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Well, here we are again - back in Borrego Falls for the annual Nightfall Star Party. All the regulars were there except for Jeff and Lynne (they were doing election volunteer work back home). Here is Al, Fred, Ron and Annie.
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Fred, Al and I usually arrive two days early and stay two nights after the star party, making it a seven night excursion instead of just three nights. The first and last couple of nights are really nice since there's nobody around and it's nice and quiet. Looking to the West.
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There's my car and scope and Al's telescope trailer. Fred is just beyond Al's trailer.
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It really is nice to have the place to yourself. This is on Tuesday - come Thursday this RV park will be completely full.
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Another view towards the West with the BBQ area down at the end of the drive.
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The best thing about these trips is that afternoon naps are just about mandatory. Here's Fred in his cave getting ready to hibernate for a while.
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Our resident weather guru, Al, checking the forecast. This year was a first for us. We were almost completely skunked with the weather. Tuesday and Wednesday night it was cloudy until after 11:30 pm. The daytimes were fantastic, but the clouds rolled in every night except for the very last night. We did have some fun dinners, though.
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Looking back towrds the main office. My building is just off to the right.
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Fred and Al early on when we were still optimistic about having good weather.
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Looking kind of towards the South. Fred and Al's rigs are in the center-left.
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Looking Southwest the skies were absolutely perfect during the day.
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Looking West. The place is starting to fill up nicely.
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Even though the nights were cloudy, the daytime temps were around 85. The water in the pool was perfect, which meant that a swim and a nap by the pool was required almost every day. All we needed was someone to bring us drinks by the pool.
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Another view of the pool. My room is the one with the balcony in the brown painted section of the building behind the pool.
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Another of the regulars at Nightfall. This is Jeff. He's from the San Diego area and usually brings his family with him for a short vacation.
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Jeff's telescopes.
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Here is where we staked our claim. Fred lets me set up my scope with him on his RV slip and Al is set up on the slip just next door. It's pretty convenient, we're all right together and don't have to wander far to keep tabs on our buddies.
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Al's traditional setup - his big dobsonian in front and his imaging scope back near the van.
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Al has a buddy that he'd known since elementary school - they parked right next to Fred and I. A very nice couple. We even introduced them to Carmelita's for mexican one night. That was a fun dinner.
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There is always a social for everyone where we get to hear the latest announcements. Fred and I came a little early and had a burger. The food at the resort is actually getting better! Here's Fred kicking back a bit.
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Chatting with Mark, one of the star party organizers. The resort had a band that night (setting up behind).
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Here is the general observing area. If you're staying in the hotel you can set up your gear in this blocked-off parking lot. Folks can just wander through and ckeck out the nice toys. :)
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Our next door neighbor.
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My telescope. All set up and nothing to look at (clouds all week).
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Right near Carmelita's the community is building a new library across the street from the old Post Office. The library will share the space with the Sheriff's Office
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On Saturday we always have a BBQ. Everyone brings their own stuff to BBQ as well as a side dish to share. This is the best table - the one with all the deserts.
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There's Fred visiting with a couple of ladys that joined us. This year the place really filled up so all the tables were full.
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Also this year Terry was able to join us from the Santa Cruz Astronomy Club. Terry usually attends the Golden State Star Party regularly, but this was his first trip to Borrego Springs. Unfortunately, he picked the wrong one to attend as his first time since we got clouded out. Terry eventually headed north to Death Valley looking for better skies (and found them). Here is a link to his photos. Terry is an excellent photographer.
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This is a fellow that parked a couple of slips over from where we were. He likes to play his guitar at night. Star parties are traditionally very quiet, but this guy just doesn't get it. Keeps playing the same songs every year.
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Another look at the BBQ area. Our table is in the back, center.
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Another one of the wonderful telescopes that come to visit Borrego Springs every year.
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Al took off a little early due to the clouds. Fred and I went out to Ram's Hill Resort for dinner on Sunday. They had just opened for the season. Fantastic dinner and fabulous view of the valley at sunset.
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Sunset from Ram's Hill Resort.
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