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Jwemes
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Reged: 02/26/10

Loc: Wickenburg, AZ
Re: Wickenburg, AZ Public Star Party 2013, 2014 new [Re: W7PP]
      #6268519 - 12/23/13 12:56 PM

December 28--Saturday is the date for the Wickenburg Public Star Party. The road to Sophies Flat is in fine shape, and the weather is expected to be pretty nice.
No mid morning report this time, as I'll be driving back from Utah. Several of the Locals will be out of town, but come on out anyways!


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Jwemes
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Reged: 02/26/10

Loc: Wickenburg, AZ
Re: Wickenburg, AZ Public Star Party 2013, 2014 new [Re: Jwemes]
      #6310800 - 01/13/14 06:17 PM

January 25 is the date for the next Wickenburg Public Star Party. Sophies Flat as usual for a location. Updates midmorning on Saturday. Hope to see you there!

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Jwemes
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Reged: 02/26/10

Loc: Wickenburg, AZ
Re: Wickenburg, AZ Public Star Party 2013, 2014 new [Re: Jwemes]
      #6334352 - 01/25/14 08:59 AM

Wellll....This morning we continue 100% cloud cover. NOAA Phoenix indicates clearing sometime during the evening tonight. Clear Sky Charts show conditions improving during the afternoon. Temps have been mid 70's to mid 50's. As the man said "Watch the sky".

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Dwight56
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Re: Wickenburg, AZ Public Star Party 2013, 2014 new [Re: Jwemes]
      #6334699 - 01/25/14 12:18 PM

Well we are looking pretty good for tonight I would say.

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rboeAdministrator

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Reged: 03/16/02

Loc: Phx, AZ
Re: Wickenburg, AZ Public Star Party 2013, 2014 new [Re: Jwemes]
      #6352989 - 02/03/14 10:57 AM

Quote:

Here are the scheduled dates of Wickenburg Public Star Parties, through January 2015:
Sept 28, 2013
Oct 26, 2013
Nov 23, 2013
Dec 29, 2013
Jan 25, 2014
Feb 22, 2014
Mar 22, 2014
Apr 19, 2014
May 17, 2014
June 21, 2014 ( may cancel due to heat/monsoon)
July 19, 2014 ( may cancel due to heat/monsoon)
Aug 16, 2014 (may cancel due to heat/ monsoon)
Sept 13, 2014
Oct 18, 2014
Nov 15, 2014
Dec 13, 2014
Jan 17, 2015!!!!
This schedule has been crafted to avoid conflict w/ the AASP, AMM, GCSP, and RTMC. Wallet sized documentation (business cards) will hopefully be available at the Sept 28, 2013 star party. Weather report for 6/1/2013 star party will be posted mid-morning tomorrow (6/1)




Reposting. Been a coons age since I've been out there.


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Jwemes
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Reged: 02/26/10

Loc: Wickenburg, AZ
Re: Wickenburg, AZ Public Star Party 2013, 2014 new [Re: rboe]
      #6353741 - 02/03/14 05:05 PM

Ron,
All of the adult raccoons who were there when you were last here, have gone to old raccoon homes. Sadly, most have since passed away. There is a new group of raccoons, who have heard all of the stories from their elders, and are all looking forward to meeting you. Of course, you'll have to introduce yourself, but I'm sure they'll be very welcoming.


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Jwemes
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Reged: 02/26/10

Loc: Wickenburg, AZ
Re: Wickenburg, AZ Public Star Party 2013, 2014 new [Re: Jwemes]
      #6373823 - 02/13/14 09:34 AM

Just a BUMP to remind.....February 22 is the date for the next Public Star Party. Same place, Same Time. Look for a conditions update midmorning of the 22nd.

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rboeAdministrator

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Reged: 03/16/02

Loc: Phx, AZ
Re: Wickenburg, AZ Public Star Party 2013, 2014 new [Re: Jwemes]
      #6373857 - 02/13/14 10:02 AM

Gonna try real hard to make it this time. Don't want to disappoint those young raccoons.

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patg43
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Reged: 12/20/13

Loc: Union, Washington
Re: Wickenburg, AZ Public Star Party 2013, 2014 new [Re: rboe]
      #6381758 - 02/17/14 08:51 PM

Ok I am game. Is the party at the trailhead? I got these directions: From U.S. 60 just east of the Hassayampa River bridge turn north on El Reco Road (next to the New Frontier Restaurant), proceed 1/4 mile and bear right on Constellation Road 3.2 miles to Blue Tank Road which diagonals to the left. (Look for the brown directional sign.) Take Blue Tank Road 1.4 miles to the trailhead.

