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Re: Wickenburg, AZ Public Star Party new [Re: rboe]
      #4573204 - 05/10/11 11:55 AM

It was a lovely night out there! The moon was a bit brighter than I expected, but the sky was nice and clear and the weather was warm, especially because I still had on the long pants I was wearing up in Williams at 7000 feet.

There was one little boy that I was talking to who was really interested in the telescopes and space. We need more kids like him!

So are we still talking about June 4 for the next event?


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Re: Wickenburg, AZ Public Star Party new [Re: hm insulators]
      #4573373 - 05/10/11 01:22 PM

Heartfelt thanks to you guys who came out! The turnout was quite a surprise.

Our next date is June 4, 2011. The moon will be 9.9% illuminated, and set at 10:09 local time. Look for a conditions update, midmorning on the 4th.

Thanks again,


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Re: Wickenburg, AZ Public Star Party new [Re: Jwemes]
      #4588724 - 05/18/11 01:44 PM

Looking forward to it!

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Re: Wickenburg, AZ Public Star Party new [Re: hm insulators]
      #4606260 - 05/27/11 03:16 PM

Just a reminder that the next Wickenburg Public Star Party will be June 4, at Sophie's Flat. We'll start under a 9.9% illuminated moon, setting at 10:09. By 9PM. NGC 5139 should be visible to the South, and the Summer Milky Way will be climbing through the Phoenix light dome.

To all those who are at RTMC this weekend, freezing and blowing, and those who are stuck at home for various reasons, you are welcome to come out and enjoy our last star party until Sept 24, under the dark skies of Wickenburg.

Look for an update of conditions, midmorning on Saturday.

See you there!


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Re: Wickenburg, AZ Public Star Party new [Re: Jwemes]
      #4606347 - 05/27/11 04:14 PM

Hope you guys have fun. I will be heading up to Payson for a night of viewing but it should be a great night no matter where you observe.

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Re: Wickenburg, AZ Public Star Party new [Re: skyward_eyes]
      #4606441 - 05/27/11 05:06 PM

Kevin,
There was a rumor out of Aguila that you're in the wisdom tooth misery. Heal quickly!


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Re: Wickenburg, AZ Public Star Party new [Re: Jwemes]
      #4606454 - 05/27/11 05:12 PM

Yea I had all four wisdom teeth removed yesterday morning. I'm feeling pretty good today though, haven't had any of the serious pain killers at all today. Nothing hurting just a little tight in the jaw area. But doing well over all, just sitting around hanging out.

Thanks for asking though.


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Re: Wickenburg, AZ Public Star Party new [Re: skyward_eyes]
      #4607583 - 05/28/11 12:11 PM

Kevin.....owwwwww. Hope you're feeling better soon.

John, hope you have a nice crowd out there again, we should make it out again in Sept. Our family is heading for the Grand Canyon on June 5th so I'll be packing on the 4th.


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Re: Wickenburg, AZ Public Star Party new [Re: ArizonaScott]
      #4608092 - 05/28/11 06:27 PM

Thanks Scott,
We'll most likely have a herd of Civil Air Patrol cadets either in June of September. I can't thank you enough for your effort in coming out every month. Have fun at the Canyon.
PS: The Desert View Tower gives great photographs at sunrise. If the sky is clear, you can see almost all the way to Lee's Ferry. The Marble Platform is spectacular. If you're inclined, read "Beyond the 100th Meridian" and " A Canyon Voyage". Visit the Kolb gallery...A skeleton (bullet in cranium) was found in the ceiling after the last Kolb brother died. If you visit Desert View, make sure to see Hermits' Rest, and Hopi House. Terrific examples of architecture.
PPS: If you're inclined, there's a bar at the El Tovar, that has outdooor seating.....A view of the Canyon and a glass of your favorite can only be beaten by a couple of things.
Stay Safe,
John W


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Re: Wickenburg, AZ Public Star Party new [Re: skyward_eyes]
      #4608825 - 05/29/11 08:11 AM

Quote:

Yea I had all four wisdom teeth removed yesterday morning. I'm feeling pretty good today though, haven't had any of the serious pain killers at all today. Nothing hurting just a little tight in the jaw area. But doing well over all, just sitting around hanging out.

