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spacenuut
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2013 Fall Staunton River Star Party
      #5949701 - 07/01/13 01:42 PM

Registration is now open.

www.stauntonriver-starparty.org

Jayme


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1983cowboy
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Re: 2013 Fall Staunton River Star Party new [Re: spacenuut]
      #5953367 - 07/03/13 03:47 PM

Whooo Hooo!
Had the pleasure to camp and observe there last fall. Awesome facilities, organization and all-night food.
Count me in again!


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moonworm
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Re: 2013 Fall Staunton River Star Party new [Re: 1983cowboy]
      #5953408 - 07/03/13 04:26 PM Attachment (22 downloads)

Sweeet!!!
Can't wait too. I had a great time last Fall every day and night was clear skies. What a gift. The food was good also. This Fall I'm taking my wife with me. I believe she wants to see what all my talk was about.

Edited by moonworm (07/03/13 09:07 PM)


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1983cowboy
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Re: 2013 Fall Staunton River Star Party new [Re: moonworm]
      #6002107 - 08/01/13 08:53 PM

OK, I'm officially official. Just paid my registration fee for the fall. Really looking forward to it! 60 days and counting. Who else is going?

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Charlie B
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Re: 2013 Fall Staunton River Star Party new [Re: 1983cowboy]
      #6002779 - 08/02/13 08:42 AM

Registration is in. Last fall was really good. By the way, the green observing tent in your photo background is mine.

Regards,

Charlie B


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Charlie B
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Re: 2013 Fall Staunton River Star Party new [Re: 1983cowboy]
      #6002783 - 08/02/13 08:45 AM

Correction green truck and blue observing tent.

Charlie B


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moonworm
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Re: 2013 Fall Staunton River Star Party new [Re: Charlie B]
      #6002791 - 08/02/13 08:49 AM

Sent mine in yesterday as well. Can't wait, counting down the days. Were hoping to have 7 or 8 from Greenville,South
coming. That counting a couple of wifes too.

Jim


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spacenuut
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Re: 2013 Fall Staunton River Star Party new [Re: spacenuut]
      #6004492 - 08/03/13 09:41 AM

We're looking forward to having everyone come and enjoy the astronomical fellowship and the observing. We have four speakers lined up for Saturday, October 5th. We'll have their information on the star party website.

We're just two months away.

Jayme and the Star Party Staff


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spacenuut
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Re: 2013 Fall Staunton River Star Party new [Re: spacenuut]
      #6017330 - 08/10/13 10:27 AM

We had an observing session at Staunton River last night, Friday, August 9th. I'm pleased to report that even with all of the rain that we have had, the field is awesome shape. The only way to explain it is that the lush green grass has sucked it all up.

Even though the clouds were plentiful, we did have some openings through which the Milky Way shined through. Just enough to entice one appetite.

October is getting closer!

Jayme


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Scott in NC
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Re: 2013 Fall Staunton River Star Party new [Re: spacenuut]
      #6059066 - 09/02/13 11:35 AM

I'm seriously thinking about attending for the first time this year. I used to attend MASP in Robbins, NC regularly, but now that that's gone, it sounds like SRSP is the place to be. Since I have to work all week, Friday afternoon would be the earliest that I could make it.

Does anyone know from past experience whether arriving on Friday would be too late to guarantee that I'd be able to find a prime observing spot where I could also park my SUV and pitch my tent?


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Charlie B
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Re: 2013 Fall Staunton River Star Party new [Re: Scott in NC]
      #6059178 - 09/02/13 12:35 PM

Unless they have 2-3 times the attendance of last year, you should have plenty of places to park. It is a huge field.

Charlie B


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Scott in NC
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Re: 2013 Fall Staunton River Star Party new [Re: Charlie B]
      #6059185 - 09/02/13 12:37 PM

Thanks for the info, Charlie. I'm really looking forward to attending!

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spacenuut
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Re: 2013 Fall Staunton River Star Party new [Re: Scott in NC]
      #6059215 - 09/02/13 12:53 PM

Hi Scott,

Sorry for the delay. As Charlie said, there should be plenty of space for you on the field. If you arrive before dark, we'll get you on the field.

We're looking forward to seeing you at the party.

Drive carefully and we'll see you there.

Jayme


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Scott in NC
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Re: 2013 Fall Staunton River Star Party new [Re: spacenuut]
      #6059231 - 09/02/13 01:03 PM

Thanks, Jayme! I just sent in my registration fee. I'm really happy to be able to support this new star party!

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moonworm
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Re: 2013 Fall Staunton River Star Party new [Re: Scott in NC]
      #6059614 - 09/02/13 04:26 PM

Does anybody know if there is going to be electricity on the west end of the Observing field this year?

