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#1 MartinC

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Posted 22 August 2019 - 07:11 PM

Join Us in Big Bear!, 

 

RTMC opens this year on Thursday at noon, September 19th, Big Bear California. Although Memorial Day was taken away from RTMC, there are advantages to our new date. Weather in September tends to be more pleasant and stable in Big Bear than in May, with fewer storms and winds. Sunset on Saturday night is earlier at 6:47, with moonrise at 11:46pm. We will get deep sky viewing along with Jupiter and Saturn. You will see the summer Milky Way high overhead with the fall constellations in the East. Bring your best telescope to enrich our star party tradition.

 

Our theme this year is “Change and Innovation” with a terrific keynote speaker, Jerry Blackburn, veteran NASA engineer who worked on all the manned space missions, including Apollo. Friday night, longtime RTMC president Steve Edberg will catch us up on astronomy innovations. Our speaker lineup includes professional and amateur astronomers covering many topics. This year our secondary theme is building stronger outreach and star parties. If you would like to present and share your expertise, speaker slots are available on Friday afternoon and Sunday morning  – talk to us:  program@rtmcastronomyexpo.org.

 

As always we have vendors with astro-goodies and new products, family activities with conoeing, archery, a zipline, hiking, a kids' activity with an ice cream social on Sunday, and more. We continue our famous swap meet where astronomy nerds can buy, sell, or trade. So dig around your garage and bring us something interesting! The Beginners’ Corner is cooking up some great talks and activities for all ages. We are a family friendly STEM event, and kids enter the Expo for free; Students enter at half price.

 

So come on up and join the astronomy expo, we have a place for you.

 

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Posted 22 August 2019 - 09:04 PM

And if you've ever wanted to learn about Astronomical Adaptive Optics, my husband (also Telescope Engineer and Chief Observer at Big Bear Solar Observatory) will give a talk on this subject Friday afternoon! Be there!



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Posted 28 August 2019 - 08:04 AM

I'm putting the finishing touches on the Premium AstroImaging Workshop. This year we are focusing on AstroImaging while Travelling. It is a different type of imaging, with slightly different issues than when imaging at home. And, it is type of imaging most of us do while camping, going to star parties, and so forth.

 

I'm also working on a presentation for Beginner's Corner about what there is to see in the sky, how to decide targets, and so forth. SHould be interesting.

 

And, one further note......pre registration closes August 31. See  http://rtmcastronomy...o-registration/ for details. You can register on site, but it costs more. 

 

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Posted 28 August 2019 - 07:35 PM

 New stars and hopefully old friends to share at RTMC in September 

 

Now if we can get the camp to offer new food menu items we will be in heaven grin.gif


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#5 Matthew Ota

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Posted 08 September 2019 - 03:23 PM

I cannot attend this year for two reasons:

 

1.  I have medical procedures that create a schedule conflict.

2. I could not find anybody in Arizona in time to carpool with. I still have no vehicle two years after my truck was destroyed in an accident. Still waiting for insurance settleent from the other party.



#6 MartinC

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Posted 17 September 2019 - 12:36 AM

Here are some additional reasons to attend RTMC this year:

 

1. Mathis Instruments, maker of observatory fine quality telescope mounts, are coming and having a big sale. They are bringing up many more items than previous years. This is a real opportunity for serious observers/imagers.

 

2. Camp Oakes's kitchen has a new menu. Click the link on our Registration page to view, on the RTMC website.

 

3. Weather forecast looks good, mild and mostly clear with very little wind.

 

 

Martin Carey


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#7 Mike Spooner

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Posted 19 September 2019 - 08:55 PM

Checked into RTMC today and looked to be a fair gathering for Thursday afternoon. Pleasant weather but I'll recuperate from the drive tonight and maybe check out observing tomorrow night after catching up with old friends during the day. Big Bear not as busy as Memorial Day weekend but still surprisingly active! Gotta remember to drink lots of water in the dry altitude.

 

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Posted 24 September 2019 - 07:02 PM

So, how was it?  Attendance?  Scopes?,  Images?  Changes?

 

Old RTMC attendee, not able to make this year.

 

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Posted 25 September 2019 - 02:55 AM

The weather was about perfect, but a bit cold at night for those camping in the rough.

 

The food seemed much better than in the past.

 

The star party went well, fewer than in the past but a nice group.

 

In past years the Saturday night crowd was well overflowed outside watching on a projector and speakers.  This year everyone fitted inside the main hall, though it was standing room only.

 

Fewer vendors than in past years and those there were complaining about attendance and threatening not to return or swearing that they wouldn't (but I have heard this same gripe at almost every RTMC I attended).

 

The swap meet seemed to be well attended, though I don't know how successful the participants were.

 

The International Occultation Timing Association met Saturday for a "formal" meeting with about 24 members showing their latest equipment and techniques.

 

All in all a nice meeting.  It was hard to tell if the lower attendance was due to the new schedule or part of an on-going diminishing participation.  There was certainly fewer younger members there, probably due to the start of school.


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Posted 26 September 2019 - 08:03 AM

The talk line up was great.   "Mars Rover" talk by JPL and the "adaptive optics" talk stood out to me..    This was the first year I did not bring a scope due to shoulder surgery so I walked around and viewed through all the custom scopes of other attendees.  The 11" f16 refractor mounted on the Volvo station wagon was amazing.  Numerous other custom home made scopes.  It was a good time.


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Posted 27 September 2019 - 12:48 PM

Does anyone have images of the field of scopes?  They use to show wide angle shots of the area? 

 

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Posted 27 September 2019 - 12:56 PM

the field of telescopes have largely migrated to near the lake. Sorry, I have no pics of that. 

As usual, there were scopes spread throughout the camp. 

 

Since about ten or twelve (maybe more) years ago, when they stopped requiring scopes to be on the field for merit award judging, and let people keep them at their camps, the field has largely dispersed. 

 

 

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Posted 27 September 2019 - 01:30 PM

Thanks, when I was judging (1973 to 2003) the scopes where everywhere! That is why it took all day to find them, we put the numbers on a RTMC map and still had a hard time. It was like find a left handed tool in Boy Scout camp! lol.gif The field was getting too small for the number of scopes, plus many felt better being close to their scopes and use them at night (like finding a comet!)

 

I enjoyed every minute of it, even during snow storms!jawdrop.gif 

 

The lake became popular when vendors took over the field. I thought the lake was better for the vendors since they would pack up Sat afternoon and leave, less dust!

 

If anyone has images, please share

 

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Posted 27 September 2019 - 04:27 PM

Lots of cool scopes this year. Mostly Refractors. The usual folks were there. Weather made up for attendance .  My setup

 



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Posted 10 October 2019 - 02:21 PM

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