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unmoharib

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Re: Must Go To Amature Astronomy Event
« Reply #15 on: January 21, 2018, 08:46:40 AM »
One thing to keep in mind about theRiverside Telescope Makers Conference (RTMC) is that it always takes place at the end of May so the Moon phase can be a consideration if you're interested primarily in DSO observing. The Moon won't be a problem next year at that time.

There's a description of the event posted athttp://ephemeris.sjaa.net/0207/c.html

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Re: Must Go To Amature Astronomy Event
« Reply #16 on: January 22, 2018, 08:04:19 PM »
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As an ASH member and resident of Pennsylvania, I'd be remiss if I didn't also mention the Cherry Springs Star Party and the Black Forrest Star Party.http://www.cherrysprings.org

http://bfsp.org

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Cherry Springs isn't all that terribly far from you and the skies are pretty dark.

Zachary Patterson

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Re: Must Go To Amature Astronomy Event
« Reply #17 on: January 22, 2018, 10:02:08 PM »
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Going to see the 2017 Solar Eclipse. But you need to get reservations now.
Your joking right? LOL
Actually no, I am not. There are only a select number of spots that you will be able to see the whole enchilada and are projected to have good weather so you can see it. The surrounding hotels and such are booking up fast if not already sold out.

Antonio Garrity

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Re: Must Go To Amature Astronomy Event
« Reply #18 on: January 23, 2018, 03:19:00 AM »
Okie-Tex starparty.

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Re: Must Go To Amature Astronomy Event
« Reply #19 on: January 23, 2018, 04:37:01 AM »
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Going to see the 2017 Solar Eclipse. But you need to get reservations now.

All else pales. It's the most beautiful sight in nature.

the GrandCanyonStarParty comes close,
but be aware this is more outreach

out of US-definately Southern Hemisphere
(Africa, Chile, New Zealand, Australia)

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Re: Must Go To Amature Astronomy Event
« Reply #20 on: January 23, 2018, 04:54:56 AM »
Close to you is NEAF and cherry springs, and both of those are great.

Andre Stubblefield

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Re: Must Go To Amature Astronomy Event
« Reply #21 on: January 23, 2018, 10:31:33 AM »
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Close to you is NEAF and cherry springs, and both of those are great.

Thanks NEAF is a given...it is so close.

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Re: Must Go To Amature Astronomy Event
« Reply #22 on: January 23, 2018, 05:04:59 PM »
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If you want a well rounded meeting that includes the chance to observe under ptetty good skies at night, a chance to converse with a broad range of other observers with highly varied interests and during the day hear lectures on various astronomical topics, then likely the RTMC (Southern CA) meet would best fit your tastes. It is also heavily attended by the hobby's manufacturers, who display a wide range of scopes.
I have always enjoyed RTMC. Regulars who go there tell me that it is a shadow of its former self, with barely one quarter the attendees that it had at its height. I'm not sure that's a bad thing, frankly ... both Stellafane and RTMC at their peaks sound far too crowded for comfort.

But unless you have something else calling you to Southern California at that time of year, 2500 miles is a very long way for an Easterner to travel to end up observing in what is, when all is said and done, inside the SoCal suburbs. The sky there is nowhere near as dark as it is at Stellafane, which is in turn nowhere near to truly dark.

Having said that, this mountain resort area is quite lovely in its own right -- majestic, even -- despite being surrounded by suburbs on all sides. The mountains that ring Los Angeles are some of the most impressive anywhere in the Lower 48. Expect snow at higher elevations in May if it has been a normal snow year. It sometimes snows at RTMC, but it can also be quite hot.

A major star party that hasn't been mentioned is the Oregon Star Party. Very dark skies, and often very good seeing as well. Dusty -- but so are all the good star parties. Lots of clear skies correlates strongly with lots of dust.

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Re: Must Go To Amature Astronomy Event
« Reply #23 on: January 25, 2018, 08:22:39 PM »
I've been to a bunch of star parties in Australia, and observed around different parts of the world. As an astronomy event, I've never had as much fun as the week I spent at the Winter Star Party. A great collection of equipment and people. I spent hours talking to some of the nicest people you will ever meet in astronomy. Walking around in the dark, just me and Al Nagler for hours, testing the new Delites was one of the best experiences I've had in astronomy.

Out of the USA obviously has to be to the Southern Hemisphere. It's quite nice down here.

unexaric

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Re: Must Go To Amature Astronomy Event
« Reply #24 on: January 25, 2018, 08:53:25 PM »
>>>>>The sky there is nowhere near as dark [at RTMC] as it is at Stellafane, which is in turn nowhere near to truly dark.

I've been to both. I do not see the justification for that statement. Especially at meridian, and to the east, the RTMC skies are better than Stellafane. And if the marine layer comes in to block the lights of Los Angeles, it is okayeven to the west (towards Los Angeles). I have collected many Herschel 400 and other dimobjects up there.Having said that, RTMC is held on Memorial Day weekend. This means it is sometimes full moon. Thoseyears, well, yeah, the skies are not so hot fordeep space observing. I would characterize neither RTMC nor Stellafane as "Observing" star parties.

But, nothing touches Stellafane for history. And nothing (in the way of "star parties" that I have seen) touches RTMC for the depth of program. (And nothing tops Texas for food (yeah, the skies are pretty good), or Winter for steadiness of the skies (and snorkeling),or Grand Canyon for the crowd, or Nightfall for luxury of the accommodations......)

Every star party I have been to has its strengths and special attractions. One should go to them all!!!! Three or four times each. At least.

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Re: Must Go To Amature Astronomy Event
« Reply #25 on: January 31, 2018, 02:10:42 AM »
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I've been to a bunch of star parties in Australia, and observed around different parts of the world. As an astronomy event, I've never had as much fun as the week I spent at the Winter Star Party. A great collection of equipment and people. I spent hours talking to some of the nicest people you will ever meet in astronomy. Walking around in the dark, just me and Al Nagler for hours, testing the new Delites was one of the best experiences I've had in astronomy.

Out of the USA obviously has to be to the Southern Hemisphere. It's quite nice down here.

Asutralia now that sounds like an awesome place to visit! Thanks

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Re: Must Go To Amature Astronomy Event
« Reply #26 on: January 31, 2018, 08:25:05 AM »
Well, there is camping at Stellafane.

And it is possible to camp on other weekends.

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Re: Must Go To Amature Astronomy Event
« Reply #27 on: January 31, 2018, 08:47:35 AM »
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I have really Really REALLY wanted to go to Stellafane for years but, it's the same week as our stupid yearly camping trip. Shhhhh don't tell my wife I said that.

This made me LOL

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Re: Must Go To Amature Astronomy Event
« Reply #28 on: January 31, 2018, 10:56:06 AM »
The Nebraska Star Party should be included in the list of major US star parties.

https://www.nebraskastarparty.org/

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Re: Must Go To Amature Astronomy Event
« Reply #29 on: February 02, 2018, 03:13:01 PM »
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I have really Really REALLY wanted to go to Stellafane for years but, it's the same week as our stupid yearly camping trip. Shhhhh don't tell my wife I said that.

You can camp at Stellafane....