Monthly Archives: June 2011

Dinner in Memphis

We started the day (which happened to be our 17th wedding anniversary) in Sulphur Springs, Texas, and we arrived in Memphis about 4 pm. We really wanted to get some authentic Memphis BBQ, so we went a little out if … Continue reading

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Going home

We got everything packed up Saturday morning and hit the road at noon exactly. The trip meter read exactly 2000 miles. We stopped in Balmorhea for lunch at the Cave of the Bear (La Cueva de Oso) Mexican restaurant. The … Continue reading

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Thursday night and Friday

Thursday night was a complete washout, but at least Friday night I won a $25 gift certificate for ScopeStuff. The observing Friday night was just as frustrating as last night, though at least there was about an hour when it … Continue reading

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The scopes at TSP 2011

One of the cool things about big regional star parties is that you get to see lots of cool scopes. TSP is known, in particular, for the big dobs that show up. The largest is Larry Mitchell’s 36″ Obsession (apparently … Continue reading

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Observing Wednesday night

A very frustrating night! Transparency was poor, with clouds hovering around the horizon in almost all directions. Anything below about 15 degrees was in muck. Omega Centauri was disappointing as a result, and it was almost 1 am before the … Continue reading

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Visiting Fort Davis

We woke up fairly early Wednesday morning, having gone to bed around 10:30 Tuesday night due to the storms. Amy and I had breakfast at the drug store in town, a wonderful establishment (be sure to get a milkshake!) with … Continue reading

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Tuesday night – thunderstorms without rain

No observing last night, except observing the clouds. A line of potentially severe thunderstorms rolled through in the late afternoon, causing some concern about the safety of people and telescopes. It got very windy, and there was lightning and thunder, … Continue reading

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