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Doc Willie
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Winter Star Party 2013
      #5570693 - 12/14/12 11:32 AM

This would be my 3rd WSP. However, I was just informed that all the chickee bunks are taken. In 2011 I was in a tent, and miserable most of the time, mainly because of the wind. The soil is so shallow on the island that it is impossible to get a tent staked adequately. My tent (borrowed) broke a strut. Others had tents blown into the woods.

Last year I stayed in a chickee had had a much better time.

What to do?


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Alvan Clark
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Re: Winter Star Party 2013 new [Re: Doc Willie]
      #5570807 - 12/14/12 12:52 PM

I have tented several years with no problems what so ever. Maybe your tent is bigger? I just use four 6-10 inch long piece of *BLEEP* stakes and it's fine.

It can be a little noisy at night with wind but never concerned it would blow away.

I've never seen full ckickees before. A lot time it seems like only two people in a chickee. Maybe people somehow reserve the whole thing for two people.


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Alvan Clark
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Re: Winter Star Party 2013 new [Re: Alvan Clark]
      #5570814 - 12/14/12 12:55 PM

By the way, I'm offended by the censors. My word wasn't that bad but with the *bleep* there people probably think I said something else.

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Cotts
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Re: Winter Star Party 2013 new [Re: Doc Willie]
      #5571471 - 12/14/12 08:13 PM

I've been in the Chickees for 4 years and I still don't know what "full" means. I have never been in a chickee where anyone slept in a top bunk. It's always one to a bottom bunk and you put all your suitcases etc. in the top bunk. Have they changed this policy this year? Are there more registrations this year - enough to fill all the bunks, top and bottom?

I have concerns here. First, if they fill the chickees, top and bottom this year, the crowding of six or eight adult amateur astronomers in one chickee will be very uncomfortable with all the gear and equipment etc...

My other concern is my Chickee assignment. I have been in the same Chickee for four years (Antoniadi 2) and have requested it each subsequent year and have been placed there. This year, despite my request I have been placed in "Mauna Kea 2". Where is this Chickee (the website map does not show this information - the provided map of accommodations does not mention 'Mauna Kea')? Has anyone here on CN stayed in this chickee?

Dave


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Re: Winter Star Party 2013 new [Re: Cotts]
      #5571654 - 12/14/12 10:02 PM

Hi Dave, I have cleaned out all of the chickees and they all look pretty much the same to me. They have new registrars this year so they are probably not familiar to the fact that the other registrars placed you in the same chickee every year. I will contact Tim or Charlie over the weekend and find out how many people are being placed in the chickees.

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Re: Winter Star Party 2013 new [Re: crazyqban]
      #5572203 - 12/15/12 09:15 AM

Hola, Sergio. My concern is not the architecture of 'Mauna Kea' - I realize all the Chickees are the same. It's the location that concerns me. There are some chickees shoved off in a dark, treed corner close to the Boy Scout camp that would be very poor - unuseable - for observing nearby..... Is 'Mauna Kea' one of these? The map on the website holds no clues....

Thanks for checking.

Dave


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Re: Winter Star Party 2013 new [Re: Cotts]
      #5573306 - 12/15/12 09:58 PM

Dave, that I do not know.

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Re: Winter Star Party 2013 new [Re: crazyqban]
      #5577844 - 12/18/12 08:01 PM

OK, I have some information for you guys. As far as the chickees being sold out, Charlie Perillo told me that we always try to rent the top bunk and bottom bunk seperately. In other words, since it is sold out, there is a person assinged to the top bunk and another to the bottom bunk. He told me that in some years they don't sell out and that is why you are able to use the top as storage and use the bottom as your sleeping area. So as far as he knows, the chickees should be totally full. One thing to remember is that some people do not attend for the entire WSP and some don't show due to last minute things that arise so there might be a chance that you might have an open bunk.

Dave - Mauna Kea 2 should be the same chickee and Antoniadi 2. The chickees have been re-maned this year becuase the trailer in which we kept all of the power cables and other items that are used for the star party was stolen. Among these things were the signs for the chickees. Since they were stolen, it was decided to re-name the chickees. The ones in this particular area are now named after famous observatories. The number that is assigned to the chickee is the number that was assigned by the Girl Scouts so Maunea Kea 2 and Antoniadi 2 are one in the same only with a different name.

I hope that this info helps to answer your questions.


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Re: Winter Star Party 2013 new [Re: crazyqban]
      #5578488 - 12/19/12 07:22 AM

Thanks, Sergio. That's very useful information.... It will be a first for me to be in a chickee with six people...... Gonna be crowded.....

Dave


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Re: Winter Star Party 2013 new [Re: Doc Willie]
      #5582575 - 12/21/12 02:22 PM

Quote:

This would be my 3rd WSP. However, I was just informed that all the chickee bunks are taken. In 2011 I was in a tent, and miserable most of the time, mainly because of the wind. The soil is so shallow on the island that it is impossible to get a tent staked adequately. My tent (borrowed) broke a strut. Others had tents blown into the woods.

Last year I stayed in a chickee had had a much better time.

What to do?





Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhh! Be a MAN and sleep in a tent...and hope for better weather.


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Re: Winter Star Party 2013 new [Re: Doc Willie]
      #5582579 - 12/21/12 02:25 PM

Quote:

This would be my 3rd WSP. However, I was just informed that all the chickee bunks are taken. In 2011 I was in a tent, and miserable most of the time, mainly because of the wind. The soil is so shallow on the island that it is impossible to get a tent staked adequately. My tent (borrowed) broke a strut. Others had tents blown into the woods.

Last year I stayed in a chickee had had a much better time.

What to do?




Look on astromart, a couple Chickee tickets opened up.


