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4981RE: [delmarvastargazers] Re: Star Gaze XII activities

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  • Norton Douglas (DTI)
    Apr 4, 2006

      I realized early that star parties are tough times to do serious observing. Visiting old friends, looking through other folks’ telescopes, people looking through yours, etc. I always saved my serious observing for the times I was either out by myself or with other folks in the fields at Tuckahoe. But even then there was the occasional family or group of folks who knew we were out there that would stop by for an impromptu “outreach” session. That was always tough because I wanted to show these folks the sky and what was visible but it would cut into my observing time. But such is the life of an amateur astronomer.  


      Douglas A. Norton

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      System Administrator

      William Penn Data Center

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      From: delmarvastargazers@yahoogroups.com [mailto: delmarvastargazers@yahoogroups.com ] On Behalf Of White Leonard W TSgt 512 EMS/MXMTI
      Sent: Tuesday, April 04, 2006 11:17 AM
      To: delmarvastargazers@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: RE: [delmarvastargazers] Re: Star Gaze XII activities


      John, it may already have been expressed but just for the record I'd
      like to say that I am willing to actively participate all year in
      "public outreach" events and look forward to our 2 star parties as a
      time to relax and just enjoy the views thru all the different scopes
      without having to "encourage, educate & enlighten" the masses of
      prospective amateur astronomers. I spent at least 2 hours at the last
      star party entertaining a cub-scout leader and his 2 boys because they
      "showed up" and I didn't want them to have a bad impression of our club
      but given the choice in advance I would have referred them to one of our
      many "outreach events" held throughout the year. Just my 2 cents. I
      think there will be as many opinions of what a star-party "SHOULD" be as
      there are people who can formulate opinions. One thing is for sure, it
      will probably be discussed at tonite's monthly meeting. Why not try &
      attend? I don't know where you are located, maybe you can make it. Let
      me know if we can try and arrange a "ride" for you if necessary, thanx!

      -----Original Message-----
      From: delmarvastargazers@yahoogroups.com
      [mailto: delmarvastargazers@yahoogroups.com ] On Behalf Of John Ambrose
      Sent: Friday, March 31, 2006 8:48 PM
      To: delmarvastargazers@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: [delmarvastargazers] Re: Star Gaze XII activities

      Hi Chris,

      I didn't take offense at Don's comments.  But I disagree, these
      outings should be an incentive for the casual observers to come out
      and enjoy the camaraderie of a group of astro-nerds (of which I am
      one:) in the enjoyment of the hobby.  If you want to increase the
      clubs bottom line encourage more to join in, after all you can bring
      your own fish and do the fry yourself...if you like fish anyway <g>
      For me it is the principal of the thing, don't try to scalp folks who
      might just like to come out and participate.  You know most folks have
      only the weekend anyway, so the extra days don't matter.


      --- In delmarvastargazers@yahoogroups.com , "Stargazer Chris"
      <icstars2k@...> wrote:
      > John, it's clear that the star parties are a cash cow for the club.
      (I've heard that for years.) 
      > And don't take Don's response to mean he doesn't care... because no
      matter how it sounded, I *know* he didn't mean it that way.  ;+)
      Perhaps you should attempt to add "star party fee structure" to the
      agenda of a club meeting for the club officers to respond officially.
      > For me, I've always felt that the cost is a deterrant for casual
      star gazers.  A one-night pass in the $10 range would give the casual
      observe a chance to experience it.  With a minimum of 2-3 days, some
      people (like my dad) would *never* go, especially not for $40 at the
      > The good thing is ball field observing is free.  You could observe
      from the ball field for free even during the star party.  (Just can't
      camp there.)
      > -Chris
      >   ----- Original Message -----
      >   From: Don Surles
      >   To: John Ambrose ; delmarvastargazers@yahoogroups.com
      >   Sent: Friday, March 31, 2006 5:31 PM
      >   Subject: Re: [delmarvastargazers] Re: Star Gaze XII activities
      >   John, it is so nice for star gazers to have choices.  Each person
      >   attend the party he/she believes is best.
      >   Hope to see you at the Star Gaze.
      >   Don...
      >   >From: John Ambrose <jtambrose@...>
      >   >Date: Thu Mar 30 17:39:34 CST 2006
      >   >To: delmarvastargazers@yahoogroups.com
      >   >Subject: [delmarvastargazers] Re: Star Gaze XII activities
      >   >You would probably get a lot more attendees if you dropped your
      >   > South Jersey is having their outing the same weekend for a $10
      >   >pre-registration fee.
      >   >
      >   >Just my two cents...
      >   >John
      >   >
      >   >--- In delmarvastargazers@yahoogroups.com , Don R Surles
      >   ><Don.R.Surles-1@> wrote:
      >   >>
      >   >> Believe it or not...one moon cycle from now and we will be
      >   >Star
      >   >> Gaze number 12!
      >   >>
      >   >> Most of us have similar thoughts about lazying away the warm
      >   >> daylight hours of our Star Gaze...the more lazying the better.
      >   >> makes the lies more believable.
      >   >>
      >   >> But, there are intervals when a stray activity or two could be
      >   >> appreciated...though nothing strenuous should be expected or
      >   >>
      >   >> So, if you have a non-strenuous stargazer interesting activity
      >   >would
      >   >> like to propose for the April 28- May 2 period please pass it
      on to the
      >   >> group.  We appreciate your ideas.
      >   >>
      >   >> For information...today's longrange weather forecast for April 28
      >   >through
      >   >> May 2nd is for sunny days in the mid to upper 70's, clear
      nights in the
      >   >> low 60's, with generous amounts of slight cooling breezes in the
      >   >daytime
      >   >> and enuf breeze at night to prevent dew forming and to
      discourage the
      >   >> stray T-hoe mosquitoe that may venture close to the eyepiece
      (he is
      >   >> probably a stargazing mosquitoe trying to get  a peek thru your
      >   >Nagler).
      >   >>
      >   >> You only have four weekends to prepare for Star Gaze XII.  Have
      >   >heard
      >   >> the peepers this Spring?
      >   >>
      >   >> Don...
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