Grand Canyon Star Party, 2006

Grand Canyon Star Party, 2006 My setup for this year includes the C8 mounted on my baby blue Pieramyd mount, the box for the scope underneath, the power unit atop that and the eyepiece case I built.
Grand Canyon Star Party, 2006 A shot down the row of telescopes, starting at mine. My scope is aimed at Jupiter and tracking. Note the other computer driven scopes pointed at random around the sky, and their operators gathered in a group talking. :-)

To be fair though, it is fairly early, as can be seen by the Sun being up and the lack of scopes around. They managed to find it eventually.

Grand Canyon Star Party, 2006 Scopes right to left-20" Obsession, 11" C11 GPS, 5" Williams Optics refractor, 14" homemade Dob, 8" Meade LX90..
Grand Canyon Star Party, 2006 Scopes right to left-Dennis Young's 28" reflector. (Contrary to the sign, it's not a 36" mirror.) Next, a 12" home made job by Brent Archinal, in the red shirt, who works for the USGS. Hiding behind Doug in the blue hat is a Doug with his 10" Orion Dob, next is an 18" custom equatorial Newt.
Grand Canyon Star Party, 2006 The view from Cliff Creek turnout on the east rim between the transfer point and the Kaibab Trailhead.
Grand Canyon Star Party, 2006 A cliff seen at Hopi Point on the west rim. There's no way to actually judge the scale you see here. Just keep in mind, the tree on the end of the point is ~10 feet below where you could safely stand, and is 20 feet high. The small white dots appearing below the tree line and above the cliffs are people.
Grand Canyon Star Party, 2006 A shot of the river facing west from Hopi Point.
Grand Canyon Star Party, 2006 Each year, I take a shot I call, "The Brink Of Death". This is this years' rendition. It was taken on the trail between the Powell Memorial and Hopi Point. Most times, the image is an illusion-taken at such an angle that it looks like if I slip, I'll fall to my death. This year, however, there actually is a 900 foot minimum vertical drop at my feet.
Grand Canyon Star Party, 2006 Five minute exposure of the Summer Triangle from Yavapai Point at about 2 am. Piggybacked on the C8 with Fuji 400ISO slide film in a Canon FTb body at F/2.6.

Alberio is split and the Coathanger Cluster is visible, along with all of Cygnus, Lyra and Delphinus, with Altair in Aquila. Note that Epsilon Lyrae is elongated. Just slightly out of focus, though.

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Messier Marathon, 1999 Here's Rosie whoopin' it up before we actually got started. It's a nice shot of our road setup, including the observing chair, "Pieramid" and camp stove setup.

Grand Canyon Star Party, 1998

The magnificence of the Grand Canyon cannot be overestimated. This is the view from Mather Point, the first spot many tourist buses visit. More on this later.
This was our campsite for the week. You can just see Rosie inside the mess tent on the right.
Here's the observing field, below the parking lot at Yavapai Point. Left to right, we have Mike Spooners telescopes starting with his 17" Dob, an 8" "Scope-on-a-stick", then my C8 on the "Pieramyd mount", another C8 I ran that belongs to a friend in front of Mike's 9" folded refractor. Next, in the bag, is a C-14, then a 12" Newt that had a lot of problems with the cover blowing off in the wind. There were more off to the right, but this was all I could fit in this frame.
Many of the heavy hitters set up here because it's darker than the lot. Actually, the biggest scopes set up in the parking lot because there are more people, (see that dead tree on the right in the background? It's next to the sidewalk around the parking lot...) but you can never seem to get dark adapted up there, what with the cars coming and going. I plan to change that this year by lining the path to the field with some low voltage red lights. We'll see how it works.
This is the setup we used to observe sunspots during the day. We set up there on 3 different days, with one day at Yavapai point. This was just about the most fun I've ever had with my clothes on! People from all over the world stop at Mather Point. It's usually their first view of the canyon. Many can not speak English, and tour guides generally translate. I made a sketch of the sunspot pattern and posted it. Some of the tour guides wrote translations on it for their particular croud. By the end of the day, we had 5 different languages on that sketch! Most of the time though, at least one person did speak English. We'd explain what they were seeing to them and they would actually go to the point, drag back a bunch of their fellow travelers and show them the sunspots and explain it. It was great! On one day, we had well over 1,000 people look through the scope. I could go on and on...
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