Jason Adamik

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  • in reply to: No Wireless service in the fields? #6830
    Jason Adamik
    Participant

    There is next to no Internet access in the bunkhouses this year, which is really inconvenient. There are times when one may need to check email, send an email to family, check weather, work on astro projects, etc., especially if early morning, late at night, etc. when the dining hall isn’t open (that’s where I have to lug my computer bag/tablet/accys to now).

    It’s true that the office has been open all night and has good Internet signal, but it is a much less convenient place for working since there are no tables and one has to place a laptop/table only on ones lap. No place to lay out papers, use a mouse, etc.

    When the radio guys were providing our Internet service, it was great, but the ranch knew better and so now we have this.

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    in reply to: Run on 2014 t-shirts #6098
    Jason Adamik
    Participant

    Thanks, Dave. I knew that the biggest problem might be getting a volunteer to do the thankless and not at all fun job to package each order and address envelopes and take to PO or other shipper and pay for the shipping. That would be a big enough reason not to bother with advance orders.

    I didn’t know all the other problems. I think if you posted a graphic in advance it should be sufficient and people would be satisfied with the shirt they received. In any case, it’s a shame it’s hard for people to get shirts who really want them since they are one of the only ‘memorabilia’ items from TSP. I have all my old ones and bought more back to the early 80’s as mentioned above.

    I think more ‘L’ and ‘XL’ sizes ordered might solve those being sold out so quickly. I am an L most years and always have a hard time finding a shirt. I think most men attendees tend to be an L or XL. The women may tend to be M or L but there are fewer of them.

    in reply to: Vendors #6097
    Jason Adamik
    Participant

    Good info and nice to hear this, Dave. I also had not heard any concerns about security from vendors, only speculation about what attendees assumed were their thoughts on it. In addition, like I said, there have been very few incidents of theft from vendors or observers at TSP. I mentioned the only two that I ever heard about, and I am not at all sure that those really happened. The meteorite knife incident seemed to be for real (it was the blade that was made from meteorite, not the handle, of course, as I had typed incorrectly). Even on the field where things are exposed all the time and not locked up I just haven’t heard of problems.

    I think the weather issues with the pavilion, if they have been solved satisfactorily, should end any serious issues with its use. I immediately noticed that it was much bigger and of course offers a much easier place to set up than the tighter spaces with narrow hallway in the old lodge. I would think most vendors would like it better. As Dave said, it sure is a lot closer to other locations on the ranch and doesn’t require the long trek up the hill in the heat to get to it. A lot of people drove up to the old lodge, which also just adds to the layers of Prude Dust on eqpt on the upper field.

    in reply to: Wanted: vintage TSP t-shirts #6090
    Jason Adamik
    Participant

    I bought a lot of these last year from Amelia Goldberg but many are way too small for me. They are historic relics of TSP, for sure, and so I was still glad to get them! Real rarities, for sure. I doubt there are many more people who have shirts from the earliest years of TSP up till now. If anyone is interested in purchasing some of the smaller ones (some mediums are really small and some larges may be tight mediums) he or she could contact me.

    I thought of turning the small ones into shirts I could wear by getting someone who could sew well to attach the main designs onto a similarly colored but larger shirt. I don’t know if I really want to bother with this now, so if anyone is interested in some of the old shirts, please send me a message.

    in reply to: Run on 2014 t-shirts #6089
    Jason Adamik
    Participant

    Dave, I didn’t see this opportunity to get a 2014 shirt after they sold out until just now (I had been in contact with you and the Goldbergs last year but got the impression that the shirts were impossible to get after they sold out).

