2014 Guest Speaker Lineup

We are pleased to announce our lineup of Guest Speakers for TMSP 2014:

  • Peter Ceravolo, professional optician and founder of Ceravolo Optical Systems.
  • Debra Ceravolo, astro-imager specializing in image processing.
  • Alan Dyer, co-author of The Backyard Astronomers Guide.
  • Shane Larson, Associate Professor of Physics at Northwestern University, and member of the Astronomy Department at Chicago’s Adler

  • Michelle Larson, President and CEO of Chicago’s Adler Planetarium
  • Jack Newton, world-renowned astro-imager and author.

Information on their speaking topics can be found on the Speakers Page and their backgrounds on the Guest Speaker Biographies Page on the TMSPA website.

-The TMSPA Staff

Dates for TMSP 2014

Dates: Tuesday, July 22nd through Saturday, July 26th, 2014

Location: Eden Valley Guest Ranch, Oroville, WA

We are pleased to announce the above dates for TMSP 2014. In cooperation with Eden Valley, we will be opening on Tuesday – a day earlier than we did in 2013 – for those that want a longer Star Party experience.

Registration for TMSP 2014 will open May 1st, 2014.

Please check the TMSPA Website for more information.

We look forward to seeing you at Eden Valley in 2014!

-The TMSPA Staff

TMSP and Table Mountain in the News

Now that TMSP 2013 is behind us, we’ve found a few bits of TMSP news circulating in the press:

Okanogan Gazette-Tribune

Brent Baker, writing for the Gazette-Tribune, stopped by Eden Valley on Saturday during the event and interviewed Chairman Thom Jenkins as well as Eden Valley owners Pat and Robin Stice. Great article – worth reading! Also features the lightning picture taken by our own Zach Drew. You can read Brent’s article here.

The Seattle Times

Lynda Mapes of the Times has a blog post regarding the impact of the Table Mountain Fire and how it impacted use of the area by TMSPA. Of special note in the article are the comments from Ranger Judy Hallisey about the concerns of the Forest Service with use of the area. Also, the third photo down in the article shows the tree line at the south end of the telescope field adjacent to the pit toilet and how many areas burned.

Both articles are also linked on the TMSPA Homepage.

-The TMSPA Staff

Off the Grid

The majority of the TMSPA Directors are now on-site or en-route to Eden Valley to begin preparations for TMSP 2013. Since there is limited to no cell coverage at Eden Valley, we are going “off the grid” and will not be able to monitor email communications.

At the moment, the weather forecasts are favorable for the coming week and we do not anticipate there being any issues with being able to accommodate on-site registrations or vehicle-size restrictions being necessary.

Please remember that we will open the gates for the start of TMSP 2013 at 9am Wednesday morning; there are no early arrivals permitted.

Come on up to Eden Valley and join us – we’ll be glad to see you!

-The TMSPA Staff

On-Site Registration

All pre-paid, confirmed registration is now closed. However there is still space available and there will be On-Site Registration for TMSP this year.

Information about On-Site Registration can be found on the Registration Page of the TMSP website. We have set up an online version of On-Site Registration so that you can enter your information and print out a registration form before heading to Eden Valley. This will help expedite the registration process when you arrive.

No annual shirts or meals can be ordered for On-Site Registrations.

Only cash, checks and money orders will be accepted for On-Site Registration payments.

If there are any updates to registration restrictions, we will post them here (if possible) on the Weblog.

We hope to see you at Eden Valley!

-The TMSPA Staff

2013 Observers Challenge Program

Kreig McBride and Tom Masterson have provided us with an updated list of objects to locate for the Observers Challenge Program during the 2013 Table Mountain Star Party. If you’ve never participated in the Observers Challenge, the list is 30 objects that can be viewed in most telescopes during the Star Party. Participants who locate and document their observations of at least 25 of the objects on the list are eligible to receive a special Observers Challenge pin.

You can find more info and the 2013 list on the Observers Challenge page on the TMSPA website.

-The TMSPA Staff

Special Guest Speakers

TMSPA is pleased to announce our Special Guest Speakers for 2013:

Jack and Alice Newton

Jack is a world-renowned astrophotographer whose work has been published in practically every known astronomy publication, as well as his own books. Jack is considered one of the pioneers of CCD astrophotography, having spent many years perfecting photographing with film prior to embarking into the use of CCD’s. Whatever topic Jack selects to present of us this year, it’s bound to be informative and fun.

Alice is known for – besides being Jack’s wife – her straight-shootin’, no-holds-barred conversations. If we’re able to coerce (or blackmail) Alice into speaking this year, it’s almost guaranteed to be a rip-roaring, NSFW engagement if past-history of her speaking engagements is any indicator.

-The TMSPA Staff

Reminder: Early Registration Closes on Friday, May 31st

We hope that you all enjoyed your Memorial Day Weekend. As we return to the normal workaday life, we here at TMSPA just want to take a moment to remind you that the Early Registration Period for TMSP 2013 will be ending this Friday. Starting on Saturday, June 1st the Registration Fees will increase by $10 per person* as we begin the Regular Registration Period.

Now is the time to take advantage of the lower registration rates before they go up!

Go to the TMSPA Registration Site to get registered!

We look forward to seeing all of you at Eden Valley this August!

( * except children 6 and under, who are always free.)

-The TMSPA Staff

Eden Valley Cabins Rented

All of the Guest Cabins at Eden Valley have been rented out for TMSP 2013. In the event that there is a cancellation, TMSPA has registrations already on a waiting list if a cabin should become available, and we are not accepting further requests at this time.

Please, do not contact Eden Valley regarding cabin rentals for TMSP 2013.

Thank you.

-The TMSPA Staff

Registration for TMSP 2013 is Now Open!

Early Registration for TMSP 2013 is now open!

Early Registration will continue through April 31st. Take advantage of the reduced rates by registering now!

Registration fees will increase $10.00 per person on June 1st when we transition to the Regular Registration period.

Registration fees have remained unchanged from last year, with the exception of the cost of meals ordered with your registration.

With the change of venue to Eden Valley, there have been substantial updates to the TMSPA website. We encourage you to review them thoroughly.

We look forward to seeing you in August at Eden Valley!

-The TMSPA Staff