Darren in Bakersfield
"The White Zone is for loading or unloading of passengers only. No Astrophotography." Cosmic Acres! Greatest restoration challenge: Tulley and Sons 3" achromat on Altazimuth mount, circa ~late 1820s
My gear: --Celestron 8EdgeHD & 11EdgeHD | 80mm F/6 Triplet | Modified Canon T1i | QSI683WSG-8 | Celestron AVX mount | iOptron CEM60 mount | iOptron ZEQ25 mount --- My skies:
Quote: Looks like the Bakersfield folks are going to win the prizes this year since it will be a light crowd. Out Front, Out Front, Out Front.
Quote:Pre-registration indicates that this RTMC will be okay. Not as good as in its heyday, but then nothing really is. Remember, even though any individual star party is not pulling in the crowds it had fifteen years ago, RTMC Astronomy Expo is still larger than almost any other star party in the country. The program looks strong again, with Warren Keller leading the Sunday Premium AstroImaging Workshop. Trina Rey, and a bunch of stuff about the solar system, is the keynote. Lots of others on lots of topics. If you get there early, I'll see you at the gate. Alex
Quote: and a reduced, but active OPT were there, as well as others. . Alex
Quote:"I personally was very disappointed in OPT"
Quote:Quote: and a reduced, but active OPT were there, as well as others. . Alex I personally was very disappointed in OPT. They didn't even bother to unload their van. People would walk all the way up the hill to discover that the Televue rep didn't have anything to sell and then they would take a few steps further up only to see OPT had NOTHING on display for sale. If you bothered to ask them what was up they would indicate a 3 ring binder on a table and say "everything is in there just tell us what you want". I then heard them say that they were not going to bother unloading if nobody was going to buy since they would just have to pack it all back up again.
Quote:Don Lynn of the Orange County Astronomers club has news from the RTMC organizers that PATS 2013 is cancelled. With today's economy it is difficult for hobby manufacturers and vendors in all fields.
Tom Polakis Tempe, AZ Visual observing, DSLR photography, lunar & planetary imaging http://www.pbase.com/polakis/
Quote:I'm not so sure about the PATS cancellation having to do with the economy.