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Re: Stuanton River Star Party equipment logistics questions

William Rust
 

Knock down as much gear as you can and stow it.  You wear a red headlight to see and don't worry about it.  Everyone has this problem.  But, if you leave your stuff unattended, it will probably walk off.  The other thing you could do is put your scope inside an astro-tent and sleep with it.  SRSP has power every hundred feet throughout the site.  They will not let you use a generator after 10 pm(time?). Incidentally, the field is reinforced with plastic mesh.  I had trouble with a Silverado.

bill


From: BackBayAstro@groups.io <BackBayAstro@groups.io> on behalf of Stu Beaber <wd4sel@...>
Sent: Friday, August 6, 2021 2:11 PM
To: BackBayAstro@groups.io <BackBayAstro@groups.io>
Subject: Re: [BackBayAstro] Stuanton River Star Party equipment logistics questions
 
You can camp next to your equipment on the field. I have been there when 4 wheel drive was required. Also have also seen people with 2 wheel being  pulled out with a tractor. Not to worry!  If it's really wet big campers will be put in the parking lot...next to the field.

Stu

On Fri, Aug 6, 2021 at 1:24 PM Jonathan Scheetz <jonathan@...> wrote:
From what I see on at http://chaosastro.org/starparty/ you can set up your equipment on the field but have to camp nearby.
I am confused about how the logistics of this would work.
Would you be able to use your vehicle to get your equipment to and from the site?  This seems like it might work for setup but not when finished observing since you wouldn't want to disturb the other observers.
That implies you would have to transport your equipment back to your campsite with a wagon or something in the dark.  With tripod, telescope and accessories getting all that in a wagon would be pretty difficult.
I expect I am over complicating this.
For those of you attending the star party how do you expect this to work?

Thank you.
Jonathan


Re: Stuanton River Star Party equipment logistics questions

Jonathan Scheetz
 

Ok.  Thank you everyone.  Thank makes sense.


Re: Stuanton River Star Party equipment logistics questions

Stu Beaber
 

You can camp next to your equipment on the field. I have been there when 4 wheel drive was required. Also have also seen people with 2 wheel being  pulled out with a tractor. Not to worry!  If it's really wet big campers will be put in the parking lot...next to the field.

Stu


On Fri, Aug 6, 2021 at 1:24 PM Jonathan Scheetz <jonathan@...> wrote:
From what I see on at http://chaosastro.org/starparty/ you can set up your equipment on the field but have to camp nearby.
I am confused about how the logistics of this would work.
Would you be able to use your vehicle to get your equipment to and from the site?  This seems like it might work for setup but not when finished observing since you wouldn't want to disturb the other observers.
That implies you would have to transport your equipment back to your campsite with a wagon or something in the dark.  With tripod, telescope and accessories getting all that in a wagon would be pretty difficult.
I expect I am over complicating this.
For those of you attending the star party how do you expect this to work?

Thank you.
Jonathan


Re: Stuanton River Star Party equipment logistics questions

RapidEye
 

Bob is correct, with one caveat.
If you have a large RV you won't be able to drive that on the observing field, you'll have to park in the lot next to it.
But for tent and or small trailer camping, you can drive and camp right on the field.
One year it was super muddy so they had to bring a tractor over to pull people out at the end of the weekend if you didn't have 4WD.
<RE>

On Fri, Aug 6, 2021 at 1:42 PM bob414 <bob414@...> wrote:

You are reading the general viewing, not during the SRSP dates.   

 

Weather depending, you should be able to park on the field with your equipment.  In the past, the field has become muddy and parking was restricted.

 

Bob

 

From: BackBayAstro@groups.io <BackBayAstro@groups.io> On Behalf Of Jonathan Scheetz
Sent: Friday, August 6, 2021 1:24 PM
To: BackBayAstro@groups.io
Subject: [BackBayAstro] Stuanton River Star Party equipment logistics questions

 

From what I see on at http://chaosastro.org/starparty/ you can set up your equipment on the field but have to camp nearby.
I am confused about how the logistics of this would work.
Would you be able to use your vehicle to get your equipment to and from the site?  This seems like it might work for setup but not when finished observing since you wouldn't want to disturb the other observers.
That implies you would have to transport your equipment back to your campsite with a wagon or something in the dark.  With tripod, telescope and accessories getting all that in a wagon would be pretty difficult.
I expect I am over complicating this.
For those of you attending the star party how do you expect this to work?

