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#76 JimMo

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Posted 07 February 2020 - 06:05 PM

looking south my scope is between my teardrop and the shore. This is where the mangrove trees were along the shore to the south of the chickees. My scope would have been tucked right up next to them, but obviously the are gone. It'll be interesting to see how much they've grown in a year. The Jacksonville guys next to me had a couple scopes set up to the left of me. It was treacherous walking from my scope to them as the "path" wasn't a straight line and it was easy to trip over what is left of the mangroves.

 

I'll give you a call in the morning when we're in line.

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Posted 08 February 2020 - 11:48 AM

Does anyone know how Mickey's Kitchen is going to get power this year? I might want to set up in a different spot away from that generator.

 

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Posted 08 February 2020 - 02:16 PM

This will be my second year! Last year I had a blast - my little pop-up camper and a 100w solar panel kept me going all week with no problems. Temps were wonderful and the skies were as advertised. This year I've got a new ( to me) camper - one of those little fiberglass egg Casitas. Wonderful. 

 

A few people complained about the facilities last year... let me just say if that was a bad year, I can't wait for a good one. :-)

 

Hope to meet everyone there! 

 

Fred

 

 

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Posted 09 February 2020 - 01:10 AM

On the first night there will be an occultation of Mars by the moon.  The sun will be just 2 degrees above the horizon so it should be observable with a scope.   It will be right between M8 and M20..

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Posted 11 February 2020 - 09:37 AM

I've been searching for a speaker list and all I was able to find was a vendor list.  Any info out there on speakers/daily schedules?

TIA while eagerly counting down these next 16 days......

Hi Reddog and others, here are the speakers and swap meets...

 

Tuesday, February 18
8 AM to 12 PM Astro Swap Meet – Location at the chickees on the west side of the camp
1-2 PM Charlie Warren: Beautiful Questions; 25 Years of Amateur Astronomy
2-3 PM John O’Neal: International Space Station Solar/Lunar Transit Tutorial

 

Wednesday, February 19
10 AM Jay Elliot – Beach Walk; meet at the chickees
1-2 PM John O’Neil: The NASA Parker Solar Probe
2-3 PM Richard S. Wright: The Sky Fusion / CMOS and CCD what you need to know
6:30pm – 7:30 pm Mike Lockwood: Lockwood Down Under

 

Thursday, February 20
8 AM to 12 PM Astro Swap Meet – Location at the chickees on the west side of the camp
1-2 PM Jen Winter: Very Tiny Rainbows; Evolution of Solar Spectroscopy
2-3 PM Charlie Warren: Astrophotography with a DSLR

 

Friday, February 21

11 AM Door Prize Extravaganza and Award Ceremony


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Posted 11 February 2020 - 11:36 AM

I'll never understand having a swap meet start at 8am when folks are hopefully staying up all night to observe and it certainly doesn't need to be four hours long, two hours would suffice. Just my thoughts on the subject.

 

BTW- the forecast ain't too shabby. Can't wait to get on the road.


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Posted 11 February 2020 - 11:54 AM

Hi Reddog and others, here are the speakers and swap meets...

 

Tuesday, February 18
8 AM to 12 PM Astro Swap Meet – Location at the chickees on the west side of the camp
1-2 PM Charlie Warren: Beautiful Questions; 25 Years of Amateur Astronomy
2-3 PM John O’Neal: International Space Station Solar/Lunar Transit Tutorial

 

Wednesday, February 19
10 AM Jay Elliot – Beach Walk; meet at the chickees
1-2 PM John O’Neil: The NASA Parker Solar Probe
2-3 PM Richard S. Wright: The Sky Fusion / CMOS and CCD what you need to know
6:30pm – 7:30 pm Mike Lockwood: Lockwood Down Under

 

Thursday, February 20
8 AM to 12 PM Astro Swap Meet – Location at the chickees on the west side of the camp
1-2 PM Jen Winter: Very Tiny Rainbows; Evolution of Solar Spectroscopy
2-3 PM Charlie Warren: Astrophotography with a DSLR

 

Friday, February 21

11 AM Door Prize Extravaganza and Award Ceremony

Thank you very much!!!!  Clear skies :-)



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Posted 11 February 2020 - 01:27 PM

"Meet at the Chickees"  Where? 10 miles out in the bay?  Which piece of flotsam is the chickee?

 

Kidding

 

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Posted 11 February 2020 - 02:43 PM

I would be interested in hearing of what folks will be targeting for observation this year. Care to share some highlights? Looks like the planets will be tough this year, I am going to focus on galaxies and some planetary nebs. 



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Posted 11 February 2020 - 04:05 PM

"Meet at the Chickees"  Where? 10 miles out in the bay?  Which piece of flotsam is the chickee?

