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JimMo
I'd Rather Do It Myself


Reged: 01/08/07

Loc: Under the SE Michigan lightdom...
Re: Winter Star Party 2014 new [Re: steveastrouk]
      #6301470 - 01/09/14 07:58 AM

Hi Steve,

Long ago when I was in college my two roommates and I were camping in the keys at Long Key State Park. Camping next to us were three fellows from England who were over touring the states. On our last day before heading for home we all went to Sloppy Joe's in Key West. I only remember one of their names, a guy named Ian, whom his friends called Wee Ian. He was a little guy and as we were served our first beer of the day he complained that the american beer tasted like water. We used Sloppy Joe's as a base and we'd go off for a while and shop or look for girls and Wee Ian just sat quietly in the bar downing one beer after another. He must have drank 18 beers over the course of the afternoon and appeared to be just fine sipping his beer. A bit later we had to get going and we left him and his friends in the bar. In all my years I never saw anyone that small drink so much with little or no effect. Myself, I'm a light weight and I always joke to my wife that she can have her way with me after one or two.

Anyway, safe travels to Florida and here's to clear skies and warm nights for the star party.

Cheers, Jim M.


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steveastrouk
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Reged: 08/01/13

Loc: Rochdale, UK
Re: Winter Star Party 2014 new [Re: JimMo]
      #6309601 - 01/13/14 06:34 AM

Jim,
I should say in defence of my fellow countrymen that the guy you met was probably either Scottish or a medical student ;-)

Good grief, what if he was BOTH

Steve


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JimMo
I'd Rather Do It Myself


Reged: 01/08/07

Loc: Under the SE Michigan lightdom...
Re: Winter Star Party 2014 new [Re: steveastrouk]
      #6310616 - 01/13/14 04:31 PM

Quote:

Jim,
I should say in defence of my fellow countrymen that the guy you met was probably either Scottish or a medical student ;-)

Good grief, what if he was BOTH

Steve




Then you couldn't understand what he was saying OR decipher what he was prescribing.


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Mark Radice
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Reged: 01/03/14

Loc: Salisbury, UK
Re: Winter Star Party 2014 new [Re: steveastrouk]
      #6312813 - 01/14/14 05:18 PM

I'll bring a teapot too!

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steveastrouk
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Reged: 08/01/13

Loc: Rochdale, UK
Re: Winter Star Party 2014 new [Re: Mark Radice]
      #6318624 - 01/17/14 01:12 PM

Tea is always acceptable. The lady that runs the cafe is very fond of English blends.

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steveastrouk
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Reged: 08/01/13

Loc: Rochdale, UK
Re: Winter Star Party 2014 new [Re: steveastrouk]
      #6323563 - 01/20/14 06:56 AM

Is anyone on here planning on doing any stellar spectroscopy at the WSP ? Last year I met a guy packing his kit away on the final morning, and I would have dearly loved to see the stuff being used :-(

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chuck p
sage


Reged: 07/18/06

Loc: Cape Coral, Florida
Re: Winter Star Party 2014 new [Re: steveastrouk]
      #6344772 - 01/30/14 09:40 AM

Hello,
My son had to cancel so I have a extra ticket for the winter star party. If anyone is interested send me a private message.Thanks
Chuck


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chuck p
sage


Reged: 07/18/06

Loc: Cape Coral, Florida
Re: Winter Star Party 2014 new [Re: chuck p]
      #6350670 - 02/02/14 06:52 AM

Winter star party ticket is sold.
Thanks Steve


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DeanS
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Reged: 07/12/05

Loc: Central Kentucky
Re: Winter Star Party 2014 new [Re: steveastrouk]
      #6356190 - 02/04/14 07:18 PM

Quote:

Is anyone on here planning on doing any stellar spectroscopy at the WSP ? Last year I met a guy packing his kit away on the final morning, and I would have dearly loved to see the stuff being used :-(




Was this guy over near the chickee's? If so I bet he will be there again. He goes to most of the major star parties.


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steveastrouk
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Reged: 08/01/13

Loc: Rochdale, UK
Re: Winter Star Party 2014 new [Re: DeanS]
      #6357661 - 02/05/14 12:52 PM

That's right, by the barbecue iirc.

