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Eldorado Star Party
October 13-16, 2004,
X-Bar Ranch, Sonora, Texas

Eldorado Star Party Registration Has Started!

The second Eldorado Star Party (ESP), October 13-16th, 2004, is now taking preregistrations.

Just for amateur astronomers who want dark skies and a protected environment, the 7,100 acre X-Bar Ranch is 15 miles WNW of Sonora, Texas.  Co-sponsored by the Texas Star Party and area clubs, this event promises to bring dark skies closer to the amateur astronomer...  ESP's central location is within easy driving distance of many Texas cities... 3 hours west of San Antonio, and 5 1/2 to 6 hours from Dallas and Houston.

The site is eight miles north of Interstate-10, and has a convenient all-weather road and nearby light-shielded parking area at the observing fields.  The main observing area includes power for telescopes and equipment, and is organized so that you may drive on-off from the nearby parking area at night without impacting the observers on the fields.  The same darkout rules that you see at TSP will be in effect here!

Here's some of what you will find at this year's ESP:  camping, special rates at nearby motels, catered meals, star party activities including special observing programs, guest speakers, vendors, and swap meet.  And don't miss the nearby Caverns of Sonora!

Want to learn more?  Come see what Eldorado Star Party is all about!

Visit the ESP web site and download your ESP Registration Form at: http://www.eldoradostarparty.org

See you there!

Jack Estes
ESP Registrar
espreg@hotmail.com

X-Bar Ranch - Sonora, TX

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The site is 8 miles north of Interstate-10 (See Map), and has a convenient all-weather road and parking area at the observing fields. Camping is available on-site and RVs nearby. Hot-water showers and toilet facilities are conveniently located near the camping areas. Specially-priced motel rooms will be made available in nearby Sonora and Ozona. X-Bar also has a few cabins located nearby. Evening meals will be catered at the nearby X-Bar lodge.

The observing areas include power for telescopes and equipment, and is organized so that you may drive on-off from the nearby light-shielded parking area at night without impacting the observers on the fields. The same darkout rules that you see at TSP will be in effect here!

Want something more to do? Be sure to visit the nearby Caverns of Sonora, as these are some of the best "live caves" in the Southwestern USA! Here's a list of nearby places. Want to Learn More? We will send you more information on ESP Registration and various accommodations and meal options.

Come See What the Eldorado Star Party is All About!

Keep up on the latest information on the ESP Website:
http://www.eldoradostarparty.org

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