Does that sound right?


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Jwemes
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Reged: 02/26/10

Loc: Wickenburg, AZ
Re: Wickenburg, AZ Public Star Party 2013, 2014 new [Re: patg43]
      #6382267 - 02/18/14 07:38 AM

Those ARE the optimal directions. If you get to McDonalds, you've gone too far. Turn around, and turn left after "Ike's Cook Shack". I was out there yesterday. The road is getting a little washboarded, but the rocky stretch on Blue Tank has been cleaned up by Yavapai County.

We set up on the East side of the road, at the trailhead parking lot.

Edited by Jwemes (02/18/14 07:40 AM)


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Ron Delvaux
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Reged: 06/15/11

Re: Wickenburg, AZ Public Star Party 2013, 2014 new [Re: Jwemes]
      #6382629 - 02/18/14 11:36 AM

So how is the sky up there?
I am interested in this star party.
I am a astrophotographer and visual observer...
I live in Surprise AZ
www.astroquickinfo.com


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patg43
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Reged: 12/20/13

Loc: Union, Washington
Re: Wickenburg, AZ Public Star Party 2013, 2014 new [Re: Ron Delvaux]
      #6383137 - 02/18/14 03:40 PM

Thanks Wemes, c u there! Looks like it may be a bit cloudy on the 22, eh? Hoping for the best...

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Jwemes
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Reged: 02/26/10

Loc: Wickenburg, AZ
Re: Wickenburg, AZ Public Star Party 2013, 2014 new [Re: Ron Delvaux]
      #6383414 - 02/18/14 06:33 PM

Hi Ron,
If you live in Surprise, the night sky here is much, much better. There is a large light dome from Phoenix to our southwest (duh), but there are no ground based lights visible from Sophie's Flat. Another amenity-- a BLM pit toilet with a door and TP. The site has been graded, and rock has been brought in for a base. You can stay all night if you wish, no permits or fees. Look for an update of conditions on Saturday morning.

Edited by Jwemes (02/18/14 06:36 PM)


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rboeAdministrator

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Reged: 03/16/02

Loc: Phx, AZ
Re: Wickenburg, AZ Public Star Party 2013, 2014 new [Re: Jwemes]
      #6383450 - 02/18/14 06:53 PM

I have it penciled in.

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LoveChina61
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Reged: 06/20/09

Re: Wickenburg, AZ Public Star Party 2013, 2014 new [Re: Jwemes]
      #6383534 - 02/18/14 07:36 PM

Jwemes, can you please send me the exact Latitude and Longitude of the site you are referring to? That would be great to have a toilet right there as well

Alternatively, please send me the Google MAP directions if that would be easier.

Mike


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Jwemes
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Reged: 02/26/10

Loc: Wickenburg, AZ
Re: Wickenburg, AZ Public Star Party 2013, 2014 new [Re: LoveChina61]
      #6383677 - 02/18/14 09:03 PM

Hi Mike,

According to Google Earth, the center of the East parking lot is: 34*00'22.97"N, and 112*41'38.60"W. Hope that helps. (asterisk in place of a degree superscript)


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LoveChina61
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Reged: 06/20/09

Re: Wickenburg, AZ Public Star Party 2013, 2014 new [Re: Jwemes]
      #6384008 - 02/19/14 02:34 AM

Great! I formatted it as follows. It can be cut/pasted directly into Google MAPS to show the directions.

34 00' 22.97" N, 112 41' 38.60" W

I am overseas working now but look forward to joining you guys this Winter


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hm insulators
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Reged: 01/22/07

Re: Wickenburg, AZ Public Star Party 2013, 2014 new [Re: LoveChina61]
      #6386951 - 02/20/14 02:29 PM

According to my NOAA Weather Radio, they are calling for partly cloudy skies on Saturday and considerable clouds on Sunday, which would mean increasing clouds Saturday evening. I personally think prospects for the star party are 50/50. I'll definitely get out there if the coin falls on the correct side, otherwise maybe I'll pack up the model I'm building and a few tools and take it down to my favorite hobby shop and work on it there Saturday afternoon.

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rboeAdministrator

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Reged: 03/16/02

Loc: Phx, AZ
Re: Wickenburg, AZ Public Star Party 2013, 2014 new [Re: hm insulators]
      #6387512 - 02/20/14 08:17 PM

Ya, what's up with the weather.

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Ron Delvaux
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Reged: 06/15/11

Re: Wickenburg, AZ Public Star Party 2013, 2014 [Re: rboe]
      #6389788 - 02/22/14 01:16 AM

When is it good to get there?
to set up stuff?


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