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Texas Star Party April 19-26, 2009

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#26 LivingNDixie

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Posted 26 November 2008 - 12:56 PM

Looks like the lower field might be the way to go then :)

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Posted 06 December 2008 - 05:04 AM

I would say the lower field is overall the less dusty. This can change year to year also, mostly due to how much rain the area has had and how much the grass that is there can grow. But the upper field is definitely dustiest and middle field not a lot better. If dust is your chief concern, go for the lower field. I know exactly where DeanS and Dr. Benway set up and would agree totally with their evaluation. Of course, if there is a lot of wind the question of least dust is kind of like who is least unpleasant if they sit on you: a Texas Longhorn, a buffalo or an elephant.
One bit of advice for stoepke is spend as much time as you can at TSP. People who only attend a couple of nights are often disappointed as those always seem to be the two crummy days those who stay all week gripe about at the end, but not minding as the other 4 ir 5 nights were clear and dark.

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Posted 06 December 2008 - 05:16 AM

Oh, and asking which field is worst/best for dust problems is NOT a stupid question. Feel free to as me any advice about TSP. I have attended 22 versions of TSP and remember what newbie I was when we first came out in '83. But don't let it scare you. I stayed 5 days, I learned more about optics, observing, companies in the busines and astronomers during that time as I had learned in the previous 18 months. And i had what still lookw like it 25 years later, more fun than I had ever had in my life. I still dol

#29 John Fitzgerald

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Posted 09 December 2008 - 09:04 PM

What about flooding? They do have flash floods at the Prude. Has the lower field ever flooded to your knowledge?

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Posted 10 December 2008 - 11:19 AM

There is a wash that runs through the front side of the ranch (behind the lower field) and that is where the waters goes during heavy rains and keeps that area drained (draining to the east) very efficiently. I know the ranch staff keeps that wash maintained fairly well. The lower field is still uphill from the lowest areas in that particular divide (again, they are to the east). I am not aware of or have seen any flash flooding that has happened on the lower field in all of the rains I have seen there.

It is worth noting that the state park has a similar wash going through it that takes the brunt of water and does a very good job of flash flood control.

After a heavy rain, all of the fields dry out pretty quickly, also. The geology there is extremely porous and so water goes to ground in short order.

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Posted 15 December 2008 - 09:55 PM

Just found out today at work I have a 3-day software UGM to attend in Minnesota April 20, 21, and 22. Won't get back until evening of 23rd, too late to get packed and have any time to enjoy TSP. Kind of a downer.

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Posted 23 December 2008 - 12:40 PM

I have to let the boss (not be confused with SWMBO) know sometime next month probably what I plan on doing, we have to take a full week off at the credit union once per year. I figure that is perfect for the TSP! I am signed up though. I asked for bunk house as first choice and then tent camping as second choice :) I have heard it is about impossible to get any sleeping done in the tents after the sun comes up in the morning because it gets warm quickly.

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Posted 26 December 2008 - 12:17 PM

Preston,
Your assessment regarding tent camping is usually true (starts getting warm between 9 and 10 am). It might not be so bad this year since it is earlier in the year. In any case, though I prefer the bunkhouses.

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Posted 26 December 2008 - 03:37 PM

Thanks Bic, I have been wanting to get to the TSP for a LONG time. I am thinking this will be the year.

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Posted 27 December 2008 - 01:47 PM

I hope you make it there in 2009, Preston. I managed to make it to two TSPs from the UK, so you ought to be able to. :grin:
I hope I'll be there in 2010....

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Posted 28 December 2008 - 02:38 PM

I think I made 3 in the mid-late 80's from the UK so you still have one more to get to Faith :crazy: I keep thinking I might try and make another

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Posted 01 February 2009 - 04:45 PM

I just got confirmation that my name was drawn and I can go to the Texas Star Party!

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Posted 01 February 2009 - 06:53 PM

:( I haven't gotten anything yet....maybe they don't like me this year 'cause I can only come for part of it. :bawling:

Or maybe they haven't gotten to the H's yet... ;)

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Posted 01 February 2009 - 08:08 PM

I'll be there. Looking forward to this.

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Posted 01 February 2009 - 08:15 PM

Steph,

They said everyone will be notified by February 4th. I think it's about the housing, not the number of applicants. 586 attended last year and I just can't believe over 700 applied for the drawing. They just haven't gotten to the H's yet...

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Posted 02 February 2009 - 11:10 AM

I got mine - I'm in Cherry 4

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Posted 02 February 2009 - 01:02 PM

I just got mine yesterday too.

Anyone with an RV site #33-42 that would be willing to trade with me? I have #18 and would like to be closer to some friends.

Thanks,
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Posted 02 February 2009 - 02:06 PM

Have fun at WSP, Dean. Looking forward to seeing you at TSP.

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Posted 02 February 2009 - 02:39 PM

Sure will, aren't you about to head down under pretty soon?

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Posted 02 February 2009 - 07:17 PM

Down under the next New Moon after TSP. Dean, I just got a QHY8 from Starizona. Using it with a C8 and Hyperstar3. I want to set up nearby at TSP and learn from the master!

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Posted 02 February 2009 - 07:25 PM

What do you mean, is Rob Gendler setting up near us??? :)

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Posted 02 February 2009 - 10:52 PM

You are too modest, Dean.

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Posted 03 February 2009 - 09:27 PM

Hey Doc!

I'll be there. Just go my notice and I get to play TSP EMT again. Save Ed and I a spot. We'll be getting in on Tuesday.

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Posted 04 February 2009 - 08:36 AM

Hi Rick,

Tell Ed I liked his couch potato telescope so much I built one, too!
Looking forward to it. Did you get your slippage problem fixed with the Dob?

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Posted 04 February 2009 - 10:45 PM

Hi Doc...

Tightened the alt spring and had to add a counterweight. Works well now. Did you get your ServoCAT belt drive fixed? What size "Couch Potato" scope did you build, I take it you're using the mini tower to drive it?


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