TSP Schedule

2019 Guest Speakers:

    • Amanda Bayless, astrophysicist (Southwest Research Institute). Speaking on  “Black Holes Don’t Suck”
  • Rachel Freed, astronomy education specialist (Sonoma State University). Speaking on “Astronomy for Inspiring an Understanding of Science”
  • Babak Tafreshi, Director of  The World At Night. Speaking on “The World at Night
  • Chuck Wood, Sky & Telescope columnist. Speaking on “The Most Fascinating Object in the Night Sky

 2019 Tentative Schedule:

(Download DETAILED    2019   program here)  

 Sunday, April 28
 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, April 29
 10:00 - 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, April 30   ( SCIENCE FICTION DAY !!!)
 10:00 - 4:45 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 Movies  - "Them" (Classic 1954 sci-fi)
                   see James Arness, Leonard Nimoy, Fess Parker, Dick York, James Whitmore, and Edmund Gwenn

 9:00 PM           Front Gate closes/Dark-out

 Wednesday, May 1   
 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 - Rachel Freed
                   "Astronomy for Inspiring an Understanding of Science"
                
 9:00 PM           Front Gate closes/Dark-out

 Thursday, May 2     (HAWAIIAN SHIRT DAY !!!)
 1:30 - 4:30       Paper Sessions, Workshops, and Presentations
 4:30 - 5:30       TSP Registration
 7:30 PM       EVENING SPEAKER - Amanda Bayless
                   "Black Holes Don’t suck"          
                  
 9:00 PM           Front Gate closes/Dark-out

 Friday, May 3
 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 - Chuck Wood
                   "The Most Fascinating Object in the Night Sky"                  
                  
               Great Texas Giveaway Part 1, Awards, and Recognition

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

 Saturday, May 4
 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 - Babak Tafreshi
                   "The World at Night"                 
     
               Great Texas Giveaway Part 2, Awards, and Recognition

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

 Sunday, May 5
 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.