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spacenuut
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Re: 2013 Fall Staunton River Star Party new [Re: moonworm]
      #6067054 - 09/06/13 11:43 PM

I am pretty sure there will NOT be any power at the far end of the field. It is a question that I ask often just to find out where we stand. The park is currently short staffed. The ranger working on that project has been in class all summer. So I'm not sure what progress has been made. At this time I'll say, don't count on it.

We'll get it out there. Please be patient.

Jayme


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spacenuut
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Re: 2013 Fall Staunton River Star Party new [Re: spacenuut]
      #6077716 - 09/12/13 08:58 PM

Well I guess I stand completely corrected. I talked with Stephanie at the park today. I said," OK, I need to ask this question, where does the power stand in the field?"

Stephanie said that they were in the process of running power further down the field.

So there will be power further down the field as you have requested.

Don't forget that September 20th is the closing date for registration.


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moonworm
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Re: 2013 Fall Staunton River Star Party new [Re: spacenuut]
      #6082684 - 09/15/13 07:35 PM

WOW!! Jayme that's great news! Sounds like that State Park really does want to help us pull off another successful Sart Party.
Pretty soon if we ask for a HOT TUB, well you know:)he-he-he...

Jim

Edited by moonworm (09/15/13 07:36 PM)


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Scott in NC
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Re: 2013 Fall Staunton River Star Party new [Re: moonworm]
      #6082725 - 09/15/13 08:04 PM

Very cool about the power. I just told my wife, and she's very excited to hear that! We were wondering how we were going to blow up the air mattress for our tent.

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spacenuut
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Re: 2013 Fall Staunton River Star Party new [Re: Scott in NC]
      #6085090 - 09/17/13 12:05 AM

Hey everyone, just a few days left to register. Friday is the last day so tell your fellow observers to hurry. The Park staff is very excited about our return and they are working feverishly preparing. We're looking forward to seeing very one as well.

Your Staunton River Star Party Staff


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Ranger Tim
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Re: 2013 Fall Staunton River Star Party new [Re: spacenuut]
      #6085124 - 09/17/13 12:40 AM

I sure miss this party! WAAAH!!!

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Re: 2013 Fall Staunton River Star Party new [Re: Ranger Tim]
      #6086330 - 09/17/13 04:27 PM

We miss you cussing out yer imaging rig all night

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Re: 2013 Fall Staunton River Star Party new [Re: The Ardent]
      #6088689 - 09/18/13 07:25 PM

THe humidity gods will take their revenge upon you for that! Have a great event. Say hi to everyone for me!

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spacenuut
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Re: 2013 Fall Staunton River Star Party new [Re: spacenuut]
      #6090802 - 09/19/13 10:48 PM

Just a quick reminder that tomorrow is the last day to register for the Star Party.

Thanks,

Jayme


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spacenuut
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Re: 2013 Fall Staunton River Star Party new [Re: spacenuut]
      #6090822 - 09/19/13 11:01 PM

Just a quick reminder that tomorrow, September 20th is the last day to register for the Star Party.

Thanks,

Jayme


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spacenuut
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Re: 2013 Fall Staunton River Star Party new [Re: spacenuut]
      #6094198 - 09/21/13 10:26 PM

We've extended the registration until tomorrow. We are unable to do anything until Monday so we decided to go a couple of more days. So you have until Tomorrow Sunday the 22nd.

Jayme

Edited by spacenuut (09/22/13 09:11 AM)


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spacenuut
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Re: 2013 Fall Staunton River Star Party new [Re: spacenuut]
      #6101297 - 09/25/13 09:12 PM

Not much longer. I just wanted remind or maybe tell everyone that there is a swap meet on Saturday Oct. 5th in the morning until noon. so bring your good used equipment.

We'll see everyone in 6 days.


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Scott in NC
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Re: 2013 Fall Staunton River Star Party new [Re: spacenuut]
      #6101350 - 09/25/13 09:48 PM

Thanks for the heads-up about the swap meet! I've got a few things that I really should sell but have just been too lazy to list for sale on AM or CN.

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spacenuut
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Re: 2013 Fall Staunton River Star Party new [Re: spacenuut]
      #6103270 - 09/26/13 11:38 PM

I just want to remind everyone to bring their dew protection. We are in that time of year when the dew comes quick and heavy.

Jayme


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spacenuut
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Re: 2013 Fall Staunton River Star Party new [Re: spacenuut]
      #6110689 - 10/01/13 07:41 AM

Packed and heading to the park. We'll see everyone there!

