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Old 17-02-2020, 11:40 PM
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Snake Valley Astro Camp March 20-23 2020

The Snake Valley Astro Camp! March 20 23 2020

Camp commences midday, Friday 20th March and concludes midday Tuesday 24th

For this camp, the Saturday Night feast will be slightly different replacing the spit with an offset smoker to do the meat. 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 20/3/20) 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 0448 567 187 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 attached to this post. 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 0448 567 187 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 SVAC Membership Booking Form March 2020.pdf (125.1 KB, 46 views)
File Type: pdf Snake Valley March 2020 Info.pdf (63.9 KB, 8 views)
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Old 18-02-2020, 12:17 AM
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Hi all,

Im there .... all 4 nights as usual.

Hanging out for my twice yearly Astro fix

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Old 18-02-2020, 12:08 PM
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Likewise, only two nights for me unfortunately as I am saving up my annual leave for a big trip in the middle of the year. I am taking almost all of July off.
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Old 18-02-2020, 07:20 PM
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Hi all,
I'll be there for my 3rd Snake Valley, hopefully for 4 nights this time.
Can't wait for Astro pixel Processor master class again.
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Old 18-02-2020, 09:07 PM
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oh yeah i guess i will go again

oh who am i kidding wooooohoooo i sooo cant wait



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Old 19-02-2020, 01:57 PM
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Hi Malcolm
If Jens going, you'd better put me down for 4 nights camping. See you all there.
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Old 19-02-2020, 02:35 PM
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See you all there - I will be visiting, probably Sat.
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I'm in for the four nights as well.
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Old 20-02-2020, 12:48 PM
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I’m actually in Melbourne that week for work, so might come down a few days early and attend.....ive never been to a star party! Very exited at the possibility, and meeting some of you face to face. I won’t be able to bring any gear though.

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Old 24-02-2020, 06:50 AM
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There won't be any shortage of gear to have a look through I am sure.
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I'll be coming again
All 4 nights for me
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Im actually in Melbourne that week for work, so might come down a few days early and attend.....ive never been to a star party! Very exited at the possibility, and meeting some of you face to face. I wont be able to bring any gear though.

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Booked and paid for two nights, Friday is all I have the annual leave for at the moment with a big holiday and trip planned for July (Almost all of July)

I have paid for the young bloke but he will probably only come if the weather looks promising.
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Bookings are starting to trickle in now. Apparently it is now MARCH!!!!

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A bit of a video that Andrew did in 2018 about the Snake Valley Camps!!

https://youtu.be/JqlOaUkt2FE

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Covid19

Hi all.
Just a quick update on the camp focusing on the whole COVID 19 situation.
After discussing it with Paul and Barry and a quick chat with Paddy (who is a qualified GP and is familiar with our camp) we have come up with a policy regarding the virus.

1. Camp will go ahead UNLESS the health department makes a declaration or advice that people should stay home or not gather even in small groups. I think that is highly unlikely at this stage, but things can change quickly.
2. If anyone is unsure about attending OR is not feeling well and decide not to attend out of health concerns, we will either refund or carry forward camp fees to a future camp. We do not want anyone taking risks with their health.
3. I have checked with Andrew and he assures me that there is plenty of toilet paper for the camp.
4. He has also assured me that there is plenty of hand soap. I will bring some as well. I would encourage everyone to regularly wash your hands during the camp.
5. I will endeavour to obtain some hand sanitiser, but if you have any, please bring it along and if you are happy to have it used communally, so much the better!!
6. For the duration, please refrain from direct contacts person to person.

We will continue to monitor the situation and update any developments!!

Please call or message me if you have any concerns

Clear skies!!

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Old 12-03-2020, 09:51 PM
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What!!!! does this mean no SV hugs awwww
stoopid virus is really doing my head in grrrrr
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