Roughly how many people attended this year, and is there power on the field (or nearby so extension cords can be run)?
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Posted 02 August 2019 - 04:54 PM
It's tough to estimate how many people, but the field was fairly full of telescopes, but with enough rom around each to be comfortable. Looking at the map posted above, I would say all but the back row on the side were mostly full, so maybe 30 cars on the field? Maybe others located elsewhere if they brought big RVs. It was a good time, I was there 3 nights. The worst part was last night, I was feeling tired, and hoping I would be able to stay awake to not miss anything, then looking up to see a brightening horizon and realizing it was almost daylight and it would be over. I had such a good time, it flew by, and I wasn't ready for it to end!
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Posted 02 August 2019 - 04:56 PM
I am too!
I looked for someone who looked like your picture, but couldn't be sure. Anyway, if you saw a thin middle-aged guy with a brown pony-tail and a 15" Obsession, that was me.
Posted 04 August 2019 - 08:05 PM
Great to see everybody this year! We had many more good nights than bad and the second Thursday was spectacular. See you next year!
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Posted 08 August 2019 - 08:30 AM
Hey Mike - I was in and out due to work obligations - sorry I missed you! I hope you had a great time and some spectacular views. For me, I was blown away using a night vision device with a wide lens. I was able for the first time really capture a sense of the immensity of the galaxy by focusing on the dark dust lanes of the milky way. I was able to get a sense of scale as I swept the southern sky this way.
Posted 08 August 2019 - 07:14 PM
Hi Steve -
Are you talking about the little hand-held device someone was walking around with? Was that you walking around with it? It was pretty cool once I figured out what scale the image was and I could figure out what I was looking at. I think the person who had it sounded like he might be involved with bringing it to market. A zoom would be a definite plus.
Posted 09 August 2019 - 08:06 AM
Hy Mike - I had a hand-held mono but I don't think it was me that you are referencing. I didn't bring it out until after I had done a few hours of visual observing. The thing about the macro-view of the NV device was that it literally looked like I was the edge of a cliff looking down at the center of the galaxy - it was FREAKY! Once you get a sense of the enormous scale and size of those dust lanes, it opens up a new perspective on what you are looking at. Truly a "cosmic" experience - lol.
Posted 09 August 2019 - 10:14 AM
The device I saw was pretty cool - small, hand-held, and in color. The owner was sharing views with people, but I was having such a good night, I completely lost track of time*. We were near Keith's big dob at the time, I think. I had never seen a night-vision device before, but had read about them, and wanted to experience it. When he handed it to me, I wasn't sure how big the FoV was, or what to look at. I looked for the North America nebula, and looked around the Sagittarius area. It took a while before I realized I was seeing the whole teapot in one FoV. I was able to pick out something in that area, I think it was the Sag Star Cloud. I mentioned a zoom would be useful to identify objects, and the owner said something like he would mention it to the manufacturer, and they made other things that had a zoom, which made me think he may have been working with the manufacturer. But he wasn't "selling" the device there, or in any way obnoxious. He seemed sincerely excited about the device. It was the most socially interactive of the 3 nights I was there, with people sharing views through their scopes, and suggesting objects to look at, and he was anther guy sharing something cool . I was glad to have seen the device, and it was great sharing the camaraderie with everyone. I wish I had thought to look at the area you mention, it sounds awe-inspiring. It was the only NV device I saw there. If you had something different, I wish I had seen it. Or maybe that was you, I don't know.
* At one point (later) I thought to myself "I hope I can stay awake, I don't want to miss any of the night", then looked up puzzled at the birght horizon, only to realize it was dawn coming.
Posted 09 August 2019 - 10:24 PM
Yes it was great so see everyone this year and that field was surely humming! I so enjoy sitting back in my chair and just listening to all the conversations and the whirring of motors and clicking of eyepiece cases. Every night we had stars! Even the one night that was supposed to be mostly cloudy it was clear after midnight.
I wish I met more of you all. But when wandering around in the dark it’s hard to put faces to names.. however glad to chat with you all here and some on the field...
looking forward to 2020...
Oh I fell asleep briefly under the stars one night.. now that’s a wonderful thing! Guess when you have every night clear fatigue sets in. Especially when it’s impossible to sleep in due to the sun heating up the whole place every morning. Yeah having the camper helps but it sure does get like an oven by 8:30 a.m. not to mention the little one raring to go eat breakfast!
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