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Stacy
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Northwest Unknown Star Party July 4 - 7 2013
      #5786732 - 04/08/13 07:59 PM

Hey gang. We have a new moon in the summer over the Independence Day weekend July 4 - 7.

We simply cannot let this opportunity go by without organizing a star party of some sort.

Once again Table and OSP are on the same weekend. Any ideas? Maybe a second Goldendale? Most public vacation spots will be very busy. Anybody with a chunk of land in a dark area wanna turn it over to a bunch of astronomer/campers?

Stacy


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Stacy
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Re: Northwest Unknown Star Party July 4 - 7 2013 new [Re: Stacy]
      #5786742 - 04/08/13 08:02 PM

Hurricane Ridge or Mount St. Hellen's or maybe somewhere on Rainier might also be a possibility.

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Re: Northwest Unknown Star Party July 4 - 7 2013 new [Re: Stacy]
      #5787082 - 04/08/13 10:46 PM

Just ask Mike and organize one for July...I did a July and August last year...I will more than likely organize an August star party at Goldendale this year.

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Stacy
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Re: Northwest Unknown Star Party July 4 - 7 2013 new [Re: Sky Captain]
      #5788477 - 04/09/13 03:17 PM

Yes, Mike's usually up for a Star Party lol!

As great as Goldendale is, are there any other options for July you think?

I guess anything planned for the western side of the mountains would require a contingency plan for weather, but it would sure be nice to head up to the mountains somewhere.


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Re: Northwest Unknown Star Party July 4 - 7 2013 new [Re: Stacy]
      #5790081 - 04/10/13 11:26 AM

Mt. St. Helens would be good, but it's usually only a one day affair. If I remember, there was/is a group from Vancouver(?) that hold an event up there...can't recall the details at the moment. Tom has done it I think.

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Re: Northwest Unknown Star Party July 4 - 7 2013 new [Re: Sky Captain]
      #5790108 - 04/10/13 11:39 AM

The Mt. St. Helens Institute has been holding a little star party up there - usually in August. I don't think they did it in 2012 - at least I never saw a notice and I've always got them before.

What about Hart's Pass for July 4th?


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Re: Northwest Unknown Star Party July 4 - 7 2013 new [Re: square_peg]
      #5790802 - 04/10/13 05:25 PM

Quote:

What about Hart's Pass for July 4th?




I'm game! Is there a clearing? Looks like a few trees around.

Hart's Pass Campground


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Re: Northwest Unknown Star Party July 4 - 7 2013 new [Re: Stacy]
      #5790916 - 04/10/13 05:53 PM Attachment (14 downloads)

Quote:

Quote:

What about Hart's Pass for July 4th?




I'm game! Is there a clearing? Looks like a few trees around.

Hart's Pass Campground




A guy could always go above the tree line


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Stacy
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Re: Northwest Unknown Star Party July 4 - 7 2013 new [Re: zerro1]
      #5791004 - 04/10/13 06:25 PM

Quote:

A guy could always go above the tree line




Sweet!


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Re: Northwest Unknown Star Party July 4 - 7 2013 new [Re: Stacy]
      #5791067 - 04/10/13 06:59 PM

Quote:

Quote:

What about Hart's Pass for July 4th?




I'm game! Is there a clearing? Looks like a few trees around.

Hart's Pass Campground




Meadows Campground - just a stones throw from there has great views. The Forest Service has even poured an observing pad atop a hill in the campground.

Here's the pad.

The trees around is are just trunks. The area burned badly 10 years ago.


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Re: Northwest Unknown Star Party July 4 - 7 2013 new [Re: zerro1]
      #5791459 - 04/10/13 10:26 PM

Quote:

A guy could always go above the tree line





Show off...


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Stacy
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Re: Northwest Unknown Star Party July 4 - 7 2013 new [Re: Sky Captain]
      #5791598 - 04/10/13 11:52 PM

So..... The road is in good condition, just narrow?

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Re: Northwest Unknown Star Party July 4 - 7 2013 new [Re: Stacy]
      #5791680 - 04/11/13 01:01 AM

Quote:

So..... The road is in good condition, just narrow?




(in the voice of "Pa Kettle") well now, I wouldn't say that....


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Re: Northwest Unknown Star Party July 4 - 7 2013 new [Re: zerro1]
      #5792174 - 04/11/13 11:40 AM

Stacy, I'm sure you could sail your yacht up/down there with no problem until, of course, you meet someone going the other direction. At that point, after changing his underwear, the other guy would have to back waaaay up to let you by. Hmmmmm, on second thought it would be a serious challenge. I think there's a reason no trailers are allowed on the road.

