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#26 City Kid

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Posted 26 June 2014 - 07:42 PM

Does anyone look forward to meeting fellow CN members at these things or is it just me? I hoped to bump into people that I've chatted with here and wrongly assumed others would like to do the same. Maybe people want to remain anonymous? Or do we all just need a secret handshake or have to wear a red corsage???


I vote for the secret handshake over the corsage. :grin: I thought the same thing the first year I went to Nebraska. I was hoping to bump into people from Cloudy Nights. I have had the opportunity to meet John Lambo, David Knisley, this Ken Guy that looks like he caught a Monster walleye or muskie :lol:, and Diane. But over time I've figured something out. Do any of you realize that not everyone gets on Cloudy Nights?? :shrug: :lol: I know, I was shocked too. Anyway, we could all plan a quick get together for a photo to post here on CN. I'm game.

On another note, I sent my registration off today. :jump:

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Posted 26 June 2014 - 11:21 PM

I'll cancel the order of corsages then.

Sent my registration in tonight. I'll be there Sunday in time for supper through Wednesday's Swap Meet. I'll be the one with the gray Honda minivan, the fishing boat, two Z12 dobs, a fellow Minnesota CNer, and a big grin...

P.S. The big fish in my avatar is my wife's 44" muskie.

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#28 omahaastro

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Posted 27 June 2014 - 11:05 AM

Wow! My wife would love to tag along with you guys... loves to fish, but has never caught anything larger than a few inches (loves to fish, but not much of a fisherman, nor am I). I just watch her, my sole job is removing the fish from the hook... she's afraid to touch them.

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Posted 28 June 2014 - 07:12 AM

Wow! My wife would love to tag along with you guys... loves to fish, but has never caught anything larger than a few inches (loves to fish, but not much of a fisherman, nor am I). I just watch her, my sole job is removing the fish from the hook... she's afraid to touch them.

removing the fish hook can be the most dangerous part! cool pic Ken, maybe we can catch something on Merritt ;)

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Posted 29 June 2014 - 01:25 PM

Just sent in our reservation form. We will be there with scopes, binoculars, fishing boat, bicycles, kids, and grandkids! A great time will be had by all. :jump:

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Posted 30 June 2014 - 08:21 PM

registration sent ;)

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Posted 06 July 2014 - 01:36 AM

So what is everyone planning on observing while you're out there? I'm going after dark nebula, planetary nebula, and just some general sight seeing with the Messiers.

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Posted 06 July 2014 - 12:58 PM

So what is everyone planning on observing while you're out there? I'm going after dark nebula, planetary nebula, and just some general sight seeing with the Messiers.


Hopefully, clearer skies than we have had in the past few weeks. I plan on coming up on Friday for an early start and staying for the full week to hopefully get at least a couple of good nights out with the 14 inch. We have had a lot of rain that has finally busted the drouth back here, so hopefully, the fire danger will be nowhere near as bad as it was two years ago. Clear skies to you.

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Posted 07 July 2014 - 05:30 AM

I plan on finishing my Messier's (already have a binocular Messier) and maybe doing a little fishing ;) I also will bring an old Edmunds Scientific GEM for sale/trade at the swap meet if anyone is interested;
http://www.cloudynig...ct=105632&so...

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Posted 10 July 2014 - 08:54 AM

Got my NSP registration packet and state park sticker yesterday. Bought my non-resident, 3-day fishing permit online- I'm set. I have no idea when I'm going to sleep. Stargaze all night, fish all day.

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Posted 11 July 2014 - 10:51 AM

Its a fantastic event....incredibly dark skies. Will see you all there!

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Posted 13 July 2014 - 11:08 PM

Got my NSP registration packet and state park sticker yesterday. Bought my non-resident, 3-day fishing permit online- I'm set. I have no idea when I'm going to sleep. Stargaze all night, fish all day.


That is why they make 5-Hour Energy

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Posted 13 July 2014 - 11:58 PM

Note that the site should probably be in the Mountain Time Zone. On CDT, it really doesn't get dark until around 10 PM. It's a bit disorienting at first.

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Posted 14 July 2014 - 12:05 AM

FYI... NSP 'official' time is CDT

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Posted 14 July 2014 - 02:19 AM

Just bought the critical missing pieces that will allow me to bring a new 12" scope to the NSP. It will be a collapsible Z12. I plan on documenting the build in the Reflector Forum on the Mega-Mods thread. 1st light @ NSP and you're invited. (I'll have tested it a little at home first.)

#41 txmnjim

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Posted 14 July 2014 - 06:31 AM

Got my NSP registration packet and state park sticker yesterday. Bought my non-resident, 3-day fishing permit online- I'm set. I have no idea when I'm going to sleep. Stargaze all night, fish all day.


That is why they make 5-Hour Energy


i'll definitely need some of this since I'm normally
in bed by 10:30pm to get up early for work ;)

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Posted 14 July 2014 - 06:32 AM

Just bought the critical missing pieces that will allow me to bring a new 12" scope to the NSP. It will be a collapsible Z12. I plan on documenting the build in the Reflector Forum on the Mega-Mods thread. 1st light @ NSP and you're invited. (I'll have tested it a little at home first.)


cool. can't wait to see it ;)

#43 txmnjim

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Posted 14 July 2014 - 02:52 PM

was dusting my old hat off with the TSP program award pins and wondered if NSP will have any observing programs we can participate in? sure could use another pin ;)

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Posted 14 July 2014 - 06:19 PM

They have observing challenges... although they don't give out pins. Good idea though, if even just an event pin.

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Posted 15 July 2014 - 10:53 PM

I believe you can register the next morning if you arrive after they close down for the evening. The worker bees were very friendly and helpful for us last year.

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Posted 16 July 2014 - 12:25 PM

I've met more CN's at dinner than actually out observing. :cool:

For you newbie's who are tent camping, the wind can be rather strong at times so a low profile tent works better. Second the soil is very sandy, so get yourself a set of corkscrew style stakes for at least the corners of your test.

Look at the shape of the tent in the background by the camper. That should give you an idea of what the breeze can be like.

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#47 KenSikes

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Posted 16 July 2014 - 05:55 PM

I am from Arizona and all we have to look at is brush and sand, is everything as nice and green as this picture ?

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Posted 16 July 2014 - 06:58 PM

It is beautiful. The amount of green depends on the year. Last year (my first NSP), was green. Veterans told of drought years where everything was brown. To see more daytime beauty that the NSP offers, Google "Merritt Reservoir". Beautiful blue water and white sand beaches.

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Posted 16 July 2014 - 09:46 PM

I'm wondering how a canopy will hold up in that wind? Hate to go out and buy a new canopy just to have it torn up by the wind on it's maiden trip :(

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Posted 16 July 2014 - 09:54 PM

At times, the wind can be pretty brutal out there.






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