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    It's very nice to hear that you got some quality viewing done. Congrats on a successful star party.

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    Hi Folks,
    The trip to Joshua Tree was an experience I'll remember for the rest of my life. As Bruce mentioned, the Messier Marathon was very successful. It's really cool to gaze at the same target with different types of scopes. The last time I saw the Milky Way was off the deck of the QEII in 1983 in the middle of the North Atlantic. It was absolutely gorgeous! My friend Bob (Star Rider) has truly created a monster! I can't wait until the next trip!! The fact that it's 2,800 miles from my home? NOOOOOOO problem!! To be honest, I will go to ANY length to acquire skies such as those! We only live once and I intend to make the very best of it that I can!

    We met some great people. (in spite of the fact that my "southern drawl" was a source of entertainment to them)

    Please consider going the next time we go.

    I promise you that it will be an experience of a lifetime!

    I'm SO very glad that I went.

    Thank you Bob, for making all the arrangements, so we could all have a blast!

    You're a good man, Charlie Brown!!

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    Was all the scopes set up an attraction to passer by'ers? Did random people stop by and peak through a scope or two?
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    Bob was the ring leader on this trip and a good one. As people would pass by he would ask "Have you looked through a telescope before? Turn off tour flash light and come over here." and another round of newbie viewing, questions and answers would start. Friday and Sunday Bob introduced dozens to the sky with great zeal. At the 25 inch Obsession when we visited there was a line. One young woman hopped up and down yelling OMG OMG OMG OMG the sight of Orion, this brought on a smile and giggles from us.
    We had to reflect on the fact that this is a public campground so flashlights and campfires were numerous. Fortunately among our group we did not let it dampen our spirits.
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    Well, we did it! As Lonny and Bruce said, we had a good time. Friday night was our best night, we did have our own Messier Marathon. We had lots of visitors come by the campsite, all the scopes we had set up did draw quite a bit of attention from passers by. When the visitors finally thinned out we got down to business, we had my C-9.25 up on the CGEM-DX, Bruce's TAK 102 up on the CGEM and my E/S 127 on an alt/az. Lonny was the shot caller and Bruce and I were the gunners for the marathon. We started with M-74 and worked our way through the list. We stayed at it till about 1:30, we were pretty tired after playing in the desert all day too.

    The sky was black with 2 small light domes, one to the west from the City of Indio and a little one to the east from Desert Center...I can live with it. I was at the 9.25 and Bruce was on his TAK 102 and it was fun comparing the views between the two. Bruce's TAK sure put up a nice view, the 9.25 was dialed in that night and we were killing it. The globs put on the best show in my opinion, M-5 & M-13 were outstanding! The Galaxies were showing structure and nebulas were 3D. I observed objects I've never seen from my backyard, it was amazing. We nailed over 70 of the Messiers that night, not bad...just fun.

    Im glad we did this, I got to meet some good people (Bruce is a pretty interesting guy) and we just had fun. I'm hoping we can all get together again sometime soon.

    Clear skies,
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    Sounds like it was a great time had by all. Congrats on bagging so many of the Messiers in one evening!
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    I'd love to go camping and bring my scopes. I've been a camper for most of my life but telescopes has only been an interest for the last 2 years, now I just need to combined the two. I'm not against traveling 2000 miles to go camping.. I looked at IMDB for Bruce and he's got quite the resume. How many people from the forum showed up?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jameedon View Post
    I'd love to go camping and bring my scopes. I've been a camper for most of my life but telescopes has only been an interest for the last 2 years, now I just need to combined the two. I'm not against traveling 2000 miles to go camping.. I looked at IMDB for Bruce and he's got quite the resume. How many people from the forum showed up?
    Just me, Bruce and Lonny. We had a great time. It's time to start thinking about hitting the vernal equinox in the fall. Who's in! Here we go again...

    Clear skies,
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    Who's in! Here we go again...

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