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Here are some of the gang on Friday shortly after arrival at Bridalveil Creek Campground. This year we enjoyed the addition of some extra astronomers from MIRA in Monterey. Nelson (from MIRA), Jeff, Ailine, Miguel and Chris.
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Evan and Rich from MIRA. The MIRA folks are contemplating fielding their own team for the Glacier Point Star Party and we were fortunate to have an "advance team" with us to check things out for their club. We had a good time with them. Here's hoping they can join the rest of the other clubs next year when all of the California clubs bid for their weekend here at Glacier Point.
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Chris getting organized.
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Bill resting up before the evening festivities.
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Duane.
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Jeff and Terry.
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Once you get to the campground it's always fun to get in a good visit before setting up camp. Here's Bill, Ailine and Miguel.
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Who's faster on the draw? I think I won this time :)
Terry's Yosemite 2016 Video
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Bill (on the right) talking with some park visitors about the night sky.
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Another of our MIRA friends, Steve. Steve had a very cool cabinet for his gear. He did some video imaging and his wide-field of the Milky Way turned out very nice!
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Jeff chatting with our ranger for Friday night.
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Miguel all set up and ready to go. Ailine, Craig and Steve in back.
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Our certified "Lunatic," Craig, with Steve and Rich behind. Craig does incredible drawings of the moon using his refractor telescope.
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Chris taking a break before setting up. Glacier Point is at 7200' so going up and down the oddly-shaped stone steps while hauling your gear really gets you huffing and puffing.
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Bill and Chris deep in conversation.
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The Yosemite 2015 gang: Terry, Jeff, Tom, Nelson, Craig, Rich, Ron, Steve, Chris and Bill. Miguel, Ailine and Kirk didn't make it in time for the picture.
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A visitor checking out hikers on top of Half Dome through Bill's telescope.
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Steve (MIRA) chatting with a park visitor.
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A budding astronomer at Rich's (MIRA) telescope. Evan taking a break on the ledge.
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Nelson (MIRA) and his 14" Celestron.
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Ron's rig. Since my setup is geared for astro imaging, I have a bit more gear to haul up and down the steps. Sometimes I'm really jealous of the Dobsonian guys. Thanks again to Chris for hauling my pier and pier legs up on Friday night!
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Chris and his binocular telescope. It's a bit of a wierd feeling to be facing away from what you're looking at - but an excellent view just the same.
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Jeff standing proud with his scope. A good shot of Chris in the foreground. Finally got one of him smiling :)
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While waiting for dark it's always nice to just take in the fantastic view. The night sky here at Glacier Point is just as beautiful.
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Our Saturday night ranger. The rangers always give us a great introducton and do a very cool lecture as we wait for it to get dark enough to start observing.
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This is just about half of the folks that turned out for Saturday night. Park visitors file through until about 11:30 PM.
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Astronomy Just Doesn't Get Any Better Than This
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Thanks To Terry Dietz Who Was Kind Enough
To Include Some Of His Photos


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A big thanks to Terry for sending his photos! There's Terry on the left. Jeff, Chris, Tom, Craig, Nelson, Ron, Rich, Evan, Steve and Bill. Nelson, Tom, Steve, Rich and his son Evan joined us from MIRA in Monterey.
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A view of our campground from Terry's perspective :) This year we had enough observers to take up the entire circle of campsites.
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Chris unloading his gear. Down below Jeff has already set up the screen for the pre-observing presentation.
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I don't usually take pictures of myself - so it's nice to get one of 'Me.' Thanks, Terry.
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Here's Steve, one of our guest observers from MIRA.
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Another of our guest observers from MIRA, Nelson. We got some fantastic views of a number of different objects, as well as an incredible view of Neptune with his big 14" Celestron.
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Gotta let everyone know who we are :) Jeff checking out some hikers up on Half Dome.
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Miguel getting ready.
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There's Rich and his son, Evan standing, with me (Ron) seated. A park visitor over to the right.
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Ron's 9.25" Celestron EdgsHD and Miguel's Dobsonian.
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Steve again. Here he's got a solar filter on his 8" Celestron. Some of the folks go down to Glacier Point and do solar observing for the park visitors in the afternoon. They really get a kick out of seeing the Sun any sun spots that happen to be floating by.
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A park visitor enjoying a view of the Sun. Remember - NEVER look at the sun - ESPECIALLY through a telescope without a proper solar filter!!!
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Folks starting to arrive for the presentation we give before we start observing. Bill will usually talk about the kinds of scopes we'll be using as well as some of the objects we'll be showing them that night. A little bit of star party ettiquette gets thrown in, too.
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We usually leave the campground (about 8 miles from Glacier point) around 5:30-6:00 in order to give ourselves plenty of time to get set up. It takes a little more time to set up as the visitors always have questions about our equipment and what we're doing.
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Kirk Bender Added Some Of His
Photos To The Mix As Well - Thanks Kirk


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This looks like an early morning shot of our campground.
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Bill starting the evening program. Bill will usually show slides of the telescopes we're using as well as some of the objects that we'll be able to observe that night.
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Bill standing on the left, Ron seated, Rich facing away, Terry looking at Bill, Duane looking at Terry and Miguel looking off to the right.
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a quiet moment before everyone arrives for observing.
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I love this picture. I think this is Jeff's Dob looking over to Half dome. There are usually some brave souls at the top who adventure over to the edge at the left. Early arrival visitors get a peek as we're setting up before dark.
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Kirk's excellent telescope. Great viewing!
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Some of the evening's telescopes deep in night.
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Bill's telescope.
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A very nice late night shot of Half Dome and our club banner. Excellent advertising.
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