Thank you.
Jonathan


Re: Stuanton River Star Party equipment logistics questions

bob414
 

You are reading the general viewing, not during the SRSP dates.   

 

Weather depending, you should be able to park on the field with your equipment.  In the past, the field has become muddy and parking was restricted.

 

Bob

 

From: BackBayAstro@groups.io <BackBayAstro@groups.io> On Behalf Of Jonathan Scheetz
Sent: Friday, August 6, 2021 1:24 PM
To: BackBayAstro@groups.io
Subject: [BackBayAstro] Stuanton River Star Party equipment logistics questions

 

From what I see on at http://chaosastro.org/starparty/ you can set up your equipment on the field but have to camp nearby.
I am confused about how the logistics of this would work.
Would you be able to use your vehicle to get your equipment to and from the site?  This seems like it might work for setup but not when finished observing since you wouldn't want to disturb the other observers.
That implies you would have to transport your equipment back to your campsite with a wagon or something in the dark.  With tripod, telescope and accessories getting all that in a wagon would be pretty difficult.
I expect I am over complicating this.
For those of you attending the star party how do you expect this to work?

Thank you.
Jonathan


Stuanton River Star Party equipment logistics questions

Jonathan Scheetz
 

From what I see on at http://chaosastro.org/starparty/ you can set up your equipment on the field but have to camp nearby.
I am confused about how the logistics of this would work.
Would you be able to use your vehicle to get your equipment to and from the site?  This seems like it might work for setup but not when finished observing since you wouldn't want to disturb the other observers.
That implies you would have to transport your equipment back to your campsite with a wagon or something in the dark.  With tripod, telescope and accessories getting all that in a wagon would be pretty difficult.
I expect I am over complicating this.
For those of you attending the star party how do you expect this to work?

Thank you.
Jonathan


Re: Unusual first light

Bird Taylor
 

First Class Result for a First Class Person!

On Aug 6, 2021, at 11:06 39, jimcoble2000 via groups.io <jimcoble2000@...> wrote:

seems so.

On Friday, August 6, 2021, 11:01:08 AM EDT, Bruce via groups.io <galaxydoc@...> wrote:


Mark,

Looks like you had a first class result! 


Dr Bruce 


Re: Unusual first light

jimcoble2000
 

seems so.

On Friday, August 6, 2021, 11:01:08 AM EDT, Bruce via groups.io <galaxydoc@...> wrote:


Mark,

Looks like you had a first class result! 


Dr Bruce 


Re: Unusual first light

Dr Bruce
 

Mark,

Looks like you had a first class result! 


Dr Bruce 


Last Night

Ian Stewart
 

Wow a surprisingly wonderful evening last night. Very good seeing compared to what I've had lately. I was having trouble keeping up with Kent's observing lists with my refactor on a manual alt/az mount so I finally broke down and put digital setting circles on it. Hooked up to sky safari they work great and finding elusive doubles got a whole lot easier ... Cheers Ian


Re: [VPAS] Unusual first light

Ted Forte
 

Sounds encouraging.  I’m thinking of doing it soon.

 

 

From: VPAS@groups.io <VPAS@groups.io> On Behalf Of jimcoble2000 via groups.io
Sent: Thursday, August 5, 2021 7:39 PM
To: BBAA-Group <backbayastro@groups.io>; kentblackwell <kent@...>; Roy Diffrient <mail@...>; VPAS <vpas@groups.io>
Subject: [VPAS] Unusual first light

 

We have all had multiple telescopes that each had a first light but it is not often you get a chance to first light a new repaired eye. This was the first night, after having the first of two cataract surgeries performed, that I was able to try out a new lens. No not eyepiece; eye lens. It is only a first impression with a limited target, Jupiter, but what a difference in vision at the telescope. The uncorrected eye shows Jupiter as a dull yellow disk. The corrected eye, not my dominant observing eye, shows Jupiter a much brighter white with vivid colors in the bands. There were no bad side effects such as halos or flaring. That was good. Dim stars were much brighter and easier to acquire with the corrected eye. Not having to take glasses on and off for the one power is quite nice.

