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Old 09-08-2017, 08:52 PM
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Snake Valley Astro Camp November 2017

Hi all!
We have the next Camp coming up in November. I have updated the camp info and booking sheets to reflect this and they are attached to this post. I am heading over to the US in a few days for the eclipse as are a number of other SVers, in particular Jen!! I will be in contact via emails or Ice in Space while travelling so if you want to make a booking please do so. As I will be moving around a fair bit it may take a day or so to respond so please be patient.
If you are also travelling to the eclipse over the next few weeks and are unable to do a formal booking, please let me know so we can sort it out once we are all back in OZ.

A number of you had booked into the October camp last year, but couldn’t attend the rescheduled event. I am holding payment for you if that is the case, but please put a note on the booking form when doing it to give me a reminder if you are using that deposit for this camp.

In the meantime, hopefully the skies will improve a bit between now and November!!

Cheers all!!

Malcolm


The Snake Valley Astro Camp! Nov 17 – 20 2017

Camp commences midday, Friday 17th November and concludes midday Tuesday 21st .

The Saturday night “Spit Roast under the Stars” will be on again. Cost will be $10 per head meat and salads provided

PLEASE NOTE: Fees are unchanged except that for juniors (those who have not turned 18 by 24/3/17) a single fee of $10 will apply regardless of how many nights they stay. Hopefully this will make the camp more affordable for families and juniors.

4 nights of beautiful dark sky away from City glare.
- LIMITED TO 50 BOOKINGS ONLY PER NIGHT-
(plus casual visitors also welcome, if setting up gear a $5- fee will apply)

- The observing field has 240 volt mains Power
- There are 11 bunkhouses (from 2 to 8 bunks) and lots of camping space on the observing field.
- Caravans welcome.
- Hot showers & toilets in a caravan park style amenities block.
- Large dining room for about 60 people
- Recreation room (billiards, table tennis)
- Fully equipped kitchen with all cooking utensils, crockery, cutlery, fridges etc.
- Lake for swimming, fishing, canoeing etc.
- BBQ facilities
*Please note, Bunkhouses CANNOT be booked for one night only.
Exceptions are accepted if you are in a shared bunkhouse with others staying more than one night. Alternatively, the campsite is available for one night if that's all you can stay.

* Alcohol is allowed, but 'drunkenness' or use of illegal drugs will not be tolerated.
* Aerosols of any description (Aeroguard, deodorant etc) are TOTALLY BANNED on the observing field. Stray spray could (and has) permanently damage optics.
* A red light only policy is in place on the observing field after dark. Lap top screens are to be suitably shielded and dimmed. DIM Red Lights (Red LED Head Torches, etc) are acceptable. PLEASE NOTE, a sheet of cellophane taped over a tactical flashlight is not a DIM red light. If a white light must be used, please warn nearby observers before turning it on.
* Persons violating above rules will be asked to leave and will forfeit fees paid.
* We would prefer for the field to be smoke free, please consider those around you

Snake Valley Astronomy Camps are fun, low key, social events. A white light ban is in force (as expected), but due to the nature of our camps, imagers and observers are all mixed in together having a great social astronomy experience.
WHERE IS IT?
The camp is held at Crystal Lake Cabins in Snake Valley. Street address is 554 Linton-Carngham Rd, Snake Valley VIC 3351. If coming from Melbourne travel to Ballarat then take the Glenelg Highway to Linton and turn right onto the Snake Valley-Carngham Rd. The campsite is on your right before getting to the township of Snake Valley. Please be aware that the Snake Valley Observatory run by the Snake Valley Astronomical Association is not the site of the camp.
The Campsite is a private business that we hire for the duration of the camp.

THE BUNKHOUSES
The 11 bunkhouses range from 2, 4, or 6 bunks up to several with 8 bunks (4 sets of upper and lower bunks).
They have mattresses, but no bed linen. You will need to supply your own sheets, blankets, doona's, and pillows. Or just throw a sleeping bag on the mattress.

CAMPING
The observing field/camping area is on a very gentle slope to assist drainage, bordered on the west by trees and the road, and on the east by the lake. Plenty of room for a lot of people to camp and set up.
240v power is supplied.

SKY
Very dark. There is a faint light dome visible low in the east, coming from Ballarat, Melbourne and Geelong.

OTHER STUFF
Solar Observing during the day. We will try and organise a workshop or two over the weekend. Will advise details once they have been finalised.

COOKING
The kitchen is fully equipped.
All cutlery, cooking utensils, pots, pans, jugs, you name it, it's probably there!
Microwaves, grillers, enormous gas ovens and stove top, 3 fridge/freezers.
All you need is your food.

