Quote:I am probably opting out of a trip to Kauai (previous post) in favor of a road trip from home in southern California through Arizona to New Mexico. At the outset I think I would opt for the route through Flagstaff to Albuquerque to Santa Fe, but I am open to other suggestions.
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Quote: What would be the optimum time to go, from the first week of June or later this summer?
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I am probably opting out of a trip to Kauai (previous post) in favor of a road trip from home in southern California through Arizona to New Mexico...
Anyone like to make some suggestions re route, weather, good observing spots, or have info to where I can make contact with a good star party? What would be the optimum time to go, from the first week of June or later this summer?
Tom Polakis Tempe, AZ Visual observing, DSLR photography, lunar & planetary imaging http://www.pbase.com/polakis/
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Quote:Definitely stop by the VLA in central NM.US Naval Observatory and Lowell's Anderson Mesa station are also good visits. The new Discovery Channel scope might be a good bet, although I'm not sure what their "tourist" capabilities are.
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Quote:Although I did a quick scan of all the responses I didn't see anyone mention Meteor Crater. If I missed it I appologize. That's one place I'd like to see, on my bucket list.
Quote:Getting into the planning stages now, and it's been awhile since I've done this extensive a trip by car (usually take trains and planes etc). For some kind of protection, I'm not a gun person so I won't be going that route. However, I am thinking maybe I should take something along, like pepper spray? What are people's thoughts on this or what suggestions would you have? My feeling is that common sense is the best tool to keep safe, and having a weapon of some sort can potentially be as defeating as it might be helpful. Or not?