[AZ-Observing] Re: All Arizona Star Party

  • From: Bob Christ <bchrist@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: az-observing@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2008 13:43:41 -0700

Hi Randy, Tim Jones and I will be there from SAC - and looking forward 
to it!  Is the chili pot dinner still a "happening?"



Randy Peterson wrote:
> Don't forget to mark your calendars for October 24th and 25th, for the All 
> Arizona Star Party!  This year promises to be one of the best ever!  This 
> event is open to any amateur astronomer!  So far, the guest planning to 
> attend who is traveling the farthest is coming from Georgia (USA, not the 
> one by Russia!).
> In addition to great observing from a fairly dark-sky site, a hospitality 
> tent is available for camaraderie, for finger-food snacks, and a heater for 
> hot water for coffee or hot chocolate (there will be a donations-box to help 
> defray costs).  A couple representatives from Meade will be in attendance, 
> and they are bringing a 12" LX200 ACF, a 16" LightBridge and a 90mm 
> Solarmax, plus a complete set of Series 5000 eyepieces.  There will also be 
> sun-related posters, CD's, 3D cards, 3D lithos and glasses of the Sun). 
> Porta-potties will be on site.
> Have no telescope?  This is a great venue for MITAPTYS (may I take a peek 
> through your scope?).  There are usually over 100 telescopes at this event, 
> and I'd estimate that 75% of them would be happy to provide you with views 
> through their scope.  I know the Meade guys will be happy to show views 
> through their scopes - I'm looking forward to looking through the Solarmax 
> scope (a $6,000 hydrogen alpha scope!  I'd like to see how much difference 
> there is from the $600 Coronado H-alpha scope).  There will be some scopes 
> there that will be used for imaging - you should likely keep your distance 
> from them, as even a red flashlight aimed in the wrong direction could ruin 
> a time exposure.  The imagers usually set up away from other people for this 
> reason, so if you stick to the main field you should be fine.
> Don't forget to pack everything you will need - water, food, 
> red-flashlights, any astronomical gear, camping equipment and a knowledge of 
> dark-sky 
> etiquette ( http://www.eastvalleyastronomy.org/etiquette.html ).  Most 
> information needed about this event is at our website at
> http://www.eastvalleyastronomy.org/aasp.htm , including a printable map.
> There will be a few signs placed alongside the road on the way there to help 
> guide you, but if you haven't been there before, I recommend having the map 
> as your primary guide.  The drive-time there is about 1.75 hours from where 
> I live (south Scottsdale/north Tempe area).
> Any other questions, please ask!
> Randy Peterson
> Events Coordinator
> East Valley Astronomy Club
> events@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx
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