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Lake Whitney
Summer Star Party

August 14, 2004

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5th Annual Lake Whitney Star Party
Saturday, August 14, 2004

2004 Lake Whitney
Public Star Parties

  • February 21
  • March 20 - Messier Marathon
  • April 3 - Alice Carlson School
  • April 24 - 5th Annual Astronomy Day Celebration
  • May 15
  • May 21-22 - Girl Scout Star Party
  • June 12
  • July 17
  • August 14 - 5th Annual Summer Star Party
  • September 18
  • October 16
  • November 6

All Lake Whitney Star Party events are free to all State Park guests. They are usually held once a month, weather permitting. No knowledge of astronomy or equipment is required. Guests are welcome to bring snacks, lawn chairs and personal telescopes. Viewing generally starts 30 minutes after sunset.

Crowds of excited amateur astronomers and members of the general public attend the Lake Whitney Summer Star Party, held at the Recreation Center in the Lake Whitney State Park near Hillsboro, TX. In past years, event organizer Thomas Williamson has graciously designated the Central Texas Astronomical Society in Waco, TX, and the American Association of Amateur Astronomers as event sponsors. 

Normal State Park entrance fee of $2.00 - no additional charge for the event.

  • Guest Speaker

  • Door prizes

  • ATM awards

  • Public observing and more

Schedule of Events for August 14 LWAA Star Party

  • 4 PM  NASA video 60 minutes "High Energy Vision: The Chandra X-Ray Observatory"

  • 5 PM - CTAS members Star-B-Q

  • 6 PM - Paul Derrick (TBA)

  • 6:30 PM Dean Chandler "CTAS Paul J. Meyer Observatory and Robotic  telescope update"

  • 7 PM - AAAA President, Ed Flaspoehler (TBA)

  • 7:30 PM  - Door prizes

  • 8 PM -  Volunteer awards 

  • 8:20 PM  - John McAnally (A.L.P.O./CTAS) "The Planet Jupiter and How to Observe It" 

  • 9 PM  - All night public telescope observing

LWAA Summer Star Party Awards - 8/14/04

The following persons received the LWAA 5 year Award. 1999 - 2004

AAAA President, ED FLASPOEHLER, JR. ... Ed received a 5 year award for supporting the Lake Whitney State Park Astronomy program  with five years of excellent service. Ed presented slide shows of constellations and locations of some of the finest deep sky objects in the night sky.

CTAS member, PAUL DERRICK ... Paul received a 5 year award for supporting the Lake Whitney State Park Astronomy program with five years of excellent service. Paul shared his knowledge of the universe with our community. He took us on tours of asteroid impact sights, the stars down below, outdoor cost elation tours and the secrets of black holes.

The following  received plaques as personage 2004 lake Whitney star party volunteers.

CTAS President, JOHN McANALLY ... John gave a slide show and detailed presentation on the planet Mars.

TCC Astronomy Instructor, RAYMOND BENGE ... Raymond provided a presentation on galaxies.

GP-ISD Science Teacher, CHRIS MILLER... Chris provided inner-active Earth/Moon mechanics to star party guest and helped with public observations.

KELLEY STRIPLING ... Kelley helped with setting-up equipment, going for food & supplies, grinding mirrors and helped with public observations.

FWAS President, HARRY BEARMAN  .... Harry donated door prizes, printing star maps, helping with the newsletter.

FWAS member, JOHN DOWELL .... John donated and pre-cutting telescope parts for the Girl Scouts.

FWAS member,  B.W. HALLEY ..... BW set-up test equipment and gave a presentation on how to test flats/secondary mirrors.

FWAS member PAT HALLEY.... Pat signed-in guest, gave out information, hand-outs and door prize tickets.

FWAS member, TRISTA OPPERMANN .... Trista helped with public observations and the door prize drawing.

Again, thanks! .... some people are given awards just for being born beautiful on the outside .... I'm thankful for those I meet in life who are beautiful on the inside and have warm and noble hearts!

All volunteers came and shared their lives with open hearts and asked for nothing in return. They are a true blessing to our community.

All the best,

Thomas Williamson

Doors open at 3:00 PM at the park's Air Conditioned Recreation Hall.

Contact: Thomas Williamson
6505 Hightower Drive,
Watauga, Texas, 76148
PH# (817) 656 - 0901

For park information:
Lake Whitney State Park
Box 1175
Whitney TX 76692

The Stars at Night 
Are Big and Bright
Deep in the Heart of Texas!

The Lake Whitney Star Party is free and open to the public except for park fees of $2.00 per person. The Central Texas Astronomical Society from Waco, Texas, holds their August meeting at the star party and help with door prizes.

The organized presentations and speaker lectures are held at the Recreation Hall in the State Park. The Recreation Hall has recently been air conditioned. 

T-Shirts for the Lake Whitney Star Party were available. The shirts are black with a single face-on galaxy in silver printed with the slogan, " I Explored The Universe, Lake Whitney Summer Star Party." At the lower corner of the galaxy in small letters will be the phrase, "All men find that for which they seek- Arab proverb." 

Lake Whitney is a Texas State Park located near Hillsboro, TX, on State Highway 22, west of I-35.

Contact event organizer Thomas Williamson at 817-656-0901, or via e-mail at distglow@hotmail.com

Contact Lake Whitney State Park at lwsp@digitex.net

The park information web site is http://www.digitex.net/lakewhitneystatepark

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