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Doc Willie
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Re: Winter Star Party 2013 new [Re: DeanS]
      #5588647 - 12/25/12 04:09 PM

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Look on astromart, a couple Chickee tickets opened up.




I got one of them. Thanks for the pointer.

See y'all there.

Edited by Doc Willie (12/25/12 04:18 PM)


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Patrick
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Re: Winter Star Party 2013 new [Re: Doc Willie]
      #5591440 - 12/27/12 04:29 PM

Does anyone know if it's still possible to register for WSP...staying in a tent? I'm not sure if they fill up every year or not.

Thanks,

Patrick


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Joe F Gafford
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Re: Winter Star Party 2013 new [Re: Patrick]
      #5591608 - 12/27/12 06:48 PM Attachment (23 downloads)

I found 2 on Astromart not yet taken. Go to Classifieds/Misc and other Astronomy, enter "winter" in the search box. Be sure these are camping tickets and he has permission to sell these tickets.
Everything usually goes, but if you ask them they might have some tickets left for camping if the Astromart offer sells out. Registrars Click on one of the registrars, Chuck or Judy near the bottom of the page to contact them. I did contact them in 2002 3 months after the close of registration and I got in.

Joe


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Re: Winter Star Party 2013 new [Re: Joe F Gafford]
      #5594780 - 12/29/12 05:47 PM

First time down on this Star party , Rented a hotrod and a resort room!! was offerd a Chickee but could not think about such a place ! So much spent on scopes eps ! spend a little on comfort!! just sayin!!

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Re: Winter Star Party 2013 new [Re: Pkgastro]
      #5603070 - 01/03/13 01:58 PM

Getting pumped now. Just reserved a room for the trip down, meeting up with others in Clearwater. Campout in Glades next day/nite and head for Keys next am.

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Re: Winter Star Party 2013 new [Re: bierbelly]
      #5609547 - 01/07/13 12:50 AM

Ticket is in the mail! Does anyone know if there's lodging nearby? I can do a tent if I have to but a room would be nice.

Patrick


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Re: Winter Star Party 2013 new [Re: Patrick]
      #5609771 - 01/07/13 08:56 AM

There are hotels on both Marathon Key and Big Pine Key on either side of the WSP site, but it is "high season" so check on availability.

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Re: Winter Star Party 2013 new [Re: bierbelly]
      #5610217 - 01/07/13 01:12 PM

How is the camping down there? Can you drive your car up to your tent site and leave it there? Is there a place I can recharge my 12v batteries? I use a CPAP machine while sleeping so are there any electrical outlets near the camping area?

Thanks,

Patrick


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Re: Winter Star Party 2013 new [Re: Patrick]
      #5610285 - 01/07/13 02:03 PM

Yes, yes, yes. Only issue with camping is that your conventional tent stakes can't be driven into the coral deeply enough.

Anyone have a solution for this?


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Re: Winter Star Party 2013 new [Re: bierbelly]
      #5610368 - 01/07/13 02:48 PM

May I suggest Tent Pole Weights. May work with some Para cord and make anchor points on the weight & tie down... Just a thought

here is a link

http://www.macsports-store.com/Canopy-Anchor-Kit-Set-of-6-Tent-Pole-Weights-p...

Edited by Chris5235 (01/07/13 02:56 PM)


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Re: Winter Star Party 2013 new [Re: Chris5235]
      #5610475 - 01/07/13 03:53 PM

Tent didn't cost that much...

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Re: Winter Star Party 2013 new [Re: bierbelly]
      #5610667 - 01/07/13 06:24 PM

Hi, guys. I've watched the annual WSP thread develop with my usual over-salivation and envy.

Here's a good, cheap tent stake substitute. Go to Good Will or the equivalent and buy a bunch of non-plastic shopping bags, at maybe $.50 each. They pack into a small, lightweight bundle. When camping, tie your guy lines to the bags' handles and fill the bags with rocks, or I suppose even sand would work well.

Now, back to my regularly scheduled cold, clouds & rain.


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Re: Winter Star Party 2013 new [Re: Spaced]
      #5610804 - 01/07/13 07:49 PM

Would not work well with the winds we had 2 years ago, brutal!

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Re: Winter Star Party 2013 new [Re: DeanS]
      #5610979 - 01/07/13 09:49 PM

I've always use the stakes that were provided with my tent and I have not had any issues.

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Re: Winter Star Party 2013 new [Re: crazyqban]
      #5611584 - 01/08/13 09:33 AM

This will be my first time at WSP. Any suggestions about when to line up to get in on Monday morning? I am bringing a 4" refractor, and not doing astrophotography. Also, in looking at pictures of the WSP, some people use tarps on the ground under their equipment. Any pro/cons to a tarp? Are fire ants a problem on the observing field?
Thanks.


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Re: Winter Star Party 2013 new [Re: bakerman]
      #5611651 - 01/08/13 10:17 AM

Quote:

This will be my first time at WSP. Any suggestions about when to line up to get in on Monday morning? I am bringing a 4" refractor, and not doing astrophotography. Also, in looking at pictures of the WSP, some people use tarps on the ground under their equipment. Any pro/cons to a tarp? Are fire ants a problem on the observing field?
Thanks.




Fire ants are a problem all over the island. I think the tarps are more for avoiding the loss of items dropped in the dark. No reason to get in line before about 4pm Monday. (Don't want you in line ahead of me...).

Oh, and welcome to CN!

Edited by bierbelly (01/08/13 12:16 PM)


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Alvan Clark
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Re: Winter Star Party 2013 new [Re: bakerman]
      #5612028 - 01/08/13 02:12 PM

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Any suggestions about when to line up to get in on Monday morning?




4AM if you want to be near the front of the line. With your setup, don't think it matters much. 4PM should work.


