Quote:Quote:Den Mama:I think this is a great idea of a thread along lines suggested above. It would be a particular benefit for travelers. Nearly 4 million people visit Yellowstone/Grand Teton every year and I've often thought of putting together a list of sites here that I've found rewarding over the years.Thanks.Dark skies.mm The credit goes to member jpcannavo for the suggestion!
Quote:Den Mama:I think this is a great idea of a thread along lines suggested above. It would be a particular benefit for travelers. Nearly 4 million people visit Yellowstone/Grand Teton every year and I've often thought of putting together a list of sites here that I've found rewarding over the years.Thanks.Dark skies.mm
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16" F5 Teeter/zambutoTom Osypowski equatorial platform10" F5 LightbridgeMid 70's RV-6Orion 100mm EDATMing:Low Profile Front Collimating Dob/Cell for 16" Conical MirrorFront Collimating Dob/Cell for 16" Standard MirrorDob Driver with novel azimuth friction clutch, and axial (rotating) electrical connection.Red Oak Observing PlatformRed Oak Combination Observing Chair (Post Pending!)
Paul B. Jones http://www.astrobin.com/users/bunyon/
Chance favors the prepared astronomer. Yeah I have some stuff.
Quote:Kodachrome Basin State Park,UtahGrandview Campground, Inyo National Forest,CaKennedy Meadows,Southern Sierra Nevada,CaAre all dark,no light domes, fantastic viewing ,weather permitting.
Geoff M: 16" f4.7 custom dob (Lightholder Optics primary) Skylight 100mm f13 refractor, ES 102 triplet, Intes Micro MN-66, Coronado Solarmax 60, CGEM Mount, CNC Machine Shop
Quote:Very likely moving with my family and 16" F5 to Denver this summer. Wondering about Dark yet accessible locations within 2 hours of Denver?
My eyepieces are made from the waste product of exploding stars.
10XTi 102XLT ST80A(2" Focuser); President, Eypieces Anonymous, Denver Chapter (Hello, I'm an eyepiece junky, what's your excuse?)
DAS Dark Site
Tom Karpf (tkarpf) Vice President, Astronomical Society of Greater Hartford www.asgh.org
ORION XT8 Bushnell Legend 8X42 binoculars Celestron OIII filter A half-dozen budget plossls
Meade 12.5" F/6 Research Grade
1971 Criterion RV-6
Orion Observer 70mm Refractor
Homemade 4" f/12 reflector (being rebuilt)
Quote:I totally understand the dangerous part. The last time I was at BigBend NP there were signs everywhere cautioning against leaving a car unattended or hiking or camping without being in a big group. The only rangers I saw anywhere were in the offices. And the sky is so dark. Sad:(
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Zhumell Z10 34 ES 68° 24 ES 68° 13 T6 8.8 ES 82° 6.7 ES 82° 4.7 ES 82° 8-24 MkIII Baader Zoom (plus Zoom Barlow) (35 Ultrascopic, 28 RKE, 26 TV Plossl, 20 Sterling, 18 Paradigm, 3.8 Parks Gold, Celestron 8-24 zoom2.5x (~2.2x) GSO Barlow, . Hardin DSO6, Orion 90 Mak, Astroscan, Celestron 90AZ) *GONE* [for now?] Bigger Dobs, refractors, Naglers, XWs, UWANs, etc, etc
Quote:Dave, since you are an East Coaster, if you were 5 hours from Cherry Springs and 8 hours from Spruce Knob, would you go to Spruce Knob for the experience, or just go back to Cherry Springs?
12" ScopeScavenger Truss Prototype 1.0 http://scopescavengerastronomy.blogspot.com ETX90 with goto--currenltly on loan to an aspiring young astronomer Z12 Zhumell Dob with setting circles and digital inclinometer--currently dissected for parts EPs (Agena 24-8mm zoom, 30mm 2" zhumell, 28mm super plossl, Celestron basic kit 15mm and 9mm) 10x42 Alpen binos 20x80 binos
John Higbee Tasco 60mm 5VTE Refractor - 1964 Edmund 4.25" f/10 Palomar Junior Reflector - 1967 Celestron C8 "orange tube" SCT - 1976 Zhumell Tachyon 25x100 binoculars (2010) w/ Petersen Engineering E-Z Binoc SuperMount - 2013 Edmund Spilhaus Space Clock - 2010 Cave Astrola 12.5" f/6 Reflector - 2012 Criterion RV-6 Dynascope - 2012 Meade ETX90EC - 2013 Meade ETX125PE UHTC - 2013 Towa Model 305 Refractor (60mm, f/15) - 2013 Tower Royal Astro Refractor (76mm, f/16) - 2014
Orion Starblast 4.5 inch reflector
Rokinon 8x42 Binos
Nikon Aculon 7x35 Binos
The Mass of Uranus is 86,810,300,000,000,000,000,000,000 kg
Celestron Advanced VX Edge8; Celestron 20X80 binoculars on a 1st surface mirror mount; Orion Q70 set; WO Binoviewers; Nikon 16X50 binoculars.
A little girl once asked as I showed her the Moon with my telescope, "Are you a scientist?" No, it's just a hobby....
South of Seattle - east of Tacoma
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:For me it's either the backside of Mt. St. Helens near the Windy Ridge area....great spot! Or, Sunrise or Paradise parking lots at Mt. Rainier.
Quote:Quote:For me it's either the backside of Mt. St. Helens near the Windy Ridge area....great spot! Or, Sunrise or Paradise parking lots at Mt. Rainier. We went to St Helens Last night, what a view. I have never seen Jupiter like that, not even in photos. The spot showed up and was super peachey in color. What a trip. Temp was a cool 27 F. No wind, and the moon was only out for an hour. The humidity was reported at 91% but it took over 2 1\2 hours for our unaided corrector plate to fog up. We stopped at a viewpoint, 3rd one from the 504-505 interchange. There is a place near here to stay called ECOPark, but we were unsuccessful in raising them with either phone or email. When we drove by the place, someone was there working, but the gate was locked. We gave them the salute(You're # 1!), and carried on up to the top. I am glad we did. The dead volcano in the background's sno-cap was illuminated by the moonlight...It was beautiful
Quote: The dead volcano in the background's sno-cap was illuminated by the moonlight...It was beautiful