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Quote:Well, in terms of sky quality when the sky is clear, the Nebraska Star Party is at a site that is Bortle Class 1 to 2 depending on the local weather.
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Quote:What about seeing?I've never been to one, but supposedly one of the "features" of the Florida star parties is the frequent excellent seeing.
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Quote:The seeing at sites in the Western U.S. is best if you can be located above the surrounding terrain. I doubt that many sites do this better than the Oregon Star Party. That site has a great combination of darkness, altitude, and steady seeing. It would be interesting to learn if there is similar weather data as David showed for the Nebraska Star Party. The wildcard at OSP is the possibility that the summer has been too dry, and wildfires in the Cascades are pouring smoke over the Ochocos.Tom
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Quote:David,Quote:Well, in terms of sky quality when the sky is clear, the Nebraska Star Party is at a site that is Bortle Class 1 to 2 depending on the local weather.Considering how flat Nebraska can be, doesn't wind become a factor at this party?With nights this clear and with Nebraska's flatness, I would imagine that horizon to horizon of stars would be truly amazing!RichPS...also judging by all your stats, are you a member of the NSP promotion team?
Quote:Tom,Being from So.Calif I've been interested in checking out some of the better star parties in Arizona.Might you be able to recommend a few of them that have the best skies?Sorry if this questions a bit off topic.Thanks,Rich
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Quote:For the big star parties... Texas Star Party
For small star parties... Cathedral Gorge Star Party (hosed by the LVAS about 3 hours NE of Las Vegas, NV at Cathedral Gorge State Park).
I have no been to the Nebraska Star Party, but I would think haze could be an issue being it is held in the summer.
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Quote:Either Astronomy or Sky and Telescope did an article a few months back listing what they ranked as the ten best star parties. Okie Tex, Texas and I think Florida were all on the list. A search would probably turn up the article.
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Quote:The seeing at sites in the Western U.S. is best if you can be located above the surrounding terrain. I doubt that many sites do this better than the Oregon Star Party. That site has a great combination of darkness, altitude, and steady seeing.
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Quote:Although I've heard a lot about TSP, doesn't it have high humidity?
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Quote:You're kidding, right?
Quote:The seeing at the Winter Star Party can be superb but it doesn't have extremely dark skies.Dave Mitsky
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Quote:However, I have a friend who *lives* about a half-mile from the WSP site (with EdgeHD C-14 on a Titan mount), and another mutual friend who lives in south Florida, with lots of star party experience (including CSSP). They both recommend the Chiefland Star Party as the best compromise in Florida: darker sky, still often excellent seeing, almost as far south.
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