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** Georgia Sky View 2010 **
The Flint River
Astronomy Club hosted its sixth annual Star Party
on April 23rd, 24th,25th, and 26th - 2009
Camp McIntosh - Indian Springs Park
(near Jackson, GA)
here for driving directions)
Dr. Richard Schmude
- Phil Sacco
Brian Combs - Larry Owens - Norm Worsley
here to learn more about the speakers)
(click here to view the
Saturday evening - Pot Luck Dinner.
Georgia Sky View 2009 Pictures
Hosted by the Flint River Astronomy Club
GSV Coordinator: Steve Bentley
(click here to email)
Sky View 2009
Here's what Steve Bentley said
about the Star Party
Well, it's finally over.
The Georgia Sky View of 2009 is now in the history book. Even
though the event is over, I, for one, will never forget it. It was
my first attempt at organizing an event of this magnitude. Too say
the least, I was skeptical of my ability to pull it off.
In my opinion, the event was a great success. But, my opinion
doesn't count. The opinion of the people that attended the event
is what counts. I'll let them judge the success of the event.
After all, that's what it was all about, those that attended the
The event lived up to its prime purpose of bringing familiar faces
back together for a great weekend of observing, learning, and
camaraderie. The fine bunch of people that come to the event each
year is what makes the event what it is. The other things like the
great speakers and the "pot luck dinner" are the icing on the cake
so to speak.
Brian Combs and Norm Worsley were outstanding and gave excellent
presentations. Each of them went far beyond what I had expected.
Norm actually "saved my bacon" on several occasions with his help
with computer problems. Of course, Phil Sacco was in true form.
With him giving not one but four presentations was something I
could have never expected from anyone. Larry Owens and Dr. Richard
Schmude gave outstanding presentations as well. Larry Owens's
presentation on astrophotography had information that was valuable
to both beginners and experienced astrophotographers alike. Dr.
Schmude always puts on a good show. If you've ever experienced one
of his presentations, you know that he makes you get involved in
the presentation. You're not just someone in the audience, he gets
you involved in it. This time, it was in the form of a "pop test"
after the presentation. Ironic that's he's a professor at a
college, wouldn't you agree.
Although I was listed as the coordinator of the event, the success
of the event was due to the many people that helped me pull it all
off. First and foremost (for obvious reasons that I think you'll
understand) I have to thank my wife, Betty, for her outstanding
efforts in the kitchen. Her cooking breakfast and "midnight
munchies" were invaluable. I'd also like to extend my thanks to
everyone else that helped in making this event successful. Those
people include Bill Warren for being the "glue" that held
everything together during the planning stage, Felix Luciano &
Larry Higgins for their help with the grilling, Tom Moore for
managing the outstanding website, Doug Maxwell for his help with
the heating and refrigeration problems at the site, Dan Pilatzki
for his help with plumbing problems at the site, Dwight Harness
for providing the satellite connections, and the host of other
people that pitched in to help. People like Alan & Sally Bolton,
Jerry and Beverly Williams, the list goes on and on. But mostly,
the people that attend the event is what made it what it was.
Without them, the event would be just another public gathering. I
was especially glad to see several members from the Middle Georgia
Astronomical Society (MGAS) at the event. The Georgia Sky View is
more like a family reunion rather than a star party and that is
what makes it different from other star parties.
So with that I'll send my most heart-felt "Thank You" to everyone
that participated in the event at any level. It will be an
experience that I will never forget. Now, let me get busy with
planning next year's event. Hope to see all of you there again.
Here's what GSV'09 attendees are
saying about the Star Party
These things don't come together without a LOT of hard
work, attention to detail and cooperation - it was obvious
that you guys did your homework. Heck, even breakfast was
served! You gotta love that!
I have heard some say they will be coming back next
year. I learned, met new people and enjoyed being under the
Steve and Betty Bentley put together a great event.
Nice star party tee shirts (I like the yellow and black
combination) , excellent welcome packages, lots of door
prices, great speakers, good snacks, hot breakfast and
"midnight munchies", drinks, and a great stargazing weekend
with old friends.
The breakfast is a keeper, if we can talk Betty into it
again... and I usually don't even eat breakfast.
Extraordinary is what GSV 2009 was all about.
Thank you for organizing such a fun event for all of
The food breakfast, dinner was great and some after
dinner could not even walk because they were full.
Good Skies, great people and a wonderful breakfast made
this a memorable GSV.
Thank you to all the volunteers and attendees.
The speakers were great and of course Phllip Sacco
echoed his speech at night around the fire while everyone
listened, laughed and wondered as they looked up to the skies.
Having great attendees is one of the key ingredients
for a successful and enjoyable star party.
Steve and Betty did a fantastic job along with the
others in helping out.
Hope to see all the new folks back and hope they bring
Way to go!
I can't wait till next year to see the old and
new-found friends at GSV2010.
Webster's definition of "extraordinary" = 1. Beyond
what is common or usual, 2. Very exceptional: Remarkable, 3.
Used for a special service or occasion.
I just wanted to say that this year’s GSV was great and
to thank everyone that made it possible.
Steve and Betty, Thank you so much it was the best GSV
I love the family reunion atmosphere GSV has.
I would also like to publicly thank Steve and Betty
Bentley who worked themselves above and beyond the call of
duty, before, during and after the event.
I'd like to also extend a special kudos to Betty and
Steve for all their hard work this weekend.
Steve and Betty, you did an absolutely fantastic job
and sixty registered guests benefited greatly from it.
Job WELL done.
Thanks again to everyone - it was a FIRST RATE EVENT.
See you next year
Just got back from the GSV 2009 star party and wanted
to thank EVERYONE in FRAC who was involved for putting on such
a great event.
My opinion in talking to many other participants at the
GSV since Thursday was all positive comments and remarks.
Steve~ you are a great example of true leadership by
example~ FRAC is fortunate to have you.
New friends and a slew of new Messiers made for a very