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Fremont Peak State Park 3% moon

  • May 11, 2013 · 7:00 PM
  • This location is shown only to members

 

This is a Saturday event it will go on as long as it is not raining in San Juan Bautista at noon on the day of the event

NOTE:  Sunday is Mothers Day

Your host for this event is John Cincotta.  Please contact him if you have questions or ask below.  You might first want to read the "Must Read This" page as it may answer most of your questions.

Weather Forecast <-- Click

ABOUT THIS EVENT

there will be 20 slots available and each person will be able to bring 1 guest but must be in the same vehicle

 

 


SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS (please read this first if you have questions)

  • The Astronomy organization that runs the observatory is having a event this night
  • You must have a YES RSVP to actually attend.
  • A no show to this event will be recorded.
  • You must withdraw from the event 3 days before it starts or you will be counted as a no show.
  • Guests (1) are permitted.
  • Bringing undeclared guests will be treated the same as a no-show.
  • If you do not answer the questions you will be removed from the the rsvp list
  • there will be a sign in list on the back of my car and the attendee must sign in  or be marked as a no-show (not the 1 guest)

Camping / Overnight Use

Access fee is $6 ($5 for seniors) for day use (up to one hour after sunset) and an additional* $25 for camping or overnight use.  If booked through ReserveAmerica, there is also an $8 reservation fee.  Not all campsites are reservable about 4 are first-come first served. The number of cars permitted depends on the campsite selected.  Assume that one car per site is the norm. Anyone else must park in the separate parking area.  There are about 35 available spaces in the two parking areas, not including at least one area per campsite.  Click HERE for a campsite map.  There are both tent and RV/Trailer campsites.

*NOTE: ReserveAmerica implies that the campground fee includes admission for one vehicle into the park.


(click map for larger image)


NOTE: The map is labeled incorrectly. Valley View is at the left (west) and offers mostly RV spots and Oak Point is toward the top and has only tent sites.


SCHEDULE
2:00-6:00PM arrive and setup
8:06PM Sunset
9:51PM Moonset
12:00 milky way rises in the South East
4:00 milky way overhead (SSW)

6:01AM sunrise

 

FURTHER DETAILS

NOTE:  Sunday is Mothers Day


WHAT TO BRING

  • headlamp and flashlight
  • warm sweater, coat  dress in layers
  • knit hat
  • light gloves.
  • a liter of Gatorade or the equivalent
  • Snacks, dinner, breakfast
  • Camera, tripod, film/memory cards, extra battery
  • Recommended Lens(es) wide for Milky Way and star trails other focal lengths for other things
  • Intervalometer



DIRECTIONS and PARKING

will be supplied to yes rsvp's


QUESTIONS & ANSWERS:

1. Can I bring my pet/dog?
To the park, yes - permitted in certain areas on a leash.  With the group, no unless you are sure you're willing to pay for the damage an out of control animal may do to equipment, people or the environment.

2.  I am on the waiting list, can I attend?
We will mark you as a no-show and bar you from future events if you do. 
For even more information about the rules we operated under at BANP see here.

 

3. I see someone dropped out, can I take their place?
Not unless you are the next person on the waiting list. It's rude to "cut in line".

 

4. If I have a yes RSVP and I don't show up, then what?
You will be marked a no show and barred from future events. Might even be kicked out of the group if it has been your habit.

 

5. I was on the waiting list (or I was a Yes), but my RSVP was changed to NO, why!?
Because you have a prior no-show.  You can rejoin the waiting list, but we'll keep moving you to the bottom.

 

6, If I indicate how much I want to go, or plead for a spot will that help me get one?
No. Meetup doles out yes RSVPs on a first-come, first served basis.  We are glad you are eager, but we assume everyone who is desiring a yes RSVP is eager or they wouldn't be RSVPing.  If you are only lukewarm about it, don't RSVP.

 

If you have further questions ask below in the comments.

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  • Meggi R.

    Thank you, John and Marsha for a great night out under the stars. I loved every minute of it. Next time I will hike up further - Marsha your MW panorama late in the night is fantastic. Even sunrise was great through the wonderful oaks - did anyone see it?
    Well, I know I will be back since the park offers so many great outlooks and views!
    Thank you!

    2 · May 12, 2013

  • marsha k.

    I felt a little like Cinderella after the ball, waking up the Sunday a.m. to bright sunshine and oak trees. Was all the fun I had the night before and early morning real? Yes it was. There were a few telescopes still left in the parking lot though my MeetUp partners had long gone. I always learn so much from these meetups and this park has such wonderful photographic opportunities. John couldn't have ordered better weather and the Fog below on the west side dampened the light pollution. Judging from the ooohs and aahs I heard around me, I am sure everyone got some good pics.

    2 · May 12, 2013

  • han

    Thank you for organizing John and Marsha. David thank you for sharing your campsite. Please email me your paypal account. Shibu, Ajay and Sandeep, good shooting with you. Really appreciate everyone's help to get me started on this, very fun. Thank you!