    I think this is a continuing problem that would be easy to remedy – just take orders from people who want shirts after they sell out and as long as the number of people requesting them by a certain date is enough to satisfy the supplier (say, 25 or whatever number they demand) then the problem just remains to find a person willing to address bubble mailers or other envelopes, stuff them with shirts, and take them to a post office.

    in reply to: Jeff Goldstein #6088
    Jason Adamik
    Participant

    Does anyone know if the company will continue to operate and, if so, if they will be at TSP? They definitely had some ingenious ideas for products and I had planned to buy some that had sold out. It shows you that in amateur astronomy if you really like something you should try to buy it since many of the manufacturers are really small companies and things can happen that wouldn’t stop large companies. I didn’t know Jeff personally but talked to him for awhile when I was buying a load of his cool stuff a couple TSPs ago…

    in reply to: Vendors #6087
    Jason Adamik
    Participant

    As much as many vendors love coming to TSP for both the big sales they make and the fact that many are also observers, they can’t afford to risk their in some cases very expensive items or easily destroyed items (such as books, atlases, etc.) to either theft or water/mud damage (as happened with the deluge a couple years back). I think the new bldg is much bigger in area than the old quarters (not sure) but there needs to be some fix for the rare but definitely possible chance of sudden, short duration, heavy downpours that could ruin thousands of dollars of merchandise.

    I haven’t heard vendors or others express concerns about theft, maybe because there have been just one or two instances of it since I started coming in 1987. The most well-known is the supposed theft from a vendor table of an expensive knife with a handle made from meteorite, but I don’t know if this was really confirmed. Another time Al Nagler thought someone took one eyepiece from a display, but, again, I don’t think this was really confirmed. Also, these two examples occurred (if they actually occurred) in the old vendor bldg which is locked when no one is there.

    in reply to: Run on 2014 t-shirts #5386
    Jason Adamik
    Participant

    I have had this problem many years – if you don’t arrive on the first day or don’t register asap even if you arrive on the first day of registration, you may well miss out on getting a T-shirt. I would like one for each year I attend but many years simply couldn’t get one.

    in reply to: So who are the guest speakers #5339
    Jason Adamik
    Participant

    I’d like to know also. I like to bring books to be signed in case any speakers are authors of books I have.

    in reply to: Deep Sky Wonders #1855
    Jason Adamik
    Participant

    John, Sue has better skies than I thought possible in the northeast. She is lucky. Thanks for the news on them – glad to hear that they are at least keeping TSP in mind for the future. I know Sue would be a very interesting speaker if she would agree to do a presentation.

    -Jason

    in reply to: Online TSP registration payment #1854
    Jason Adamik
    Participant

    I had the exact problem that Jim had – it seems that you can pay for both ranch lodging and TSP reg. online, but of course from Dave’s comments above it’s clear that you can’t…but from the wording it sure looks like you can (we know that Prude Ranch is a separate entity but the instructions make it seem very ‘clear’ that you can pay for both online). Steve and Amelia helped me find the (not easy to find) link to print out the ranch form to send in.

    in reply to: Deep Sky Wonders #1468
    Jason Adamik
    Participant

    It’s definitely on my to buy list on the Amazon site. I wish Sue and Alan would come back to TSP sometime. The last time I saw them there was sometime in the late 80’s or early 90’s. I really enjoy her column in S&T (I am also a connoisseur of the more obscure DS objects that Sue seems to favor in her columns).

    in reply to: Season for Observing #1467
    Jason Adamik
    Participant

    I love winter observing best but only from temperate climates. My backyard in winter is very pleasant for observing Orion and all the beautiful winter sites with that superb winter transparency, but even a hundred miles north at the TAS observing site is so much colder that I almost never go there between late November – late March.

    In spite of cold weather, though, I once spent almost an entire night at our dark sky site all alone in winter observing the Orion Nebula at all different mags and with different filters using my Tak FS-102 (4-inch scope).

    in reply to: Group tours ideas for TSP #1466
    Jason Adamik
    Participant

    There was an outing / hiking trip to look for tektites a few years back that sounded very interesting but I didn’t do it. I remember the name ‘La Madera’ as far as the area but don’t remember where it is in relation to Ft Davis. It would be nice to try that trip again. Maybe an attendee was an expert in that area but may not be here this year. Just a thought.

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