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robinsondd
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Reged: 05/28/07

Re: Cherry Springs Star Party : June 6th - 9th, 2013 new [Re: Brett Carlson]
      #5902556 - 06/04/13 08:14 PM

Brett,

Weather can be an issue. Be prepared to moisture/waterproof your scope if you cannot get it into your tent/car/trailer. Dew can be bad there too. Hopefully, you have a dew prevention system for your secondary mirror and finder scope. There are no showers at the park but showers are available at Lyman Run (SIC?) State park about 7 miles down the road at $3 a shower. I use them every day I'm there. Other than that it's a great time!!!


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robinsondd
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Reged: 05/28/07

Re: Cherry Springs Star Party : June 6th - 9th, 2013 new [Re: kreegan99]
      #5902567 - 06/04/13 08:23 PM

Okay, Shorter nights leaves more time for socializing, looking at everyone elses equipment, planning/organizing your short but intense night observing list during the day!

I was there for one of the May events and absolutely froze one night when it got below freezing. A new sleeping bag solved that problem. I was the one on the black motorcyle looking through everyone elses scopes.


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robinsondd
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Reged: 05/28/07

Re: Cherry Springs Star Party : June 6th - 9th, 2013 new [Re: star drop]
      #5902604 - 06/04/13 08:40 PM

The EP's available for the raffle are outstanding. If it rains I will consider the CSSP a MINI vacation away from the "World" with a better chance of winning since no one else is coming!

P.S. I have a large 8 person tent that feels like a small RV to me...


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Brett Carlson
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Reged: 12/12/11

Loc: Rochester, NY
Re: Cherry Springs Star Party : June 6th - 9th, 2013 new [Re: robinsondd]
      #5902643 - 06/04/13 09:04 PM

I think i'll be going down Sat night and maybe stay over Sunday night too. Two nights of rain..I've had enough camping trips like that!

Edited by Brett Carlson (06/05/13 12:52 PM)


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zeldaboy101
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Reged: 03/13/04

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Re: Cherry Springs Star Party : June 6th - 9th, 2013 new [Re: robinsondd]
      #5902749 - 06/04/13 09:57 PM

Quote:

The EP's available for the raffle are outstanding. If it rains I will consider the CSSP a MINI vacation away from the "World" with a better chance of winning since no one else is coming!

P.S. I have a large 8 person tent that feels like a small RV to me...




That's how I managed to win 7 door prizes there about 2 years ago. Rain scares people off, load up on tickets!

I won't be able to make it this year, have fun guys.


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caheaton
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Reged: 05/26/09

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Re: Cherry Springs Star Party : June 6th - 9th, 2013 new [Re: zeldaboy101]
      #5904014 - 06/05/13 02:01 PM

I attended last year for the first time...fantastic weather for the most part (I arrived the Tuesday before and stayed through Sunday). I wasn't able to make it this year and given the forecast I don't feel so bad now .

Hopefully I can make it the Black Forest party (it'll be my first time attending that one).


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Dave Mitsky
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Re: Cherry Springs Star Party : June 6th - 9th, 2013 new [Re: caheaton]
      #5904885 - 06/05/13 10:33 PM

Monday night was quite good, particularly in the beginning. Later on, it did get a bit dewy. The transparency was not the best on Tuesday night but we were nevertheless able to observe until moonrise. Highlights included seeing Methuselah (the oldest known star), quite a few obscure planetary nebulae, and three comets including C/2012 F6 (Lemmon), which looked very good indeed on Tuesday morning.

http://freestarcharts.com/index.php/19-news-and-current-events/166-comet-lemm...

There were multiple bright ISS passes on both nights and a double Iridium flare and a bright tumbling satellite on Wednesday morning.

Due to a family isssue, I had to leave for home today. I hope that the weather forecast takes a turn for the better.

Dave Mitsky


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ischua
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Reged: 07/17/08

Loc: Below Snow Plop, N Y
Re: Cherry Springs Star Party : June 6th - 9th, 2013 new [Re: Dave Mitsky]
      #5912091 - 06/09/13 09:31 PM

For me Tuesday was a great night that ended all too soon. The double Iridium flare was incredible. Wednesday we did get to use our scopes before things went to pot. Not much went down after the rains moved in spent way to much time in the vendor tent and spent way too much. I did not win any of the door prizes but still had the best time. The greatest thrill of Saturday was when Al Nagler joined us at our site. He even brought bags of his eyepieces for us to try. It was amazing to be able to sit and talk with him. I have never used that many eyepieces in my life. Al had a huge grin every time we gave someone the WOW,holy **** view in my scope. We were even able to give Al a few holy **** of his own. A once in lifetime All I know is I want some new eyepieces and filters now.

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Brett Carlson
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Reged: 12/12/11

Loc: Rochester, NY
Re: Cherry Springs Star Party : June 6th - 9th, 2013 new [Re: ischua]
      #5912822 - 06/10/13 11:11 AM

How was the viewing on Sat? According to Cleardarksky the conditions were going to be iffy.

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djpontone
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Reged: 04/27/08

Re: Cherry Springs Star Party : June 6th - 9th, 2013 new [Re: Brett Carlson]
      #5912938 - 06/10/13 12:14 PM

Spent monday and tuesday night left wed morning i wish they had one star party a year in the fall. first 15 pics http://www.flickr.com/photos/62042743@N07/

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ischua
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Reged: 07/17/08

Loc: Below Snow Plop, N Y
Re: Cherry Springs Star Party : June 6th - 9th, 2013 new [Re: Brett Carlson]
      #5912979 - 06/10/13 12:34 PM

Quote:

How was the viewing on Sat? According to Cleardarksky the conditions were going to be iffy.