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Re: Winter Star Party 2013 new [Re: Alvan Clark]
      #5612032 - 01/08/13 02:15 PM

So that we CNers can identify ourselves at WSP, I propose that we all wear...pocket protectors!

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Re: Winter Star Party 2013 new [Re: bierbelly]
      #5612344 - 01/08/13 05:11 PM

The Sheriff enforces the no parking along the road before set time. Look at the website so you don't get there too early and have to keep on driving. I think it is 6am?

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Re: Winter Star Party 2013 new [Re: DeanS]
      #5612848 - 01/08/13 10:44 PM

The "cops will not allow anyone to line up before 6am" myth is alive and well, I see. Several people at the front of the line park there every year the night before and sleep in their cars!!! At my first WSP, six years ago I arrived sharply at 6am and was 35th in line! 35th!!!!! That 'rule' does not exist.

I would recommend to Bakerman that you get there mid morning at the very latest so as to have a good shot at a nice spot inside. 4pm is waaaaaay too late, especially if you don't know your way around the site as a first-timer. They have indicated to me that this year's WSP will have a much larger crowd than in the past few years (apparently the Chickees are sold out, 6 people to a Chickee this year, a level of crowding that I have not seen since I first attended in 2007) -see Sergio's post upthread....

Get there early and hang out in the lineup, meet some folks, get some advice from veterans on good places to set up.

Dave

Edited by Cotts (01/08/13 10:50 PM)


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Re: Winter Star Party 2013 new [Re: Cotts]
      #5614082 - 01/09/13 04:54 PM

Since I am driving all the way down there, I would like to spend a few more days, either in FL or GA. Any suggestions for a dark astrofriendly site?

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Cotts
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Re: Winter Star Party 2013 new [Re: Doc Willie]
      #5614267 - 01/09/13 06:45 PM

Hi, Willie. Bahia Honda State Park is right next door (under a couple of miles east... IIRC) You'd need your tent....

Also, PM sent.

Dave


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Re: Winter Star Party 2013 new [Re: Cotts]
      #5614692 - 01/09/13 11:21 PM

Bakerman, bring a bag or two of fire ant killer pesticide. Sprinkle it around your campsite or scope and you don't have to worry about the fireants.

Willie, you could visit the Deerlick Astronomy Village in Georgia or the Chiefland Astronomy Village in Florida. Both are great but Chiefland has more restaurants and and stuff to do around the area.


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Re: Winter Star Party 2013 new [Re: crazyqban]
      #5615717 - 01/10/13 03:18 PM Attachment (23 downloads)

I will be attending the WSP for the first time this year. I would like to know from those who have been there; what type of tent stakes work best? The "nail" style or the wider "military" style. See pictures to see what i am referring to.

Thanks, Brian


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Re: Winter Star Party 2013 new [Re: BJS]
      #5615718 - 01/10/13 03:18 PM Attachment (21 downloads)

Here is a picture of the "nail" style.

Brian


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Re: Winter Star Party 2013 new [Re: BJS]
      #5615758 - 01/10/13 03:45 PM

Brian, I have always used the stakes that came with my Coleman tent with no issues. If you go too deep you can run into super hard coral. When we setup the vendor tents this happens all the time and we need a jack hammer. This is when using commercial grade stakes that are really heavy, long and thick. You should be ok with either one of the ones that you posted but make sure you have a mallet or hammer to drive them in should you encounter some concrete hard coral.

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Re: Winter Star Party 2013 new [Re: BJS]
      #5616162 - 01/10/13 07:51 PM

I think stout nail stakes are stronger and have a better chance of surviving if you are on coral rock. Bring a heavy hammer. The sheet metal stakes just buckle.
After dealing with the coral in the vendor area for ten years, I'm very happy to have graduated to a Sprinter van motor home.


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Re: Winter Star Party 2013 new [Re: Howie Glatter]
      #5618165 - 01/11/13 10:45 PM

During really high winds, I found nothing that worked. There is only 4-6 in of soil, then you hit solid coral rock. My tent broke a strut. Two others ended up in the bushes somewhere. Jackhammer sounds like the best idea.

For me, chickee or I no go.


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Re: Winter Star Party 2013 new [Re: Doc Willie]
      #5618929 - 01/12/13 12:00 PM

Hi all,

I'm trying to evaluate my power needs for WSP at the observing site. Did I understand correctly that AC power is generally available provided I bring along my own extension cords? Are there areas that 'late comers' might get stuck with that won't have access to power? Should I plan on bringing extra batteries just in case?

Thanks,

Patrick


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Re: Winter Star Party 2013 new [Re: Patrick]
      #5619305 - 01/12/13 03:41 PM

Quote:

Should I plan on bringing extra batteries just in case?





Yes. They have several junction boxes for power. In the past they laid out cords and you plugged in your cords daisy chain fashion. This year they will stop doing that it seems. Not sure why.

the main junctions will probably be all used by someone else, so if the person next to you or a little ways down has power, then you need to ask them if you can daisy chain along.


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Re: Winter Star Party 2013 new [Re: Patrick]
      #5619421 - 01/12/13 04:44 PM

Patrick

When are you leaving for florida? We plan to leave sunday late morning.
We plan on making a couple of stops on the way down, so we will arrive at the wsp late tue or wed.

As far as power: the wsp had a trailer full of their electrical equipment stollen. That is why there is some confusion about this years power setup. I would bring batteries as back up and an extension cord to connect to the available power.

Brian


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Re: Winter Star Party 2013 new [Re: Alvan Clark]
      #5620393 - 01/13/13 09:53 AM

thanks to all who have responded to my newbie questions. see you down there.

peter


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Re: Winter Star Party 2013 new [Re: bakerman]
      #5621649 - 01/13/13 08:49 PM

Hello all, I just spoke to the head of the WSP Host Committee and he told me that many of the answers to general WSP questions can be found on the WSP website. Here is the link...