I like Hurricane Ridge a lot. It's a terrific location for astronomy. This weekend I'll be seeing the guy who will then (7/4) be campground host at Heart O' The Hills campground. I'll ask him if it's possible to reserve some camp sites. It very well may not be possible, and over a holiday weekend chances might be sketchy. There are other campgrounds in the area, further away but not too bad; they'd be under some holiday pressure too, but then that'd be true anywhere, I guess. In fact, I might find it worth my bucks to rent a motel room in P.A.

Pixieland would be available.


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Re: Northwest Unknown Star Party July 4 - 7 2013 new [Re: Spaced]
      #5792205 - 04/11/13 11:57 AM

Now the road is in fine shape.

JUST DON'T LOOK OVER THE SIDE on the way down. Yeah, it is hard to avoid looking if your on the passenger side.

You can always walk to short stretch of road.

If you live in Washington you should drive that road at least once in your life. It is a very scenic area.


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Re: Northwest Unknown Star Party July 4 - 7 2013 new [Re: vsteblina]
      #5792438 - 04/11/13 02:00 PM Attachment (20 downloads)

I've tried to get a picture that does justice to Dead Horse Point and the more I think about it, the more I think this one really captures it in many ways.

Basicly the youngster is looking over the edge, and "moma" is walking away from the edge

Edited by zerro1 (04/11/13 02:01 PM)


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Re: Northwest Unknown Star Party July 4 - 7 2013 new [Re: zerro1]
      #5793261 - 04/11/13 09:06 PM

Perfect.

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Stacy
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Re: Northwest Unknown Star Party July 4 - 7 2013 new [Re: Spaced]
      #5793397 - 04/11/13 10:15 PM

Quote:

I like Hurricane Ridge a lot. It's a terrific location for astronomy. This weekend I'll be seeing the guy who will then (7/4) be campground host at Heart O' The Hills campground. I'll ask him if it's possible to reserve some camp sites. It very well may not be possible, and over a holiday weekend chances might be sketchy. There are other campgrounds in the area, further away but not too bad; they'd be under some holiday pressure too, but then that'd be true anywhere, I guess. In fact, I might find it worth my bucks to rent a motel room in P.A.

Pixieland would be available.




Hmmm... Hey Mike. I wonder if he'd consider letting us "hang out" for a night or two at the Hurricane Ridge Lodge parking lot if we did some outreach? Or would that be a Ranger thing? That parking lot is huge and the outreach possibilities would be fantastic! I'm self contained so could provide a tidy "base" for meals and what-not for the group.

As a Native Port-Angeles-O-Rican like myself, perhaps he could pull a few strings? Maybe coordinate with Cliff's group? That would be an epic weekend!

Stacy


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Re: Northwest Unknown Star Party July 4 - 7 2013 new [Re: Stacy]
      #5800424 - 04/15/13 12:26 PM

Quote:

I like Hurricane Ridge a lot. It's a terrific location for astronomy. This weekend I'll be seeing the guy who will then (7/4) be campground host at Heart O' The Hills campground. I'll ask him if it's possible to reserve some camp sites.




OK, here's the word. The bad news is that Heart O' The Hills is officially a non-reservation campground. The good news, however, is that the host can pay for the number of needed campsites, then be reimbursed when we arrive. He's willing to do that and in fact he sounded delighted at the prospect. He mentioned that he could cherry-pick some excellent sites for us. No, that campground has no group camp site but it has some large sites, holding as many as four tents.

Quote:

I wonder if he'd consider letting us "hang out" for a night or two at the Hurricane Ridge Lodge parking lot if we did some outreach?




I didn't ask about that but I'm sure there would be no problem. I think anyone, astronomer or not, can stay in the parking lot at night, so long as they aren't "camping" there. I'm also sure that outreach would be appreciated. John does outreach nightly during new moon periods, weather permitting, and he'd surely welcome more guys and equipment. The only problem with joining up with his outreach is that he sets up by the day lodge, where he stores his scopes, but we'd prefer to set up at a much better astronomy area about 100 yd. away.

But here's the downside to a long Hurricane Ridge weekend. We couldn't leave our equipment set up during the day. Each day we'd have to go through a total break down, set up, unpack & pack experience. I'm not sure that amount of work appeals to me. I did it there once before (when I got smoked out of OSP a couple of years ago and camped in Minnow at Dungeness Spit) and it gets real old. That said, I'd still be willing to do it.


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Re: Northwest Unknown Star Party July 4 - 7 2013 [Re: Spaced]
      #5800443 - 04/15/13 12:30 PM

The OAS will be holding a star party at Hurricane Ridge on Saturday night July 6. We go up in the evening and observe all night, sleep in our cars and drive down in the morning, anyone is welcome.

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