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This year at Borrego Springs a bunch of us came down a couple of nights early to take advantage of the great desert weather. Wouldn't you know... it was cloudy the first first two nights. We did have a good time anyway - eating at the diner and margaritas at Carmelitas. Watch out - those margaritas are REALLY strong. :) Fred, Ron, Al, Jeff, Lynne and Carol.
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Once the clouds disappeared it was time to set up. Here's Fred getting his rig ready.
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Jeff doing a precision balancing act. (Balancing his telescope).
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Al setting up. Al usually sets up his giant Dob for visual observing while his imaging rig is collecting photons for his excellent images. The best of both worlds!
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Right next to the RV slips there is a row of vintage trailers you can rent. This is the one that Jeff and Lynne had. Jeff's telescope is just behind the big green bushes.
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One of the two swimming pools. This one is a bit off to one side of the hotel and isn't used nearly as much as the main pool. Great for some quiet time during the day, a good read or a dip in the hot tub.
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The main pool from upstairs near our room. The entire property was re-modeled a couple of years ago in a western theme.
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That's one of my room windows in the green section. The room had a great view of the pool area.
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Fred got a great RV slip this year - right in the center with some of the best horizons. There's my car and Fred's RV with our telescopes in-between.
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Looking down Nightfall Blvd. toward the BBQ area. There was a missle launch on Sunday night (more later on the last panel) that was visible to the west over that mountain.
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On the second day before dark there is a reception on the veranda by the bar. We went over a bit early and had a pizza for dinner before the reception. Ron, Carol, Fred, Jeff and Lynne. Al wandered in a few minutes later.
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There's Al and Jeff.
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The fellows that put on the Nightfall star party had a few announcements for everyone.
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Al, Jeff, Fred and Carol. Just off to the right (sorry I didn't get him in the frame) was Adam Block, a world famous astro imager from Tucson. Adam stopped by my spot that night around midnight and Fred and I had a fun chat with him for about a half hour. We see him at the AIC comference every year and he remembered us. Yay! Fred and I went down and took an imaging course with Adam a few years ago. That was an awesome trip!
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On the last evening there's a BYO BBQ. Everyone brings their own stuff to BBQ as well a side dish to share. The desserts are the best part!
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The BBQ area.
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Here is the general observing area. The telescopes take over an entire parking lot. There were some really nice scopes this year.
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Just another view of the general observing area.
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Here's the gang at the BBQ. Al, Fred, Ron, Carol, Jeff and Lynne. We all had a great time this year. I'm hoping next year we can get more of the SCAC folks to Nightfall.
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Guess who. That's me with all my "stuff." AP900 GTO mount, Celestron 9.25" EdgeHD scope, SBIG 4000XCM OSC camera, ES 80mm guidescope with SBIG ST-i guide camera.
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Jeff posing with his "baby" before it got chilly.
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Jeff, Ron and Al in front of Jeff's rig. Like that headlamp I'm wearing?
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Fred with his imaging rig. This year Fred got some really good guiding for his images.
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Navy Missle Launch
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Jeff came across this cool aerial video from Nightfall 2015. It was taken by a drone flying around the property. If you know where to look you can see where Jeff, Fred, Al and I had our rigs set up.
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and Missle Launch
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