TSP Schedule

2018 Guest Speakers: (planned)

  • Richard Berry , astro-imager, author, and former editor Astronomy magazine. Speaking on “Future Shock: The Impact of Imaging on Amateur Astronomy”
  • Alex McConahay , amateur astronomer and imager. Speaking on “Which Way Is Up? Musings about Motion and Direction in the Universe”
  • Randy Shivak , solar astronomer and outreach specialist. Speaking on “Solar imaging and Processing”
  • Richard S Wright, Jr , software engineer for Software Bisque. Speaking on “Adventures of an Accidental Astronomer”

 2018 Tentative Schedule:

(Download DETAILED program here)

 Sunday, May 6
 2:00 - 5:30 PM    Ranch Check-in Opens
 9:00 PM           Front Gate closes/Dark-out

 Monday, May 7
 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 8     ( SCIENCE FICTION DAY !!!)
 1:00 PM           Bus departs for McDonald Observatory Tour
 2:00 - 4:00 PM    Eclipsathon (includes schedule of eclipse-observers!)
 4:00 - 5:00 PM    EclipseMeetup! The Gathering (show off your eclipse memorabilia)
 4:30 - 5:30 PM    TSP Registration (Meeting Hall)
 7:00 PM       TSP Ladies Night at the Movies
               Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
 9:00 PM           Front Gate closes/Dark-out

 Wednesday, May 9   
 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 - Richard S Wright, Jr
               Adventures of an Accidental Astronomer
                
 9:00 PM           Front Gate closes/Dark-out

 Thursday, May 10     (HAWAIIAN SHIRT DAY !!!)
 1:30 - 4:30       Paper Sessions, Workshops, and Presentations
 4:30 - 5:30       TSP Registration
 7:30 PM       EVENING SPEAKER - Randy Shivak
               Solar imaging and Processing
                  
 9:00 PM           Front Gate closes/Dark-out

 Friday, May 11
 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 - Alex McConahay
                Which Way Is Up? Musings about Motion and Direction in the Universe 
                  
               Great Texas Giveaway Part 1, Awards, and Recognition

 9:00 PM           Front Gate closes/Dark-out (at end of meeting)

 Saturday, May 12
 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 - Richard Berry
               Future Shock: The Impact of Imaging on Amateur Astronomy 
     
               Great Texas Giveaway Part 2, Awards, and Recognition

 9:00 PM           Front Gate closes/Dark-out (at end of meeting)

 Sunday, May 13
 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 in the market for souvenirs or for “necessaries”, you can probably get it quickest in Fort Davis.