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#1 acochran

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Posted 01 September 2019 - 04:53 PM

I went to the Glacier Point star party in Yosemite Nat. Park last night, the last one here of the Summer. Being Labor Day weekend, it was very crowded. Although I am not a member of the hosting astronomy club, they graciously allowed me to set my 12.5" Dob near their telescopes. They set up in and around the Glacier Point Amphitheater. This is a beautiful place, with great views of many of the park's landmarks visible during the day. The altitude here is a little over 7200 feet and the nighttime sky is Bortle 2 darkness (Bortle 1 being the darkest). The sky to the west is obscured by hillside and trees. We had clear skies, with almost no wind. 

Setting up in or near the amphitheater is a little difficult because the Glacier Point parking area (with a limited number of parking spaces) is not close. There is a dirt fire road leading to the amphitheater you can use to unload from, then go park your vehicle. Not easy to load there after dark though, without using headlights. So, when I was through observing, I used a dolly to take my telescope and equipment back to my car. 

As I said, it was crowded with tourists, many not familiar with stary party etiquette. But the crowd eventually thinned out. All things considered, I had a good time using my telescope under dark skies.

Andy

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Edited by acochran, 01 September 2019 - 05:09 PM.

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Posted 01 September 2019 - 05:05 PM

Do you recall who was the hosting club?



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Posted 01 September 2019 - 05:10 PM

I believe the hosting club was the Central Valley Astro Club.

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Posted 02 September 2019 - 11:30 AM

June 21–22: Santa Cruz Astronomy Club (SCAC)
June 28–29: San Francisco Amateur Astronomers
July 5–6: Sacramento Valley Astronomical Society (SVAS)
July 12–13: Tri-Valley Stargazers
July 19–20: San Mateo County Astronomical Society
July 26–27: San Jose Astronomical Association
August 2–3: Peninsula Astronomical Society
August 9–10: Sonoma County Astronomical Society (S.C.A.S.)
August 16–17: MIRA Astronomy Club
August 23–24: Mount Diablo Astronomical Society
Aug 30–Sep 1: Central Valley Astronomers, Inc.


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Posted 02 September 2019 - 11:39 AM

It’d be great if this type of list could be posted at the beginning of next year’s season after they hold the lottery to determine which club gets assigned for which weekend.

 

Is there someone specific that we can request to make this proposed assignment list for 2020 public or posted on CN?



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Posted 02 September 2019 - 12:00 PM

I Googled Yosemite special programs and scrolled down the page:

https://www.nps.gov/...it/programs.htm

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Posted 05 September 2019 - 07:32 AM

It is a great place to star watch. I attended the SVAS (Sacramento Valley Astronomical Society) event back in 2017. Skies are dark and lots of great hiking during the day.


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