 

After decades of observing with you all, Kent, Bird, and the old group, you think it will never change and go on forever just the same as it was 25 years ago. But time marches on at this later life stage and the eyes were wearing out fast. The universe was outlasting me as it always does for everybody. I did not realize how bad I had gotten until we replaced the lens of my eye. The difference is remarkable. So far so good. One eye down, one to go. The primary observing eye is in a couple of weeks. First light is pretty good so far. More to evaluate in the coming months but a good start on a second chance. Emoji


Re: Unusual first light

jimcoble2000
 

So am I. Glad I didn't lose much or anything important so far. Maybe a bit of eye relief. With short eye relief orthos seem a bit harder to use and see the stop. Excellent detail though. The shorter eye relief is not too much loss as you use the center anyways for planets but it does seem I need to get closer to see the sharp field stop. Doesn't make a difference with wide field eye pieces. Oddly enough things look a bit larger in the fixed eye. I can't say if this is an illusion but it sure looks like it.

On Thursday, August 5, 2021, 11:38:34 PM EDT, Ian Stewart <swampcolliecoffee@...> wrote:


Hey Mark, glad it’s working out. My wife just went through it and noted the same amazing color and brightness changes.






Re: Unusual first light

Ian Stewart
 

Hey Mark, glad it’s working out. My wife just went through it and noted the same amazing color and brightness changes.


Re: [VPAS] Unusual first light

bob414
 

Preaching to the choir!

 

I had mine done 2 years ago,  And I agree, what a different.  White now, used to look beige and dimmer, in comparison

 

I was amazed how some people  (mostly younger) could walk around in the dark at ECSP.  Now, I know, everything is brighter! .  It was like “Wearing your Sunglasses at night”, when you have cataracts.

 

Bob

 

From: VPAS@groups.io <VPAS@groups.io> On Behalf Of jimcoble2000 via groups.io
Sent: Thursday, August 5, 2021 10:39 PM
To: BBAA-Group <backbayastro@groups.io>; kentblackwell <kent@...>; Roy Diffrient <mail@...>; VPAS <vpas@groups.io>
Subject: [VPAS] Unusual first light

 

We have all had multiple telescopes that each had a first light but it is not often you get a chance to first light a new repaired eye. This was the first night, after having the first of two cataract surgeries performed, that I was able to try out a new lens. No not eyepiece; eye lens. It is only a first impression with a limited target, Jupiter, but what a difference in vision at the telescope. The uncorrected eye shows Jupiter as a dull yellow disk. The corrected eye, not my dominant observing eye, shows Jupiter a much brighter white with vivid colors in the bands. There were no bad side effects such as halos or flaring. That was good. Dim stars were much brighter and easier to acquire with the corrected eye. Not having to take glasses on and off for the one power is quite nice.

 

After decades of observing with you all, Kent, Bird, and the old group, you think it will never change and go on forever just the same as it was 25 years ago. But time marches on at this later life stage and the eyes were wearing out fast. The universe was outlasting me as it always does for everybody. I did not realize how bad I had gotten until we replaced the lens of my eye. The difference is remarkable. So far so good. One eye down, one to go. The primary observing eye is in a couple of weeks. First light is pretty good so far. More to evaluate in the coming months but a good start on a second chance. Emoji


Re: Unusual first light

Roy Diffrient
 

Glad it’s working out Mark.  I’ve read that the success rate is very high on that surgery with few complications.  I’m sure more of us will get there as the years go by, and glad to hear that there’s a significant improvement.  Best of luck with the next one!

