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#1 MikeBOKC

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Posted 27 February 2020 - 06:58 AM

Sign up now!

 

http://www.okie-tex....egistration.php

 

Note the new dates, running from Friday to Saturday to allow people more travel time home. We are also optimistic that the new pavilion building will be in place by September -- no more tent!


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Posted 27 February 2020 - 07:58 AM

I'm in!!  

 

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Posted 29 February 2020 - 09:36 PM

Is it April already? grin.gif


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Posted 02 March 2020 - 10:15 PM

Regsitered! :) 



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Posted 03 March 2020 - 09:03 PM

I will be there !!!!!

 

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Posted 03 March 2020 - 09:25 PM

I never register for any event until right before the deadline.  Too many things can happen to prevent attending....just saying.


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Posted 04 March 2020 - 07:11 AM

I have just paid for my registration and going. First time there.



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Posted 04 March 2020 - 07:42 AM

<<  Too many things can happen to prevent attending....just saying.  >>

 

Got that right !


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Posted 04 March 2020 - 07:54 AM

First time for me, too.  Looking forward to it.



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Posted 07 March 2020 - 10:46 AM

Missed the last two (not so sad about SoakieTex). 
Not missing this one. Blocked work schedule and registered. 
Looking forward to seeing everyone and to seeing the dark OkieTex skies. 


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Posted 07 March 2020 - 03:32 PM

Corona virus permitting. fingerscrossed.gif



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Posted 07 March 2020 - 04:28 PM

Corona virus permitting. fingerscrossed.gif

If that is still going by September,  there will be bigger things to worry about than a star party.  There is no real reason to register before the cutoff date when the price goes up, so why do it?



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Posted 07 March 2020 - 05:39 PM

If that is still going by September,  there will be bigger things to worry about than a star party.  There is no real reason to register before the cutoff date when the price goes up, so why do it?

So you can get a lower number on your registration badge :)



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Posted 07 March 2020 - 05:48 PM

The last time I went to Okie-Tex was probably 2005.  I paid for everything in advance of going, but never checked in, and was never asked.  After we left, I remarked to my wife that they were so lax we could have freeloaded all week, meals and all.  We would never do that, but someone could have.  I hope they have gotten better in checking since.



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Posted 07 March 2020 - 06:29 PM

2019 was my first year, I had the same line of thinking. Really the registration gave access to internet only. Like you said definitely an opening for abuse. Maybe they will read these posts and change policy.

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Posted 07 March 2020 - 06:37 PM

Some events I have been to, if you are going around unbadged, you will be asked for credentials.



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Posted 08 March 2020 - 10:35 AM

Well we don't approach this like a-holes. We tend to expect that amateur astronomers are pretty decent people and will not try to scam the system at a major star party put on for their benefit. And no you can't get meals free; there is a prepayment process and you have to give your number in the food line.

 

As for registration fee, that covers your basic registration and $5 per day which is remitted to the camp owners. If you never check in that is really only your loss since that puts you out of the running for the prize drawings. Guess I am kind of mystified by that since you really aren't getting away with anything, just cheating yourself.


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Posted 08 March 2020 - 10:52 AM

Mike, this is one of the many reasons this is my favorite star party!  Laid back and relaxed!!


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Posted 08 March 2020 - 11:05 AM

Mike, like I said, I have not been there in several years.  I'm glad there is a process for the food line verification.  There was not when I last attended.  As for the drawing, it used to be a "be present to win" drawing, and we left before the drawings, which were toward the end of the week.



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Posted 08 March 2020 - 01:31 PM

  This is the best venue I've been to. I've been going to the Okie-Tex since 1998 and haven't missed a one since. The 1998 event was held at the Prude Ranch. This was the original Soakie-Tex. The 1999 event was the first at Camp Billy Joe. I seen this event evolve and still be laid back. I had a comment from a fellow club member whom has been to the last several Okie-Tex's that he was considering the other star party this year until he read their rules. I was considering too until I read their latest rules. Ouch! 

  My garden is being worked on to do, hopefully, some more cucumbers for the pickle chips and relish for the Cosmic Cafe this year. I'll be on the setup crew for the field electrical again. I haven't got the video done of last 2 years. Spotty internet in my neighborhood. The Soakie-Tex portion will be short. 

 

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Posted 09 March 2020 - 12:54 AM

Well we don't approach this like a-holes. We tend to expect that amateur astronomers are pretty decent people and will not try to scam the system at a major star party put on for their benefit. And no you can't get meals free; there is a prepayment process and you have to give your number in the food line.

 

As for registration fee, that covers your basic registration and $5 per day which is remitted to the camp owners. If you never check in that is really only your loss since that puts you out of the running for the prize drawings. Guess I am kind of mystified by that since you really aren't getting away with anything, just cheating yourself.

I think he means you could just drive there un-registered and set up.



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Posted 09 March 2020 - 02:57 PM

<<  I think he means you could just drive there un-registered and set up.  >>

 

I'm sure Mike understood.  That's why he responded by saying "Well we don't approach this like a-holes."  They are trusting at this star-party, and are very laid back.  This is one reason I'm planning to return this year.  My favorite star party.



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Posted 29 April 2020 - 04:24 PM

Here is a new statement on the OKCAC forum concerning plans for Okie-Tex per the virus:

 

We are proceeding with plans for holding this year’s Okie-Tex as normal and constructing the new building. However, we consider it prudent to have a contingency in case the status of the Covid-19 pandemic indicates that holding Okie-Tex would pose an undue health hazard to the participants.

Therefore, no later than August 11, 2020, exactly one month prior to the starting date of September 11, we will make and publish a “go/no-go” decision. If we decide to cancel the event, we will post that decision on this discussion forum and on Facebook. All those who have paid registration fees will have the option to (1) request a full refund or (2) make their registration payment a donation toward construction of the new building at Camp Billy Joe. If you do not make a written/email request for a refund before August 22, we will consider your payment as a donation and you will receive a donation acknowledgement, which can be used for tax deduction purposes.

Regardless of whether or not the event is cancelled, the usual refund policy, as described on the website (http://www.okie-tex....egistration.php), will remain in effect: "Refund Policy: Refund requests will be honored only if notification is received on or before August 22, 2020 and must be requested in writing to our mailing address or by email to the Registrar. Refunds will be processed after November 1, 2020."

 

Of course we hope that things are settled sufficiently by mid-August to make a GO decision, as the many cancellations of other star parties this spring will make Okie-Tex one of the few major events this year. Early ground work on the new building will begin within the next couple of weeks with completion still on track for September, vastly improving the Camp Billy Joe venue and making this one of the next star party sites anywhere. 


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Posted 29 April 2020 - 05:00 PM

If the event is held what steps will be taken to respect social distancing guidelines and other restrictions about large gatherings. I believe that even if the event will be allowed by government officials there will still be resrictions in place in Sept.



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Posted 30 April 2020 - 09:20 AM

That is why we have set a 30day deadline for decisions, If the decision is GO, other decisions will be announced at that time. We have had some discussions re bunkhouse access (may be closed) and perhaps staggered access to other buildings. Again, we just don't know where the big picture re virus will be by then. Rest assured that all decisions will involve maximum caution, especially given the fact that a substantial portionof star party attendees fall into the high risk older population category.




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