AHSP Preparations Checklist

revised 2016 Aug. 3

Here is a list of items which you should consider in getting ready for your AHSP weekend. Of course, not all of these apply to everyone.

Remember the importance of being familiar with your equipment before heading to AHSP. At a minimum, set it up and operate it in a familiar location, and practice putting it and yourself through its paces. Learn the buttons, knobs, and controls. Set adjustments to be comfortable. See how to attach wires so they don’t bind or become tripping or entanglement hazards. The better you understand your equipment, the more enjoyable your experience at the star party, where it will be darker and you may be more tired than at previous outings.

  • telescope

    • tripod
    • power supply, batteries, charger
    • eyepieces, filters
    • dew heaters
    • solar filter
    • telescope rain/wind/sun cover; guy lines & stakes
    • LED spot finder & batttery; guider
    • assembly, adjustment, alignment tools

 

  • observing accessories

    • observing chair, stool, ladder
    • accessory table
    • dewproof containers
    • control computer
    • software, cables
    • computer screen light shield
    • star charts, observing list
    • guide books; instruction manuals
    • observing log
    • cleaning materials (outside surfaces, optics: blower, lens brush)
    • ground cover
    • red flashlights, batteries
    • NO laser pointer (not permitted!)
    • spares for your setup
    • duck tape, tie wraps, velcro wraps, bungee cords
    • cases, wheeled carrier
    • watch or clock for obseving use
    • luminous or LED markers on tripod legs and things you must find or not hit in the dark
    • wide, dark tape to mask bright indicator lights and car lights that cannot be switched/programmed “off”

 

  • camera

    • batteries, charger
    • memory card
    • remote release, intervalometer
    • lenses
    • telescope adapters
    • filters, holders
    • tripod, piggyback bracket
    • dewshield, lens warmer
    • non-electronic film camera (for NRAO)

 

  • binoculars, solar scope, other specialized

  • camping

    • tent, trailer
    • reflective & opaque tent fly
    • extra ground cover
    • sleeping bag, bed, pad
    • red-filtered lamp illumination
    • luminous or LED markers on guy lines & pegs
    • water containers
    • cooler & ice
    • food for meals, observing snacks
    • drinks other than water
    • dishware
    • camp stove (enclosed only, no open fires)
    • trash bags (take your trash when you leave)
    • generator (quiet only, limited use)

 

  • clothing & personal items

    • hat; sunscreen
    • sturdy shoes
    • hiking or walking stick
    • clothing layers for the range 85F-40F
    • rain gear — umbrella, slicker w/hood
    • backpack
    • FRS radio
    • personal first aid kit
    • medicines – prescription and OTC
    • towels, shower shoes
    • toiletries
    • NO pets (really sorry about this, but strictly enforced)

 

  • travel

    • directions to TMI
    • cellphone (likely not operative at TMI)