My family and I will be attending the McDonald Observatory Star Party tonight (Monday). Normally this would be on a Tuesday but I presume it was shifted to Monday since Tuesday is New Year's Eve. We are staying in Ft. Davis and we have already made an unguided day trip up to the observatory; it is a magnificent place.
I have an 8" SCT goto that I will be bringing with me. I have a focal reducer and a binoviewer with a few eyepiece pairs. I also have a small MCT that I am bringing as well, and a DSLR with a prime focus adapter for either scope. I have a prime wide angle lens for the DSLR as well and a very sturdy tripod for some short duration time exposures. I do not have a GEM or other polar mount.
It looks like I will be setting up my scopes away from the Star Party since I have not completed a background check, and this particular scope is new to me so I need some more learning time with it before turning it loose to others. My main goal is for my family to get a true dark-adapted look at a dark sky. I have been to one before but this will be new to them. The forecasted conditions are going to be very good this evening though I have made it clear to the family that everyone needs to dress very warmly. It's going to be cold.
I have a few questions:
1. Is anyone here going to be there as well?
2. I have read up on the McDonald web site about what to expect. Any other tips?
3. Since this is an odd night I am wondering if there will still be several telescopes there for the family to look through. I am guessing most of them that will be in the star park belong to the Observatory and will be there no matter what.
4. I do not have a dew heater with me but the weather forecast looks to be relatively dry so I am not worried too much about dewing, but should I be? I can cobble up something like a 12V hair dryer if need be.
5. Any other suggestions?
Thanks in advance
Edited by DeudeMann, 30 December 2019 - 12:31 PM.