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Old 11-07-2011, 05:27 PM   #15
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I bought my 5th wheel just for star party's.

I like the Okie-Tex star party in Black Mesa, OK.

Al (Tele Vue) said he thought the skys were darker at Okie-Tex than TSP, but adds TSP has a few nights with more transparency.
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Old 11-21-2011, 11:55 AM   #16
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Pictures of the Okie-Tex Star Party 2011
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Old 12-12-2011, 02:03 AM   #17
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You can see many things with just a good pair of binoculars.

I see the moons of Jupiter quite often.

Did anyone see the eclipse of the moon?

In April, there is to be a solar eclipse. 83% in our area, so my program says.

While it is fun to look at the moon, planets, etc with a scope, mine doesn't have a tracker and the earth turns much faster than one would think, especially at high magnifications.
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Old 12-12-2011, 12:10 PM   #18
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You can see many things with just a good pair of binoculars.

I see the moons of Jupiter quite often.

Did anyone see the eclipse of the moon?

In April, there is to be a solar eclipse. 83% in our area, so my program says.

While it is fun to look at the moon, planets, etc with a scope, mine doesn't have a tracker and the earth turns much faster than one would think, especially at high magnifications.
I have a pair of 32x100 binoculars, with a WIDE area of view, that I purchased from a co-worker. The moons of Jupiter knocked my socks off! I am trying to see the terminator on the moon at every phase. This means staying up later then my advancing age makes comfortable. The shadows are now my favourite part of looking at the moon. With the 4" objective lenses, the moon is a bit too bright!

No tracker, or spotting scope. I am getting better at finding targets, but I still take a long time. The kids love it!

The cold weather is not helping. I give my binoculars time to match temperature with the environment, but I think I am getting frost. I think I should purchase a propane IR heater.

I have not taken it out with the trailer yet. We just got our Trillium 4500 this fall. I am really looking forward to less light noise.
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Old 12-12-2011, 05:55 PM   #19
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Our local club, is looking for another site because of the light polution problems where we are located now, (it's 1hr south of Tulsa). We will probably need to drive between 2-3 hours to find a dark spot.

I too use binocular's. I have 7X35,10X42, 9X63, 16X70 and Oberwerk BT-100X45 (that use 1 1/4 eyepieces.)

And my favorite at the moment are the 10X42!

I took all the above to Okie-Tex this year in my Scamp!

I am selling my Tele Vue Genesis refractor and keeping my Tele Vue 85 refractor for traveling in the Scamp.

I down sized to the Scamp 5th Wheel last year and it's time to down size my equipment. This year I am planning on taking my TV 85 and one of the above binoculars.
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Cool Dark Skies

Light pollution is becoming a big problem for astronomers, professional and amateur.
The last time I saw the Milky Way was at the sea shore.

Exciting news for the west coast! A solar eclipse is coming in May:

Prepare for the solar eclipse!
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Old 12-20-2011, 01:59 PM   #21
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I'm not even an amatuer star gazer, however, I do like to get out in the Ouchita National Forest in Arkansas. I have some night vision binoculars that let me see WAYYY more than I can naturally see.
It cool!
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Old 12-20-2011, 02:32 PM   #22
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In 1994, nine of us made a trip into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. One night we laid on the beach of our campsite on Seagull Lake, looked up at the stars...no binoculars...and saw satellites moving across the sky. I was amazed that I could see them.
Then I went back to my small-town home, laid on the dark side of the house with my then 8-year-old son, and showed him the satellites moving across the sky. I think he was pretty impressed.
We've also dragged out air mattresses and sleeping bags to try and watch meteor showers. Ended up falling asleep and waking up cold. But it's fun. Good memories.
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Old 01-08-2012, 09:46 PM   #23
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Glad to see some other stargazers here. I'm active in the Austin Astronomical Society and have helped with the public viewing nights at the McDonald Observatory visitor center. One reason I want a trailer is to have a place to sleep after I am finished observing. Here's a photo of my telescope. Mine is the small one on the right.
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Old 01-08-2012, 10:01 PM   #24
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Nice.

Hope you find a FG trailer that will fit your astronomy needs.

After I purchased my Scamp, I decided that I would down size all my equipment

and I'm in the process of doing that now.

My Dad goes with me to all the star parties and this year he wants to add the Texas

Star Party. If you find my Scamp stop by and visit, you are welcome to tour my

"bus".
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Unfortunately I won't be able to make it to TSP this year. I'd love to, but I have classes and all the other headaches that come with being a college student. As for fitting my astronomy gear, I have a Ford F150 Supercrew. I can carry everything I need in the truck and use the camper for sleeping and cooking.
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Old 01-08-2012, 10:11 PM   #26
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I will try and post pictures of the Texas Star Party as soon as I get back home!

Hopefully I will get to tour several FG trailers while I'm there.
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Mine is the small one on the right.
Small.... ya right. I thought that my binoculars were big.
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Old 01-10-2012, 08:41 PM   #28
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David, my telescope is an 8-inch Dobsonian. The dome on the left in the photo houses a 16-inch telescope. The domes on the mountain in the background house 72-inch and 107-inch telescopes. I have used the 16-inch telescope, and in my younger days had the opportunity to observe through the 72-inch telescope. The 72-inch telescope gave me a bad case of aperture fever, but I got better.

John, Did you meet any of the people from the Austin Astronomical Society at Okie-Tex? Several of our club members trek up there every year. I'd love to make it, but will have to wait until I finish my degree as Okie-Tex happens in the middle of the semester.
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