Winter Star Party Official Site

In regards to the power question, here is the answer direct from the website...

"As in previous years, the WSP will be providing "power stations" conveniently located on the field to provide AC power for telescopes. However, the WSP will no longer be providing extension cords to run from the power stations to your equipment on the field. It is recommended that you bring a 100 ft electric extension cord and a multi-outlet surge protector (all outdoor rated) to the WSP to accommodate your electric needs."

He also told me that we have a Yahoo group and questions that are posted there are usually answered by him of the WSP director.

Not that I mind answering questions, but sometimes it takes a couple of days for me to reply. At the website you can get instant information and the yahoo group has the folks that run the event and they are very responsive. See you all in a couple of weeks

Edited by crazyqban (01/13/13 08:57 PM)


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Re: Winter Star Party 2013 new [Re: Alvan Clark]
      #5621659 - 01/13/13 08:53 PM

Quote:

They have several junction boxes for power. In the past they laid out cords and you plugged in your cords daisy chain fashion. This year they will stop doing that it seems. Not sure why.




The trailer in which all of the infrastructure supplies for the WSP was stolen. In it were all of the power stations and extension cords. I don't think that they were able to replace all of the cords that were stolen at once. There were several hundred and they are pricey. Maybe after a couple of years of re-stocking on the extension cords there will be plenty for all once again but I am not sure of those are the plans.


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Coulter drop-off in Missouri new [Re: crazyqban]
      #5621660 - 01/13/13 08:54 PM

I am donating the base of my now disasembled Coulter telescope to the Ozark Skies Astronomy Club in Van Buren Missouri. Is anybody coming to WSP who would be going back that way who could drop it off for us? I would bring it down toe WSP. Shipping is pretty prohibitive for this hunk of particle board.

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Re: Winter Star Party 2013 new [Re: BJS]
      #5621982 - 01/14/13 12:29 AM

Quote:

Patrick

When are you leaving for florida? We plan to leave sunday late morning.
We plan on making a couple of stops on the way down, so we will arrive at the wsp late tue or wed.




Hi Brian,

I'm planning to leave on Friday but I'll be stopping in Tampa for a day. I should arrive at WSP on Monday sometime, hopefully not too late in the day.

Patrick


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Re: Winter Star Party 2013 new [Re: Patrick]
      #5622376 - 01/14/13 10:06 AM

Quote:

Quote:

Patrick

When are you leaving for florida? We plan to leave sunday late morning.
We plan on making a couple of stops on the way down, so we will arrive at the wsp late tue or wed.




Hi Brian,

I'm planning to leave on Friday but I'll be stopping in Tampa for a day. I should arrive at WSP on Monday sometime, hopefully not too late in the day.

Patrick




Patrick,

I suspect that if you were to contact the powers that be at WSP and explain your need, they would find a way to accomodate you.


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Re: Winter Star Party 2013 new [Re: bierbelly]
      #5622559 - 01/14/13 12:01 PM

After 7 in a row it looks like I may miss this one

Oh well, but I will be down in Key West the last week of Feb so not all is lost

Hope the weather is great for everyone.


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Re: Winter Star Party 2013 new [Re: DeanS]
      #5623361 - 01/14/13 08:28 PM

Patrick, Brian, all... Please be aware that at 7pm the main gate closes for all traffic. Please take this into account when making your travel plans. If you arrive after 7pm, they will not allow you to drive your car past the main gate.

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Re: Winter Star Party 2013 new [Re: crazyqban]
      #5624038 - 01/15/13 09:16 AM

Thanks Sergio...I should be there well before then.

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Re: Winter Star Party 2013 new [Re: Patrick]
      #5624946 - 01/15/13 06:39 PM

Thanks Sergio. We plan to be there well before 7pm.

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Re: Winter Star Party 2013 new [Re: BJS]
      #5627799 - 01/17/13 10:49 AM

Can't wait to hit the road. Love road trips anyway. Gonna camp one nite in the Glades on the way there.

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Re: Winter Star Party 2013 new [Re: bierbelly]
      #5636577 - 01/22/13 10:22 AM

Is there much of a dew problem down in the Keys?

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      #5636634 - 01/22/13 10:52 AM

Yeah, there can be if the wind isn't blowing and it's been a particularly warm day. Be prepared. OTOH, there's plenty of vendors ready to sell you dew heaters.

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Re: Winter Star Party 2013 new [Re: bierbelly]
      #5650271 - 01/29/13 12:59 PM

Less than a week!!!

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Re: Winter Star Party 2013 new [Re: bierbelly]
      #5650299 - 01/29/13 01:15 PM

This is my first year looking forward to seeing the southern Sky . And meeting some new friends . I am bringing the 17 chief down . If any one wonts a 20 inch f5. Swayze primary or a 25 f5 PM me I could bring them down .

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      #5650351 - 01/29/13 01:43 PM

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This is my first year looking forward to seeing the southern Sky . And meeting some new friends . I am bringing the 17 chief down . If any one wonts a 20 inch f5. Swayze primary or a 25 f5 PM me I could bring them down .




I'll be looking for that.


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Re: Winter Star Party 2013 new [Re: bierbelly]
      #5651927 - 01/30/13 09:51 AM

Are there any good astronomy stores in Miami or Florida??

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Re: Winter Star Party 2013 new [Re: Patrick]
      #5652105 - 01/30/13 11:32 AM

Prolly the best will be just off the observing field at WSP. But to answer your question, I don't know. I'm sure avoiding Miami like the plague when I drive through.

