TEXAS STAR PARTY 2023
TSP May 14, 10am – May 21, 10am 2023.
Hosted at Prude Guest Ranch- near Fort Davis, TX
The TSP schedule is arranged with the astronomer in mind, with nothing scheduled in the mornings. But there are lots of unscheduled activities as well, including items of interest for you, spouses and children! TSP Ladies is now TSP “PARTNERS” to acknowledge our attendees enjoy participating in non astronomy related activities and TSP staff wants to provide everyone with activities to participate in while at TSP Star Parties. Our non astronomy related activities are not just for our female attendees. While this is a star party event we are hosting. We realize that we have attendees who are attending with their significant other and are not into astronomy. And we have attendees that want to do other activities besides astronomy. We will be researching more activities to offer our attendees. Keep checking back in for updates. And of course, if you have suggestions, please contact us at TSP ACTIVITIES.
Here’s a partial activities list to tell you more:
- TSP Observing Programs – great observing lists for the greatest skies!
- Big Bend Museum tour – Friday carpool trip to Alpine!
- Internet Access – check your email and support your observing in the field!
- Amateur Radio Operations at TSP – tell the world about your TSP experience!
- Volunteers – Join! help make our activities possible!
- Sightseeing – Lots of things to do and see in the area!
- Children – See our list of things to do!
To be announced as TSP staff schedules speakers and activities. Please check back for updates.
Amateurs who want to join in some good old-fashioned horse-trading will want to take part in the Swap Meet on Friday morning about 9am. It will be located in front of the Vendor Hall (The Lodge Building north of the Upper Observing Field). Bring your own card table, blanket, or tailgate!
TSP does not have a list of Vendors who are supporting TSP 2023 at this time. But attendees can visit the list of vendors who supported TSP 2022 here, list of Vendors that donate Door-prizes.
Bus Tours to McDonald Observatory
The W.J. McDonald Observatory, owned and operated by The University of Texas, is on the summit of 6,800 foot Mt. Locke in the heart of the Davis Mountains. The Observatory has telescopes for optical, infrared, and radio wavelengths. The telescopes include 368, 107, 82, 36, and 30 inch instruments.