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okieav8r
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Re: Tucson General Info new [Re: Dragonwatcher]
      #5496735 - 10/30/12 07:15 PM

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I'm staying at Days Inn Convention Center. Should be a short walk & I really valued that over a nicer, more distant place.




That's the kind of lodging I'm looking for--something cheap and close. I wonder if I should make reservations?


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Joe Cipriano
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Re: Tucson General Info new [Re: okieav8r]
      #5496899 - 10/30/12 09:11 PM

I'd make them quickly, if I were you. Between the ASAE, U of A homecoming, and the beginning of the area's tourist season, selection may become scant rapidly. Also - generally (not always), the farther out you book, the cheaper the rates are.
I booked a room for 2 nights (09 -11 Nov) at The Quality Inn on Oracle (couple of miles north of Starizona) on 09 Oct, for $71/night - it's listed for $80/night right now.


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PGW Steve
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Re: Tucson General Info new [Re: Joe Cipriano]
      #5497007 - 10/30/12 10:21 PM

I'm booked at the Starr Pass Marriott for the 4th, 5th then Adam Blocks workshop, then back to the Starr Pass for the 9th and 10th......Astro overload! I might sneak out on the golf course for some night scapes.

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Starhawk
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Re: Tucson General Info new [Re: PGW Steve]
      #5497054 - 10/30/12 11:03 PM

The area where the Days inn near the convention center is is pretty stark. North or east are where all the eating places are. The interstate is unusual in Tucson; it isn't a shortcut for anywhere you want to go in town.

-Rich


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Starhawk
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Re: Tucson General Info new [Re: Skip]
      #5497123 - 10/31/12 12:19 AM

It's actually right along the freeway. There really isn't much of anything in that area. The phrases "Downtown" and "Along the interstate" usually mean things kind of central to what's shaking. Except in Tucson; here the interstate goes to parts far away, but is on the edge of town for anything useful. At the same time, the downtown is really off to the south and west of just about everything. This is why there are hotels scattered all over the city.

Parking at the convention center isn't especially difficult or easy- you may be doing a bit of a walk, anyway, though.

-Rich


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Starhawk
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Re: Tucson General Info new [Re: Starhawk]
      #6045100 - 08/25/13 12:24 PM

I noticed some general info questions coming up, so here's a reheat. The only major difference for this year is less emphasis on observing during a full moon.

-Rich


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David PavlichAdministrator
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Re: Tucson General Info new [Re: Starhawk]
      #6046163 - 08/25/13 11:10 PM

Barbara says that the best day to check air fares is on Tuesday. So....I'll be booking my flight. It's about half the cost to fly to Phoenix, though, so I'll have a bit of a drive. I found a really inexpensive car rental place, Payless, that quotes $26 a day for a Ford Fiesta. Barbara has a ton of Hilton points, so I'll have a free hotel stay.

It looks like I'll be seeing you guys in November! Now the wait begins...

David


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David PavlichAdministrator
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Re: Tucson General Info new [Re: David Pavlich]
      #6047901 - 08/26/13 10:59 PM

I've been thinking about getting a nice zoom lens to replace the 18-55 lens that came with the T2i. It's ok, but does not have the oomph that I'm looking for. I checked B&H and was ready to get a Canon 28-135 f3.5. The reviews are very good. And now that I know I'll be heading to Tuscon in November, I decided to get the lens. Before I purchased it from B&H, I checked on the 'Mart since they have some good deals pop up now and again. Holy cow! There was the exact lens equipped with a UV filter. B&H lists it for $479 + shipping + filter. I got if for $215 with filter and shipping. Pretty exciting!

David


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rboeAdministrator

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Re: Tucson General Info [Re: David Pavlich]
      #6047996 - 08/26/13 11:55 PM



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David PavlichAdministrator
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Re: Tucson General Info new [Re: David Pavlich]
      #6052273 - 08/29/13 10:39 AM

Room is booked. Not exactly where I wanted it, but considering that I'm using Barbara's Hilton points, I chose one that required a lot less points. The big news, Barbara has United points, so my flight may be done on points. It's not the best thing having a spouse that travels, but I must admit that the points come in handy!

