"This star party was as well run as any I've been to."
"All presentations were excellent with high-quality video and sound."
"The rocket launch was big with all."
"It was like a Woodstock for amateur astronomers."
"My two ten year-old boys... rated this event as "Beasty!" (Translation: Cool!)"
"I have attended many starparties, Laurel is the only one I ever thought of taking my children to."
"Good info on WebSite"
"Everyone was friendly and helpful"
"Great dark location"
"The Who Wants to be an Astronomer game was fun and well-produced"
"We had a wonderful time"
"I liked the souvenirs"
"The speakers were well-informed and passionate about their topics"
"There were constant activities for all interests"
ATTENTION AOL Users:
Tom Dobbins has given us permission to use the below photos on the Star Cruise WebSite. They are a sequence of four composite images (composed of 9 frames each) from 7 June, 2001 depicting the flares at Edom Promintorium as described in his presentation. The sequence UT times are: 06h:45m:42, 06h:46m:15s, 06h:46m:49s, 06h:47m:35s. All images were processed identically.
Accompanying verbal descriptions: 06h:45m:42s Intensely bright, almost stellar flare. 06h:46m:15s Brightness waning. 06h:46m:49s Brightness increasing again. 06h:47m:35s Abrupt decrease in brightness, but still brighter than the polar hood and morning limb arc.Special thanks to astrovideographer David Moore of Phoenix, Arizona, who invested many hours examining the videotapes, tediously registering and stacking individual frames, and skillfully processing the resulting composite images.
Clipboards were hung in the back of the Star Cruise 2001 Speakers Tent displaying a large word: "VOTE". People were asked to respond to the following questions. In which month should Star Cruise be held? June 35 votes July 3 votes 38 people voted with the overwhelming choice being that Star Cruise should be held in June. Please rank the 4 Star Party features you think are most important: Features points Dark Skies 129 Quality Speakers 77 Showers On-Site 61 Vendors 58 Campsites w/Elect &Water 46 Food Vendors On-Site 43 Non-Astronomy Activities 31 Restaurants in Area 26 Beginners Astronomy Activities 25 Cabins 20 Area Attractions 19 Motels in Area 14 Every "Most Important" vote received 4 points, "Extremely Important" received 3 points, "Very Important" received 2 points, and "Important" received 1 point. Since people could only vote for their 4 favorites, each voter had to leave 2/3 of the choices unrated. Since 200 total votes were recorded, if we assume everyone who voted, voted only once, and selected all 4 permissible choices, that would imply that 50 people out of the total 250 attendees voted. 20% is a very respectable sample of a population and conclusions can be inferred from these.