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Old 27-06-2020, 02:11 PM
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2020 Queensland Astrofest Cancelled

The Queensland Astrofest Committee met this week to make a final call on whether Queensland Astrofest would be held in 2020. Despite long held hopes that the COVID-19 situation would have improved sufficiently to allow the event to be held in August, it was felt that in the best interests of all they cancel this yearís event.

Considerations included:
  • The social distancing requirements of 1 person per 4m2; numbers would be severely constrained in the dormitories and kitchen areas, leading to total numbers allowed on site to be halved.
  • The amount of additional daily cleaning, required to comply with regulations, would be a significant burden on the small Committee.
  • Professional cleaning would be financially prohibitive, yet necessary, as the committee numbers and subsequent available volunteers would be limited.
  • The limit of registrants on site and required cleaning frequency would likely make the event unviable financially.
  • The potential legal liability of the Committee and Clubs was considered as a significant issue. This unique situation would not be covered by the existing policy.

With all this in mind, it is with regret that the Committee has advised Duckadang that the 2020 event is cancelled, and they will focus their efforts on planning for the 2021 event.

We hope that regular attendees will understand and look forward to seeing you again next year.
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Old 27-06-2020, 02:47 PM
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Bummer. But thanks for the in depth explanation of the unique challenges you had to contend with team.
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Old 27-06-2020, 06:19 PM
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2021 HERE WE COME thats if they let us NSW people across the border by then
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I have many fond memories from my attendance of QLD Astrofest in 2015. Hope you all are staying safe during these uncertain times.



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I have many fond memories from my attendance of QLD Astrofest in 2015. Hope you all are staying safe during these uncertain times.
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I think I remember you Joe. Didnít you bring a mount out that unfortunately decided it was time to break? I think your wife was with you too -I think I recall talking to her about e-readers which were still all fairly uncommon then. Have I got the right person?

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Chris,


I think that you are confusing me with someone else. I was the one that gave a talk about McDonald Observatory (where I work). Which is located near Fort Davis, TX. I was using a 250mm Skywatcher telescope.



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Old 06-07-2020, 11:08 AM
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Hi Joe

Did you tell us about where you work some disgruntled employee damaged the mirror on the scope and that it worked better after the incident?

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I think that you are confusing me with someone else. I was the one that gave a talk about McDonald Observatory (where I work). Which is located near Fort Davis, TX. I was using a 250mm Skywatcher telescope.



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Did you tell us about where you work some disgruntled employee damaged the mirror on the scope and that it worked better after the incident?

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Yes, I gave a talk about the observatory.


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I think I remember you Joe. Didn’t you bring a mount out that unfortunately decided it was time to break? I think your wife was with you too -I think I recall talking to her about e-readers which were still all fairly uncommon then. Have I got the right person?

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I think you are thinking about William (Bill) Castleman, Chris.
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I think you are thinking about William (Bill) Castleman, Chris.
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