TSP Schedule

2020 Guest Speakers:

    • Stephanie Anderson , Cloudbreak Optics.  Speaking on How to scratch the 7-light-year-itch: 1001 ways to keep the spark for your telescope alive
    • Howard Brewington , amateur astronomer and comet-discoverer. Speaking on The Urban Meteorite
    • Daniel Durda , Southwest Research Institute.  Speaking on The Science And Exploration of Little Rocky Worlds
    • Stella Kafka , Executive Officer, AAVSO. Speaking on Variable Stars and their stories

     2020 Tentative Schedule:

    (Download DETAILED    2019   program here)  
    
     Sunday, May 17
     2:00 - 5:30 PM    Ranch Check-in Opens
     3:00 - 5:30 PM    Dark-out helpers (meet at Pandora's Box at 3 PM)
     9:00 PM           Front Gate closes/Dark-out
    
     Monday, May 18
     9:00 - 4:45 PM   TSP Imaging Workshops (Lodge Building)
     1:00 - 5:00 PM    TSP Registration (Meeting Hall)
     4:00 - 5:00 PM    New Attendee Orientation (Meeting Hall)
     9:00 PM           Front Gate closes/Dark-out
    
     Tuesday, May 19   ( SCIENCE FICTION DAY !!!)
     9:00 - 4:00 PM    TSP Imaging Workshops (Lodge Building)
     1:00 PM           Bus departs for McDonald Observatory Tour
     4:00 - 5:00 PM    SCiFi meetup! The Gathering 
     4:30 - 5:30 PM    TSP Registration (Meeting Hall)
     7:00 PM       TSP Ladies Night at the Movie -- TBA
    
     9:00 PM           Front Gate closes/Dark-out
    
     Wednesday, May 20   
     9:00 - 4:00 PM    TSP Imaging Workshops (Lodge Building)
     1:30-4:30         Paper Sessions, Workshops, and Presentations
     4:30 - 5:30       TSP Registration
     6:30 - 7:00       Interfaith Worship Service - Jason Fry (outside next to Pool)
     7:30 PM       EVENING SPEAKER - Stephanie Anderson, Seattle WA
                        How to scratch the 7-light-year-itch: 1001 ways to keep the spark for your telescope alive
                    
     9:00 PM           Front Gate closes/Dark-out
    
     Thursday, May 21     (HAWAIIAN SHIRT DAY !!!)
     1:30 - 4:30       Paper Sessions, Workshops, and Presentations
     4:30 - 5:30       TSP Registration
     7:30 PM       EVENING SPEAKER - Howard Brewington, Las Cruces NM
                        The Urban Meteorite        
                      
     9:00 PM           Front Gate closes/Dark-out
    
     Friday, May 22
     9 AM              Swap Meet (in front of Lodge Building, Texas Imaging Symposium)
     1:10 PM           TSP Group Photo (by Ranch Office)
     1:20              Bus departs for McDonald Observatory Tour
     1:30              Tour departs: Museum of the Big Bend (RSVP)
     2:00              Southwest Region AL Meeting (in Meeting Hall)
     4:30 - 5:30       TSP Registration
     7:30 PM       EVENING SPEAKER - Daniel Durda, Boulder CO   
                        The Science And Exploration of Little Rocky Worlds                 
                      
                   Great Texas Giveaway Part 1, Awards, and Recognition
    
     9:00 PM           Front Gate closes/Dark-out (at end of meeting)
    
     Saturday, May 23
     1:00 PM           Bus departs for McDonald Observatory Tour
     1:30 - 4:30       Paper Sessions, Workshops, and Presentations
     4:30 - 5:30       TSP Registration
     7:30 PM       EVENING SPEAKER - Stella Kafka, Cambridge MA 
                        Variable Stars and their stories                
         
                   Great Texas Giveaway Part 2, Awards, and Recognition
    
     9:00 PM           Front Gate closes/Dark-out (at end of meeting)
    
     Sunday, May 24
     10 AM             Check-out Time
    
    

    Ranch Dining Hall Meals

    Breakfast CANCELLED
    Lunch 11:30-1:00 PM
    Dinner 5:30-7:00 PM
    Snack Bar 10 PM – 3:30 AM

    Other Important Times

    Vendors Pavilion Open 10:00-Noon and 1:30-5:00 PM Monday thru Saturday

    All contest entries: Turn in at TSP Registration Table.

    • ATM entries deadline 5:30 PM Wednesday; Judging 1-3 PM Thursday
    • Astrophoto & Drawing entries deadline 5:30 PM Thursday; Judging 2 PM Friday
    • Astrophoto & Drawing Display is in Meeting Hall

    TSP Registration Desk is in Meeting Hall. See hours listed above.

    A table has been set up in the Meeting Hall in cooperation with the Fort Davis Chamber of Commerce that will have information and materials on things to do and places to shop in Fort Davis. Whether you are in the market for souvenirs or for “necessaries”, you can probably get it quickest in Fort Davis.