Nightscape Odyssey:

The Table Mountain Star Party

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The Approach

...Although the Table Mountain Star Party (TMSP) in Washington's Cascade Mountains is a long way from Minnesota, I had selected it as a fitting launch point for my ambitious summer plan...

Flat Tires, Cloudy Skies

I started lugging stuff out of my car. I was struggling with my oversized tent when I met my neighbor to the east, Barry, a bearded friendly fellow that reminded me of a mild mannered graduate student. In reality...

Rainy Days, Espresso Nights

Most attendees had given up and gone to bed with the cloud cover at midnight. A few of us accidently enjoyed the clearing after 2:00...

Dinner and a Moonset

...there were other canopies setup for astronomy-related businesses and causes. Artists, photographers, telescope and accessory retailers, social and political organizations, all had the equivalent of a wilderness storefront...

Exodus

...The temperature dropped to the thirties, but the dewpoint was in the forties. I had dew heaters on nearly all my optics, but the unheated secondary mirror in my telescope eventually succumbed...

 

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Thor Olson