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#201 JHGIII

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Posted 29 December 2014 - 01:31 PM

Was just at DeSoto park adjacent to Little River Canyon for Christmas. All I had with me were my 10x70 Fuji's but the sky was great on top of Lookout Mountain. Double cluster and several Messier's were naked eye visible. Rooms at the Lodge (motel) are comfortable and sub $100, breakfast included. The CCC vintage cabins and newer Chalets are sub $150, boast full kitchens plus one free breakfast. Park is clean and quiet. Lots of day trip stuff to do for family if you choose to make it a weekend.

 

Prefer the Atacama, but LRC is more convenient and cheaper :lol: .

 

Must say favorite regular spot is back yard. Finished observatory late Summer 2014 and have been Loving the opportunity to pop out for an hour or two. Observing time has gone up dramatically. Hmm it's just like they say, "Best scope/site is the one that gets used the most".

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#202 Procyon

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Posted 29 December 2014 - 02:33 PM

Wow, very nice pictures and scenery, I wish I could set up and observe from there!!



#203 slothead

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Posted 11 February 2015 - 06:42 PM

 

Jon
Great Stuff! These are the kinds of gems I had in mind!


Tom and Joe...

Here's a photo of the Valley of the Gods. I imagine when you are on the east coast it is hard to imagine places like this exist... maybe they help keep the dream alive, they do for me.

Jon

 

Jon, Which brand of viewing chair is there beside your purple ghost?



#204 SkyCruzr

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Posted 28 February 2015 - 12:31 PM

There is a new site being developed in New Mexico called the Cosmic Campground.  I plan to go  out to check it out sometime in the spring.  Looks like a great spot.

 

https://sites.google...nformation/home

 

 

We are planning a trip to NM in the next week or so. We just may have to wander by this place!  Thanks for the link.



#205 CCD-Freak

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Posted 28 February 2015 - 05:08 PM

 

There is a new site being developed in New Mexico called the Cosmic Campground.  I plan to go  out to check it out sometime in the spring.  Looks like a great spot.

 

https://sites.google...nformation/home

 

 

We are planning a trip to NM in the next week or so. We just may have to wander by this place!  Thanks for the link.

 

 

 

There is a new site being developed in New Mexico called the Cosmic Campground.  I plan to go  out to check it out sometime in the spring.  Looks like a great spot.

 

https://sites.google...nformation/home

 

 

We are planning a trip to NM in the next week or so. We just may have to wander by this place!  Thanks for the link.

 

I hope to make it to the Cosmic Campground at the new moon in April. Please post pictures and such after your visit.  "Curious minds want to know" (o:

Maybe we can have an impromptu star party.  I call them "NoWhere Star Parties" or "NSP" cause they are in the middle of nowhere which is where I like em.

The last NSP I had was at the Datil Well Campground which is another great astronomy spot in NM.

 

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#206 Doug McI

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Posted 20 March 2015 - 10:22 AM

The cosmic campground is a wonderful place to view.  It has a pit toilet and plenty of room to setup up scope and camper.  It doesn't have water or power!  It's in a black zone around 6200 feet in elevation.  The nearest anything is around 15 miles away.



#207 SkyCruzr

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Posted 27 March 2015 - 11:19 AM

Ah yes....this is where I learned about the cosmic campground. I was there a little over a week ago. I wanted to reply in the thread where I learned about it but couldn't remember which one it was. did not get to observe from there as it was cloudy the whole time we were in that part of the state. According to their website, it is about 5300' elevation. I posted a report about what I learned while there  http://www.cloudynig...mic-campground/



#208 SpaceConqueror3

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Posted 30 March 2015 - 02:39 PM

 

At my cabin (~3000ft)  in North Central WA State roughly between the little towns of Tonasket and Republic.

 

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#209 Stargazer713

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Posted 24 April 2015 - 10:26 AM

I spend a good bit of my summer in southern Delaware near the shore. While being near the shore line present some other issues the skies are really dark as there is no major city within a hundred miles. the skies are much better than light polluted NJ.



#210 Kidastronomer

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Posted 24 April 2015 - 06:40 PM

The backyard is now my favorite spot. I can stay out all night if I wanted to. :)



#211 Ahab

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Posted 15 June 2015 - 12:59 PM

My backyard at 4500' is next to Oracle State Park. This is what the sky looked like the last three nights.

 

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#212 Sam M

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Posted 03 July 2015 - 10:21 PM

 

I've observed across the Potomac from the Northern Neck. This was at Point Lookout State Park at the south end of St. Mary's County. The sky there is blue/green. Too bad there is no good area to set up at the south end. It is ruined by a historic lighthouse with outdoor lights on all night. Best I've seen is a camping site that can be rented at a lake.

 

 

I've had some luck at Point Lookout, Maryland, but it's dodgy.  It was great in the winter, and off season when there's no one around, and not many lights on.  There's a boat launch with a big empty parking lot, if the lights are off.  The rangers are supposed to chase you off after dark if you aren't actively fishing, but one time I made friends with them and wound up having a little impromptu outreach night for some rangers and campers.  I've also had mixed luck trying to get official permission to observe there.  If you call, sometimes they're helpful, sometimes not.

 

Has anyone found a reliable way to observe at Point Lookout, Maryland, or anywhere in the area?



#213 Sarkikos

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Posted 03 July 2015 - 11:12 PM

I still haven't heard of any astronomy club developing a relationship with Point Lookout so that they can observe on a regular basis.  When they do, I will check into it.  In the meantime, a two-hour-plus trip to a site with no guarantees is too much of a gamble for me when I have a sure thing an hour away.

 

Also, I'd rather not do outreach to earn observing time.  Though I will do some impromptu outreach now and then, I certainly don't plan for it or go out looking for it.  I'm glad there are folks in my club who enjoy doing outreach.  More power to them!  IMO, outreach is not serious observing.  I enjoy serious observing.

 

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#214 M57Guy

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Posted 17 July 2015 - 10:02 PM

Just outside Joshua Tree, California. Its great when its not 113 degrees, or freezing.

 

 

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