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Jwemes
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Loc: Wickenburg, AZ
Re: Wickenburg, AZ Public Star Party 2013 Dates! new [Re: rboe]
      #5705254 - 02/28/13 12:29 PM

To echo Ron, the Sophies Flat site is a BLM horse trailhead. The entire site is ~10 acres. We only use the parking lot adjacent to the restroom, but we are free to use any portion that we want. With equestrian activities in full swing here in Wickenburg, you'll probably find a number of horse rigs and riders camping at Sophies Flat for the weekend. Try to arrive before dark, and if it's REALLY crowded. Drive further on Blue Tank Road another 1/2 mile (through the wash) and look for the concrete pad on the West side of the road.

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rboeAdministrator

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Reged: 03/16/02

Loc: Phx, AZ
Re: Wickenburg, AZ Public Star Party 2013 Dates! new [Re: Jwemes]
      #5706975 - 03/01/13 10:51 AM

Clear Sky Clock is promising (although it has been wrong in the past) so my fingers are crossed.

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Dwight56
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Re: Wickenburg, AZ Public Star Party 2013 Dates! new [Re: rboe]
      #5707098 - 03/01/13 12:38 PM

Its starting to look like a good two nights tonight and tomorrow night.

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Re: Wickenburg, AZ Public Star Party 2013 Dates! new [Re: Dwight56]
      #5708975 - 03/02/13 03:10 PM

Got stopped on 74 for repaying so they are working thru the weekend.

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Re: Wickenburg, AZ Public Star Party 2013 Dates! new [Re: rboe]
      #5709279 - 03/02/13 06:14 PM

Hey! Who ordered clouds?!

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Dwight56
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Re: Wickenburg, AZ Public Star Party 2013 Dates! new [Re: rboe]
      #5709372 - 03/02/13 07:00 PM

Did someone get a new Telescope or something

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Re: Wickenburg, AZ Public Star Party 2013 Dates! new [Re: Dwight56]
      #5709432 - 03/02/13 07:42 PM

Weather seems to indicate a clear band moving thru before the heavy clouds hit after midnight so I'm sitting here at the tastee freeze waiting for my pizza..

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Dwight56
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Re: Wickenburg, AZ Public Star Party 2013 Dates! new [Re: rboe]
      #5709491 - 03/02/13 08:10 PM

According to my weather predictor it should be clear between 7 PM and 9 PM then the clouds start rolling in.

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Jwemes
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Reged: 02/26/10

Loc: Wickenburg, AZ
Re: Wickenburg, AZ Public Star Party 2013 Dates! new [Re: Dwight56]
      #5709775 - 03/02/13 11:57 PM

Dwight,
Your weather predictor was dead on the money. See you in April.......nothing scheduled for next weekend but clouds.


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Jwemes
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Loc: Wickenburg, AZ
Re: Wickenburg, AZ Public Star Party 2013 Dates! new [Re: Jwemes]
      #5765699 - 03/29/13 08:36 PM

Just a Bump. The next Wickenburg Public Star Party will be on April 6. Same Place-Sophies Flat. Look for a current conditions report midmorning on Saturday.

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hm insulators
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Re: Wickenburg, AZ Public Star Party 2013 Dates! new [Re: Jwemes]
      #5775485 - 04/03/13 12:44 PM

I kinda thought that's when it is, so I've already got plans to "zippy" up there.

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Dwight56
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Re: Wickenburg, AZ Public Star Party 2013 Dates! new [Re: hm insulators]
      #5777555 - 04/04/13 12:23 PM

It looks like it could be Clear certainly for Friday night but Saturday looks like we will be playing chicken with the clouds again.

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seigell
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Re: Wickenburg, AZ Public Star Party 2013 Dates! new [Re: Dwight56]
      #5780379 - 04/05/13 07:24 PM

Expect a couple of additional observer / imagers...
Me, and a relative newbie tagalong...


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Jwemes
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Loc: Wickenburg, AZ
Re: Wickenburg, AZ Public Star Party 2013 Dates! new [Re: seigell]
      #5781728 - 04/06/13 12:23 PM

Okay, Here's a mid-morning report. At 9:17 AM, wind is <5mph. Air Temp 81F. Sky is 99%+ clear. Sky at the zenith is deep blue!! NOAA says "mostly clear" and CSC says that we've got 2 hours of muck coming this evening. The locals will be there! Be advised that snakes, scorps and centipedes ARE out and about, so wear footwear with closed toes.

'til tonight,


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Re: Wickenburg, AZ Public Star Party 2013 Dates! new [Re: Jwemes]
      #5782090 - 04/06/13 03:55 PM

A few mosquitoes too, so I'll be wearing long pants, as the little darlings find me quite tasty!

See you tonight at Sophie's Flat!


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Re: Wickenburg, AZ Public Star Party 2013 Dates! new [Re: hm insulators]
      #5783810 - 04/07/13 01:35 PM

Somebody in the Phoenix area must've bought a new telescope or eyepieces or something. I left the house about 1:30 and stopped at the library in Sun City West yesterday. I wanted to see if the new issue of Sky and Telescope was in, which it was and I read it, then played with a jigsaw puzzle until the library closed at 4. By then, the clouds were definitely building, so I killed time by reading another magazine at a bookstore near Rio Mirage, a Mexican restaurant in Surprise, then had an early dinner at Rio Mirage. When I was done, the clouds were quite thick--not a few wispy cirrus clouds but cirrostratus and even some altostratus, so I drove back home and turned on the second half of the Michigan/Syracuse game. Of course, by the time the game was over, the clouds were gone.

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Dwight56
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Re: Wickenburg, AZ Public Star Party 2013 Dates! new [Re: hm insulators]
      #5784471 - 04/07/13 06:22 PM

I opted to go to the Antennas site 100 miles west of Phx Clear Sky Clock said clear and would you know it. It Cleared! Except for a few clouds that trying to creep in around 1 AM from the southwest they just did not have the energy to grow. No Sun! So it turned out to be a pretty good night.

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Jwemes
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Loc: Wickenburg, AZ
Re: Wickenburg, AZ Public Star Party 2013 Dates! new [Re: Dwight56]
      #5784842 - 04/07/13 09:40 PM

Sophies Flat cleared about one hour earlier than CSC anticipated. Transparency was okay, not stellar(pun). Temps got down to 60F by 11 PM, and there was no wind.
Hope to see you in four weeks.


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rboeAdministrator

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Loc: Phx, AZ
Re: Wickenburg, AZ Public Star Party 2013 Dates! new [Re: Jwemes]
      #5791614 - 04/11/13 12:07 AM

Oh shoot! I missed it! Going to be out of town for the next one too.

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Re: Wickenburg, AZ Public Star Party 2013 Dates! [Re: rboe]
      #5791619 - 04/11/13 12:09 AM

Greetings of the Season to All!
The following is the schedule for Wickenburg Public Star Parties during 2013. You will see that most dates fall on a Saturday closest to the 3rd quarter moon.
January 5
February 2
March 2
April 6
May 4
June 1 may cancel due to excessive heat
June 29 may cancel due to excessive heat/monsoon
July 27 may cancel due to excessive heat/monsoon
August 31 may cancel due to excessive heat/monsoon
September 28
October 26
November 23
December 28


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