First and foremost observing love: naked eye.
Last but not least, telescopes.
And I sometimes dabble with cameras.
Quote:I've just been browsing real estate websites and have come across extremely cheap vacant blocks of land being offered in places where no one wants to live. One I am looking at is a half-acre property being advertised for $8000 out in the desert about 150km north of Mildura, Victoria in a tiny village, which has a population of 330. It's an 8-9 hour drive, but my own dark sky property for less than the cost of a premium 16" dob? Why sweat over finding ideal public sites when I can have my own private land for peanuts, in a dry arid location to boot Looking at the sales history on this particular real estate website, it appears land has been sold in such "undesirable" locations for as little as $2000.
Rural central lower Michigan
DreamCatcher Dobservatory/AstroTech 16" dob.
“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
Quote:This particular property is located in the center of town
NP-101 on a DM-6
Teeter 11" STS/Waite Mirror
Zeiss, Fujinon, Nikon, Vixen binoculars
Quote:This particular property is located in the center of town within walking distance to amenities and stuff, (but only 330 population - and the nearest population center is 150km away) which is probably the reason for its price.
Quote: Quote:This particular property is located in the center of town Even in a very small village of 330 people, there's bound to be light pollution; and who knows what business "might" come next door to this property.
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
6'' Orion SkyQuest f/5 12.5" Astrotel truss dob f/3.3 20" Super FXQ Starmaster William Optics 80mm ZenithStar ED II 1850/2500 Observing sessions grand total for 2013, 49. So far in 2014, 11
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www.bajadarkskies.com 18" Starmaster dob (zambuto primary) 30" Starmaster dob (intermountain optics)
Quote:I'd be more worried with security in Mexico given their political situation down there.
Quote:Quote:I'd be more worried with security in Mexico given their political situation down there.Mexico is a very big and very varied place. Not a lot of narco traffic in the mountains of mid-Baja, I'm sure.
Quote:I was generalizing based on my limited knowledge of the geo-political situation and my knowledge of the Texas-Arizonia border? Is baja-California significantly better?
Quote:Chris--- as Tony stated Mexico is a very large and varied country. Based on 5+ years of living here my Wife and I feel very secure. Besides we are so off the beaten track that I feel we are not any sort of target, but crimes happen in all countries so we have IR motion sensors on our road to tell us of any foot or car traffic. Baja California is very low on the spectrum of per capita violent crimes, especially once you go south of Tijuana. Also we get TSP dark skies coupled with sub arcsecond seeing a lot of the time!
Quote:Would love to buy a few acres in northern AZ. Prices are quite reasonable. What's intimidating are the costs after purchase, such as insurance, fencing and security. And since we can't leave TN yet for anything more than a week or two per year, I'm afraid it'll have to remain just a dream for now.