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Re: Winter Star Party 2013 new [Re: bierbelly]
      #5652195 - 01/30/13 12:15 PM

"Prolly the best will be just off the observing field at WSP."

Actually, there will be observing from the middle of the astronomy shopping mall at WSP - some binocular H-a during the day, and I'll have my 18" out there at night.


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Re: Winter Star Party 2013 new [Re: Howie Glatter]
      #5652540 - 01/30/13 03:25 PM

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I'll have my 18" out there at night.




Sweet!

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Re: Winter Star Party 2013 new [Re: bierbelly]
      #5652548 - 01/30/13 03:31 PM

Quote:

Prolly the best will be just off the observing field at WSP.




How is the vendor turn out at WSP? If I wanted to buy a telescope or ccd camera for instance, would there be a vendor there selling those kinds of big ticket items? I've checked out the vendor list and I saw Astronomics, Televue, and a few others. It didn't seem like a long list...so I'm just wondering.

Thanks,

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Re: Winter Star Party 2013 new [Re: Patrick]
      #5652566 - 01/30/13 03:37 PM

If there is something in particular you want, best thing is to call the vendor ahead of time and see if they are bringing one.

There are some scopes for sale but mostly it is accessories, books, shirts, eyepieces, lights, etc.

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      #5653310 - 01/30/13 10:06 PM

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If there is something in particular you want, best thing is to call the vendor ahead of time and see if they are bringing one.




I might need an eyepiece or two. I'd also like to get a small refractor, 80-90mm APO. Maybe I'd settle for a 31mm Nagler...pretty sad when a eyepiece cost more than a telescope.

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Re: Winter Star Party 2013 new [Re: Patrick]
      #5653337 - 01/30/13 10:24 PM

Camera Concepts usually has several small refractors, and plenty of eyepieces. I got all my Ethos from Jeff, great guy.
And if your real anal, bring your televue boxes and maybe get Al Nagler himself to sign them

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      #5653343 - 01/30/13 10:26 PM

And maybe a 2x Powermate... And...and...etc.

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Re: Winter Star Party 2013 new [Re: Patrick]
      #5653877 - 01/31/13 09:15 AM

Patrick Hope to see you there Howie says the southern sky is great and some very big telescopes . I am interested in the CCD and see them work . All great . Except for that long drive.

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Re: Winter Star Party 2013 new [Re: kfrederick]
      #5654069 - 01/31/13 10:50 AM

Once you cross over from the mainland to Key Largo you will feel like you are in a different country. Oh, and fill up fuel there as that is the last of the cheaper stuff. And RELAX for the rest of the drive

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Re: Winter Star Party 2013 new [Re: DeanS]
      #5654214 - 01/31/13 12:08 PM

Heading out after work this afternoon. Can't wait to visit Pedro!

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Re: Winter Star Party 2013 new [Re: bierbelly]
      #5655161 - 01/31/13 10:01 PM

Don't forget to grab some good Cuban food while driving through Miami, let me know which way you are coming and I can give some recommendations. Also, in Marathon there is a place that is called Keys Fisheries. They have $2.00 Stone Crab claws at the bar, Lobster Reuben sandwich and the most decadent Lobster Mac N Cheese ever!!! For the best Key Lime Pie, check out Ballyhoo's in Key Largo.

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Re: Winter Star Party 2013 new [Re: crazyqban]
      #5656230 - 02/01/13 12:04 PM

Quote:

Don't forget to grab some good Cuban food while driving through Miami, let me know which way you are coming and I can give some recommendations. Also, in Marathon there is a place that is called Keys Fisheries. They have $2.00 Stone Crab claws at the bar, Lobster Reuben sandwich and the most decadent Lobster Mac N Cheese ever!!! For the best Key Lime Pie, check out Ballyhoo's in Key Largo.




Sergio,

Four of the very few things I miss about Florida:

1) WSP
2) South Beach
3) Comida Cubana
4) Spiny Lobster

Used to dive off the beach in Fort Pierce and grab dinner during season. Sorry, I'm drooling...


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Re: Winter Star Party 2013 new [Re: rockethead26]
      #5661339 - 02/04/13 09:19 AM

Weather looks great guys...ENJOY!!! Looking forward to pics and reports when you all get back!

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Re: Winter Star Party 2013 new [Re: t.r.]
      #5665253 - 02/06/13 01:22 PM

Wow, two days in and no reports? Come on folks!

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Re: Winter Star Party 2013 new [Re: rockethead26]
      #5666677 - 02/07/13 09:11 AM

Arrived yesterday afternoon.
Raining hard in Marathon--not much on site 5 miles west.
Early reports, Monday and Tuesday nights were both very good (Joe Wambo's 32 was getting a lot of excellent commentary).
Wednesday night started partly cloudy, some rain south, with clear skies and moderate seeing after midnight. Mickey seems to be putting even more chocolate in the brownies.

Forecast for tonight and tomorrow night looks good--clear with highs near 80 and lows near 70. Saturday night forecast calling for lows in the mid 60s and partly cloudy after midnight--thought I would add that to show there is some "winter" in Winter Star Party

This one appears to have all the makings of a "great" Winter Star Party!


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Re: Winter Star Party 2013 new [Re: Vic Menard]
      #5667462 - 02/07/13 04:48 PM

Finally caught crux!

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Re: Winter Star Party 2013 new [Re: bierbelly]
      #5668095 - 02/07/13 11:20 PM

Didn't anyone take photos?

It's a star party - we need photos...



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Re: Winter Star Party 2013 new [Re: darklighteditor]
      #5670498 - 02/09/13 10:52 AM

...or it didn't happen!