David


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Starhawk
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Re: Tucson General Info new [Re: David Pavlich]
      #6053630 - 08/30/13 12:26 AM

Where did you end up staying?

-Rich


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David PavlichAdministrator
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Re: Tucson General Info new [Re: Starhawk]
      #6054018 - 08/30/13 09:03 AM

Here. While I would have rather been close, the price difference won the day. Besides, I'm stealing Barbara's points.

David


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Starhawk
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Re: Tucson General Info new [Re: David Pavlich]
      #6055803 - 08/31/13 10:38 AM

Heh- that's in line of sight from where I live. Important note- you will drive until you run out of gas looking for "South Wilmot". The signs just say "Wilmot." There's a Texas Roadhouse steak place across the street from it, a great Indian place just east on Broadway, along with Macayo's further on which has pretty decent Mexican, there's a Denny's at the corner, and just to the west on Broadway There is a Panera bread, Coco's the usual fast food places, a really good shish kabob place (run by a Russian family). And there are more- suffice to say, you will know why this area is called Restaurant row.

-Rich


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David PavlichAdministrator
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Re: Tucson General Info new [Re: Starhawk]
      #6055970 - 08/31/13 12:23 PM

If I'm driving when I get to a destination, the ole' Tom Tom is in my suitcase. Don't leave home without it!

David


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Starhawk
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Re: Tucson General Info new [Re: David Pavlich]
      #6056030 - 08/31/13 01:07 PM

Ok- just beware there are quite a few GPS traps in Tucson, so use it in traveling map mode instead of turn by turn. They named some roads where they start, stop, have a wash (arroyo, wadi, or dry riverbed, elsewhere) or airfield, and start again- the roads were never connected because there was never a bridge, and this is why people always mention major cross streets you should be near.

Since this is big sky country, you'll never get lost because you can see the different mountain ranges no matter where you are in town. So, the low and jaggy Tucson mountains are to the West, the tall Catalina mountains start after an obvious notch to the northwest and continue across the entire north of town, the greener and least jaggy Rincon mountains are to the East, and the distant point with a set of lower points on the right side of the Santa Ritas is to the South. The main city is basically a grid, so navigation is very possible.

-Rich


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rboeAdministrator

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Re: Tucson General Info new [Re: Starhawk]
      #6056240 - 08/31/13 02:44 PM

Now you really confused him Rich. Everyone knows Big Sky Country is Montana.

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David PavlichAdministrator
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Re: Tucson General Info new [Re: rboe]
      #6056347 - 08/31/13 04:17 PM

I must have taken a wrong turn at Albuquerque!

David


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Starhawk
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Re: Tucson General Info new [Re: David Pavlich]
      #6056441 - 08/31/13 05:33 PM

Coming from the gulf coast, all of this is big sky country.

-Rich


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David PavlichAdministrator
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Re: Tucson General Info new [Re: Starhawk]
      #6056886 - 08/31/13 11:31 PM

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Coming from the gulf coast, all of this is big sky country.

-Rich




Tell me about it. My home is 26' above sea level.

David


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Starhawk
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Re: Tucson General Info new [Re: David Pavlich]
      #6057766 - 09/01/13 02:24 PM

Out here it is routinely possible to see features 65-100 miles away depending on how clear the air is. You will likely be able to easily make out Kitt Peak with the 4 meter telescope dome and the McMath solar observatory plainly visible as you move about town, and that's about 55 miles away.

In a way, this place is the near opposite of going somewhere like Manhattan or LA where everything man-made in the world really is available. I'm therefore trying to make sure people are aware of what is here they won't see elsewhere. I know a lot of conferences are set up to purposely keep people there and away from the outside world. But this one isn't like that.

-Rich


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