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Old 02-09-2009, 10:13 AM
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Default PAS 3 Upcoming Events to May 2009

3/28 Messier Marathon - Schedule an event?

4/4 100 Hours of Astronomy - Schedule an event?

5/2 Astronomy Day - Schedule an event?

Let's discuss possible places to hold these three events within this forum.
Your input is appreciated.

These would be public events.
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Old 02-10-2009, 09:23 PM
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Default Messier Marthon

Sirius Lookers Astronomy Club had an event last year and was wondering if this could be coordinated with our club as we will need to have a rather dark site for this event.
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Old 02-11-2009, 02:03 PM
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Default Sirius Lookers

Dennis holds his event at the Two Trees site which is North of Cottonwood. If the majority of us think that would be a good site and we don't mind sharing the location with the Sirius Lookers, then I will get the info from Dennis, post the map and such, and send out that the PAS Messier Marathon will be held there. I know this is an awesome site. I haven't been there, but Rod and Barbar have and could probably tell you a lot about it. Continue putting input in this forum for discussion. Thanks, Neil. I appreciate your input.

If we don't do a marathon, we already have an event planned for that night at High Desert Park, which is open to the public. Maybe it would be better just to go with the planned event and those wanting to do the marathon can join Dennis up north. Either is fine with me, but I do want input rather than making the plans and no one attends.
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Old 02-12-2009, 04:03 PM
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What about the Messier party thrown by the SAC and EVAC clubs down South in Arizona City at the Farnsworth Ranch? I'm not familiar with the Sirius Cottonwood site, but I've had great success down South. The key feature there is an almost 10º horizon for East, West, and South viewing. Plus the viewing field is huge and has hosted as many as 150+ attendees with folks coming from all over the world to attend. I will admit that I'm not excited about SAC's management, but I can't fault the great site because SAC runs the event . This year looks like there will be a possibility for 110 out of 110 objects.

As for the others, on the April 4th event, how about working something with the Phoenix or Glendale Parks departments?

For Astronomy Day, how about setting something up with the Challenger Center?

Just a few ideas.

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Old 02-16-2009, 09:16 PM
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Hi Tim. Several PAS members were down there last year, including Chris J., Steve P., and myself. The site is fine except for the fact that it is really dusty there. There were lots of dust devils lurking about as well. One of them roamed into the site area from what I had heard and proceeded to demolish the SCT scope of one of the observers unfortunately.
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Old 02-18-2009, 03:42 PM
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One of them roamed into the site area from what I had heard and proceeded to demolish the SCT scope of one of the observers unfortunately.
That is true (poor Jimmy Ray. thank goodness for good home-owner's insurance.), but in the 13 trips I've made down there, that was the first such occurrence. As for the dust, the secret is to set up on the NE side of the field

Anyone have more input on the Cottonwood site? How friendly is it to normal automobiles?

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Old 02-19-2009, 12:52 PM
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Default Challenger Space Center & Parks & Lost Locations

As far as I know, the Challenger Space Center
would be a good site, but not the best. I've done a star
party there, and even on their roof it wasn't that great a location. Building
right next to you and the public would have to pay to get access,
if we were on the roof.

As far as in their parking lot, again a lot of lights.
Plus Tony LaConte may have that location taken already.
However, I can email him and ask if you want me to do
that. If they don't have an even there and CSC says ok,
then I think it would be a good back up plan for a public location.

Someone mentioned Parks

With most parks, except PV Park, you have to put in a reservation a few
years prior to get the use of the park and possibly pay for its use
for anything huge. We like PV Park, although it isn't awesome for viewing,
it is a great place for the public to join us and more local than CSC.

I wouldn't do either of these locations for the Messier Marathon.
Remember, tho, the date of the marathon also has a PV Park star party
on it already. It is a good Dark Sky night, that we could invite the
public to PV Park, so they can see some cool objects.
We'd have to fight the lights, as they don't turn them off for us
and we are only there till 10pm. But then, most of the public wants
to leave by then anyway.

LOST LOCATIONS

The reason I'm looking for new locations is that we lost 2 of our locations
recently, for other events. Public speaking.... North Mountain Park was a great location for the events, but recently my contact there said that budget cutbacks make it hard for a Park Ranger to want to come there at night to open it up for our use - the bathrooms, etc. When doing a public star party you must consider having bathrooms available.

The other location we lost recently was Bookman's. We were doing a once every 2 months Telescope workshop, which was working out very well. However, Bookman's though it better to make a coffee shop out of the room we were meeting in and messed up our telescope workshop location. So, we were thinking of asking REI if we can use their location but as far as I know, no one has made a trip over ask them, as of yet.

So, these two location/events are up in the air right now. We need to get a location for the telescope workshops as that really helps not only in membership but also to inspire those who got a scope for Xmas and need help learning how to use it so they can enjoy it and not just sell it at their next garage sale.

Ideas are welcome. Keep the discussion going... thanks. I love the input.
I'm not canceling any idea mentioned above. I'm just giving ideas to what I already know about the locations mentioned. Thanks for all the input.
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Old 02-19-2009, 12:54 PM
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Default Error I made, sorry

I just realized, i made a little error above.

The date of the Messier Marathon
falls on a High Desert Park star party,
not a PV Park star party, however
if we get enough volunteers to do a PV Park
star party, I'd be game to help out that day.

I probably won't make it to HDP, unless
we do not work that day.
Work = Service Vending Machines in the morning hours.
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