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#1 stephanm

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Posted 13 August 2014 - 03:42 PM

I will be in the Traverse Ciry area in early September. I have been there before and have seen the dark skies away from the city, but never with a telescope. Can anyone tellme if there are places to observe with a nice open view of the sky? I will be near Lake Michigan in the Leland, Glen Arbor, empire area.



#2 MawkHawk

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Posted 17 August 2014 - 05:42 PM

No, but if you contact this club I'm sure that they'll be able to help you:

 

Grand Traverse Astronomical Society

 

http://www.gtastro.org/



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Posted 17 August 2014 - 05:48 PM

Stephan, Also, it is a bit of a drive from where you'll be, but you could also head to up Headlands if you have a chance:

 

http://www.emmetcoun...rg/darkskypark/



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Posted 17 August 2014 - 05:57 PM

Been there.....and escaped fortunately.....



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Posted 18 August 2014 - 08:21 PM

Stephan,

 

When vacationing in Traverse City I have enjoyed observing at Peterson Park in Northport

http://www.recreatio...rk-northport-nw

for the last 8yrs after hearing of it from Dick Cookman.

http://www.cloudynig...s-months-skies/

 

His store Enerdyne is in Suttons Bay.http://www.enerdynet.com/

 

Here is some more info on Peterson Park.

http://www.midwestgu...t-michigan.html

 

Have a good time & Clear Skies,

Garry


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#6 JimMo

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Posted 21 August 2014 - 01:17 PM

What Garry said.  Make sure you stop by the store, largest astronomy inventory you'll ever find in a small town.  Suttons Bay is a short drive north of TC on the Leelanau Peninsula.  



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Posted 24 August 2014 - 10:31 AM

Another place near TC that I have observed from is the parking lot at the Dune Climb in Sleeping bear National Lakeshore near Glen Lake.  The road was even shielded somewhat from passing cars, but you can park your vehicle to shield even more.  

 

In September you'll probably have the whole place to yourself.  The western horizon was blocked up to about 40º or so by the sand dune.  It was very dark.

 

https://www.google.c...m/data=!3m1!1e3


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Posted 24 August 2014 - 04:50 PM

Hi, a nice place for viewing is Platte River Pointe, on the end of lake michigan drive. The township owns a piece of land there surrounded by national park. I think but don't quote me it is open at night. We, our club hold star parties on the park property across the street several times a year, www.gtas.org . The Dune Climb area is closed at night, near Glen Arbor.  We also have open house at the Rogers Observatory in TC. the first friday of every month if your in town then.



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Posted 24 August 2014 - 05:19 PM

here is a link to to the township park , http://www.laketwp.org/  At that time of year there will probably be some salmon fisherman around!



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Posted 28 August 2014 - 12:31 PM

Out on the Old Mission Peninsula is a place called 'neotowana' or something like that. It over looks all of west bay and some public places are on a beach, so you have a wider option os constellations. I personally would say that brings you're scope out to Sleeping Bear. GTAS had a star party a bit ago there and I brought my dobsonian and was not dissapointed. Everything comes in crystal clear, and is absolutly dark. Since I live on the opposite side of town I just use my lawn.



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Posted 28 August 2014 - 06:40 PM

The Dune Climb area is closed at night, near Glen Arbor.  

 

I was there observing four or five years ago.  I ranger came by and said I was fine and to have a good night.


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