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Re: Winter Star Party 2013 new [Re: t.r.]
      #5670535 - 02/09/13 11:17 AM

Wow, quiet group down there!

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Re: Winter Star Party 2013 new [Re: rockethead26]
      #5671558 - 02/09/13 11:11 PM

There was a lack of internet hotspots when I was down there in 2003, probably still is. I had to report from the hotels after WSP on the way home. There are internet access on the fields of the TSP and Okie-Tex star parties.

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Re: Winter Star Party 2013 new [Re: Joe F Gafford]
      #5671594 - 02/09/13 11:35 PM

WSP has offered wifi on the observing field for several years now. It just doesn't work very well when more than a few people use it at one time.

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Re: Winter Star Party 2013 new [Re: Joe F Gafford]
      #5671629 - 02/10/13 12:02 AM Attachment (55 downloads)

Here's a few pics I took.

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      #5671633 - 02/10/13 12:05 AM Attachment (47 downloads)

We actually had some very good weather, but on some nights we had abundant clouds right at sunset. However, the skies cleared as evening came on.

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Re: Winter Star Party 2013 new [Re: Patrick]
      #5671635 - 02/10/13 12:05 AM Attachment (49 downloads)

More pics...

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      #5671638 - 02/10/13 12:07 AM Attachment (45 downloads)

The word going around was that attendance was down several hundred people this year. This was my first year and I thought there were a lot of people.

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Re: Winter Star Party 2013 new [Re: Patrick]
      #5671640 - 02/10/13 12:08 AM Attachment (42 downloads)

Here's a group on the Berm.

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      #5671646 - 02/10/13 12:10 AM Attachment (41 downloads)

There were a wide variety of scopes there too. I only looked through this scope during the day time. It was trained on a light house 12 miles away and we could see the light as it rotated....awesome!

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      #5671647 - 02/10/13 12:12 AM Attachment (48 downloads)

Here's a photo of Rick Burke and his sweet imaging setup.

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      #5671649 - 02/10/13 12:13 AM Attachment (45 downloads)

Camping and observing on the berm seemed to be the place to be.

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Looking down the beach. This is on Saturday so the crowd was thinning out.

Edited by Patrick (02/10/13 12:15 AM)


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A few more...

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yep...

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one more...can't forget the great dinners at Micki's Kitchen!

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Last one, but not the least...we had lots of great speakers!

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Re: Winter Star Party 2013 new [Re: Patrick]
      #5671867 - 02/10/13 06:32 AM

Great pics thank u .One question , would u go again?

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Re: Winter Star Party 2013 new [Re: djpontone]
      #5672053 - 02/10/13 09:51 AM

Thanks for the photos!

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      #5672233 - 02/10/13 12:03 PM

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Great pics thank u .One question , would u go again?




Well, sure, but it's a long drive for me and there are some other star parties I'd like to go to as well. I've enjoyed my time here without question though. What's not to like...dark skies, vendors, meeting fellow amateurs and talking shop, and observing together.

There were a number of 'shooting stars', one fireball that lit the whole area, and a lot of really nice streakers.

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Re: Winter Star Party 2013 new [Re: Patrick]
      #5672257 - 02/10/13 12:18 PM

Thanks for the pics. Maybe one day i'll get there

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Re: Winter Star Party 2013 new [Re: Bigstar]
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At the last minute I packed up and drove down. Sure glad I did as it was a great week of dark, steady, clear skies for the most part. I'll post pic later of the winning deep sky image too

Drove straight back yesterday, left at 8:10 and arrived home at 3:30 this morning. 1175 miles, and don't want to count the gallons of diesel. But always worth the trip!

Dean

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Re: Winter Star Party 2013 new [Re: DeanS]
      #5672629 - 02/10/13 04:18 PM

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and a lot of really nice streakers.




The nice ones are always best.

Thanks for the pix!


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Re: Winter Star Party 2013 new [Re: rockethead26]
      #5673065 - 02/10/13 09:00 PM

Chris, there was no wifi on site this year. Astro gizmos' truck broke down on the way.

Monday -Friday: 5/5 useful nights. Clear 80% or so of most nights. To my eyes no night was totally wind-free AND transparent AND with world-class seeing. Each night we had to settle for only two of those three..... Mon., Tues and Wed. were a bit windy for the Berm-ites. Thurs. and Fri. were very dewy but were relatively wind-free.

Attendance was down for sure. The berm looked to be only 2/3 as full as the year before. The vendors mentioned that it was a 'light' year, too...

A superbly run event, as usual, by the SCAS folks!

Except for the fact that for the 7th year in a row I came up empty in the door prize draw.....

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Re: Winter Star Party 2013 new [Re: Cotts]
      #5673165 - 02/10/13 10:04 PM

Great pics! Thanks for posting them...



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Re: Winter Star Party 2013 new [Re: darklighteditor]
      #5673197 - 02/10/13 10:21 PM

Thanks for the pics folks and I'm glad the weather was decent to good. Sounds like a nice week.

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Re: Winter Star Party 2013 new [Re: DeanS]
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Nice Shot, Dean!

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Re: Winter Star Party 2013 new [Re: Patrick]
      #5673599 - 02/11/13 08:07 AM

Nice pic My wife and I had a great time . Spent one night with Al Nangler and a great 32inch how cool is that. They had a great setup for a starparty .

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Re: Winter Star Party 2013 new [Re: Cotts]
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Except for the fact that for the 7th year in a row I came up empty in the door prize draw.....

Dave




Hi Dave, same here, no door prize at WSP... EVER!!!

