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

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

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

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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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bierbelly
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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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DeanS
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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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crazyqban
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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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Patrick
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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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BJS
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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.

Brian


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bierbelly
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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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Patrick
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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?

Patrick


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bierbelly
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Re: Winter Star Party 2013 [Re: Patrick]
      #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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bierbelly
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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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kfrederick
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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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bierbelly
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Re: Winter Star Party 2013 new [Re: kfrederick]
      #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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Patrick
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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??

Patrick


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bierbelly
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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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