Roy


On Aug 5, 2021, at 10:39 PM, jimcoble2000 via groups.io <jimcoble2000@...> wrote:


We have all had multiple telescopes that each had a first light but it is not often you get a chance to first light a new repaired eye. This was the first night, after having the first of two cataract surgeries performed, that I was able to try out a new lens. No not eyepiece; eye lens. It is only a first impression with a limited target, Jupiter, but what a difference in vision at the telescope. The uncorrected eye shows Jupiter as a dull yellow disk. The corrected eye, not my dominant observing eye, shows Jupiter a much brighter white with vivid colors in the bands. There were no bad side effects such as halos or flaring. That was good. Dim stars were much brighter and easier to acquire with the corrected eye. Not having to take glasses on and off for the one power is quite nice.

After decades of observing with you all, Kent, Bird, and the old group, you think it will never change and go on forever just the same as it was 25 years ago. But time marches on at this later life stage and the eyes were wearing out fast. The universe was outlasting me as it always does for everybody. I did not realize how bad I had gotten until we replaced the lens of my eye. The difference is remarkable. So far so good. One eye down, one to go. The primary observing eye is in a couple of weeks. First light is pretty good so far. More to evaluate in the coming months but a good start on a second chance.


Unusual first light

jimcoble2000
 

We have all had multiple telescopes that each had a first light but it is not often you get a chance to first light a new repaired eye. This was the first night, after having the first of two cataract surgeries performed, that I was able to try out a new lens. No not eyepiece; eye lens. It is only a first impression with a limited target, Jupiter, but what a difference in vision at the telescope. The uncorrected eye shows Jupiter as a dull yellow disk. The corrected eye, not my dominant observing eye, shows Jupiter a much brighter white with vivid colors in the bands. There were no bad side effects such as halos or flaring. That was good. Dim stars were much brighter and easier to acquire with the corrected eye. Not having to take glasses on and off for the one power is quite nice.

After decades of observing with you all, Kent, Bird, and the old group, you think it will never change and go on forever just the same as it was 25 years ago. But time marches on at this later life stage and the eyes were wearing out fast. The universe was outlasting me as it always does for everybody. I did not realize how bad I had gotten until we replaced the lens of my eye. The difference is remarkable. So far so good. One eye down, one to go. The primary observing eye is in a couple of weeks. First light is pretty good so far. More to evaluate in the coming months but a good start on a second chance. Emoji


Selling new EQ6-R mount and ES ED127 APO. BBAA friends have first dibs!

Richard Saunders
 

Hi folks!  I'm selling my Skywatcher EQ6-R mount.  It's new, never used, the tripod is still in an unopened box.  Reducing new price of $1649.00 by $150 as an "open box" discount.  Of course I also paid shipping and taxes that anyone locally purchasing it would also save, about $175, for a toal savings of about $825 off of an online order.   The EQ6-R is not available on-line, it's backordered. I waited 2 months when I ordered this one last fall.  The Explore Scientific ED 127 is in good condition and, like all ES refractors currently on the ES web-site, they are all out of stock.  Since my scope is obviously used, I'm reducing the internet price at Explore Scientific of $1999.99 by $350 and of course you wouldn't pay the approximate $200 in shipping and taxes.  So, for both scope and mount, that would be $500 off a new online scope and mount purchase plus the shipping and handling of another $525 for a total savings of $1000.  If you've been thinking about a 5" refractor for observing or astrophotography, here's a great opportunity to get high quality mount and scope for $3150, about $1000 less than if you ordered them new online.  .  Regards, Scott  &n


Re: Information for tomorrow's BBAA Meeting at ODU

Jeffrey Thornton
 


Re: Information for tomorrow's BBAA Meeting at ODU

Jeff Goldstein
 

I’ll try ZOOM, if not then Live FB, if not, then record it, and post to FB.

 

Jeff G.

 

From: BackBayAstro@groups.io <BackBayAstro@groups.io> On Behalf Of Jeffrey Thornton
Sent: Wednesday, August 4, 2021 8:28 PM
To: BackBayAstro@groups.io
Subject: Re: [BackBayAstro] Information for tomorrow's BBAA Meeting at ODU

 

Question on the live stream, Will this be through Zoom and recorded for playback?


Re: Information for tomorrow's BBAA Meeting at ODU

Shawn Loescher
 

I don't know if they have the capability yet to do Zoom there Jeff. If not I am assuming that Jeff will be there and we can broadcast on Facebook Live like we use to do before we got smarter and started using Zoom. :)

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