Orion xx14g Dob CPC 1100 w/Skywatcher 80ED piggybacked Coronado PST TMB 92L refractor AT Voyager mount Nexstar 6/8 mount Denk Big Easy binoviewers Oodles of eyepieces and other optical gadgets Past scopes Meade 8" reflector and 8" SCT
Cheers and Clear Skies! Larry If blocks are blue tonight, I'm probably not online Celestar C8,Celestron G5 40mm and 7.5mm Celestron Plossls, 25mm Celestron SMA 12.5mm, 9mm and 6mm Astro-Tech LR 24mm, 20mm and 16mm Explore Scientific 68* Celestron 2X Barlow, ES 3X Focal Extender Celestron 15X70 Porro Prism, Pentax 8x42 Roof Prism two eyes, 1/2 a brain!
“I am the only person to ever ace a 1951 USAF resolution test. My 'to observe' list says 'done'. I do not use charts or atlases when I starhop; men do not use maps. One of my sketches won an SBIG deep sky imaging contest. I am the life of star parties I have never attended. I never say anything looks like a faint fuzzy - not even a faint fuzzy. Pilots aim green laser pointers at me. Don Pensack proofreads my CN forum posts.” - The Most Interesting Astronomer in the Universe
Tom Polakis Tempe, AZ Visual observing, DSLR photography, lunar & planetary imaging http://www.pbase.com/polakis/
Orion XT8i Dob
9x50 RACI Finder TELRAD Reflex Sight
Agena SWA 38mm 70 FOV 2" EP
Orion 25+10mm Sirius Plossl 52 FOV EP
ES 82* 11mm, 18mm 2" ES 68* 24mm
6mm, 25mm Ortho. EP
Televue 3X Barlow
Filters Baader Continuum, UV/IF cut, Lumicon UHC, DGM OIII.
SkySafari T-Ring and Adaptor for Olympus E-510 Oly sz-14 SteadyPix Deluxe iOptron SkyTracker 7.7lb Electro Dot Sight RD400X
NP-101 on a DM-6
Teeter 11" STS/Waite Mirror
Zeiss, Fujinon, Nikon, Vixen binoculars
Quote:As for time, I would go to Chaco in September/October. As for pictographic sophistication, check out the"Harvest Panel," in the Maze District of Canyonlands NP.
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It's what you know after you know it all that counts...
Quote:To answer your question: It is very difficult to reach--one of the most remote and dark places in Utah. There is a marked turnoff south of Hanksville on Route 95. A graded road takes you to a ranger station--and definitely stop there for info. After that there are several approaches, all requiring 4x4. My favorite is the Maze Overlook (you can camp there), but that requires going down the infamous Flint Trail, one of the scariest roads in the American West. Great campsite and beyond fabulous observing. Next day scramble down into the Maze and head for the South Fork of Horse Canyon. I think the park now calls this Pictograph Canyon. Probably six to eight miles round trip--they have maps. The country is more beautiful than Chaco, and darker, but lacks the archeological interest. I went down in a Piper Cub next to the road just before the Maze Overlook in 1964 while exploring for National Geographic. It's a marvelous trip, both for observing and looking at the pictographs. PM me for further info, or see "The Maze and Aura," in The Abstract Wild.Dark skies.Jack Turner
AL MasterObserverC #24
Quote:Maybe getting off topic, but Natural Bridges National Monument is a certified dark sky site. Linton, it's on your way to Hovenweep, but anywhere on a highway shoulder of SR95 should so almost as well.
Paul B. Jones http://www.astrobin.com/users/bunyon/
"He counts the stars, and calls them all by name." Ps. 147:4 (NLT)
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Celestron NexStar 8SE