2016 Team Meeting – Carson City

2016 RECON Team Meeting
Carson City, Nevada
Wednesday, August 3, 5PM to Friday, August 5, 2PM

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All teams (flying or driving) should bring their RECON laptop, laptop power cable, and any other cables that you would like us to diagnose at the meeting.
Local teams that are driving should bring their full RECON setup.

We are excited to bring together representatives from our 50+ RECON communities for this 2.5 day team meeting in Carson City Nevada.  We will be returning to the Jack C. Davis Observatory at Western Nevada College.

Goals for this meeting include:

  • Reconnecting with all of our RECON teams on observing procedures and practices
  • Resolving technical issues for teams regarding telescope and camera equipment
  • Discussing recent publications, research results, and upcoming research efforts
  • Sharing RECON curricula activities for engaging students in the project
  • Providing instruction for teams to generate light curves
  • Collaborating as a community on what is going well and working other issues

RECON will cover the costs for shared lodging and travel for one representative from each of our RECON communities. Each community may send one additional participant who will be responsible for their own lodging and transportation costs. If you have more than one additional participant who wishes to attend, they will be put on a waiting list and accepted on a space available basis.


We have selected 8 students from throughout the network to attend this team meeting. Students from Tonasket, Sisters, Laughlin, Los Angeles, and Calipatria will be joining us to provide their student perspective and to become student-leaders for their RECON teams. All conference costs (travel, food, lodging) for these awardees will be covered by RECON.


The Plaza Hotel (Wed 5-7:30PM, Fri 8:30AM-12:45PM)
801 South Carson Street
Carson City, Nevada

Western Nevada College (Wed 8-11PM, Thurs 8-11PM)
Jack C. Davis Observatory
2801 Van Patten Avenue
Carson City, Nevada

Western Nevada College (Thurs 9AM-5:30PM)
Marlette Hall / Cedar Building
2201 West College Parkway
Carson City, NV 89703

Wednesday August 3 5PM to Friday August 5 2PM.
RECON will coordinate ground transportation to and from Reno Airport.
Meeting will start and end at The Plaza Hotel.

Agenda 2016 RECON Team Meeting Carson City

The Plaza Hotel
801 South Carson Street
Carson City, Nevada
(775) 883-9500

For participants funded by RECON, two participants will be assigned to each room; each room has two queen beds. Additional participants paying for their own rooms may either reserve a room at the Plaza Hotel (room block #801 RECON GUEST) or make other arrangements.  See Registration Link above for more information. Additional information for travelers can be found here.


The Plaza Hotel Carson City, NV

Map from Plaza Hotel to Jack Davis Observatory

Western Nevada College

Directions from the Plaza Hotel, 801 S. Carson Street to Western Nevada College, 2201 West College Parkway (3.4 miles, 11 minutes): Head North on S. Carson toward E. 8th Street. Use the 2 Left lanes to turn Left on to West College Parkway. Follow West College Parkway to Marlette Hall. See maps below for parking and meeting rooms.

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Teams that are driving to the team meeting are encouraged to bring their whole RECON setup (telescope, camera, IOTA, laptop, power supply, cables). Teams can drop off telescope and equipment at Jack C. Davis Observatory between 1-4:30PM on Wednesday or later that evening after telescope session.

Teams traveling via plane should bring their RECON laptop (and its power supply) as well as any suspect or faulty components as makes sense to bring in carry-on luggage.

IMPORTANT – All teams should bring their RECON laptop and power supply!


  • Warm clothes (including jacket, hat, gloves, and warm shoes)
  • Flashlight (we will provide red cellophane for regular flashlights if needed)
  • Water bottle
  • Your enthusiasm and curiosity

Our NSF grant will cover the following meals for all workshop attendees:

  • Breakfasts (Thursday & Friday) – Continental breakfast for those at Plaza Hotel
  • Lunches (Thursday & Friday) – Catered lunch at workshop venues
  • Dinners – Buffet dinner (Wednesday), dinner at local venue (Thursday)
  • Snacks (Wednesday-Friday) — Snacks/coffee/warm beverages morning, afternoon, and evening


As an option for educators interested in receiving professional development credit, participants can pay $115 to receive 2 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) approved by Cal Poly Extended Education. For more information, visit link on CEU Details for Participants. Please note that registration for CEU credit is optional, but you must register by the August 4, 2016. You cannot receive CEU credit if you have not registered by this date. To register, use the following link to add the course to your cart. From there you can check out and follow the step-by-step directions:

Registration Link: Register by August 4!

Any questions or complications with this, please call the Extended Education Office at 805-756-2053.

For more information on the RECON Training Workshop, contact tnorecon-org@mailman.boulder.swri.edu.