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Undermidnight
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Re: Black Forest Star Party 2013 new [Re: zeldaboy101]
      #6055398 - 08/31/13 12:57 AM

Great!! That is all I needed is a bunch of vendors to tempt me!!

This is great to see so many vendors attending... getting excited. And the weather is looking better and better!

Jason


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MessiToM
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Re: Black Forest Star Party 2013 new [Re: zeldaboy101]
      #6055416 - 08/31/13 01:16 AM

Quote:

Thanks Bill! It's a pretty good list of vendors, may be picking up an item or two. I'm especially excited to check out the meteorite collections, they're always impressive.




I second that notion (meteorites) ^. NOW if only I had some money to spend.


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Deep13
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Re: Black Forest Star Party 2013 new [Re: MessiToM]
      #6057034 - 09/01/13 02:52 AM

So, what's on the observing agenda? Last time I went (2010), I managed to bag Stephan's Quintet in my 12.5" Dob.

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Alvan Clark
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Re: Black Forest Star Party 2013 new [Re: zeldaboy101]
      #6058812 - 09/02/13 08:23 AM

Long range forecast looks decent Wednesday to Sunday.

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Undermidnight
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Re: Black Forest Star Party 2013 new [Re: Alvan Clark]
      #6059021 - 09/02/13 11:02 AM

So glad I have today off for Labor Day.. I will be out in the garage getting stuff ready.

Jason


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demiles
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Re: Black Forest Star Party 2013 new [Re: Undermidnight]
      #6059573 - 09/02/13 04:04 PM

Just wondering if there are any problems with Mosquitos or flies this time of year at CS?

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Alvan Clark
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Re: Black Forest Star Party 2013 new [Re: demiles]
      #6059591 - 09/02/13 04:12 PM

At this time of year I don't ever remember a problem with either. Someone who's been there recently would know if anything is up though.

It's going to be chilly at night.


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Re: Black Forest Star Party 2013 new [Re: demiles]
      #6059943 - 09/02/13 08:25 PM

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Just wondering if there are any problems with Mosquitos or flies this time of year at CS?



There was another hatch of gnats and small flies last week in my area about sixty miles from the park. The cool weather that is on the way tonight should put a damper on the flying insects.


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MessiToM
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Re: Black Forest Star Party 2013 new [Re: star drop]
      #6060746 - 09/03/13 09:55 AM

Is anyone posting here on the field yet? I will be on route tomorrow hopefully.

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zeldaboy101
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Re: Black Forest Star Party 2013 new [Re: MessiToM]
      #6060962 - 09/03/13 12:13 PM

I'll be there thursday to sunday with the 16" dob with the bright orange shroud at the back of the field.

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lamplight
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Re: Black Forest Star Party 2013 new [Re: zeldaboy101]
      #6061437 - 09/03/13 06:12 PM

Grateful dead tie dye with aliens on it just an average apertura 10" GSO dob thurs to sun. (Although I did make a big dew shield of about 2' so we'll see how that goes. ) Getting excited..I will be able to mostly finish up my last 5-6 Messiers for the first time!!

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Undermidnight
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Re: Black Forest Star Party 2013 new [Re: lamplight]
      #6061583 - 09/03/13 08:13 PM

Quote:

Grateful dead tie dye with aliens on it just an average apertura 10" GSO dob thurs to sun. (Although I did make a big dew shield of about 2' so we'll see how that goes. ) Getting excited..I will be able to mostly finish up my last 5-6 Messiers for the first time!!




Most excellent! I too am getting pretty stoked about the party. I have all the gear packed up and ready to go. Just need to pack the other stuff (like toiletries, towels, snacks, and other such things). 4:00am will be here soon.

Oh yeah.. I will have my tie dye Rush shirt to bring along too! No aliens, but there is a guy standing in front of a star (2112)

Jason


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Howie Glatter
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Re: Black Forest Star Party 2013 new [Re: Undermidnight]
      #6061913 - 09/03/13 11:30 PM

> . . I will have my tie dye Rush shirt . .

I just hope it's not that other Rush.


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zeldaboy101
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Re: Black Forest Star Party 2013 new [Re: Howie Glatter]
      #6061964 - 09/04/13 12:10 AM

Just a heads up since it's still technically summer...the low Thursday night is in the upper 30's. Friday night they're calling for low 40's or maybe 50 depending on the website. It's going to be one of the colder BFSPs!

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CometChaser2013
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Re: Black Forest Star Party 2013 new [Re: zeldaboy101]
      #6062016 - 09/04/13 01:10 AM

We contacted the food provider (Fox’s Pizza) and have updated the info on the BFSP website. In summary, they plan to be open Thursday 11am-11pm, Friday and Saturday 7am til at least 2am, maybe later. A list of menu items/specials can be found on the BFSP main page, www.bfsp.org

Bill
BFSP 2013 Speaker/Vendor coordinator

Edited by CometChaser2013 (09/04/13 01:14 AM)


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RobTeeter
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Reged: 09/30/04

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Re: Black Forest Star Party 2013 new [Re: CometChaser2013]
      #6062219 - 09/04/13 07:31 AM

Leaving later this morning to start heading up there today. Should take us about 4.5 hours or so from North Jersey. Will be bringing our flagship 20" F/3.5 (with recently First-Light'ed Lightholder primary mirror!) Truss-Dob, a customer's 10" F/5 TT/Custom, our 11" F/4.5 STS and our 8" F/6 STS. Looking forward to seeing everyone up there. Please be sure to stop by our set up on the field and say "Hi!", especially at night so you can test drive any of the scopes listed above - that's why we bring so many scopes, so we can share.

Safe trips everyone,


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zeldaboy101
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Re: Black Forest Star Party 2013 new [Re: CometChaser2013]
      #6062269 - 09/04/13 08:15 AM

Quote:

We contacted the food provider (Fox’s Pizza) and have updated the info on the BFSP website. In summary, they plan to be open Thursday 11am-11pm, Friday and Saturday 7am til at least 2am, maybe later. A list of menu items/specials can be found on the BFSP main page, www.bfsp.org

Bill
BFSP 2013 Speaker/Vendor coordinator




With clear skies but cold weather predicted those hours are disappointing. Hopefully the hours are well advertised when people arrive at the registration booth since everyone was used to 24 hour service.


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zeldaboy101
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Re: Black Forest Star Party 2013 new [Re: zeldaboy101]
      #6062480 - 09/04/13 11:14 AM

If you need some excellent free downloadable observing guides for tough targets:

Guides for a whole slew of things, including some that need an 18" or larger to even start with.
http://faintfuzzies.com/DownloadableObservingGuides2.html

The Hickson Observing Atlas, an awesome guide:
http://www.reinervogel.net/pdf/Hickson.pdf

Vogel references a list of the 32 most interesting Hicksons:
http://www.astronomy-mall.com/Adventures.In.Deep.Space/hicklist.htm

I'll be going after a bunch more of the hickson compact galaxy groups!


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tag1260
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Re: Black Forest Star Party 2013 new [Re: zeldaboy101]
      #6062506 - 09/04/13 11:38 AM

Getting ready to head out in a few. Hope to meet a few of you and see what real equipment looks like.

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demiles
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Re: Black Forest Star Party 2013 new [Re: tag1260]
      #6062515 - 09/04/13 11:45 AM

Can anyone comment on any well flaring going on at this time? Anyone have recent SQM readings to share?

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