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DDK

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Dino again this year!
« on: December 27, 2016, 12:07:05 AM »
We're clear from the rangers to observe at Dinosaur Point Thursday night. I'll be there by 4. Do get there by sunset.

Here are the regs, the rangers ask us to post them, you likely have them memorized.
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Dinosaur Point is behind a locked gate. Access is only on announced nights. A Gatekeeper must make reservation, be present at all times, and escort observers through the gate.

Upon arriving at Dino's parking area, currently you arrive at another temporary gate at the bottom of the hill that's set up for the daytime boaters inspection. There, you will be asked by a CA Parks ranger to pay the $10 CA Parks use fee, or show your CA Parks annual pass in order to proceed to the parking area.
 
General rules for using Dinosaur Point
  1.. Pay the day-use fee.
   1a .. Please write "Stargazing" in big letters on the envelope we put in the iron ranger, to make sure the money goes to the right place.
  2.. Access to Dinosaur Point after dark is by reservation only. Only Gatekeepers can call the rangers and make reservations.
   a. Send observing requests and questions to DinoGatekeepers at yahoogroups dot com.
   b. Do not post OI's for Dinosaur Point until a Gatekeeper has announced it is available, and his arrival and departure times.

  3.. At least one Gatekeeper must always be present.
  4.. Everyone must be escorted out by a Gatekeeper.
  5.. Observers are not allowed to stay overnight.
  6.. Observers must arrive before sunset.
  7.. Locate the Gatekeeper(s) and introduce yourself when you arrive. Confirm your departure time.
  8.. Be prepared to leave on time or wait for the next scheduled escort to the gate.
         When you are ready to leave, proceed to the SW corner of the parking lot and wait there. At the scheduled time, a Gatekeeper will escort you out.
  9.. Leave the park as you found it. Make sure your area is clean.
 10.. Absolutely no boats allowed in the parking lot after dark.
 11.. No overnight camping.
 12.. Do not call the emergency number posted on the gate unless you are reporting an emergency. The ranger you get out of bed won't arrive for over an hour. Get a Gatekeeper to escort you out.
 13.. If you bring guests, you must ensure that they follow all these rules and procedures.
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Re: Dino again this year!
« Reply #1 on: December 27, 2016, 06:33:49 PM »
Looks like Peter Natscher and Dave Cooper are primed and set to make a scene at Dino, night after next. I'm looking avidly forward to more of those starfields. See you there.
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Dino, we're standing down
« Reply #2 on: December 28, 2016, 03:14:09 PM »
Have weather warnings from George Feliz and Peter Natscher about Thursday night, tomorrow. Clouuuds. None of the Gatekeepers can make it tonight either. So Dinosaur Point will start up again in the new year.
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