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Woodland Hills: Bear Valley Springs Observatory

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#1 skyward_eyes


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Posted 14 September 2012 - 12:28 PM

Woodland Hills is taking an exciting and bold new step for Astro imagers, by leasing an observatory in the Tehachapi mountains.

The observatory is located about two hours from Los Angeles and sits at about 6000 feet elevation. Seeing is about two arch seconds with a sky quality of 21.3 to 21.5.

The observatory is 10 x 12 with a rolloff roof will accommodate three people and the operator comfortably.
The accommodations for those using the observatory is a 1800 square-foot house 30 feet from the observatory, the house is very nice inside. If you would like to adventure away from the observatory there is a lot to do, like playing golf on the PGA course, tennis or basketball, swimming in Olympic pool , weight room etc...

The observatory offers an array of world class equipment for both visual and imaging use. The equipment includes Planewave 17" on AP1200, Celestron C-14 and C-11, Astro-Physics 160EDF and TeleVue 101is. For camera we have an STL-11000M, QSI-583mono and a Lumenera CCD for planetary imaging. We are also looking into adding a new large format 16803 CCD in the future.

For more information please see the observatory page: Bear Valley Springs Observatory

You can also email me at Kevin@Telescopes.net for more information.

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Posted 16 September 2012 - 11:47 PM

Ooooh, wow! Tehachapi is my personal favorite location for dark sky observing.
I was raised in Tehachapi (20 years) and lived in Bear Valley Springs for a couple years. Very dark skies.
We have friends/family that live in Stallion Springs (essentially the same locale) and it's always a treat to take my XT8 up there and view in those clear mountain skies.
Living in Orange county makes Tehachapi skies look BLACK. There is only one source of light pollution around Bear valley: The prison to the south east.
Great place to observe!

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Posted 17 September 2012 - 10:52 PM

We are very excited to offer it!

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