Quote:Why is the Midwest so bad?
First and foremost observing love: naked eye.
Last but not least, telescopes.
And I sometimes dabble with cameras.
Home-built Newt: 10" f/4.5 Royce conical primary, Skywatcher NEQ6 (Astrotroniks tuned) iEQ45, Duo-T, 8" f/4 Skywatcher Quattro CF 120 ED f/7.5 Skywatcher Black Diamond 80ED Stellarvue
Jeff -----TEC 140, Stellarvue SVR90T, SV115T20 and AT65EDQ refractors,Webster D14, C11 EdgeHD Lunt LS60THa solar scope double stacked with LS60FHaTelevue Pan 41; Ethos 21, 17; Nagler 31T5, 9T6, 7T6, 5T6, 3.5T6; Delos 10, 12, ES25, 14, 9Astro-Physics 900GTO with Rob Miller Tri36M TripodDM-4 Mount-Extension-Tripod w/ Sky CommanderDM-6 Mount-Losmandy Adapter/Extension-Berlebach Planet w/ Argo Navis
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
"My GOD, It's Full of Stars!" For the Obser: Atlas EQ-G w/moded SN8,JMI moto-focus, flocked tube,custom mirror cell.ED80 w/ACCUFocus,SSAG,DSI,EZ Guider. Modded Canon T1i,Pentax K-5II. For the field:14" Orion 14xxi,Flocked Tubes,Custom Paint,6 Fan Cooling,LED ground board lighting. Celestron CG5GT for film/digital photos w/EZ Guider, Atlas EQ-G w/an ES102ED/AT72 Piggy backed,EZ Guider. Various 1.25 & 2" Eyepieces.
Jeff Huston Obsession 30" f/5 (#102) Obsession 18" f/4.5 (#264) Celestron C9.25 f/10 Losmandy GM8 Cave 8" f/6 Newt Orion 80 and 120mm f/5 achro Coronado PST Vixen Polaris
Kevin Apertura 8" Dob, Pentax K-5 My Photography Website -- My Flickr
Quote:I just realized how good those of us living near I-35 in Texas have it. Most locations have a relatively short drive to a gray zone (or even a blue zone).
AVX mount. 8SE. Explore Scientific ED80 APO, Comet Hunter & Twilight II mount. Orion XX14i w/Moonlight focuser. 10" Zhummel Dob Celestron XLT 120 on CG4 w/tracking. Orion ST 80 on Smart cube on survey tripod. Apogee 90 on Sunpak tripod Apogee RA-88-SA bino's 25x100 Tachyon 20x80 JT(?) 15x75 Skmaster C-90 Mak/Cas (Paper weight) Hyperions & a Paracor. http://sites.google.com/a/ericstarpage.net/www/home
Quote:I would only point out that willingness to drive vast cross-country distances (mostly on unrestricted highways mind you) to access really dark skies is largely an aspect of the mid-western mentality and to a lesser degree those in the far west.
Quote:Only a vanishingly small segment of hobbyists would ever be willing to make a 7-8 hour trip EVEN ONCE A YEAR to gain a Bortle class 0-1 view.
I pretty much refuse to view DSO's in anything brighter than a blue zone. It takes me 1.5 hours to get to our club's blue zone site, which will probably be green within the next 10 years. I drive 3.25 hours to get to a grey zone state park with good camping and a great 360 degree view of the horizon. On vacations I have been heading to black skies out west, the best so far being in Utah, 17 hours away from my house. I haven't tried far south Texas yet but in about 8.5 hours I could be in Big Bend NP, gonna give that a try on a vacation this year.
I live in Red/Yellow zone. I think my sky is dark enough, but if I had to move to a darker location, I would have to drive about 20 min... to the green zone.
Andrew Kim Scopes:Celestron 8" Newtonian on Advanced VX mount Accessories too much to list...
I plan on driving three hours on the 29th. It's an addiction.
CGEM DX Mount Celestron 11" HD Meade 8" EMC Classic William Optics GTF 81 DBK21AU618 DMK51AU02.AS Canon T3i Full Spectrum (Gary Honis Modded)
Very interesting thread and I wonder how many imagers do this? With a lot more to haul, setup, and even power this seems daunting to me. I live in a red zone with an observatory in the backyard which makes thinks quick and easy. But I have my camper at a campground 45min north in a solid green zone. I have yet to haul everything up there, but will make an attempt to that this year during the week when the campground is quiet. Plus I have had a year up there to get to know the owners and getting a spot to setup away from action would be a plus. I should just bite the bullet and buy some property 1.5 hours to the north in the blue.
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I can step out my door to a dark blue zone. It will take me 1 to 2 hours to get to a dark grey, high altitude site. I would not be willing to do that more than twice a year though.
I prefer my drives to a dark site to be in the 30 minutes range
12.5 & 10" Dobs, 6 Small scopes, 2 Classic Scopes (Sears 60mm, Tasco 60mm), 8x40 10x42 10x50 12x50 15x70 Binoculars
Job 9:9 He made the Bear, Orion, and the Pleiades, and the chambers of the south.
Psalms 147:4 He determines the number of the stars and calls them each by name.
I'm fortunate in that I have a good friend with an observatory and gray site about 30 minutes away. I do plan to travel an additional two hours for dark site observing several times a year.
Unitron Model 152, 102mm, f/15
Meade LX-90, 8"