Okie-Tex Star Party History

The cast and crew of Okie-Tex 1998


1998 was Soakie-Tex I? So 2018 was Soakie-Tex II, eh?

Steve, I added 1998 to the title so folks won’t think that this year is another Soakie-Tex. It’s not.

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Yeah, that’s when the nickname was coined. It was the 15th anniversary of the star party and everyone wanted to celebrate at the Prude Ranch. A miserable week for observing (I don’t think I untarped my scope a single night) but a good time was had by all.

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That’s fine. I wasn’t aware that 2018 was a washout too! Maybe create an Okie-Tex History topic and move all of my stuff there? I dunno🤔

Soakie Tex Oct 10, 2018. Not a complete wash out.


Soakie-Tex 1998 was my first Okie-Tex. I’ve bee to all since. Prude Ranch, Fort Davis, TX.

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A slide show video of Okie-Tex 1998 - 2001.


Good Times! Thanks for the memories!

Here’s one of 5 astrophotos taken Sat morning Oct 24, 1998 at 3:54 am CDT. Kodak Royal Gold 400-2, 18" F/4.5 Newtonian. Olympus OM-1 camera, 15 minute exposure. Negative scanned 16 bit, PI and PS post processing. According to my log, it cleared up after 1:00 AM that night. That Soakie-Tex was no great loss.


What a Great Group. And I enjoy the history pictures that follow.

This pic is over in the main Okie-Tex category as well but I’ll repost it here because it is ‘history’ after all. From Okie-Tex 1991:

That’s my daughter Stephanie at 6 months old.