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Old 23-07-2019, 02:14 PM
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I bet that they won't be having pavlova like we will be Andy!

Will it be purple again this year???
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Old 23-07-2019, 05:25 PM
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Vicsouth next year.....
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Old 27-07-2019, 10:13 AM
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Hi all,
Any update on the vicsouth dates and location?
I've checked the website and it only shows 2018 at little desert lodge not at Langley.
Also left a message on ASSA forum but no reply yet.
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Old 27-07-2019, 11:44 AM
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Hi Guys. Yep the VicSouth move was a bit of a surprise!! Anyway I am hoping that the choice is not to wrenching for anyone. My attitude is always, there are only 13 New Moon weekends a year so clashes are inevitable. BTW i should be sending out all the info this week for SVAC October. Thanks for everyones support!!

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Old 28-07-2019, 04:23 PM
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Thanks for the update Malcolm.

We are really looking forward to camp.
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Old 28-07-2019, 05:20 PM
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They can be Drew - or you could request a colour!
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Old 28-07-2019, 05:49 PM
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Looks like Paul & I are choosing SV this time- pretty disappointing that the other event was moved, twice, and now clashes- (sigh).
Bring on the pav!
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Old 28-07-2019, 10:34 PM
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They can be Drew - or you could request a colour!
I think classic white is vastly underrated.
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Old 29-07-2019, 12:28 PM
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OK - Colours it is!

Am really looking forward to catching up everyone, and hopefully we will get some clear skies.

A tad unfortunate that the 'other' event was shifted such that it clashes with SVAC. Especially after the efforts that Malcolm and his team make to avoid clashing with them.

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Old 29-07-2019, 12:29 PM
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Now all we need is for Steve to say he's doing the spit roast and for Jen to put up her purple counter and then I'll know it's really happening - and soon!
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Old 12-08-2019, 09:13 PM
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Hi all

All info for the October Camp is below and booking form and info sheet are attached to this post. I will send out an email to the mailing list tonight with info. If you want to be added to the email list, either PM me or email us on snakevalleyastrocamps@gmail.com

Yes! Steve has confirmed the Spit so the Saturday night Feast is on!! As has been noted, the VicSouth event has moved so we now have a clash. Hope that doesn't inconvenience anyone.

On another matter, I will be heading overseas for a few weeks in September, off to see the sights of Peru, the Galapagos Islands and Equador. I will try to maintain communication so I can monitor bookings etc but may have periods where that will be difficult so please be patient.

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The Snake Valley Astro Camp! October 25 – 29 2019

Camp commences midday, Friday 25th October and concludes midday Tuesday 29th

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

PLEASE NOTE: Fees are unchanged. PLEASE NOTE: for juniors (those who have not turned 18 by 25/10/19) 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. Please be aware that while every effort is made to ensure that power to the field is continuous, we cannot guarantee it so backup batteries or UPS systems may be appropriate.
- There are 9 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 9 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 is fun 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 to snakevalleyastrocamps@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
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File Type: pdf SVAC Membership Booking Form Oct 2019.pdf (125.6 KB, 21 views)
File Type: pdf Snake Valley Oct 2019 Info.pdf (49.1 KB, 21 views)
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Old 12-08-2019, 09:57 PM
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Woohoo!
Will have booking in ASAP.
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Old 13-08-2019, 09:06 AM
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Likewise. Still waiting to see if the young bloke will be with me or going to Somers camp (there is a throwback, I went to Somers camp in 1983!) but they have pretty limited spaces there so we won't know for a while if he will get in.
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Old 13-08-2019, 11:52 AM
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I'm in for the Friday and Saturday nights Malcolm.

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😱😱 you beat me alright, by about five months hahaha 🤔🤔 I only just found this post last night 🧐🧐🧐
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Yes pick me pick me 😜😜😜 surprise surprise count me in 🤗🤗
After finally breaking down on the Monday night at the last camp (thanks to all the guys for the support, chats and cuddles, it was a rough few months) I didn’t think I was going to manage to come to any more camps 😱 😭 but I think it would take much more than a rough patch to keep me away 😈
I will be looking forward to a nice break and catching up with you all 🤗🤗🤗😍
And I have lots of new toys and software to play with that I still have no idea how to use 🤣🤣🤣 so be warned I will be on the very annoying side of the richter scale 🤣🤣🤩🤩🤩🤩🔭🔭🔭🔭🍾🍾🍾🍾⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Is it October yet ????

Mmmm purple pav sounds soooooo yummy
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Old 13-08-2019, 01:26 PM
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Onya Jen, suppose I will have to give you back your car keys now..

See you all there..
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Old 13-08-2019, 03:10 PM
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YES! YES! YES! YES!

Now to fill in those forms. Is it October yet?

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Old 13-08-2019, 10:14 PM
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Onya Jen, suppose I will have to give you back your car keys now..

See you all there..
🤣🤣 yeah someone had to put their police hat back on didn’t they 🙄🙄 or I would have driven home 😈😈🤗
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Old 14-08-2019, 06:08 AM
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Looks like im going to have to choose between VicSouth and Snake valley.
Langley lodge = 48km away
Snake Valley = 292km away
I was looking forward to both this year but being the same weekend i might split it up and have a couple of days at each.
I did like the setting and people I met at Snake Valley and never been to a VicSouth maybe the extra drive will be worth it especially for the roast and pav.
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Actually Vicsouth is not at Langley Lodge any more, they have moved it back to Nhill with the change of date.
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