Despite that, I had the best of times at the 2013 WSP. Good times with old friends and made a few new ones. As usual, the tops in the business are readily accessible, I had the pleasure of observing with Al Nagler on two evenings, Jon Joseph of Starlight instruments personally adjusted my 3" Feathertouch Focuser (thanks Jon), lunch with Mike Lockwood and on the last night I got to observe with Sue and Alan French. The attitude is laid back like the Florida Keys and I truly an amazing time whenever I attend. Being that I live in Miami it is easy for me to attend but if you are from up north and have not attended, I think that you should really take it into consideration. Unlike other Star Parties, there are tons of things to do in the Florida Keys like fishing, diving, snorkeling, bar hopping, etc... It's really a vacation and not just a star party. Here's a little postcard from the opposite part of the key that the WSP is held on. Enjoy...


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Re: Winter Star Party 2013 new [Re: crazyqban]
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Hi Sergio, I'm glad you folks all had a great time. I was at the 2010 WSP and had a great time. It's 1500 miles from Michigan but worth the drive.

BTW-I took the same pic only at high tide.


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On the beach at WSP

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Re: Winter Star Party 2013 new [Re: kfrederick]
      #5675495 - 02/12/13 10:00 AM

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On the beach at WSP




Hey, my girlfriend and my brother's buddy...only two people at WSP who looked down more than up.


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Re: Winter Star Party 2013 new [Re: bierbelly]
      #5675511 - 02/12/13 10:10 AM

Here's my best artsy shot



Left the WSP early to enjoy some "down time" in Key West. Girlfriend and I went out on a chartered snorkel trip Sat. Turned out that one of the crew was a staff/helper at WSP and the ship's captain was more than moderatly interested in astronomy. Small world.

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Re: Winter Star Party 2013 new [Re: Patrick]
      #5675523 - 02/12/13 10:15 AM

Patrick, we greatly appreciate you posting pictures of the star party, it gives those that can't attend their "Ahhhhhh".

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Re: Winter Star Party 2013 new [Re: csa/montana]
      #5675536 - 02/12/13 10:23 AM

Winter Star Party Observing Report

Executive Summary: Six clear nights of viewing

Drove down with 13.1 in Teeter, 80 mm Apo, and 60 mm Lunt h-alpha. Stayed in a chickee, mostly cooked (minimally) for myself. Every night was essentially clear, except one that didn's clear until 8:30 PM. A couple spritzes of rain but nothing to cause any hassles. The only major hassle was heavy dew on a couple nights that soaked everything.

My first goal was to complete my AL Messier list, which I did on the first two nights. The second night, I went to sleep from 10 PM to 1 AM, and got up again to catch the final objects in Virgo. On Tuesday night (actually Wednesday morning) at 03:22 I bagged the final object M 61. I showed my field notes to Bill Bogardus, to back up the cleaned up log which I will send him for my AL Messier award.

The remainder of the the time was spent viewing Sue French's Snowbird Delights list from 2007 http://www.scas.org/WSP_Observing_Lists/Sue%20French%27s%20WSP%20Snowbird%20D... and Dave Chapman's Widefield list http://www.scas.org/WSP_Observing_Lists/ChapmanObservingList.pdf. I viewed about half the items on each list.
After the third night of extended viewing, I found myself ready to quit around midnight the remaining nights. Since we were starting about 7, those are still 5 hour viewing nights. Most of the other folks seemed to be on the same schedule, except for the astrophotographers.

I only attended two of the speakers, neither very good. I made an attempt to improve the quality of the speakers by volunteering for next year.

There were no other members from MHAA this year, but being my third year I have gotten to know some folks. Bill B and Jeff Norwood were there as vendors, and Alan Traino from NEAF/Rockland Astronomy club were there. Marty from Adirondack Astronomy Retreat was there, as were Sue and Alan French. And I set up my scope next to the tent of Gay and Joe Haldeman (Science fiction author), so there was plenty of good conversation.

The usual vendors were there, except for AstroGizmos, whose truck broke down en route. I picked up an iOptron Mini mount from Camera Concepts. It was used, so I saved some money, and both Jeff and the previous owner were there to help me figure the thing out.

Following the weather back home, I changed plans two or three times to try to maximize my viewing time, but also arrive home in not too bad weather. I finally left Saturday morning, arrived back in New Paltz late Monday afternoon to a driveway covered with 8-12 inches of snow.


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Re: Winter Star Party 2013 new [Re: Doc Willie]
      #5675736 - 02/12/13 12:24 PM

I have to give credit where credit is due. My last visit to WSP was in 2007. Since that time, either through the efforts of SCAS or the Girl Scouts, the facilities have been upgraded considerably. The showers and toilets did not back-up as they did during my previous visit, and there was actually hot water available for morning showers! While I'm sure that the lesser attendance had something to do with this, I'm also sure that improvements have been made. Kudos to SCAS for a great star party!

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Re: Winter Star Party 2013 new [Re: Patrick]
      #5675750 - 02/12/13 12:29 PM

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Great pics thank u .One question , would u go again?




Well, sure, but it's a long drive for me and there are some other star parties I'd like to go to as well. I've enjoyed my time here without question though. What's not to like...dark skies, vendors, meeting fellow amateurs and talking shop, and observing together.

There were a number of 'shooting stars', one fireball that lit the whole area, and a lot of really nice streakers.

Patrick




Whoa! I didn't think anyone saw me!


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Re: Winter Star Party 2013 new [Re: bierbelly]
      #5677589 - 02/13/13 12:19 PM

It was a very nice run event We had a great time .

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Re: Winter Star Party 2013 new [Re: Patrick]
      #5678326 - 02/13/13 08:42 PM

Thanks for the pictures, Patrick. Did it ever rain while you were there..and how would you rate the night sky there.

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      #5679650 - 02/14/13 02:41 PM

It rained a bit, but not at times to really affect observing. The nite sky is compromised a little by light pollution to the east (Marathon Key) and west (Key West), but pretty darned good above and to the south, where most want to look.

