Well, if that title doesn't get your attention, I don't know what else to say! This Fall, Software Bisque is hosting a free workshop for Paramount owners at the Riverside Astronomical Society's dark sky site GMARS (Goat Mountain Astronomical Research Station). This is an excellent dark sky site with pads, power, and ample classroom space in the buildings. This site is near Joshua Tree National Park, and one of my favorite features is the Starbucks not too terribly far away <g>. Details and a map to the location can be found here. (I spent one weekend there a few years ago and had some of my best nights imaging ever.)
This is not a sales meeting, rather a hands on educational experience for existing Paramount owners (so I guess it's technically not free since you already bought a Paramount).
In fact, if you want/can, we encourage you to bring your own Paramount to the
event! I will be on deck, along with Steve Bisque, and our production engineer
Sarah Bisque. We'll have a day long workshop with two rotating sessions: one
focused on the Paramount hardware, and one focused on the integrated software
suite that came with your mount (TheSkyX Professional Edition, Camera Add On,
and TPoint Add On).
These workshops will be hands on and interactive class room sessions. Sunday's workshop will be a repeat of Saturday (so you only sign up for one day, Saturday November 15, or Sunday the 16th). You may stay at GMARS all weekend if you want, but class room space is limited to the day you've signed up for. If you stay overnight, you will also have to bring your own camping equipment or RV (sorry, no hookups!), and provide for your own non-workshop meals (Software Bisque will provide lunch and dinner as part of the day long workshop). Yucca Valley is a
twenty minute drive away where there are hotels and restaurants available. Think of it as a weekend star party dedicated to learning more about your Paramount (the usual GMARS dorms beds will not be available btw...these
are reserved for the staff and volunteers working the event).
GMARS has fifteen observatories, some with Paramounts installed. We hope to have some open observatories so you can see the installations. GMARS also has
twenty-five concrete pads, and plenty of electricity to set up your own mount for the weekend.
The Paramount session will cover the details of your mount, all those knobs and settings you can adjust, how to perform routine maintenance, troubleshoot and upgrade your Paramount ME mount to the latest control system or install a WiFi adapter. The software session will teach you everything you need to know about the Paramount workflow, from polar alignment to TPoint and ProTrack. We'll bring some mounts, and, weather permitting, have live imaging demonstrations at night. If you bring your own mount, we'll even be available in the evening for some hands on help and tutoring. If you are already a Paramount wizard, we'd love to have you come along and share your knowledge and experiences with others. Who knows, you may even pick up a few new tips yourself!
Space will fill up fast, and slots will be on a first-come, first-served basis. If you are interested, please email me at richard at bisque dot com, and specify your preferred day (Saturday or Sunday). I'll start confirming spots within a week's time of this posting.
Questions? You can email me about that too.
To submit your registration request, please email me your:
- Email address
- Phone number (just in case)
- What model Paramount do you own (for planning purposes)
- Any special needs you may have (wheelchair access, food allergies, gluten free meal requirements, etc.)
- Preferred day to attend (November 15 or November 16)
Remember, this is a first come, first served registration.
We hope to see you there!
08-12-2014 1:02 PM