Saturday night started out cloudy but soon cleared out heavy dew was the order of the night but we stayed out till the fog came in.(3:30ish) Views of Saturn were great in the 8mm Delos. It was great night you can't trust the charts as Cherry Springs does have its own weather and can be clear when the surrounding towns are cloudy


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Larry Mc
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Reged: 09/29/08

Loc: Pittsburgh, PA.
Re: Cherry Springs Star Party : June 6th - 9th, 2013 new [Re: ischua]
      #5914225 - 06/10/13 10:41 PM

hi all,

I survived the Cherry Springs 2013 Deluge Party!
Actually Monday and Tuesday nights were both very good, along with Saturday evening after 11:30pm.
Spent Tuesday night making a time-lapse video using a low-light security video camera on a tripod.
I've loaded it to my Stellar Journeys YouTube site.

"The Scorpion Rises:"
http://youtu.be/pDJZugwFYRQ
Taken at the 2013 Cherry Springs Star Party on Tuesday 6/04/2013.
Captured using a Samsung SDC435 video camera using a 3mm CCTV lens.
Time-lapse 1 frame every 30 seconds over 6 hours - exposure up to 8 seconds.

Larry
Astronomical webportal: http://home.comcast.net/~lsmch/


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star drop
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Reged: 02/02/08

Loc: Snow Plop, WNY
Re: Cherry Springs Star Party : June 6th - 9th, 2013 new [Re: Larry Mc]
      #5914235 - 06/10/13 10:50 PM

Hi Larry and welcome to Cloudy Nights.

Drat, I didn't know anyone was taking pictures.


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star drop
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Reged: 02/02/08

Loc: Snow Plop, WNY
Re: Cherry Springs Star Party : June 6th - 9th, 2013 new [Re: star drop]
      #5916570 - 06/12/13 09:24 AM

This time the party made me feel like I was at home observing. The contrails were horrible. I wonder if they could establish a no fly zone?

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George N
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Reged: 05/19/06

Loc: Binghamton & Indian Lake NY
Re: Cherry Springs Star Party : June 6th - 9th, 2013 new [Re: djpontone]
      #5916895 - 06/12/13 12:40 PM

Quote:

Spent monday and tuesday night left wed morning i wish they had one star party a year in the fall. first 15 pics http://www.flickr.com/photos/62042743@N07/




Not me. "Springtime galaxies" are my favorite part of the sky. Last year I spent something like 10 clear nights at Cherry Springs between May and June. I also like October there because then I can spend much of the night doing "Fall galaxies" until the winter Milky Way comes up late night. Of course freezing temps and frost can be expected at times, but that's "part of the fun".

Star parties are about more than "just observing". They are social and 'educational' (presentations, etc) events. Cherry Springs State Park is open the rest of the year (except for woodsmen's show) for observing.

I missed Monday night, although I knew it would be great. While Wednesday night had such low transparency that I did not even take my scopes out, Saturday night proved about the same as Tuesday - except for the dew. Dew after a period of steady rain is just a part of observing in the Northeast. The same thing happens to me at observing locations in NY and at Stellafane.


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George N
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Reged: 05/19/06

Loc: Binghamton & Indian Lake NY
Re: Cherry Springs Star Party : June 6th - 9th, 2013 new [Re: George N]
      #5916907 - 06/12/13 12:47 PM

Link to a "CSSP '13 Report" on the Kopernik Astro Society (KAS) Portal/blog: web page

....not my report, but I'm in the pictures.

There are some more pictures and discussion (might need to scroll down the page) of CSSP '13 on the KAS FaceBook group: FaceBook Group


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Larry Mc
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Reged: 09/29/08

Loc: Pittsburgh, PA.
Re: Cherry Springs Star Party : June 6th - 9th, 2013 new [Re: George N]
      #5917964 - 06/12/13 11:12 PM

hi all,

Here's my full report of the 2013 Cherry Springs Star Party convention.
http://home.comcast.net/~lsmch/sp-reports/spr2013-CS.pdf

Included within the PDF are links to observing field pictures and video-capture images.
Enjoy!

Larry
Astronomical webportal:
http://home.comcast.net/~lsmch/


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star drop
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Re: Cherry Springs Star Party : June 6th - 9th, 2013 new [Re: Larry Mc]
      #5918006 - 06/12/13 11:43 PM

Larry, I thoroughly enjoyed your presentation on the Venus transits. I was the guy near the front who asked afterwards if they could get better measurements using the diameter of Venus.

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George N
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Reged: 05/19/06

Loc: Binghamton & Indian Lake NY
Re: Cherry Springs Star Party : June 6th - 9th, 2013 new [Re: star drop]
      #5918963 - 06/13/13 03:09 PM

Quote:

Larry, I thoroughly enjoyed your presentation on the Venus transits. .....




Me too! Very interesting!


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George N
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Reged: 05/19/06

Loc: Binghamton & Indian Lake NY
Re: Cherry Springs Star Party : June 6th - 9th, 2013 new [Re: George N]
      #5918969 - 06/13/13 03:15 PM

Here ( 23 image Flickr photo set ) is a Flickr 'set' of 23 photos I took on Tuesday at the Pre-Party!

Tuesday provided a great night of observing, and Tue & Wed proved nice for daytime solar and planets (Jup, Merc, Venus).

More pics to follow.


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