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DeanS
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Reged: 07/12/05

Loc: Central Kentucky
Re: Winter Star Party 2014 new [Re: steveastrouk]
      #6358286 - 02/05/14 06:37 PM

Can't remember his name but I see him at all the major star parties I attend. He will likely be there again.

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stevenwav
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Reged: 02/06/12

Loc: New England
Re: Winter Star Party 2014 new [Re: DeanS]
      #6362331 - 02/07/14 04:22 PM

Hi - Can any WSP vets recommend a decent tenting spot? I understand wind may be a factor and the competition is keen at either end of the berm, where are other good spot reccos or insights to be aware of? I would like to be amongst friendly CN'ers if possible. Thanks in advance -Steve

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Cotts
Just Wondering
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Reged: 10/10/05

Loc: Toronto, Ontario
Re: Winter Star Party 2014 new [Re: stevenwav]
      #6363881 - 02/08/14 11:48 AM Attachment (19 downloads)

The central part of the berm is 'scopes only' so either end gets pretty stuffed with tents. If you are keen on being on the berm you'll need to get into the lineup early or even the night before (not officially allowed but folks have been doing this for years).

The berm can be a windy place - windy enough to shut down observing for most people. The reward of the berm is the unobstructed view to the southern horizon with glimpses of Eta Carina, Alpha Centauri, etc. possible.

If you wish to avoid the worst wind you need to go to the west end of the property past the vendor area or in the chickee area. There you will contend with some trees. However, I have been happily observing in the chickee area while 95% of those on the berm are shut down by wind....

I've made a wee map.

Dave


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crazyqban
Carpal Tunnel
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Reged: 12/16/08

Loc: Miami, Florida
Re: Winter Star Party 2014 new [Re: Cotts]
      #6364765 - 02/08/14 07:47 PM

Excellent map Dave!!!

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stevenwav
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Reged: 02/06/12

Loc: New England
Re: Winter Star Party 2014 new [Re: Cotts]
      #6365605 - 02/09/14 08:53 AM

Great- thanks very much Dave! I will have a 4" scope with me so I think I will find a protected spot in the West. If conditions are good, I could just carry the scope to the berm for Southern views.
Time to start planning in earnest now, I will be shipping my camping gear and some of the more robust equipment. I noticed on the WSP FB page that their is a reference to a UPS store on Marathon where I can ship to.
Looking forward to meeting you guys!


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crazyqban
Carpal Tunnel
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Reged: 12/16/08

Loc: Miami, Florida
Re: Winter Star Party 2014 new [Re: stevenwav]
      #6367232 - 02/09/14 09:41 PM

Steve, there will be plenty of big dobs on the berm and the folks there don't mind sharing the views. Wait until you get to see Onerga Centauri through a big dob, MAGICAL!!!! Even better with binoviewers.

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steveastrouk
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Reged: 08/01/13

Loc: Rochdale, UK
Re: Winter Star Party 2014 [Re: crazyqban]
      #6367810 - 02/10/14 07:49 AM

Doesn't the "wheelhouse end" get occupied by SCAS pretty early ? Hedge your bets and head West, into chickee-dom....

You wouldn't believe a.) the queue or b.) How fast it moves in to the camp.


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stevenwav
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Reged: 02/06/12

Loc: New England
Re: Winter Star Party 2014 [Re: steveastrouk]
      #6368022 - 02/10/14 10:32 AM

Thanks guys - I will head West - to Chickeedom!

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Napersky
Carpal Tunnel
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Reged: 01/27/10

Loc: Chicagoland
Re: Winter Star Party 2014 [Re: stevenwav]
      #6375594 - 02/14/14 08:50 AM

Tree Chicago People be dere: Darren Dwake, Dan Joy, und Ich with a 6" AP f12

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Cotts
Just Wondering
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Reged: 10/10/05

Loc: Toronto, Ontario
Re: Winter Star Party 2014 [Re: Napersky]
      #6375976 - 02/14/14 12:26 PM

Quote:

Tree Chicago People be dere: Darren Dwake, Dan Joy, und Ich with a 6" AP f12




Vere vill youse set up?

Dave


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