TMSP 2015 Registration Opens May 1st!

TMSP 2015 Dates: Tuesday, August 11th through Saturday, August 15th

Location: Eden Valley Guest Ranch, Oroville, WA

We are pleased to announce the above dates for TMSP 2015. In cooperation with Eden Valley, we will again be opening to attendees on Tuesday for those that want a longer Star Party experience.

Registration for TMSP 2015 will open May 1st.

Please check the TMSPA Website for more information.

We look forward to seeing you at Eden Valley in 2015!

-The TMSPA Staff

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 Planetarium.
  • 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

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

Registration for TMSP 2013 is Now Open!

Registration for TMSP 2013 is now open!

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

2013 Meal Menus Posted

Deb Losse has whipped up another fantastic meal menu that she and her crew will be preparing for us at Eden Valley this year. If you’re looking to cut down on the amount of food you need to bring, purchasing these dinners can lighten the camping (and cooler) load.

Please be aware that there will be a limited number of each meal available and these meals can only be purchased with your registration.

The 2013 menu is posted on the Food Services page on the TMSPA website.

For those between-meal snacks or simpler fare than what’s offered for dinner, Doyle can whip up some awfully good grub at the Food Wagon, or you can choose from a variety of snack foods and beverages.

2013 Registration Dates

Listed below are the registration dates for the 2013 Table Mountain Star Party. Please note the dates and fees: save money by registering early!

Early Registration will open on May 1st and close on May 31st.

Registration fees during the Early Registration period will be at the discounted rate of $60 for the first registrant, $40 for additional adults and $15 for students. Children 6 and under are free.

Regular Registration will continue starting June 1st and continue through July 13th or until we reach our capacity of 700 attendees.

Regular Registration fees are $70 for the first registrant, $50 for additional adults and $25 for students. Children 6 and under are free.

Registration will be available online through our Online Registration System, with the option of printing and mailing your registration form with your payment, or paying online using PayPal.

TMSP 2013 Location Announced!

The Directors of TMSPA are pleased to announce the site for the 2013 Table Mountain Star Party:

Eden Valley Guest Ranch

Eden Valley is located approximately 9 miles east of Oroville, Washington.

Full information of the announcement is posted on the TMSPA Website. There have been significant changes made to the pages on the website and we recommend that you read them thoroughly.

TMSP 2013 will take place on August 7, 8, 9 & 10

-The TMSPA Staff