people camping and staying offsite should have no problems so I guess I am OK.

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Posted 09 February 2014 - 04:36 AM

John,
Things will be coming along soon enough. No worries.

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Posted 09 February 2014 - 04:05 PM

John,
You tent camping?

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Posted 09 February 2014 - 10:38 PM

Just found that if you log in to your RSP account it will tell you if you are confirmed and your housing or RV site.

Yep I am in, RV site 38 so looks like I will be in the lower field this time. Which is my normal spot.

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Posted 10 February 2014 - 01:27 PM

I will be boondocking in the Moonlight Manor so I should be OK. Myself and a couple friends may be joining you on the lower field. I was at the south end of the upper field last year but if my friend Wes comes his trailer is too big to go up there.

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Posted 10 February 2014 - 02:20 PM

That will make 4 Casita's down there, that I know of and usually there are a couple more. Have our own Casita Rally.

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Posted 11 February 2014 - 11:58 AM

Hi Dean

There may be 2 Casitas from our group if Mark makes it.

We should have a gathering while we are there.

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Posted 12 February 2014 - 10:05 PM

Got my TSP registration confirmation today. Now I have to pay Prude Ranch a deposit and TSP registration. Now comes the hard part......Waiting.

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Posted 12 February 2014 - 10:42 PM

Yep, got mine also. Waiting will not be too hard for me, leaving next weekend for WSP in the Keys. After the last couple months I need some sunshine in the days, and clear skies at night.






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