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Joe Bergeron
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Re: Best observing sites in N. America new [Re: FirstSight]
      #5666162 - 02/06/13 10:31 PM

I can attest to the quality of the sky at Capitol Reef and environs, having spent 5 weeks there doing outreach this past summer. Here's a view very low near the horizon in Scorpius, shot on a typical night there:

The Stinger

I don't think I've ever seen darker skies.


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Jon Isaacs
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Reged: 06/16/04

Loc: San Diego and Boulevard, CA
Re: Best observing sites in N. America new [Re: lintonius]
      #5666605 - 02/07/13 08:07 AM

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I'm on the road though - checking out of a motel in Chinle/Canyon de Chelley - en route to Tucson.




Which one was it, the Best Western, the Thunderbird Lodge or the Holiday Inn? There is also the Spider Rock campground where you can stay in a Hogan...

My wife and I were married in Chinle.

Jon

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lintonius
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Re: Best observing sites in N. America new [Re: Jon Isaacs]
      #5672138 - 02/10/13 11:00 AM Attachment (5 downloads)

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I'm on the road though - checking out of a motel in Chinle/Canyon de Chelley - en route to Tucson.




Which one was it, the Best Western, the Thunderbird Lodge or the Holiday Inn? There is also the Spider Rock campground where you can stay in a Hogan...

My wife and I were married in Chinle.

Jon




Sorry for the delay, Jon. We've been running around the world's largest Rock Show, lusting over thousands of meteorites!
We stayed in the BW. Canyon de Chelley was outstanding. We'll be returning. What a cool place to get married!
Linton


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Seldom
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Reged: 08/05/12

Loc: N of Cedar City Light Dome
Re: Best observing sites in N. America new [Re: lintonius]
      #5672180 - 02/10/13 11:35 AM

+1 Spider Rock Campground

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careysub
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Reged: 02/18/11

Loc: Rancho Cucamonga, CA
Re: Best observing sites in N. America [Re: Starman81]
      #5672818 - 02/10/13 06:28 PM

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That is a great site deep within the 'Black' zone! Are there any problems going down to the Baja from the US for American citizens? On the Dark Sky Finder I see this statement for the Sierra San Pedro Martir site: "Located in a area of Mexico that may be hazardous to Americans."




I have been doing some reading the last few days on this subject and what I have found is that the hazardous areas are restricted to the more urbanized zone along the border. Apparently all of the violent incidents involving U.S. citizens were in this zone.

The less settled southern half of Baja California (Baja California Sur) has no travel advisories.

Even though it does have tourist towns on the southern tip (Cabo San Lucas, etc.) these have apparently been essentially problem-free. Although the SSPM site is north of the Baja California Sur border, it is geographically part of the same very rural region that dominates it.


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