AL MasterObserverC #24
Mike "Once in a while you can be shown the light In the strangest of places if you look at it right" - Robt. Hunter
Webster 14.5" f/4.5, "Sugaree" Televue NP 101 (name not yet apparent) Siebert Black Night BVs 8 X 42 Celestron Regals, 12 X 36 Canon IS II
George RoffeKingwood, TX
Quote:I know this is an old thread, but we're in SW Texas right now to escape the winter weather hitting the entire eastern US, and are currently in our motorhome at Marathon Motel & RV Park. The owner is an astrophotographer, and last week he was busy pouring concrete telescope pads for the guests to use. These are class 1 dark skies, and I can't praise it enough for those wanting to experience some truly dark skies in an extremely friendly atmosphere. There are plenty of RV sites to go around, and motel rooms for the folks traveling without a home on their backs.
Big Bend National Park is right down the road, which is absolutely stunning for daytime photography, or just enjoying some of the scenery this area has to offer.
Check them out at: http://www.marathonmotel.com
10 in. Odyssey Dob. f/4.5 26mm Meade Super Plossl 17mm & 13mm TV Plossls 8mm RKE 2.5x TV Barlow Telrad 8x50 RA finder 8x42 Binoculars Uranometria 1 & 2 "Get out of Dodge"...and go scopin'!
Quote:Thanks Dan for posting about your Motel. What a great concept! Sounds great to me and hope to visit before long.
Webster/Zambuto 14.5" f/4.3 truss dob
Tele Vue-102, Gibralter mount
Tele Vue-76, Tele Pod mount
Canon 10x30 & 15x50 IS binocs
Quote:One thing though, I was wondering when you think would be the best time or times of the year to go there. When I went to the TSP in early May it seemed like we were getting clouded out most of the nights. If it cools off some at night in the Marathon area in summer, and there are lots of clear skies in the summer, would summer be the best time to go there, or would maybe Sept. through Nov. be better?
"Great men are forged in fire. It is the privilege of lesser men to light the flame." --John Hurt, as The War Doctor12" f/4.9 Skywatcher Collapsible Dobsonian8" f/4.9 Orion Newtonian on alt-az mountOberwerk 15x70 BinocularsMinimalist Eyepiece Collection: 30mm ES-82, 22mm Vixen LVW, 14mm Delos, 10mm Delos, 7mm Pentax XW, 2X GSO 2" ED Barlow, 3X Explore Scientific Focal Extender, 4X Powermate
Quote:It's difficult to describe just how pitch black it is here for someone coming from the eastern side of the country.
Quote:I was planning on staying in a Fort Davis hotel and driving outside of town to observe. This place looks better suited and more secure than me parking by the side of a small road. I'm glad to hear the light pollution from town and the hotel isn't too much. Let's hope this region stays 'pristine' unlike the East Coast.