SHOPS
There are supplies available locally.
3k - Snake Valley General Store: Basic groceries, petrol etc
closes 12:00 Sat, shut Sunday
5k - Linton Store: Basic groceries, petrol, hot fish & chips, hamburgers etc.
Open 7 days till 8pm
12k - Smythesdale: Supermarket, petrol, shops.
Open 7 days
20 minutes - Ballarat

LOCAL SIGHTS: Nimmons Bridge, Computer Museum, Jubilee Gold Mine Historic Reserve, Sovereign Hill, etc.

FEES
(to allow more people to attend the camp some people may have to share a bunkhouse)
PLEASE NOTE: No booking will be regarded as firm until payment is made.

Membership fee (Compulsory for all staying overnight) $10
Please contact Malcolm Barker via email on snakevalleyastrocamps@gmail.com or by phoning 0352313048 or via PM on Ice in Space, user name barx1963 if you have any queries about the fees

Bunkhouses (per person)*
2 nights $60.00
3 nights $80.00
4 nights $100.00
Campsite (per person)
1 night $25.00
2 nights $50.00
3 nights $75.00
4 nights $95.00
Juniors under 18 - $10 regardless how many nights or whether staying in bunkhouses or camping.
Children under 5 y.o. - free

Please book in by completing details on PDF booking form available on the website. Please scan completed form and return to us via email tosnakevalleyastrocamps@gmail.com along with a payment receipt (see below).
Please note: The camp will be proceeding regardless of rain, wind, snow or cloud. When booking in, please consider that refunds will not be given if pulling out due to the weather forecast.

If you have any queries or would like assistance with your booking, I can be contacted via email on snakevalleyastrocamps@gmail.com or by phoning 0352313048 or via PM on Ice in Space, user name barx1963.

Payment details:
BSB 063510
Account 10397720
Please include your name in the detail field when making a payment. If possible email a copy of the payment receipt tosnakevalleyastrocamps@gmail.com
Attached Files
File Type: pdf Snake Valley Nov 2017 Info.pdf (71.1 KB, 18 views)
File Type: pdf SVAC Membership Booking Form Nov 2017.pdf (238.5 KB, 19 views)
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Old 10-08-2017, 09:11 AM
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I'm in - can we skip September and October please and just go straight to November?

PS To all the eclipse watchers - have a safe journey and may you have nothing but clear skies.

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Man, clashes with a car club event (Two of them actually that I have already had to decide between!) I am not going to know until closer to the date.
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John
Do dates not suit?

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Old 10-08-2017, 06:20 PM
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We leave for Tassie on the 5th Of November.....October I could of made it ��
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Sorry John
Hopefully in March?

Cheers
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Old 11-08-2017, 01:01 PM
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Sorry John
Hopefully in March?

Cheers
The move is permanent Malcolm so probably won't be march but hopefully one of them in the future.
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Old 11-08-2017, 02:06 PM
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Can't wait!

Gunna do the whole 4 nights this time
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Old 11-08-2017, 02:13 PM
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The move is permanent Malcolm so probably won't be march but hopefully one of them in the future.
Mate, if you keep moving south you're going to end up in Antartica.
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Old 11-08-2017, 05:45 PM
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Yep, I'm in. Let's hope I can better my recent history and get 4 nights in!
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Old 11-08-2017, 05:58 PM
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Mate, if you keep moving south you're going to end up in Antartica.
Just think of the skies!
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The move is permanent Malcolm so probably won't be march but hopefully one of them in the future.
So I have to train a new room mate..
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So I have to train a new room mate..
I'm afraid so mate .
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Yep I'm in woohoo 😜😜 I will fill in the paperwork when I get back from the states 😜😜 good luck eclipse goers 👍👍
Is it November yet 😎😎
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Given the speed at which this year is passing, November could well be tomorrow. I will be bringing a new fangled device called an auto-guider. Some of you may be familiar with the contraption.
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Good move Rowland. I expect it will give you heaps of opportunity with your soldering gear and tool kit, he, he!
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Given the speed at which this year is passing, November could well be tomorrow. I will be bringing a new fangled device called an auto-guider. Some of you may be familiar with the contraption.
Jen will be in her element, , she will have to pass on her new found teaching skills Rowland ..
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Yes boat booked (from Tassie), sent paperwork and money, 2 of us (Father/Son) camping 2 Nights, Friday and Saturday.

Looking forward to getting back to Snake Valley after a couple of years absence.
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Good move Rowland. I expect it will give you heaps of opportunity with your soldering gear and tool kit, he, he!
Let's hope not, Wren. So far so good...

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Jen will be in her element, , she will have to pass on her new found teaching skills Rowland ..
Yes... no longer the understudy... you will need a new pupil, John.
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