    May 12, 2013

  • Nikki D. P.

    Excellent and the people wonderful and very helpful.

    1 · May 12, 2013

  • john c.

    great

    May 12, 2013

  • Ritesh P. S.

    One of the best meetups ever for me. Met some really, really cool people, learnt a lot and took some great shots (Hopefully!)

    2 · May 12, 2013

  • David

    Will be in around 6:00

    May 11, 2013

  • Khetani

    Sorry guys, hate to drop out but i had to wait till the last minute. cannot avoid this family thing, was hoping till today that i could. have fun !

    May 11, 2013

  • Gwen

    Thank you for bumping me to a yes from the wait list. Due to a little family emergency I will not be able to attend. Big Bummer I was so excited...have an amazing time.

    May 11, 2013

  • Ritesh P. S.

    I should reach around 4:00 PM. See you all there...

    May 11, 2013

  • Sandeep G.

    Hope we are all meeting directly at the campsites. Cause the map location in this meetup shows some other place.

    May 11, 2013

  • Milo

    Had to cancel my RSVP, I suffered a sprain this morning and now late afternoon I can't stand up anymore. I am not sure if this is going away in the next two days.

    May 9, 2013

  • Elizabeth S.

    Encountered a dental problem and won't feel like staying up all night Saturday-Sunday. Sorry to miss this event.

    May 9, 2013

    • marsha k.

      Sorry to hear this. I hope you feel better.

      1 · May 9, 2013

  • marsha k.

    Steven C. just published on his blog some good tips on getting enough sleep for these o-dark-hundred shoots.

    http://blog.starcircleacademy.com/2013/05/sleeping/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+StarCircleAcademy+%28Star+Circle+Academy%29

    May 9, 2013

  • Deborah

    Looking at the weather it looks like beginning Sat. evening it's going to get cloudy. It's too early to see the clear sky chart, but I'll be looking at it tomorrow again. I hope we're higher than the clouds Sat/Sun night.

    May 9, 2013

    • marsha k.

      Clouds if low enough could be really good and block out some of the ambient light from the valleys below.

      1 · May 9, 2013

  • Sandeep G.

    is anyone travelling from south bay? would love to carpool!
    Also I do not mind sharing a campsite if anyone wants to since I am planning to sleep in the car itself.

    May 7, 2013

    • Sandeep G.

      Sure that sounds good. Give me your email id. We can discuss there.

      May 8, 2013

    • Shibu T.

      here is my email id - [masked] :)

      May 8, 2013

  • Saket

    Sorry, Won't be able to go this saturday.

    May 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'd like yo jump on an opening but would need a tide from Santa Clara. Can anyone help? I don't want to take a spot without knowing...

    May 3, 2013

    • Sandeep G.

      Hi Allan, im traveling from San Jose. We can carpool!

      May 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Saw I was promoted to going, and thank you for that. Unfortunately other plans for the weekend had already been made. Thanks again for the opportunity. I hope everyone has a great time and I look forward to seeing some new awesome photos.. Forecast looks great

    May 8, 2013

  • Ian

    I am quite interested in joining on this - cpl of questions. I'm a 'camping noob' in CA. What campsite space should I pick if I plan to just sleep in the car? Tent only - but the car would be parked in the parking lot? Or an RV/trailer spot/ Seems wasteful to take up an RV slot for just the car... Also, how wide is recommended for the milky way? I currently have a[masked]L as my wide choice; worth getting something wider perhaps?

    May 7, 2013

    • marsha k.

      Hi Ian - good lens advice from Debora. If you are interested in joining this meetup, you should put your name on the waiting list and as or if any people drop out those on the waiting list move up.

      May 7, 2013

    • Ian

      Aww poop. knew I should have registered while there was a spot going. Thanks for the advice Deborah anyway. I'm still have to juggle some other plans to free the night before I can commit so may just have to be another day. .. night.. :P

      May 7, 2013

  • Meggi R.

    Hello, I just reserved my spot on the campground. Since I sleep in my car, if anyone needs a tent campground and wants to share, please contact me.

    March 25, 2013

    • Meggi R.

      Hi Ritesh, I booked a spot on the Oak Point campground. Happy to share. pl contact me on my email [masked] for further specifics. Meggi

      March 29, 2013

    • Sandeep G.

      Hey I am new to camping. So can the tent campsite be occupied by only person? Or is it big enough to be shared? I am willing to share if its big enough and there is a room for another person

      May 7, 2013

  • Michael S

    Unfortunately, I will not be able to make it. Have fun!

    May 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am new to Night Photography; or I should say, "I have not done a night Photography". So, any advise I can start practicing before the trip. Thank you.

    March 27, 2013

    • marsha k.

      Mary here is the link: http://events.starcir...­

      March 29, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thank you Marsha, I will definitely take advantage of the class.

      March 30, 2013

  • Shibu T.

    I'm new to night photography, I'm so much excited to meet our group members :)

    March 25, 2013

  • Atul C.

    Oh yeahh! The beautiful crescent.

    March 25, 2013

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