David Cotterell Toronto, Ontario "If an observer actually sees an object, there is no point in referring to a formula to find out whether he ought to see it; and if he fails to detect it, no formula will ensure his success." - W.H. Steavenson 8" f/15.5 TEC Maksutov - 16" f/5 Teeter/Zambuto Dob - TEC 140 - AT 65EDQ APO Refractor - Astro-Physics Mach 1 GTO Mount - iOptron ZEQ25 mount - Discmount DM6 - Canon 60Da
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Quote:I'm heading out to TSP for my first time this year. I'll be tent camping, and will have my C8. Do any of you old timers have any advice about Upper vs Central vs Lower field?
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Quote:I have always set up in the lower field. The fear of headlights is exaggerated. There is a little traffic when the McDonald crowd leaves, then hardly any vehicles the rest of the night. The restrooms, RV area and snackbar are very convenient from the lower field. Contrary to popular opinion, Omega Centauri is easily visible from the lower field. I image it from there each year.John
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PCW Memorial Observatory
Celestron CG-11, Orion 127 Mak, 22 trips to TSP, 5 to Okie-Tex, and thousands of nights under the stars!
David Moody, FRAS 17.5" f/5 dob 10" f/10 SCT 5" f/8 refractor 80mm f/6 refractor 66mm f/6 refractor Plus a few others out of the rotation
Quote:Hi Dave,Rob told me you are keeping your scope, will you bring it to TSP?
Quote:Lets hope for some daytime thunderstorms (OK no hail). No really, the best ever starparty was '93 (or maybe '94). I line of t-storms moved through and settled all the dust in the area. Next night was the darkest sky and the snapiest milky way I have ever seen...and I haven't see better since.
I'm not the lowest of the low, but I am the slowest of the slow. '06 Scion xB. 49.5 mpg avg over 50,000 miles. 176% of '08 EPA Best flat drive 94.5 mpg for 10.1 mi Longest tank 1033 km (642 mi) on 10.56 gal = 60.8 mpg
Indiana for two more weeks...
14.5" Teeter w/ Richard Fagin mirror, TT #66
EON 120ED on CG-5 ASGT
Lunt LS60THa/B1200 Sky Guy Porta II
Denk Super System with A45 OCS
Quote:Sorry I won't be there to organize the annual CN ice cream social this year. A bunch of us NPS volunteers are having our own star party in SE UT conflicting with TSP.
Quote:Too bad as it would be a treat under those dark skies. But again you are welcome to use my 18" anytime, although we will be set up on the upper field. I will find you. Maybe you can give me a quick lesson with the servocat and Sky Commander too. I would be happy to do so. I have not used it much yet.I have all my imaging gear packed and sitting by the truck ready to be loaded up. Dang I bring too much stuff!
A man is a small thing, and the night is very large and full of wonders.
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