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Roger Dixon

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Re: Must Go To Amature Astronomy Event
« Reply #30 on: February 02, 2018, 07:40:12 PM »
While Stellafane doesn't bill itself as a star party in the traditional sense, I've been able to do quite a bit of worthwhile observing there over the years, both during the day and the night. My first successful sighting of one of the most difficult targets on the Herschel 400 list, NGC 6118 (the Blinking Galaxy), was at Stellafane.

https://www.eso.org/...ages/potw1022a/

The Ultimate Star Party?
Although the oldest and perhaps best known, the Stellafane Convention is but one of the growing number of astronomy conventions in North America. Our reputation and the fact that publications list the Stellafane Convention along with star parties in their calendars of events causes some people to arrive at the meeting expecting the ultimate observing experience. In truth, the Stellafane Convention began in the 1920's as a meeting of amateur telescope makers. There has always been observing, but it does not have the emphasis that it does at gatherings such as the Texas Star Party or Florida's Winter Star Party. The Convention is on the outskirts of town and minor light pollution is visible in the sky over Stellafane.


https://stellafane.o.../2016-info.html

This year an observing program designed by Larry Mitchell was added.

https://stellafane.o...-observing.html

Dave Mitsky

1) an afocal H-alpha solar image that I took at Stellafane on 8/12/12

2) my Stellafane 2016 Observing Olympics pinAttached Thumbnails


David Pee

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Re: Must Go To Amature Astronomy Event
« Reply #31 on: February 02, 2018, 09:17:18 PM »
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Going to see the 2017 Solar Eclipse. But you need to get reservations now.

Your joking right? LOL
Not at all. Price gouging is already underway in many places.

http://www.cloudynig...ng#entry7591377

Dave Mitsky
I have the remarkably good fortune of having my home dead center of totality. Finally got SOMETHING right...

hluhsubshoona

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Re: Must Go To Amature Astronomy Event
« Reply #32 on: February 04, 2018, 12:02:01 PM »
I have the remarkably good fortune of having my home dead center of totality. Finally got SOMETHING right...

What do you mean Finally-----it happens every 400 years or so for any place on earth!!!!

It's not fortune, its patience!!!

Alex

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Re: Must Go To Amature Astronomy Event
« Reply #33 on: February 08, 2018, 05:29:17 PM »
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I have the remarkably good fortune of having my home dead center of totality. Finally got SOMETHING right...

What do you mean Finally-----it happens every 400 years or so for any place on earth!!!!

It's not fortune, its patience!!!

Alex

Dang it. So I STILL haven't gotten something right... it was just good timing...

cytiwitqua

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Re: Must Go To Amature Astronomy Event
« Reply #34 on: February 08, 2018, 10:28:19 PM »
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>>>>>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.

I still maintain that Stellafane's skies are better to the south than RTMC's. But frankly, that's quibbling -- my statement about "nowhere near as dark" is clearly untrue. RTMC and Stellafane are both in the same category, namely way better than any suburban backyard, but way worse than a truly dark site. And it's certainly possible to do plenty of serious deep-sky observing from both.

I guess the way RTMC really suffers is in comparison to the rest of the West -- not in comparison to the East. If I were traveling 3,000 miles to find dark skies in California, I certainly wouldn't pick the site of RTMC -- not with some genuinely superb sites to choose from, such as the White Mountains or Mount Lassen.

Likewise, much if not most of Vermont is darker than Stellafane, though not by such a huge margin.

But if you've gone to Stellafane or RTMC for the party, the skies won't disappoint -- not if you have realistic expectations.

Sean Lee

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Re: Must Go To Amature Astronomy Event
« Reply #35 on: February 09, 2018, 01:48:19 AM »
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Going to see the 2017 Solar Eclipse. But you need to get reservations now.

Your joking right? LOL
Not at all. Price gouging is already underway in many places.

http://www.cloudynig...ng#entry7591377

Dave Mitsky[/quote]
I have the remarkably good fortune of having my home dead center of totality. Finally got SOMETHING right...[/quote]
Awsome did everyone hear that....star party atKF4DAO 's house!

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Re: Must Go To Amature Astronomy Event
« Reply #36 on: February 09, 2018, 08:07:13 AM »
hi Brooklyn
all the star parties are amazing
But if u want to start small..... NEAF is more of a trade show ,,, but IMO its like being a kid in a candy store
plus it is a close drive::::depending how fast u drive"""""" to u
ive been to a couple of them ,when I lived in NY

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Re: Must Go To Amature Astronomy Event
« Reply #37 on: February 09, 2018, 10:54:26 AM »
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Well, there is camping at Stellafane.

And it is possible to camp on other weekends.

Alex

Perfect........as we pull in I can be all "wow hunny look at all the campers who brought their telescopes"