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All Arizona Messier Marathon, March 28-29, 2009

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#26 skyward_eyes

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Posted 03 November 2008 - 01:38 PM

I will be there again, I should have my Lunt 60 Ha scope out there.
 

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Posted 03 November 2008 - 03:25 PM

I'm thinking 'bout it... :thinking:
 

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Posted 03 November 2008 - 03:34 PM

Trying to collect Star Party Badges from all 50 states? :poke:
 

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Posted 03 November 2008 - 03:42 PM

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Posted 03 November 2008 - 03:45 PM

Wellll....*sniff*.....if you don't want me to come....*sniff*....I guess I could stay home....*sniff*. :bawling:








As if I'd let that make up my mind.... :smarty:
 

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Posted 03 November 2008 - 04:49 PM

Don't tease us like that! :gve:

I can bring an extra scope if you need one. Would you drive or fly?
 

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Posted 03 November 2008 - 05:45 PM

Well, I'm planning on being there. Although the wedding or honeymoon might end up being on that weekend! :p
 

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Posted 03 November 2008 - 05:46 PM

In which case you probably shouldn't plan on being there... :poke:
 

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Posted 03 November 2008 - 07:03 PM

Well, there's always a wedding at Farnsworth and honeymoon in Eloy...
 

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Posted 03 November 2008 - 11:29 PM

I put the AAMM on my calender and realized that the 28th is Saturday and the 29th is Sunday. I'm assuming it is on Friday night (27th) and Saturday night (28th).

Didn't the same thing happen for the AASP thread? :poke: I'm going to get a reputation as the calender police. :step:
 

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Posted 04 November 2008 - 09:32 AM

This is a bit different. The actual marathon starts at sundown on Saturday night and ends when dawn renders detection of objects impossible on Sunday morning. So the Saturday/Sunday bit is correct.
 

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Posted 04 November 2008 - 09:46 AM

I am not planning on doing the actual marathon as I finised it last year. I might start another list of some kind but I have a few months to figure that out. I will be there Friday and Saturday.
 

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Posted 04 November 2008 - 10:21 AM

I ended up "just" observing last year. I get so little eyepiece time in these days that the idea of not taking good, long looks at what I find has lost its appeal. I've gotten over 100 Messiers in one try, and that will probably keep me satisfied for a while.

I'll be out there, though, barring circumstances beyond my control.
 

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Posted 04 November 2008 - 10:38 AM

Well, there's always a wedding at Farnsworth and honeymoon in Eloy...


Great idea! :idea: Or maybe the wedding in Bisbee and honeymoon south of the border. Yee haw!
 

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Posted 04 November 2008 - 11:19 AM

I guess that makes sense Tom. Anyone plan on doing two nights (Friday and Saturday)?

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.
 

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Posted 04 November 2008 - 11:45 AM

A one night excursion is most likely for me. If the daytime temperatures are on the cool side, I'd be tempted to include Friday night. Following the shade around while I slowly roast waiting for sundown on Saturday doesn't appeal.
 

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Posted 04 November 2008 - 01:00 PM

Well, I've done two nights for AAMM and AASP for the last three years, and I've about used up the need to abuse myself that way. Saturday gets doggone boring! The only positive thing is the occasional wandering about and yakking with folks.

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.
 

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Posted 04 November 2008 - 01:03 PM

However, if Steph makes it out, I could change and do both nights!

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.
 

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Posted 04 November 2008 - 01:27 PM

I will be out for both nights.
 

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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. :ubetcha:
 

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Posted 04 November 2008 - 03:26 PM

Awww, isn't that sweet of y'all. :) If'n I do, I'd definitely be flying and probably wouldn't fly out until Friday, so don't know if I'd be at Farnsworth Friday night or not; haven't delved into the details that closely yet. How far is it from Tucson versus Phoenix?

I wouldn't be worrying all that much about the marathoning, more the casual viewing and socializing. ;)
 

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Posted 04 November 2008 - 04:24 PM

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 :)

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Posted 04 November 2008 - 06:26 PM

Probably closer from Sky Harbor airport and the car rental. If pressed there are hotels in Arizona City and at the juction of I-10 just north of AZ city (which is actually about five miles south of the freeway.

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.
 

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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 :)

Farnsworth Ranch


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? :question:

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"? :vomit:
 

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Posted 05 November 2008 - 08:57 AM

I'd rather take Flagstaff if we are talking about leaving the Valley of the Sun. :woohoo:

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!
 


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