Texas Star Party 2008 – Photos

Here are some photos from this year’s Texas Star Party:

These are various views of the upper telescope field, showing how dusty it was. The Texas Star Party is (in)famous for the dust and there was plenty of it this year:

Here is the ‘Belt of Venus’ phenomenon, seen from the upper field.You can see the shadow clearly in the pic:

On Wednesday night there was a big grass fire to the south west and it was visible from the ranch as a glow reflected in the smoke. It was actually further away (around 20 miles distant) than it appears in this photo:

The Milky Way from the upper field: