Some photos ‘from the archives’

My posts just recently have been a bit light on the visuals so, in the absence of any recent trips or new sketches, I have dug out some old star party photos, from my TSP visits, and here they are. I don’t think I’ve posted them on the blog before (I don’t want to become like one of the cable tv channels that only shows repeats!) but they are, or some are, on my website.
Click on each photo for sharper and, in some cases, larger ones.

Upper field 2008
Upper field 2008
Upper field 2008
L-R: Larry Mitchell, Stephen O’Meara, Alvin Huey, ‘yours truly’ and Robert Reeves, TSP 2006. I have since dyed my hair!!
Lower field 2008
Middle field 2008
82 inch dome at McDonald Observatory
Barbara Wilson’s 20″ Spacewalk dob
Alvin Huey’s 30″ Starmaster dob
Me at the eyepiece of Jimi Lowrey’s 48″. That ladder isn’t as scary as it looks…it’s scarier.
Upper field, dusk 2008
Dusk falls
And keeps falling
Larry Mitchell’s 36″ Obsession dob
12″ dob, upper field 2006
Gateway to the TSP
Gate made famous in many astronomy magazine articles, books and web sites
Fire! The ‘Great TSP Fire of 2008’
Valley of the Dobs, TSP 2006
Upper field
Upper field, another view
And another view
Yet another view
Upper field 2010 – no dust! It’s green!
Bob Summerfield at the eyepiece of the 36″ ‘Yard Scope’ (originally built by Tectron Telescopes)

I love the TSP, it’s definitely my favourite vacation, and I want to go back one year, hopefully in 2012. We’ll see what the rest of 2011 brings…