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[August 21st, 2017]
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
Quote:[...]However, I know of a few fellow CN Floridian's who rely on the Everglades to get some great, dark skies; this news will no doubt be a damper on their viewing.
NexStar 8SE; Stellarvue SVR90T; Celestron 102GT; Orion ST80 Orion 9x63, Oberwerk 15x70 binos
And there they still stood, obscurely commemorating man's triumph over time and matter and the triumph of time and matter over man. -- Aldous Huxley, on the Mayan stelae at the Quirigua ruins
-EricParks Astrolight EQ6 (6" f/6 Newt)10x50 Bushnell Binoculars
ALL my posts should be considered as opinions shaped by MY experiences and understanding of the facts.
Quote:Quote: Let's have no more of that, please. There are many places on the internet to rant about the shortcomings of government. Cloudy Nights is not one of those places.
Everyone knows that the universe is expanding. This is why we constantly need to buy bigger scopes!
Orion 10x50 binos, 25x100 binos
Coronado Solarmax 40
Orion 102mm ED refractor
B&L Criterion 4000
Orion 120mm f/5 refractor
Celestron Omni XLT 150
Levenhuk 8" f/4 reflector
Meade 12" Lightbridge
Orion 8" f3.9 Newtonian, Atlas EQ-G Cooled Canon 1100Da SSAG on 50mm Finder pocketrubbish.com
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Quote: Alternate route # 1 is + 10 miles and + 15 minutes through National Park Service administered land, which may now be closed per today's newspaper -
Who you jivin' with that Cosmic Debris? "all science is either physics or stamp collecting" -- Lord Rutherford
Quote:October 1, 2013 Dear Grand Canyon Association Friends,This morning, due to the government shutdown, all of the nation's 401 National Parks have been closed, including Grand Canyon National Park. What does this mean?Visitors with overnight accommodations will be given 48 hours to make other arrangements and leave the park. Authorities will be posted at Grand Canyon entrance gates to notify visitors that the park is closed.Highway 64 will remain open for through traffic; however, overlooks and pullouts are blocked off.Employees of Grand Canyon National Park who were told to show up to work as scheduled on Tuesday now will have four hours to secure files and property, and leave a voicemail saying they'll be out of the office indefinitely.Law enforcement, security and health officials will stay on the job to carry out the shutdown over four days.Trails, campgrounds and hotels will be cleared, but park officials won't be scouring the entire 1.2 million-acre park looking for people. Visitors already hiking or camping in the backcountry or taking rafting trips on the Colorado River will be able to complete their trips. Helicopter tours also will continue.Grand Canyon Association will still be operating as a private non-profit entity and is committed to continuing our mission of preserving and protecting Grand Canyon National Park through this shutdown. GCA Main offices will be open and operating. Grand Canyon Association Park stores will be closed through the shutdown.Grand Canyon Field Institute classes are being cancelled with full tuition refunds on a case by case basis during the shutdown. GCA online store will be up and running - https://www.grandcanyon.org/shop/online-store
Quote:The roads may be closed but the land is not. These are our parks.
Quote:There are countless places other than national parks that have dark skies.Let's be real here.
Celestron EdgeHD 8 + AVX | Sky-Watcher Pro 100ED APO + Vixen Porta II + Oberwerk Tall | Celestron NexStar 6SE Fujinon Polaris 10x50 FMT-SX | Bushnell 10x42 Legend Ultra HD
Quote:This is an inconvenience for very few people for what will be a very short time.There are countless places other than national parks that have dark skies.
Orion XT10 Orion Short Tube 80mm Coronado PST Celestron 76mm Firstscope 11mm, 15mm Televue Plossls 18mm University Optics Ortho. 20mm Parks Silver Series 10mm, 25mm, 32mm Orion Sirius Plossls 10mm, 20mm Kellners
Quote:Quote:This is an inconvenience for very few people for what will be a very short time.There are countless places other than national parks that have dark skies. Agreed.
Paul B. Jones http://www.astrobin.com/users/bunyon/
Quote:Canadian parks, federal and provincial are awesome. I've never been to a bad one and Jaspar, Banff and the Provincial parks in the area are among the finest places I've ever visited.Hat tip.
Quote:Personally I'm more drawn to the freely accessible public lands here in the western United States for observing than I am to the parks. National Forest and BLM land is everywhere, it's often minimally regulated, there are plenty of choices with no fees, and if you want to get away from people it's a much better bet than a national, state, or regional park IMO. I consider myself fortunate to have this kind of opportunity available.
Quote:Quote:Canadian parks, federal and provincial are awesome. I've never been to a bad one and Jaspar, Banff and the Provincial parks in the area are among the finest places I've ever visited.Hat tip. Thanks. I wasn't really thinking in terms of "dark" but just "wonderful". I agree, Banff is more touristy than the rest but if you've been to, say, Great Smoky Mountains NP, you will find Banff peaceful and unpopulated. And the maintenance, etc. with the Canadian parks is a step above (the wonderful) US system.Like the Kananaskis. If only it were propoerly protected. The area of Banff is very touristy and not very dark (though most of the park isn't) but there are some provincial parks in the Kananaskis sooith of Banff that are very dark and not at all touristy. Try Hwy 742 thriugh the Spray Lakes area and Plateau Mountain. Plateau Mountain has got to be one of the great dark, clear areas of the world, most of it above the treeline. The sky in the Southern Kananaskis (where Plateau Mountain is) is fabulous.
Quote:Too bad that there is very little BLM land east of the Mississippi; we Easterners have little "public" land that isn't regulated to death
First and foremost observing love: naked eye.
Last but not least, telescopes.
And I sometimes dabble with cameras.