Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Texas Star Party


The Texas Star Party this year is May 5-12 at Prude Ranch west of Fort Davis. Star Parties at McDonald are Tues., May 7 and Fri.&Sat. May 10 & 11th. McDonald activities have fees; see: https://mcdonaldobservatory.org/visitors/book**

DO NOT BUY TICKETS TOO FAR IN ADVANCE. THEY ARE NOT REFUNDABLE FOR BAD WEATHER.

Website is : texasstarparty.org

Onsite housing/camping at Prude can be done at :www.prude-ranch.com

Offsite housing at Fort Davis is : www.fortdavis.com *

Nearby camping at Davis Mountains state park is : www.tpwd.state.tx.us/state-parks/davis-mountains *

McDonald has some accommodations available at Astronomer's Lodge starting at $88 per single.

Its a big event and accommodations vanish quickly.

* Off site attendees must park outside the gate.

There is a special for observers in the 36" telescope. It is $60 at least and it is still not sold out. It is great but a real gamble, you buy time asap, but it also is Tues, Fri. & Sat. and a chance of bad weather. Refundable up to 2 weeks before with $10 fee.
Check out : https://mcdonaldobservatory.org/visitors/programs/36-viewing-night

Dinner and Viewing at the 107" scope is not available during TSP.
It's available on particular dates. See:https://mcdonaldobservatory.org/visitors/programs/dinner-and-viewing

Paul

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