2018 SpaceOnly Imaging Party

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2018 SpaceOnly Imaging Party[edit]

For complete details and registration information, visit the Official Imaging Party Thread.

The Basics[edit]

  • What : 2018 Imaging Party
  • Where : Marathon Sky Park in Marathon, TX.
  • When : June 9th - June 16th, 2018
  • Why : Because *dark* skies, awesome people, great facilities, and...well..PARTY!


  • Astronomy Facilities
    • 3 large (approx 10' x 10') concrete pads, flat and level. All pads have 4-gang 120v electrical outlets.
    • Screened fence behind scope area to control local light incursion from cabins/30A RV area.
    • Owner maintains light discipline in park.
    • A large flat open field in front of the pads with plenty of room for more scopes. Extension cords from the scope pads could easily provide power.
    • Park owner's 20" and 24" Dobs scopes should be available.
    • MSP has constructed a new ROR observatory. It should be available for guest use, capacity unknown.
  • The Campground
    • Clean bath and shower house
    • Adobe courtyard w/ large covered area w/ fireplace
    • WiFi
    • Cell service (Including 4G) for AT&T and Verizon. Other carriers are questionnable/unavailable
  • Tent Sites ($15 / night)
    • Elevated tent pads
    • Outdoor Sink in covered area
    • Privy/Outhouse toilet nearby.
    • Grills
  • RV Sites ($35 / night, or $140 / week)
    • Full hookups, including sewer, water, electric (30A or 50A), and cable.
    • Large and easy to enter/leave, most are pull-through.
    • Will accommodate large motor homes or trailers.
  • Cabins
    • Double Occupancy ($110 / night)
    • Private bathroom/shower
    • Double Beds
    • Heat and Air
    • Television

General/Misc Info[edit]

  • Prepare for cool nights! Despite being June, Marathon IS "high desert", and as a result can still get chilly in the evening. Do not be surprised if temps dip below 10°C overnight, so bring warm clothes and blankets, especially if you'll be in a tent!
  • There are a couple of small grocery stores in Marathon that can provide basic needs (simple foods/beverages, basic first aid, a few camping supplies) and 2-3 decent restaurants as well, though choices are somewhat limited.
  • Alpine, TX is ~45-60 minutes away, and should have all the "typical small town" things you expect, such as a few fast food joints, larger grocery stores, etc.
  • MSP will accept and secure shipments prior to our event at no charge, if you wish to ship your gear ahead of time. Please contact MSP well in advance to arrange for this service.
  • If you plan on flying, Midland/Odessa MAF is probably your best choice. It is the closest airport with fairly regular service from several airlines, and rental car availability. Plan for a 2.5-3 hour drive to Marathon.
  • Other drive times from "major" cities : El-Paso ~4hr, San Antonio ~ 5hr, Dallas ~ 7-8hr