Great Basin Star Party
At this point, people need to register individually. But we could put something collective together. And certainly, plan to travel together.
(I, Tim Stoffel, typically go out there on Wednesday, stay through Sunday. Rangers are happy to let you come early/stay after.)
Unlike Lassen, all observing is done in one place. But there is enough room to set up together. No cars at night, and limited cars during the day. You can leave your 'scopes set up and park staff/other observers supply ample security. This makes taking the 20 inch, or even the 24 inch scope practical. Camp near your 'scope if you would like, and man y folks do. Or camp in a very quiet campsite with a roaring stream running through it.
Solar observing and other exhibits are done at the Lehman Caves Visitor's Center. This is where programs are given as well, with the final program before observing done outdoors under the stars. Still fun things going on, even if overcast/raining (and you should come prepared for at least one rainy evening).
If you want to go, get your hotel reservation in nearby Baker soon. Not much space in the local hotels.
MARKLEEVILLE STAR PARTY CANCELED
Markleeville Star Party
Saturday August 7,2021
I have a special place in my heart for small town public events. Markleeville is a tourist fishing town in gold country. Grover Hot Springs State Park is a short drive away.
Here are the ways a small town says “Thank You” for supporting their Star Party.
8 The event will be locally advertised through the Chamber of Commerce, Grover State Park, bulletin boards, and on various web sites including Facebook.
Richard says 150 have signed up but just about the WHOLE town showed up last time. Therefore, many telescopes are needed. Camping next to the Airport is the best accommodation we can provide. Remember #4, 5, 6, and 10. Motels charge their summer fishing rates.
Please check the map below.
Call Jim Fahey if you can bring a scope to this DARK SKY community star party. 775-356-0102
From NASA: The sky will put on a stellar show on Nov. 11, 2019, as Mercury crosses in front of the Sun. From our perspective on Earth, we can only ever see Mercury and Venus cross in front of, or transit, the Sun, so it's a rare event you won't want to miss!
For local viewing: View the Mercury transit at Sparks Marina (west peninsula) on the morning of Monday, November 11, 2019 from 6:50 am to 10:00 am. A solar telescope will be available for safe viewing. The transit is visible beginning at sunrise, about 6:50 am at the Sparks Marina.
Photo Credit: NASA