 

Kidding

 

Dave

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Posted 11 February 2020 - 04:10 PM

<---- killing time at work and looking at Google Maps pictures of Camp Sawyer and Wesumkee..... anyone else day-dreaming about WSP?!!!


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Posted 11 February 2020 - 04:14 PM

I would be interested in hearing of what folks will be targeting for observation this year. Care to share some highlights? Looks like the planets will be tough this year, I am going to focus on galaxies and some planetary nebs. 

I will concentrate almost entirely on winter double stars.   I'm still working on my looooong "Struving" project.  If the weather cooperates I might be able to knock off 200 pairs or so...

 

And observe Sirius B

 

And be the first to see the Betelgeuse Supernova.....

 

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Posted 11 February 2020 - 04:15 PM

<---- killing time at work and looking at Google Maps pictures of Camp Sawyer and Wesumkee..... anyone else day-dreaming about WSP?!!!

I've just set up my GPS in the car for the trip down and back.   Got some audio books from the library just now.

 

All my gear is in the front room ready to go...

 

I shiver with antici


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Posted 11 February 2020 - 04:21 PM

I've just set up my GPS in the car for the trip down and back.   Got some audio books from the library just now.

 

All my gear is in the front room ready to go...

 

I shiver with antici

I'm all packed and ready to roll.  I'm flying down to SE Florida tomorrow night to first spend a few days with the parents and then make the drive early Monday morning.  I can't wait to get the rigs setup and begin imaging....  



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Posted 11 February 2020 - 04:43 PM

Does anyone know how Mickey's Kitchen is going to get power this year? I might want to set up in a different spot away from that generator.

 

Bruce

Hello, yes, they will have power running.



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Posted 11 February 2020 - 05:48 PM

Sergio:  What days are you going to be down this year?

 

I am not packed yet as the vehicle ordeal was a hassle. I always bring my bike and when I was driving myself I just threw it in the minivan, but with the new car I decided to use a bike rack that I have the uses the trailer hitch so the bike is in between the car and trailer. So, I needed to get longer safety chains and needed to extend the wiring harness. Got all that done yesterday and I'll have tomorrow afternoon to get everything else ready. Going minimalist this year, only bringing my dob and binoculars, only one observing book, and only a pocket atlas to use as a back up to Sky Safari. My Argo Navis pooped out on me last year and now have a Nexus DSC computer. I've only used it a few times but like it a lot. 


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Posted 12 February 2020 - 02:25 AM

I have a nexus also.  What if you have a neighbor with one?  Is there a chance the wifi signals will get crossed?  What's the way to prevent t that possibility??  Anyone??



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Posted 12 February 2020 - 10:57 AM

I have a nexus also.  What if you have a neighbor with one?  Is there a chance the wifi signals will get crossed?  What's the way to prevent t that possibility??  Anyone??

My Nexus won't have the wifi turned on. So you are safe with me....

 

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Posted 12 February 2020 - 11:37 AM

I believe you can change the IP address in access point mode under Settings-WiFi.



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Posted 12 February 2020 - 12:15 PM

Any Questar Owners planing on bringing them? Would be fun to chat and take some pictures. 

 

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Posted 12 February 2020 - 01:03 PM

I haven’t tried using the wireless part of the Nexus, I still have an external Skyfi unit if I want to connect with sky safari, but do want to learn to use the Nexus. Then the skyfi adapter could be sold at one of the insanely scheduled swap meets.



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Posted 12 February 2020 - 04:53 PM

Just checked my local weather.  I will be departing Friday morning at 7am when the temperature will be a balmy -28C  (-18F).   But it will be a clear sky....

 

By that first evening of travel I'll get to northern Virginia where it will be all the way up to -9C  (+16F).  Shorts and flip-flops weather.....

 

Fur-lined jockeys for the win!!

 

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Posted 12 February 2020 - 04:54 PM

I haven’t tried using the wireless part of the Nexus, I still have an external Skyfi unit if I want to connect with sky safari, but do want to learn to use the Nexus. Then the skyfi adapter could be sold at one of the insanely scheduled swap meets.

Jim, I'll call you when I get to the line-up....

 

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Posted 12 February 2020 - 08:40 PM

Not "on the road" but about to be "in the air" and omw to south Florida! Catch you on the flip side... looking forward to meeting people (especially on the Camp Sawyer side)! Clear (and dark) skies!

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Posted 13 February 2020 - 01:50 PM

Yawl bring shorts and plenty of ice tea.  Here in central Florida, 185 miles north of the WSP, it got to 88 outside I turned on the A/C for the first time since October. 




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