I'm retired and living and observing part time during the year on both Saipan and Guam in the Northern Marianas Islands. The glorious Milky Way arching over the Saipan night sky is what the locals and the tourists see every clear night on Saipan. A neighboring island tourist Frank "The Crank" Camacho (an island boxer) took the point & shoot photo in the 1st. link with his simple hand held digital camera. Saipan (much more than Guam) with it's cooler and more stable year-round temperatures, weather and it's glorious super dark star-filled night skies is an astrophotography and amateur astronomy sea level paradise...and that's really putting it mildly. Saipan will always be my favorite observing site.
Klitwo (worked in Astronomy on Haleakala (Maui) and a spent a little time on Mauna Kea (Big Island) too - 80's).
2nd. link - is "Astronomy Technology Today" magazine...the Sept./Oct. 2009 issue with Saipan's Palms Resort Hotel and the Milky Way in the background on the front cover.
3rd. link - is a photo of Saipan (U.S. Commonwealth - all 12 miles by 6 miles of it) which is about 129 miles North of Guam (U.S. Territory - all 30 miles by 12 x 6 miles of it). Saipan is approximately 5,978 miles West of Los Angeles in the Western Pacific. (Guam) > http://www.ausairpow...at-7-NASA-A.jpg
4th. link - for those interested...Saipan is a WWII (June 1944) Battle in the Pacific historic battle ground with American Sherman tanks and Navy personnel carriers still sticking out of the water and rusting Japanese tanks sitting next to the roads, fortified bunkers, cannons and caves and countless leftovers from the battle for Saipan spread out everywhere on the island that tourists can easily find and take photos of....
Edited by Klitwo, 16 February 2017 - 01:15 PM.