All Arizona Messier Marathon, March 28-29, 2009
Posted 03 November 2008 - 01:38 PM
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Posted 03 November 2008 - 03:45 PM
As if I'd let that make up my mind....
Posted 03 November 2008 - 04:49 PM
I can bring an extra scope if you need one. Would you drive or fly?
Posted 03 November 2008 - 05:45 PM
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Posted 03 November 2008 - 11:29 PM
Didn't the same thing happen for the AASP thread? I'm going to get a reputation as the calender police.
Posted 04 November 2008 - 09:32 AM
Posted 04 November 2008 - 09:46 AM
Posted 04 November 2008 - 10:21 AM
I'll be out there, though, barring circumstances beyond my control.
Posted 04 November 2008 - 10:38 AM
Well, there's always a wedding at Farnsworth and honeymoon in Eloy...
Great idea! Or maybe the wedding in Bisbee and honeymoon south of the border. Yee haw!
Posted 04 November 2008 - 11:19 AM
I'm planing on being there for sure. I have found it is best to focus on one task per night. Last time I did a little imaging (nothing turned out) then a little observing (I was too tired to enjoy it). Finally I packed up early and went home.
This year (or is it next year?) I will probably do more imaging as it is really just an excuse to get to some dark skies with other friendly people.
Posted 04 November 2008 - 11:45 AM
Posted 04 November 2008 - 01:00 PM
Farnsworth Ranch, for all its positive (?) attributes, sure isn't the Grand Canyon. So, most likely, I'll only do Saturday night next March. Sure would make pack up easier.
Posted 04 November 2008 - 01:03 PM
BTW, Steph, I also have a spare scope (the 10" OTA on the Atlas EQ-G mount) I could throw in, if you you'd like to travel light.
Posted 04 November 2008 - 02:22 PM
However, if Steph makes it out, I could change and do both nights!
That would definitely figure into my decision.
Posted 04 November 2008 - 03:26 PM
I wouldn't be worrying all that much about the marathoning, more the casual viewing and socializing.
Posted 04 November 2008 - 06:26 PM
Should be cheaper to fly into Phoenix too - but I'm just guessing. Both airports are on the south side of town making leaving Phoenix that much easier.
Tucson is prettier though.
Posted 05 November 2008 - 08:11 AM
80 miles from Phoenix, 86 miles from Tucson. And even though I'm a Phoenician, I have to say that Tucson is a much prettier city
What? You like beautiful vistas of Mt. Lemmon and lots of nice green palo verde trees better than 12 lane freeways and 60 miles of concrete and sprawl? What is wrong with you?
I lived in Tucson for 3 years and even had my own observatory. If my business wasn't here and if I could move my kids with me I would certainly rather live in Tucson. I certainly don't fit in with the Scottsdale scene.
"Yes Muffy, did you want to take the BMW or the Rolls to the Phoenician today for our manicure"?
Posted 05 November 2008 - 08:57 AM
The drive into Farnsworth is very nice in the spring. Cotton fields are being planted, the mountains look great - if small. You get a nice view of Kitt Peak and Picacho Peak from the observing field. A twofer!