The day was (yet again) uneventful. We had another BBQ in the evening - people here really know how to make beef.
I also took some images of the the camp and its atmosphere:
The whole experience was awesome - I will definitively come back next year. Here are a couple of things to remember for next year:
- A larger tent - preferably one where you can open the walls.
- Shoestring Nikon cable, so that I can take wide field images with the DSLR on top of the scope
- Solar panels to recharge the batteries (no more schlepping batteries over the camp ground) and/or a second battery recharger
- The Celestron suspension pads
- A thicker cover for the scope to make sure that it doesn't get so dusty during the day
- Swiss Army knive (with cork screw!)
- Larger Astroturf with shorter covering (or maybe I can use the blue tarp that I bought this year)
- Red screens for phone and tablet
- Water bottle
Larry and I also talked about bringing the kids next year. It would be great if they get to experience these skies too (just a few days ago Peter asked me why the milky way is called milky -if he were here, he would know!) We thought about some things that the kids could do:
- They can observe the sky with my 6" scope - the should be able to use the hand control. We can give them a list of objects that they can slew to.
- We can give them a list of Iridium flares and satelites to observe
- The quadcopter
- We can do day trips into the surroundings