4. We can also provide assistance and instruction in setting up new telescopes for Jackson locals, or advice on types of scopes and what to expect if planning to purchase a new scope. Here, there are two schedules (gratuity or fee) depending on whether the person is a club member or not.
5. On occasion for such entities as in
item 4, travel outside of Jackson to places such as Yellowstone NP, Dubois,
Pinedale, Afton, etc. to conduct such events.
With items 1 & 2, compensation is expected while No. 3 can be without any charge depending on the entity & circumstances. Item 5 can also be without charge, but a gratuity for travel, setup, overnight if necessary, would be appreciated. We can come to your location or meet elsewhere depending on your situation such as nearby lighting, electrical availability, nearby obstructions such as a hotel that obscures a significant portion of the sky we'd like to observe.
Within our group, we have an 8" Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope (SCT), an 11" SCT, an 8" Newtonian, a 3.5" SCT and a pair of 10x70 astronomical binoculars. Other members who participate in these events also own & bring their own 14" SCT and an 11" SCT, as well as other binoculars & instruments. Each event is different with regard to whom participates and who brings what equipment. Star parties for small groups generally only require one astronomer (all in our group participating are accomplished amateurs), whereas convention groups usually require 3 to 5 depending on size. We do not recommend a star party to groups over 50 people, but we have done them. Due to conditions in the Jackson area, we have incredibly clear skies & can see a gamut of celestial objects from the moon to diffuse nebula. However, due to temperature/snow conditions in the Jackson area, we only conduct star parties between May 15 and Oct. 15 each year. Also, we do NOT rent our club equipment at all, nor are there any stores or services in the Jackson area that we know of, that do rent telescopes or other astronomy equipment.
As of 2013, we no longer do events as a club due to tax issues, etc. However, we plan to list here shortly, individuals in our club that are knowledgeable & experienced observers & star-party leaders, that will do star-parties on an individual basis, with their contact & other background information.
MEL TUCKER - 307.543.2424
MIKE MAURER - 307.699.4009
We are the Jackson (Hole) Astronomy Club, founded in 1993.