Thanks for asking though.




Ouch! Know the feeling. I had four wisdom teeth removed in 1994. For the following week, I looked like I'd been in a fight with Mike Tyson...I hope you don't look as bad!


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Re: Wickenburg, AZ Public Star Party new [Re: Jwemes]
      #4609121 - 05/29/11 12:01 PM

A skeleton in the ceiling of Kolb Studio? Now that I hadn't heard before. A client unhappy with their portraits?

I've been there many times John. Desert View is really nice, Hermit's Rest is a personal favorite for the view. My son and I are doing a long day hike down to Phantom Ranch and back out, we weren't able to obtain a permit for overnight stay at Indian Gardens. We're also taking bicycles so I'm looking forward to some long leisurely rides along the Rim Trail.

Thanks for the tips!


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Re: Wickenburg, AZ Public Star Party new [Re: ArizonaScott]
      #4609185 - 05/29/11 12:36 PM

I will be up there in 3 weeks or the Grand Canyon Star Party. Cant wait!

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Re: Wickenburg, AZ Public Star Party new [Re: ArizonaScott]
      #4609636 - 05/29/11 04:32 PM

"My son and I are doing a long day hike down to Phantom Ranch and back out"
Scott - Don't know how you are doing your roundtrip, but would suggest going in to Phantom using The Kaibab Trail and out via The Bright Angel for contrasting scenery. No water on the Kaibab, but can easily be done in a few hours and best in early AM due to open exposure.

I had a complete tour of Kolb Studios back in the 80's; all of downstairs-living quarters and all-very, very interesting before renovation. Unfortunately they closed it while trying to renovate it due to safety issues, and I did not take pictures as I left my camera in the truck. Lots of interesting stories about the skeleton, but all speculation.


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Re: Wickenburg, AZ Public Star Party new [Re: bob71741]
      #4610909 - 05/30/11 12:18 PM

That's the route we are taking Bob, my father and I went the same way 27 years ago, it was the third hike we had done in the Canyon and the one we enjoyed most. My son and I will sit out the daytime heat at Phantom Ranch, as soon as shade hits the river trail we'll head towards Indian Gardens, take a break & rest, then hit the switchbacks.

We hope to be on the Kaibab between 4 & 5.


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Re: Wickenburg, AZ Public Star Party new [Re: ArizonaScott]
      #4620198 - 06/04/11 12:02 PM

Looks like it will be very nice, if a little warm, tonight. Oh well, better warm than cold!

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Re: Wickenburg, AZ Public Star Party new [Re: hm insulators]
      #4620301 - 06/04/11 12:55 PM

Wickenburg mid morning conditions: temp 91F winds light-5mph 0% cloud cover.

We should have a good night. The nasties are out, so bring appropriate footgear.

See you there!


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Re: Wickenburg, AZ Public Star Party new [Re: Jwemes]
      #4620681 - 06/04/11 04:30 PM

Have fun guys. Make sure you check out the new supernova on M51.

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Re: Wickenburg, AZ Public Star Party new [Re: Jwemes]
      #4620833 - 06/04/11 05:33 PM

Quote:

Wickenburg mid morning conditions: temp 91F winds light-5mph 0% cloud cover.

We should have a good night. The nasties are out, so bring appropriate footgear.

See you there!




Closest to proper gear that I have are moto cross boots.


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Re: Wickenburg, AZ Public Star Party [Re: rboe]
      #4622630 - 06/05/11 04:23 PM Attachment (22 downloads)

Went for a hike, sans boots, to the top of one of the hills nearby to get this view of the star party area.

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Re: Wickenburg, AZ Public Star Party [Re: rboe]
      #4624394 - 06/06/11 01:52 PM

Beautiful evening Saturday. I even brought my little mat for lying on the ground, although I didn't use it much as I was looking through the various scopes and helping David, the little boy who had brought his little telescope. Toward the end of the evening, I finally got a look at the supernova in M51. Through the telescope I looked through (Walt's homemade Dob), the supernova appeared as bright as the central hub. That was the highlight of the evening.

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