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#51 DeanS

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Posted 05 February 2014 - 06:37 PM

Can't remember his name but I see him at all the major star parties I attend. He will likely be there again.

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Posted 07 February 2014 - 04:22 PM

Hi - Can any WSP vets recommend a decent tenting spot? I understand wind may be a factor and the competition is keen at either end of the berm, where are other good spot reccos or insights to be aware of? I would like to be amongst friendly CN'ers if possible. Thanks in advance -Steve

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Posted 08 February 2014 - 11:48 AM

The central part of the berm is 'scopes only' so either end gets pretty stuffed with tents. If you are keen on being on the berm you'll need to get into the lineup early or even the night before (not officially allowed but folks have been doing this for years).

The berm can be a windy place - windy enough to shut down observing for most people. The reward of the berm is the unobstructed view to the southern horizon with glimpses of Eta Carina, Alpha Centauri, etc. possible.

If you wish to avoid the worst wind you need to go to the west end of the property past the vendor area or in the chickee area. There you will contend with some trees. However, I have been happily observing in the chickee area while 95% of those on the berm are shut down by wind....

I've made a wee map.

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Posted 08 February 2014 - 07:47 PM

Excellent map Dave!!!

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Posted 09 February 2014 - 08:53 AM

Great- thanks very much Dave! I will have a 4" scope with me so I think I will find a protected spot in the West. If conditions are good, I could just carry the scope to the berm for Southern views.
Time to start planning in earnest now, I will be shipping my camping gear and some of the more robust equipment. I noticed on the WSP FB page that their is a reference to a UPS store on Marathon where I can ship to.
Looking forward to meeting you guys!

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Posted 09 February 2014 - 09:41 PM

Steve, there will be plenty of big dobs on the berm and the folks there don't mind sharing the views. Wait until you get to see Onerga Centauri through a big dob, MAGICAL!!!! Even better with binoviewers.

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Posted 10 February 2014 - 07:49 AM

Doesn't the "wheelhouse end" get occupied by SCAS pretty early ? Hedge your bets and head West, into chickee-dom....

You wouldn't believe a.) the queue or b.) How fast it moves in to the camp.

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Posted 10 February 2014 - 10:32 AM

Thanks guys - I will head West - to Chickeedom! :D

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Posted 14 February 2014 - 08:50 AM

Tree Chicago People be dere: Darren Dwake, Dan Joy, und Ich with a 6" AP f12

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Posted 14 February 2014 - 12:26 PM

Tree Chicago People be dere: Darren Dwake, Dan Joy, und Ich with a 6" AP f12


Vere vill youse set up?

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Posted 14 February 2014 - 12:35 PM

GROUP PHOTO!!!! All CN'ers at the WSP

Friday, 1pm at the firepit. This is immediately after the door prize draw according to this year's schedule so we should all be there!!!

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Posted 14 February 2014 - 01:44 PM

I'm all for that Dave. I just hope my CN tee shirt gets here in time

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Posted 14 February 2014 - 10:55 PM

You kids have fun.

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Posted 15 February 2014 - 01:02 AM

Hey Mark! Make sure you bring that CZJ 4mm you got from me. It should sing in that f/12 AP down there. you guys will be easy to spot once you set that bad boy up. :bow:

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Posted 15 February 2014 - 01:02 AM

Looking forward to it!

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Posted 17 February 2014 - 09:58 AM

Here is a pic from last years party

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#67 Mark Radice

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Posted 17 February 2014 - 05:22 PM

Well I've started packing.

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Posted 18 February 2014 - 10:54 PM

Of interest to all.....

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#69 DeanS

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Posted 18 February 2014 - 10:59 PM

Whats that in English? :)

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Posted 18 February 2014 - 11:16 PM

Whats that in English? :)


It is english, in fact it's the scale the whole rest of the world uses. That is except scientist like astronomers, they use kelvin, so just add 273 to anything celsius and you've got it.

It means nice. ; )

Have fun whoever is going and I hope the wind gods behave.

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Posted 18 February 2014 - 11:43 PM

Woah! That's only a few degrees warmer than MA! :o
Seriously though - that looks fantastic! A couple of days ago it read cloudy for most of the week - thank goodness it has been revised. I am getting really stoked now and I hope the forecast comes true.

I am bringing my TMB 100 and a bunch of high quality ep's. Of course, I like to share so let me know where you guys are. I intend to purchase a DM-6 while I'm down there. Saves me shipping costs! :jump:

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Posted 21 February 2014 - 08:11 PM

At the airport - waiting to board. Super psyched - where is everyone else?

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Posted 21 February 2014 - 08:34 PM

Right now I'm at work but I am literally up the street from the star party. I'll be there on Sunday after the mad rush, probably at about 4pm. Gona stuff my face with stone crabs first though =)

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Posted 22 February 2014 - 07:00 AM

I'm at London heathrow waiting to depart to Miami. Thanks for the forecast, Cotts, it looks fantastic. See you tomorrow.

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Posted 22 February 2014 - 07:15 PM

Have a good flight Mark.






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