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I have tents and stuff already out there if you wanna do that. They also rent log cabins with bathrooms/showers/kitchens/tv's etc. and you get some good discount on anything if you say you know me since I'm a "permanent" camper there, so just let me know.
My spring project is to figure out where/how to set up the new telescope out there. It'll stay in the shed during the week when I'm not there, probably set up on paver stones and the huge silver sock thing Orion sells on the weekends...
Post by Chicago Astronomer Joe on Feb 23, 2012 10:07:51 GMT -6
This is an excellent point that Erik brings up.
I tell my visitors not to smoke around the equipment, due to the contaminates that the cigarette smoke leaves on the optics - and it reeks too.
Campfire smoke is also acrid and damaging to coatings and glass surfaces. It seems that I need to deep clean my Corrector plate at least once a year - being in the dirty air of the city, and minor touch ups throughout the observational season. I always am annoyed when someone is grilling in the immediate area of our observation site - as it leave a greasy film on surfaces.
A smoky environment at campsites will be a challenge.
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Well, here's a Google satellite view of where I'm at g.co/maps/vvp5v I'm in the upper left turn on the dirt road that backs up to the forest, and if you zoom out, you'll eventually see Partridge Lake to the north east a little, that connects to the Wolf River which connects to Lake Poygan then to Lake Winneconne then to Lake Buttes Des Morts then Lake Winnebago. The boat launch is here g.co/maps/mcsj8 If the water is flat, we can go through a LOT of fuel and may be able to make it here for lunch (you can map it out) g.co/maps/kt28f It's by far the best waterway in the Midwest, and I've been around a bit.
The campground has waterslides and all that Yogi stuff, but I don't do any of it. It's the nicest campground up there, and on the water, and there isn't much up there. I've been going there since I was a little kid tent camping, and I set up the big camper, etc, a few years ago.
It's a big campground, and everyone out there knows me so you can do whatever you want where ever you want basically. Ain't much around for many miles... I wouldn't be too worried about smoke from campfires because there's plenty of room to move away from them (although last year I went through 4 face cords of wood ;D) You're far worse off with the CTA buses by Alder.