Southern California Desert Video Astronomers

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The Joshua Tree Astronomy Fest 
at Joshua Tree Lake Campground
 Celebrating IYA 2009

What a great turn out we had on Memorial Day Weekend.  The Joshua Tree Lake R.V. Park & Campground, prove to be an excellent site for astronomy. 

We would like to thank all of our supporters for all their efforts in making our event a success. 

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Rick Heistand's camp

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Greg Wilhite's 30" & Ben Brown
Ben had his 25" Obsession at their camp also
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Paul Maag's Camp
featuring his 14" Dob


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Ken Keller & Grandson Steven

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Paul getting things ready

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Walter Metcalf entertains the early birds.  Ric, Dave & Dawn
listen in.
Special thanks to Walter & Joyce Metcalf
for their support at all of
SCDVA star parties.

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Wall of heavenly lights

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The following photos were taken by David McChesney. Who is not only a famous local nature photographer, but the current reining National Harmonica Champion, who was kind enough to take these great dark screen pictures for us.




7ft. images of M82
the Cigar Nebula projected on to 5 screens

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The Lagoon Nebula

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The guys from SCDVA
&
Astronomers

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The SCDVA Crew
Ric Knudsen (top)
(left to right) Paul Maag, Ken Keller & Tom O'Key

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Triple Trifids & double Ring Nebulas

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The Milky Way
under Joshua Tree skies


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Five Swans a swimming
on
Joshua Tree Lake

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Earlier on Saturday Morning . . . . . . . .



The Andrommeda Society's float at the Grubstakes Day Parade
 featuring Joyce Metcalf spreading the news. . . . .

A GOLDEN RULE
* STARS UP
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LIGHTS DOWN


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Joyce Metcalf & Bill Souder
Telescopes in tow, promoting dark skys at the
Grubstakes Days Parade.

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Image & graphics courtesy of David Jesse McChesney




Thank You One & All For Making
The Joshua Tree
Astronomy Fest 2009
A Great Success!

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