Yosemite Star Party 2008!
By William Phelps
has once again been invited to put on a Public Star Party at Glacier Point, in Yosemite National Park. If youenjoy participating in public star parties, this is the eventof the year! This year, we were assigned August 29, 30,and 31 – Labor Day weekend.As usual, during the evening, we are expected to put ona good public show, and be tolerant of non-astronomers(including flashlights) between sunset and midnight; that’swhy we are there. After midnight, we are free to changethe rules and try to do some serious observing and pho-tography. Any members of the public that hang aroundafter midnight are not going to be a problem!As in past years, the Park Service is providing free entryto the park and free camping, for a
, and they would like between 15 and 20 tele-scopes set up for public use. Note that free camping is
available for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights.Anyone wishing to arrive before Friday, or stay after Monday at noon, or anyone not on the official list of 30 people, must make their own arrangements.
Please do NOT bring pets!!
: Due to the limit on free camping, PAS policyfor this event is to allow only one guest or non-member per PAS member on the “free camping list”. In order to be fair to everyone, there will be no exceptions to this policy. You must bring a telescope to qualify for freecamping; the club does have a limited number of loaner scopes. People in excess of the first 30 to sign up (in-cluding members AND guests), or members wanting to bring more than one guest, can still go, but will have tomake their own arrangements, and pay the Park entrancefee.To accommodate our large and enthusiastic group, I willtry to purchase additional campsites as needed. Peoplein excess of the first 30 will be put in shared campsites,and will be expected to pay for them (it’s not very ex- pensive). Priority will be given to members bringing tele-scopes and participating in the public program (beyondthe first 30 to sign up), then members not bringing scopes,and guests of club members, in that order.If you don’t want to camp, an alternative is to stay atYosemite West, where houses and condominium apart-ments are available for rental; prices run from around$140 per night up, depending on accommodations.Yosemite West is about a mile from the junction of theGlacier Point road and Highway 41, about a 30-minutedrive from Glacier Point. Check the following for lodg-ing information:
Yosemite Scenic Wonders –
Yosemite’s Four Seasons –
Yosemite West (multiple properties)
www.yosemitewest.comTo sign up for this year’s
PAS Yosemite Public StarParty,
mail a postcard or letter, postmarked
on or after
, to:William PhelpsPAS Yosemite 20082711 Louis RoadPalo Alto, CA 94303-3651To sign up by e-mail, send a note (on or after Saturday,
) to: yosemite(at)meier-phelps.comEither way,
the following information: Names of all participantsHome AND daytime phone numbersCurrent mailing address OR email addressDescription of telescope(s) you will bringEVERYONE who is intending on participating in thisevent MUST SIGN UP, even if you are not camping!!!Failure to include the information requested above couldcause you to miss out on this event!To give everyone an equal chance, no requests will beaccepted postmarked earlier than the above dates; nameswill go on the list in the order they are received. Pleasedo not call me at home to sign up.I will notify you if you are on the free camping list or not.Some time in July or early August I will mail out confir-mations,
and Park Service rules.This is one of my favorite events. I’m really lookingforward to it, and I hope to see many of you there!