4985Re: Star Gaze XII activities
- Apr 4, 2006Hello Everyone,
I am always happy to see discussion on club activities and events but
am deeply sadden and somewhat shocked by the recent discussion. I am
not a member have not been since I moved home to Canada but have many
friends here at the stargazers so feel free to tell me to but out if
you choose and I will.
Having atteneded more than a handful of No Frills and Stargaze events
I must say they are some of the best and relaxing star parties I been
too. I did question back in 2001 though the fee structure on a
different slant .. why is it pay by the day? All of the star parties
I been too over the last 18 years and every campground I stayed at
has always been pay by the night. How many nights are you staying? I
come in on Friday and am charged for 3 days when I am there two
nights but get up at 8am and check out on Sunday .(just stirring the
As for the fees ..I will not argue the prices as 2 nights of camping
alone puts you in the $30-$40 range. Add that to the services the
volunteers provide through clean up, supplies, planning etc etc etc
etc, I think Don listed it all well enough.
But I always wondered about the non-campers. Yes they do exist. Many
people stay off site in motels and hotels at many star parties
including stargaze and no-frills. Should a non camper who is there
only for the observing time pay the same? Almost every star party
that I can think I been too has had a different fee structure for the
non-campers. Or is the non-camping astronomers not welcome as it
seems to have been implied in some of the discussion?
This last point is what has shocked me. I understand the public
walking in taking in views cuts into the serious observing time. I
been there remember. I never turned away a person from views through
my scope. What shocked and saddened me is that a past member/possible
member again was turned away from not only the star party because his
questions/ideas were not only turned down but was also turned away
from the club because he rose the questions! This was a not a general
public person looking for some free views. Building an observatory as
he is signs of a serious astronomer.
Future members are the future of the all astronomy clubs. We have to
keep that in mind. As well just because we have done something for 8
or 10 years does not mean that its always the best way and that there
is no room for change. Granted NO change for this year but maybe
something that should/could be considered in the future.
Clear skies and hope to visit soon,
Wishing I was at the meeting tonight!
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