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Re: Winter Star Party 2013 new [Re: bierbelly]
      #5680045 - 02/14/13 06:46 PM

Okay, thanks for the information. What kind of scope were Sue and Alan French using?

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Re: Winter Star Party 2013 new [Re: Bill Barlow]
      #5680168 - 02/14/13 08:29 PM

I am not sure which scope Sue and Alan personally brought but when they observed with me it was through mt 16" F4 Starstructure.

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Re: Winter Star Party 2013 new [Re: bierbelly]
      #5680263 - 02/14/13 09:45 PM

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I have to give credit where credit is due. My last visit to WSP was in 2007. Since that time, either through the efforts of SCAS or the Girl Scouts, the facilities have been upgraded considerably. The showers and toilets did not back-up as they did during my previous visit, and there was actually hot water available for morning showers! While I'm sure that the lesser attendance had something to do with this, I'm also sure that improvements have been made. Kudos to SCAS for a great star party!



Above problem is one of the reasons I did not go to WSP since 2003. I got caught in the shower one night when the plumbing decided to back up. I had to go and clean my feet and lower legs out into the surf! I'm glad that they finally did improve the plumbing. The plumbers were called out twice in 2003.

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      #5680327 - 02/14/13 10:20 PM

"I got caught in the shower one night when the plumbing decided to back up. I had to go and clean my feet and lower legs out into the surf!

Maybe as an alternative you could just take a cruse on the Carnival line.


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      #5680769 - 02/15/13 07:22 AM

I thought they did a great job this year . Howie great to see you . I was impressed how steady the sky was. The sun in Howie twin telescopes was great And excited to share the chief.The highlight was the views in a 32inch with Al and his wife . Got some good ideas on my cell from Howie .The views in that 32 was worth the trip.

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      #5684482 - 02/17/13 12:14 AM

Quote:

Above problem is one of the reasons I did not go to WSP since 2003. I got caught in the shower one night when the plumbing decided to back up. I had to go and clean my feet and lower legs out into the surf! I'm glad that they finally did improve the plumbing. The plumbers were called out twice in 2003.

Joe




Complaining about a star party with plumbing of any kind? Showers? If I was inclined to teasing I'd call you a sissy. But I won't. Sounds like a cushy site on the whole. I'm used to star parties where the only luxury is a Port-a-John that hasn't blown over in the wind.

That being said I do hope to get to the WSP one day but it's a long way from my spot on the west coast. I do think though that my wife would like a few days in late winter laying on a beach. She's not prone to wanting to camp at high altitude and close to or even sub freezing tempertures at night.

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      #5685424 - 02/17/13 03:44 PM

I did complain because during the two visits to WSP I racked more day trips than at the other venues I've been to from coast to coast. I would like to be halfway clean to visit these places. Also, I observed that there were too many people at this venue for the facilities to cope. This particular venue is made for little girls, not for irregular middle aged men! This past WSP with the smaller attendance seems to prove that.

My usual places are out in the primitive areas usually above 7,000 ft. Shovel required.

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      #5685873 - 02/17/13 08:11 PM Attachment (27 downloads)

I had a great time!

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Re: Winter Star Party 2013 new [Re: Joe F Gafford]
      #5686545 - 02/18/13 08:07 AM

Quote:

I did complain because during the two visits to WSP I racked more day trips than at the other venues I've been to from coast to coast. I would like to be halfway clean to visit these places. Also, I observed that there were too many people at this venue for the facilities to cope. This particular venue is made for little girls, not for irregular middle aged men! This past WSP with the smaller attendance seems to prove that.

My usual places are out in the primitive areas usually above 7,000 ft. Shovel required.

Joe




Yeah and the mirrors in the BR are too low!


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Re: Winter Star Party 2013 new [Re: bierbelly]
      #5688466 - 02/19/13 08:36 AM

And the mattresses are too short. I barely fit, and Dave Cotterell's feet extend a foot over the end.

Great event nevertheless.


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      #5688613 - 02/19/13 10:26 AM

Well, we all have our little crosses to bear....

OTOH I'm that much nearer to the stars....

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Re: Winter Star Party 2013 new [Re: Cotts]
      #5702103 - 02/26/13 05:12 PM

A walk thru the Winter Star Party......2013

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AwSdEGFhL_0


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Re: Winter Star Party 2013 new [Re: Spoonsize]
      #5703054 - 02/27/13 08:39 AM

Nice clip of the star party. He even got me in it.

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      #5703109 - 02/27/13 09:24 AM

Bummer, we'd already bugged out by the time this was taken.

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      #5704109 - 02/27/13 07:40 PM Attachment (7 downloads)

Nice clip indeed. The attendance in 2002 and 2003 was much higher. We were in like sardines, but we all managed. I was setup both times between those three palm trees at the east end of the berm across from the showers. Even after the trifecta of problems in 2003 I had with the sewer backup, the loss of 7 astronauts just before and another potential problem that almost turned into a nasty legal one that I still won't mention at this time, I had a good time. Finances are the problem that kept me from returning to WSP. I had to drop TSP a few years later for the same reason.
WSP 2003, about mid berm.

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Re: Winter Star Party 2013 new [Re: Spoonsize]
      #5704279 - 02/27/13 09:10 PM

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A walk thru the Winter Star Party......2013

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AwSdEGFhL_0




Thanks for the walk thru. It brought back good memories from the two times I attended in the early 90s. Can't beat the location and that southern horizon.


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      #5704303 - 02/27/13 09:24 PM

Quote:

A walk thru the Winter Star Party......2013

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AwSdEGFhL_0



Hunh...that's my SST on the berm at about 5:52 to 6:02.


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