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#76 Skywatchr

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Posted 10 September 2019 - 07:30 PM

To improve the chances of good weather, I am bringing my rain boots and tow strap.

And I am also bring the boots, umbrella, poncho,extra towels and tarps..  grin.gif



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Posted 10 September 2019 - 08:18 PM

Has anybody checked with Bill lately at BFSP for the waiting list?

Yes.

 

Hopefully he'll comment later.

 

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Posted 11 September 2019 - 12:49 PM

Has anybody checked with Bill lately at BFSP for the waiting list?

What would you like to know?

 

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BFSP 2019 Star Party chairperson


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Posted 12 September 2019 - 11:40 AM

What would you like to know?

 

Bill Gartner

BFSP 2019 Star Party chairperson

Just curious if anyone has been able to join in the fun that may have missed the registration deadline, where someone else has made theirs available through the list, or simply forgot about it.  I suppose time will tell. But then, from the "prize drawing" perspective, if there are any cancellations, or no-shows, there's less competition. lol.gif


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Posted 15 September 2019 - 11:45 PM

I'm excited to be able to make it this year, thanks to Bill and Skywatchr for the waiting list assistance and hook up!


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Posted 16 September 2019 - 09:22 AM

I'm excited to be able to make it this year, thanks to Bill and Skywatchr for the waiting list assistance and hook up!

Glad to have you aboard! waytogo.gif  It'll be fun rain or shine, though (star)shine is much better. grin.gif



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Posted 16 September 2019 - 09:18 PM

We should try and do a CN BFSP group photo - say after the prize draw on Saturday.


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Posted 16 September 2019 - 10:11 PM

We should try and do a CN BFSP group photo - say after the prize draw on Saturday.

Well it till probably be too dark by then and people will be wanting to do last minute preparations for the night.  It gets dark about 7:30pm nowadays.  I am hoping they start the raffle drawing earlier so it isn't dark by the time it's done.


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Posted 17 September 2019 - 08:57 AM

Well it till probably be too dark by then and people will be wanting to do last minute preparations for the night.  It gets dark about 7:30pm nowadays.  I am hoping they start the raffle drawing earlier so it isn't dark by the time it's done.

Earlier works for me. Lets see if anyone else wants to join in.


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Posted 18 September 2019 - 10:19 PM

I'll be there.  This will be my first trip to Cherry Springs.  Looking forward to it. 


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Posted 19 September 2019 - 08:38 AM

I'll be there.  This will be my first trip to Cherry Springs.  Looking forward to it. 

We'll have to break you in right. lol.gif  (just kidding)  As long as the weather holds out, I am sure you will really enjoy being there. Just be prepared for some chilly nights in late September. Being up in the mountains, it's colder than your average weather forecasts for low temps.


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Posted 19 September 2019 - 06:23 PM

This will be my first BFSP as well, but got to CSSP earlier this year. I was surprised even at the end of May how cool it got in the wee hours. Bringing the parka and hothands this time!
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Posted Yesterday, 09:04 AM

Also, I noticed people often put tarps under their scopes, does that help minimize dew or something?

I usually bring some concrete pavers to put under the tripod legs to prevent the rig from sinking into the dirt but wondering if a tarp would be a good thing to bring too.
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Posted Yesterday, 09:30 AM

Also, I noticed people often put tarps under their scopes, does that help minimize dew or something?

I usually bring some concrete pavers to put under the tripod legs to prevent the rig from sinking into the dirt but wondering if a tarp would be a good thing to bring too.

People with dobs do this so that dew/moisture doesn't damage their base, as it's basically sitting flush on the ground while the bottoms of their dobs are generally wood.  As an imager using a tripod, i've found that anti-vibration pads (bricks/pavers are common as well) are a better solution - if you're using a tarp underneath a tripod, the moment any movement is registered on the tarp, it transfers to your imaging system resulting in a blurred sub-frame.

 

Regardless of system, a telegizmo type cover over the top of your ota is imperative at events like this to protect your system from unexpected weather events.


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Posted Yesterday, 10:34 AM

Also, I noticed people often put tarps under their scopes, does that help minimize dew or something?

I usually bring some concrete pavers to put under the tripod legs to prevent the rig from sinking into the dirt but wondering if a tarp would be a good thing to bring too.

Partially, yes. It does help prevent dampness from the ground making it's way to your scope and turn into "dew". It also provides a safety net for when you ultimately drop something and it becomes part of the grass and difficult to find in the dark. But such a tarp needs to be secured down or it becomes a trip hazard. If you set your rig on a tarp, and it (hopefully not) decides to rain (even heavy dew), then clear off, you are left with puddles of water that need removed. They usually manifest around the depression from tripod legs, dobs, or anything on the tarp that creates a low spot. But when it's dry, they are nice to use.



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Posted Yesterday, 06:51 PM

Ah, makes sense, thanks!

Random side question... It's there a place nearby to get a fishing license? Or does PA let you do that online? May try to get some of that in when there too.

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Posted Yesterday, 07:11 PM

https://www.gonefishingpa.com/

 

HTH

 

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Posted Today, 08:09 AM

Back surgery is forcing me to abandon the tent this year....so, thinking renting a pop-up is the way to go rather than one of the motels.....anybody know if I could use power from the field posts for the pop-up?  Would be running the basics only, so not much draw....

 

Also, prefer to stay on-field, however, have heard good things about the Mill Stream Inn.....thoughts?

 

Can't wait to get up there this year!!!

 

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Posted Today, 08:12 AM

Well it till probably be too dark by then and people will be wanting to do last minute preparations for the night.  It gets dark about 7:30pm nowadays.  I am hoping they start the raffle drawing earlier so it isn't dark by the time it's done.

We certainly won't lack for cameras! :-)

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Posted Today, 08:58 AM

Back surgery is forcing me to abandon the tent this year....so, thinking renting a pop-up is the way to go rather than one of the motels.....anybody know if I could use power from the field posts for the pop-up?  Would be running the basics only, so not much draw....

 

Also, prefer to stay on-field, however, have heard good things about the Mill Stream Inn.....thoughts?

 

Can't wait to get up there this year!!!

 

M

Yes, you can use the power posts for running a trailer’s basics, not any heavy amp draws though, or you’ll trip the breaker (for example AC + microwave).  Millstream is very nice, but usually booked up for BFSP.

Mike


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Posted Today, 09:05 AM

Thanks, Mike.....don't want to tick off the rangers, or other players near-by by popping the breaker!  I would intend on using the power cord for the scope set-up, and then pull it over to the trailer for nothing bigger than a coffee-maker!  Could actually use the trailer battery for that perhaps, and then use power to charge the trailer battery during the day.....

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Posted Today, 10:33 AM

Coffee makers, or anything that heats, draw a lot of power.  Just FYI


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Posted Today, 01:04 PM

Please use your trailer battery for coffee makers and another other heat generating device. They draw a ton more amperage than the average telescope gear, and you'd be popping the breaker for 12 people plugged into the same post who are also drawing juice for their telescope gear. Thanks in advance!!!
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Posted Today, 02:03 PM

Agree...did check the appliance panel earlier today....will use a deep-cycle marine battery for this stuff....last year, I used it to run the appliance, mount, dew heaters, etc.all weekend and returned home with most of the charge left.....no sense in risking the fun of others on the little grid we have running there....




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