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Scott in NC
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Re: 2013 Fall Staunton River Star Party new [Re: spacenuut]
      #6120803 - 10/06/13 03:35 PM

Hi Jayme, just wanted to thank you, the rest of the CHAOS crew, and the Staunton River State Park staff for all your hospitality and all the effort that you put into organizing this. The Staunton River Star Party is the absolute best star party that my wife, son, and I have ever had the pleasure of attending. I can't wait for next year!


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spacenuut
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Re: 2013 Fall Staunton River Star Party new [Re: Scott in NC]
      #6122254 - 10/07/13 11:53 AM

Thank you for the kind words Scott. The fact that your family and you had a good time means that we have achieved our goal. We, CHAOS and Staunton River Park Staff, are looking forward to the next event which will be March 27 to the 30th 2014. Short but sweet.

We thank you and all that attended the star party. It's hard to believe that it went by so fast and the skies so clear.

We'll see you soon.

Jayme


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Re: 2013 Fall Staunton River Star Party new [Re: spacenuut]
      #6123632 - 10/07/13 09:18 PM Attachment (15 downloads)

Had a great time. This is a view of the lake that surrounds the park.

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Re: 2013 Fall Staunton River Star Party new [Re: The Ardent]
      #6123644 - 10/07/13 09:27 PM Attachment (15 downloads)

30" StarStructure Dob

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Re: 2013 Fall Staunton River Star Party new [Re: The Ardent]
      #6123648 - 10/07/13 09:28 PM Attachment (14 downloads)

Apomax refractor

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The Ardent
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Re: 2013 Fall Staunton River Star Party new [Re: The Ardent]
      #6123659 - 10/07/13 09:33 PM Attachment (18 downloads)

Another observer gets ready for nightfall

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Re: 2013 Fall Staunton River Star Party new [Re: The Ardent]
      #6123660 - 10/07/13 09:34 PM Attachment (15 downloads)

Don't leave your observatory at home.

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Scott in NC
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Re: 2013 Fall Staunton River Star Party new [Re: The Ardent]
      #6123669 - 10/07/13 09:38 PM

Thanks for sharing all the pics, Ray! I got so absorbed in observing and sharing views with my immediate neighbors that I totally forgot to roam the field and check out what else was out there.

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Re: 2013 Fall Staunton River Star Party new [Re: Scott in NC]
      #6125768 - 10/08/13 08:06 PM

A friend and I were only able to make it for friday and saturday night, but it was one of the best star parties we've been to. Saturday night looked like a wash until the clouds broke around 8pm and the transparency ended up being even better than friday night.

I decided to go after DSOs in other galaxies and managed to observe 4 globulars in the Andromeda Galaxy (mag 14.2 to 15.4), a glob in M110, as well as 7 globs or nebula in M33.

Observing in the mid 60's at 4am in October was nuts.

Edited by zeldaboy101 (10/08/13 08:08 PM)


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Re: 2013 Fall Staunton River Star Party new [Re: zeldaboy101]
      #6127296 - 10/09/13 03:43 PM

Anyone take SQM readings while there?

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Re: 2013 Fall Staunton River Star Party new [Re: demiles]
      #6128630 - 10/10/13 09:33 AM

Yes. My readings on Tuesday and Wednesday were consistent. 21.2 at the end of astronomical twilight, reaching 21.4 at around 11pm.

You can see the data for the location on a map at http://www.knightware.biz/community/public/sqm2/sqm_map.php


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spacenuut
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Re: 2013 Fall Staunton River Star Party new [Re: demiles]
      #6163732 - 10/29/13 12:00 AM

Once again I want to thank everyone for coming to our star party. We were truly blessed with great nights of observing.

We just want to give everyone a heads up for next year's, 2014, dates.

March 27-30 for the spring party.

October 20-26 for the fall party.

Have a great & safe Holiday Season.

Jayme and the rest of the SRSP Staff


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Re: 2013 Fall Staunton River Star Party new [Re: spacenuut]
      #6179045 - 11/06/13 11:33 AM

Just wanted to say that Staunton River was a great star party. The facility was great and the sky is dark. What else can you ask for in a star party? Oh yeah, good weather! Boy did we have great weather! High temp of almost 90 on Saturday and perfectly clear skies Friday and Saturday. I thoroughly enjoyed SRSP and will definitely be coming back in either the spring or fall of 2014.

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spacenuut
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Re: 2013 Fall Staunton River Star Party new [Re: spacenuut]
      #6238264 - 12/06/13 10:38 PM

UNC-TV was at the star party to do a story about the event. The story is located at:
http://science.unctv.org/content/real-star-power

Check it out.


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