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John Pierce

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2014-09-25: CalSTAR 2014
« on: August 16, 2014, 04:37:40 PM »
Thats right folks, its time for CalSTAR 2014.

September 25-28, Lake San Antonio Park overflow camping area, no fees other than the park's camping fees, no vendors, just dark skies and good folks.

and some of the funkiest portapotties I've seen, unless they've finally got new ones
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Re: 2014-09-25: CalSTAR 2014
« Reply #1 on: August 17, 2014, 03:00:08 PM »
I'll be there too.   Thursday through Sunday.   3 nights.   In a tent.

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Re: 2014-09-25: CalSTAR 2014
« Reply #2 on: August 17, 2014, 11:33:10 PM »
CalStar XV. Up there with Christmas for sheer fun. Will also be there Thursday thru Sunday.
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Re: 2014-09-25: CalSTAR 2014
« Reply #3 on: August 22, 2014, 08:10:33 PM »
I'll be there Wednesday through Sunday for four days of excellent observing.

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Re: 2014-09-25: CalSTAR 2014
« Reply #4 on: September 13, 2014, 08:54:35 PM »
Are we allowed to bring camper vans? Is there a site with more info on CalSTAR? Thanks!

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Re: 2014-09-25: CalSTAR 2014
« Reply #5 on: September 14, 2014, 12:35:11 PM »
Yes, Bersonic, and yes. CalStar this year is 25-28 September. http://old.observers.org/CalStar/ has plenty of information, all still pertinent except for the dates. Check out the Site Layout page for where to best set up your camper van, if you don't want to fret about your white lights. Come and be welcome. This is CalStar number 15 coming up. It's big fun.
See you there!
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Re: 2014-09-25: CalSTAR 2014
« Reply #6 on: September 14, 2014, 12:51:49 PM »
Just looked over the whole old CalStar website once again. The page titled Rules is cool. Accurate and brief. The page I mentioned, Site Layout, does have the map of the whole big area that you want, particularly for seeing where to set your camping van up. Just skip all the red letters and those odd dead links.
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Re: 2014-09-25: CalSTAR 2014
« Reply #7 on: September 16, 2014, 05:24:11 PM »
Calstar is coming up the nights of 9/25 through 9/27. This year the regular camping fees apply. The water is non-potable this year so bring plenty of water or plan to boil the stuff from the taps. The gate will only be open Friday and Saturday, so if you come before Friday please use the iron ranger to pay, or remember to stop at the gate sometime on Friday or Saturday to pay your fees.


See you all next week,

Charlie

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Re: 2014-09-25: CalSTAR 2014
« Reply #8 on: September 17, 2014, 09:40:47 AM »
I plan to arrive Wednesday evening and stay for the whole event.
Thanks for the water report, Charlie -- non-potable, OK.
Charlie, have you talked with the people at the resort in the last few days?  Are they expecting us?  Do they plan to service the porta-potties and trash bins in our overflow area?  Will the showers work in the bathrooms in the Redonda Vista campground?   How about the bathrooms at the Marina campground?  Will those bathrooms have potable water?  Probably not; I'm guessing all water at the resort is non-potable.   Thanks for your efforts, and glad to hear you'll be coming Charlie.   The weather forecast seems OK, at least this far in advance ...

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Re: 2014-09-25: CalSTAR 2014
« Reply #9 on: September 17, 2014, 02:03:34 PM »
NOT that I'm pushing anyone getting themselves sick this year, but remember there have been past years when the LSA people said the water was non-potable and it was fine to drink.  Just am saying the water is likely not dangerous, easily OK to boil or filter.
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Re: 2014-09-25: CalSTAR 2014
« Reply #10 on: September 18, 2014, 09:04:54 AM »
Does anyone know what the camping fees are this year?  And do we still have the three nights for the price of two deal?

On a separate subject, if the lake is really dry, then boiling the (non-existent) water won't help.  I hope this isn't true.  If the showers aren't working, CalStar may need to end early.

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Re: 2014-09-25: CalSTAR 2014
« Reply #11 on: September 18, 2014, 02:46:54 PM »
Just got off the phone with Matt at the San Antonio Resort office.  They are expecting Calstar astronomers.  They will service the porta-potties and the trash bins in the overflow area, and turn on the water spigots.

The water gets pumped from the (now low, sediment-filled) lake to their water treatment plant, then is treated and even chlorinated before flowing to the taps, but because it contains more particulates than usual, they must cover themselves by issuing a Boil Water Order, recommending that the water be boiled before drinking.  Matt explained that the Boil Water Order is merely a precaution, and if you get the water in your mouth it will not make you sick, since it has been treated, and that he himself drank it for weeks without ill effect before learning of the Boil Water Order.

The showers in the bathrooms at the Redondo Vista and Lynch campgrounds will be open and available, though using the same treated water with the Boil Order.

The cost is $30 per vehicle per night, and Calstar attendees get a "three for two" deal, meaning you can stay three nights for the price of two.

The small store at the marina will be open, though it is only lightly stocked.  The Oak Hill Market at Lake Nacimiento is open 7 AM to 9 PM every day.  http://www.theoakhillcenter.com/market/

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Re: 2014-09-25: CalSTAR 2014
« Reply #12 on: September 18, 2014, 03:58:35 PM »
Thanks for the info! I have one more question that I didn't see get answered on the site. I intend on imaging while I'm there. Should I setup in a specific place?

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Re: 2014-09-25: CalSTAR 2014
« Reply #13 on: September 18, 2014, 04:51:58 PM »
Hello Bersonic:

I recommend setting up in the "Dark Enforced Area" as outlined on the old web site DDK recommended earlier in this thread, on the "Site Layout" page.

You may want to set up near the northern end of this Area, since that'll be closer to my camp.

Closer to my camp means closer to a free breakfast every morning, including coffee, orange juice, milk, Cap'n Crunch, scrambled eggs, sausage, wasps, pancakes, french toast, hash browns, and more.  But you must show up with a sticker on your shirt saying "Hello I'm Bersonic".

I'm kidding about the sticker but not about the breakfasts.  See you there!

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Re: 2014-09-25: CalSTAR 2014
« Reply #14 on: September 18, 2014, 10:19:12 PM »
Where an imager should setup is directly proportional to how much light they emit locally.  If all your equipment's LEDs are gaffered, and your computer is behind a deep red screen and completely enclosed in a shielding box, you'd be good on the edge of Lumpy Darkness, long as that screen points away from said Lumpy Darkness.    if your setup is full of bright LEDs and computer screens, you should be to the north/east or whatever.