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The Texas Star Party 2003
April 27 - May 4, 2003

TSP 2003 Observing Field

Texas Star Party 2003

by Ed Flaspoehler, AAAA

The 25th Annual Texas Star Party was again hosted on the magnificent Prude Ranch, a 3500 acre mile-high guest ranch located six miles northwest of Fort Davis, Texas, in the shadow of McDonald University. Attendance this year was only 523, the smallest attendance on record, according to TSP organizer Dave Clark. The low attendance is blamed on the current economy and the fact that many technical people do not have jobs, since actual registration was much higher. TSP week this year was April 27 / May 4, 2003.

The Southwest Region of the Astronomical League holds its annual business meeting during TSP, and it is encouraging to hear that SWRAL will be increasing its interest in its member societies and their activities outside of TSP each year. To find out more about the Texas Star Party, visit their web page at http://www.texasstarparty.org/


The Great Texas Giveaway is a popular feature after the guest speaker programs on Friday and Saturday nights. As usual, Mike Planchon and Bob Summerfield entertained the crowd as the door prizes were distributed.

Edward Preston of Friendswood, TX, became the newest AAAA member by winning the AstroMax Binocular Kit which AAAA donated to TSP as a door prize.

John Wagoner, TSP Observing Coordinator, distributed more than 500 pins for  his various observing programs during TSP 2003. People love those pins - and those observing programs.

TSP 2003: Photo Gallery
Digital Photos bt AAAA President Ed Flaspoehler

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Prude Ranch Entrance

On the Ranch

Chow Hall

Kathy Machin
makes a point

Gil Machin:
All Set Up and Ready to Go

Rob Esson and
Mike Planchon

On the Upper Field

Protected from the Dust

Mike and Anna Planchon
visit with John Wagoner

Swap Meet:
The Mad Scramble

Swap Meet:
No! I saw that First!

Swap Meet:
Marilyn Makes a Sale

Bob, Lisa and Mike

TAS Members Elaine and Norm Benson with Mark Hampton

Waiting for the Speaker

Bill Harris: Globular
Clusters and Super Galaxies

Pamela Gay:
RR Lyrae Stars

David Levy:
13,000 Observing Sessions

"It's clear! Let's Get Out of Here!" "Hey! Stop Pushing!"

Hard at Work: Steve O'Meara and David Levy Sign Books

Book Signing Supervised by
Lisa Summerfield

"Mr. Universe"
Tim Tulley and his DVD

Ed Flaspoehler and
Marilyn Unhruh

Marilyn Unhruh
with friend David Levy

Prude Ranch Bunkhouse

Cherry 4

Luxury Accommodations

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The Texas Star Party is the Annual Convention of the Southwest Region of the Astronomical League,
sponsored by SWRAL and hosted by TSP, Inc.

Click HERE to Read Our Report on TSP 2003
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The Southwest Region of the Astronomical League is made up of  28 member societies of the Astronomical League in the states of Texas, Oklahoma, and New Mexico.

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The purpose of the SWRAL Yahoo! Newsgroup, hosted by the American Association of Amateur Astronomers, is to create a forum where members of SWRAL clubs can share ideas and experiences, and just get to know each other. If you belong to one of the member societies of the Southwest Region of the Astronomical League, or just want to know more about what is going on in this part of the Astronomical League, please join us as we share ideas about our region and what we can do to encourage more communication between clubs.

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