I haven't been in any star party before, I can find lots of posts on how to protect your telescope and equipment from the elements, but I can not find posts on how to protect yourself, the picture shows lots of campers, but my question is for those brave soles with tents, what kind of tents do you have? any good suggestions? what do you do to keep you tent dry and warm? any tips and tricks for a newbie like myself please? appreciate a picture of inside your tent with all the recommended accessories that made your stay comfortable during the rainy day at Cherry Springs.
This is the only place I camp anymore and I'm typically by myself when I do. Also, I'm not backpacking, so weight isn't a concern and I pack for comfort.
In the past, I used a tent in the back of my truck, but recently purchased a 4 person tent. My knees decided that I needed to stop crawling around, so I bought a cabin style tent. I can put an air mattress or cot on one side, and have enough room for my gear and maybe a chair in case of rain. You need a ground sheet (tarp) underneath your tent and a rainfly over your tent. You need a good quality sleeping bag! Something rated colder than you think you'll need, or extra blankets. A canopy is nice for shade during the day, or to wait out a short rain.
The rest of my gear includes: a 6' folding table, a small folding patio table, a folding chair, a folding "zero gravity" chair, a camp stove, coffee pot, water jugs, cooler with food, smaller cooler with drinks, half gallon jugs of water frozen to keep things cold and water later if needed. cooking and eating utensils, a couple small basins to wash dishes, paper towels, a 5-gallon bucket with lid for grey water, bungee cords, duct tape, garbage bags, both 13 gal and a couple 40 gal if I need to store stuff out of the weather. Finally a couple storage tubs to hold everything. There's a picture of my old set up back on page 4.
A lot of stuff you can pick up cheap on craigslist/thrift stores/dollar stores.