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Jwemes
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Wickenburg, AZ Public Star Party
      #4238953 - 12/09/10 04:57 PM

The next Wickenburg star party will be January 8,2011. Moonset is 9:58PM, and Luna is 19% illuminated. The location is Sophie's Flat Trailhead, and one of us locals will make sure that there is TP in the NEW BLM outhouse. All you Greater Phoenix area guys who are looking for a nice new site are more than welcome to come by. See the last month posting for directions, or ask and I'll repost. Will post a current conditions follow up early on Jan. 8.

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rboeAdministrator

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Reged: 03/16/02

Loc: Phx, AZ
Re: Wickenburg, AZ Public Star Party new [Re: Jwemes]
      #4240034 - 12/10/10 08:43 AM

Are you going to have those gals selling cookies and such again?

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Jwemes
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Re: Wickenburg, AZ Public Star Party new [Re: rboe]
      #4240679 - 12/10/10 03:20 PM

Ron,
I'll ask and get back to you. Are you thinking about a special request?


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rboeAdministrator

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Re: Wickenburg, AZ Public Star Party new [Re: Jwemes]
      #4240867 - 12/10/10 04:36 PM

No, I was thinking of bringing extra munchies but did not want to keep someone from fund raising.

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Jwemes
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Re: Wickenburg, AZ Public Star Party new [Re: rboe]
      #4248578 - 12/14/10 03:44 PM

Ron,
I was told that there WOULD be someone at the star party selling yummies!
Later,


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rboeAdministrator

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Re: Wickenburg, AZ Public Star Party new [Re: Jwemes]
      #4249964 - 12/15/10 09:41 AM

Very good!

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rboeAdministrator

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Re: Wickenburg, AZ Public Star Party new [Re: rboe]
      #4251844 - 12/16/10 08:46 AM

Scott; this is the tread you want to watch. January 8th is the next one.

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skyward_eyes
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Re: Wickenburg, AZ Public Star Party new [Re: rboe]
      #4251908 - 12/16/10 09:37 AM

I think I can make this one.

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skyguy88
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Reged: 11/13/06

Loc: Prescott, AZ
Re: Wickenburg, AZ Public Star Party new [Re: skyward_eyes]
      #4256805 - 12/18/10 04:57 PM

Hi All,
Is this a seriously dark event? I travel with a video observing system (Mallincam). It would be fun to head for lower elevation and warmer air (I'm in Prescott) but I do shed some light and I don't want to offend anyone.

Bill


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Jwemes
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Re: Wickenburg, AZ Public Star Party new [Re: skyguy88]
      #4256942 - 12/18/10 05:54 PM

Hi Bill,
This event has two functions: A public star party, and an invitation to amateurs to try out the site. On one side of the road we have ~1 acre, and on the other side we have ~4 acres. Verizon broadband is strong at the site. Come on down!


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rboeAdministrator

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Re: Wickenburg, AZ Public Star Party new [Re: Jwemes]
      #4257573 - 12/19/10 12:25 AM

Bill; I've seen your set up at Watson Lake for the Prescott outreach star parties; I think you would fit it very well in Wickenburg.

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ArizonaScott
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Re: Wickenburg, AZ Public Star Party new [Re: rboe]
      #4258280 - 12/19/10 12:11 PM

Quote:

Scott; this is the tread you want to watch. January 8th is the next one.




Just noticed this thread and sadly I already have plans for that night so I will keep trying to make them as they're announced. Thanks for the heads up though, I'm sure it'll be great.

Is there a plan for a Messier Marathon in Wickenburg?


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rocco13
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Re: Wickenburg, AZ Public Star Party new [Re: ArizonaScott]
      #4258437 - 12/19/10 01:33 PM

That would be a great idea, Scott. I would very much be up for a MM closer to home than where it's going to be this upcoming spring. The new site is just too far for me.

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skyward_eyes
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Re: Wickenburg, AZ Public Star Party new [Re: rocco13]
      #4258475 - 12/19/10 01:49 PM

The new site was nice at the AASP but was it really worth the drive compared to Wickenburg? No, quite honestly.

Im a big fan of Wickenburg and like how it is a hidden astronomy retreat. No big clubs, just a good group of people enjoying the skies as it should be.


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ArizonaScott
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Re: Wickenburg, AZ Public Star Party new [Re: skyward_eyes]
      #4259939 - 12/20/10 08:17 AM

I agree that while the amenities are nice at the larger star parties, the drive to Hovatter is a little far and I'm interested in a smaller gathering. Hopefully we can all start getting out to Wickenburg once in awhile.

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skyward_eyes
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Re: Wickenburg, AZ Public Star Party new [Re: ArizonaScott]
      #4260055 - 12/20/10 09:31 AM

There are some really dark skies just outside of Wickenburg. Aguila offers 7th magnitude skies and its only about 20 minutes further past Wickenburg and just outside of Wickenburg is Vulture Mine Road which offers another dark site. Then of course the site we will be using for this event.

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rboeAdministrator

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Re: Wickenburg, AZ Public Star Party new [Re: skyward_eyes]
      #4260118 - 12/20/10 10:02 AM

Quote:

The new site was nice at the AASP but was it really worth the drive compared to Wickenburg? No, quite honestly.

Im a big fan of Wickenburg and like how it is a hidden astronomy retreat. No big clubs, just a good group of people enjoying the skies as it should be.




Once they finish construction on I-10 the comparison may be more fair; but for us in the northern part of Phoenix/Arizona the drive to Wickenburg is pretty painless and fairly short. The close proximity of Wickenburg (FOOD!!) is a huge plus.

I'm a bit biased as I'm not a big fan of I-10 or the congestion on the south west side of town.


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ArizonaScott
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Re: Wickenburg, AZ Public Star Party new [Re: rboe]
      #4261074 - 12/20/10 07:55 PM

Great ice cream parlors in Wickenburg And yes, I-10 traffic makes me nutty, the Carefree Hwy. is a much nicer (and calmer) ride!

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skyguy88
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Re: Wickenburg, AZ Public Star Party [Re: ArizonaScott]
      #4285049 - 01/01/11 03:31 PM

Thanks Ron and John, for the encouragement. Further encouragement comes from the zero on the thermometer here last night and a foot of snow on the ground.

Is there AC power at the site? I can do batteries but AC is easier.

Bill


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rboeAdministrator

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Re: Wickenburg, AZ Public Star Party [Re: skyguy88]
      #4285869 - 01/01/11 10:34 PM

I have not been there yet but descriptions of the site would indicate no.

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