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skyward_eyes
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Re: Wickenburg, AZ Public Star Party new [Re: skyward_eyes]
      #4937106 - 11/27/11 10:32 AM Attachment (20 downloads)

Vicki on the 18" looking for Comet Garradd.

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Re: Wickenburg, AZ Public Star Party new [Re: skyward_eyes]
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Over all it was an excellent evening and it was quite a pleasure to observe with many good friends. Ron it was especially nice talking with you and wish we could observe more!

Thanks to everyone who came out and hope to see you again soon.


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Re: Wickenburg, AZ Public Star Party new [Re: skyward_eyes]
      #4938064 - 11/27/11 07:48 PM

Seeing went to *BLEEP* and it got cold! I should have put on an extra jacket.

Yup, we had a full blown star party going on and Walt even brought snacks! Love that guy!

My clutch issues with the NS11 was operator error, pushing it the wrong way. Amazing it worked at all!

We'll have to do this again. It was fun. Swapping jokes with Walt, enjoying Debbies hot chocolate. It was great! We need to work out the double stack try out sometime too.

Kevin; because of you I had the Coronado out this afternoon and it really did not do too bad, an upgrade would be nice though. The center obstruction does not show its' self when I use it on the pronto. I wish I had known a pronto was there last night I would have compared it to my 127.

I resolved stars in M13 with it, M31 came through pretty darn good. May have to make an alt-az mount for it some time. I'm not much of a GEM guy.


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Re: Wickenburg, AZ Public Star Party new [Re: rboe]
      #4940704 - 11/29/11 11:17 AM

I must've left at the right time then if the seeing went bad about 9PM, which is when I left.

I actually spent much of the day out in Wickenburg, first at Brian's store with the solar telescopes, then later in the afternoon, getting in a quick three-mile hike--if I don't do that three or four times a week, Earth's gravity pulls harder and harder on my body for some stupid reason. The trailhead had a privy and it was convenient to change clothes before going to dinner and the star party.

Had a wonderful time; perhaps among the best ever! I would've stuck around, but I was getting cold, and besides I had a long drive home, plus before going to bed, I had to shower! After all, I was still grungy from my hike.

Looking forward to next time, if it isn't too cold!

Edited by hm insulators (11/29/11 11:24 AM)


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Re: Wickenburg, AZ Public Star Party new [Re: hm insulators]
      #4940864 - 11/29/11 12:44 PM

Ya, it's time to break out the fleese lined jeans.

I would have packed it in at 9 too, but I wanted to check out M42 before calling it a night. Meh, the trap was the worst I've ever seen it.


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Re: Wickenburg, AZ Public Star Party new [Re: rboe]
      #4959496 - 12/10/11 09:43 AM

The last star party of the year here in Wickenburg will be on December 17. We will have a 3rd Quarter moon, rising at 12:46 AM on Sunday morning. Assuming no clouds, dress warmly, as the nights have been getting down to the 30s F.

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Re: Wickenburg, AZ Public Star Party new [Re: Jwemes]
      #4959513 - 12/10/11 09:52 AM

I will try to make it out, I will be coming back from Cali. that day so if I get home in time I will head out.

Sense this an outreach event, if anyone is interested please check out www.Focusonastronomy.org. I will be posting all the outreach events I can find for AZ in the calendar.


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Re: Wickenburg, AZ Public Star Party new [Re: skyward_eyes]
      #4963542 - 12/12/11 08:13 PM

At this point I doubt I'll be able to make it. We shall see.

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Re: Wickenburg, AZ Public Star Party new [Re: rboe]
      #4971251 - 12/17/11 03:21 PM

The weather isn't looking so great for tonight.

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Re: Wickenburg, AZ Public Star Party new [Re: hm insulators]
      #4971637 - 12/17/11 08:47 PM

Ya, I ain't goin'.

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Re: Wickenburg, AZ Public Star Party new [Re: rboe]
      #4994539 - 12/31/11 05:29 PM

When is the next event?

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Re: Wickenburg, AZ Public Star Party new [Re: skyward_eyes]
      #4999112 - 01/03/12 11:30 AM

Good question. I thought is was going to be the third weekend but I suspect that is off. Guess we need to get a schedule up for the new year.

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Re: Wickenburg, AZ Public Star Party new [Re: rboe]
      #5000369 - 01/04/12 07:58 AM

The next event is Jan. 14th, same time, same place.

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Re: Wickenburg, AZ Public Star Party new [Re: ArizonaScott]
      #5000453 - 01/04/12 09:09 AM

Im planning on being there.

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Re: Wickenburg, AZ Public Star Party new [Re: skyward_eyes]
      #5001548 - 01/04/12 08:20 PM

First order of business is to wish all who read this a Happy New Year. If La Nina does it's stuff, we shouldn't see rain until March.

That said,here are the dates for the Wickenburg Public Star Parties for 2012: 1-14, 2-11, 3-10, 4-14, 5-12, 6-9, skip July and August. 9-8 unless the monsoon/temps are against us, 10-6, 11-2, 12-1.

These dates should avoid AAMM, RTMC,The eclipse, and AASP.

If I can get things wrapped up here in SoCal, see you all on 1-14.

Clear,Dark, and Steady,
John W


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Re: Wickenburg, AZ Public Star Party new [Re: Jwemes]
      #5002242 - 01/05/12 08:51 AM

Thanks John.

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Re: Wickenburg, AZ Public Star Party new [Re: rboe]
      #5008746 - 01/09/12 11:33 AM

I'll probably come out there myself!

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Re: Wickenburg, AZ Public Star Party new [Re: hm insulators]
      #5016884 - 01/14/12 10:53 AM

I'm running out of time so won't be there this month. sigh

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Re: Wickenburg, AZ Public Star Party [Re: rboe]
      #5016887 - 01/14/12 10:54 AM

Hey, the clear sky clock does not look favorable either.

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Re: Wickenburg, AZ Public Star Party [Re: rboe]
      #5017044 - 01/14/12 12:17 PM

Mid-morning report for conditions at Wickenburg are: Winds are calm, still air temp is 59F. Cloud cover is ~1%, with thin, high clouds. The NOAA cloud animation and Clear Sky Charts give us a poor outlook after 4 PM local time. Look for an update of conditions at 4 PM.

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