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exitar01
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Phoenix, AZ
      #5795158 - 04/12/13 06:12 PM

Alright so I live in the city if Phoenix, AZ and wanted to know first: Are their any members here that live near or in PHoenix Metro area? And where can I go that's close to the city to get the darkest skies?

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GeneT
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Reged: 11/07/08

Loc: South Texas
Re: Phoenix, AZ new [Re: exitar01]
      #5795290 - 04/12/13 07:47 PM

I am sure that Phoenix has at least one astronomy club.

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Arizona-Ken
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Loc: Scottsdale, Arizona
Re: Phoenix, AZ new [Re: GeneT]
      #5795517 - 04/12/13 10:30 PM

Easy. Explore these web sites;

http://www.eastvalleyastronomy.org

http://www.saguaroastro.org

They are the two premier clubs in the universe ... well, at least the Phoenix metro area.

Arizona Ken


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CharlesW
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Reged: 11/02/12

Loc: Chula Vista & Indio, CA
Re: Phoenix, AZ new [Re: Arizona-Ken]
      #5796252 - 04/13/13 09:45 AM

Just NW of Seligman on the 66 is black.

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hm insulators
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Reged: 01/22/07

Re: Phoenix, AZ new [Re: CharlesW]
      #5802847 - 04/16/13 02:24 PM

I live in Phoenix, too, and just outside of Wickenburg has fairly dark skies. (Wickenburg itself recently passed a dark-sky ordinance, too.) Once a month, there is a public-outreach star party at a spot a few miles outside the town called Sophie's Flat. This spot is on Bureau of Land Management territory, so if you don't want to do the public outreach, you can still go there. Check in the Astronomy Clubs and Star Parties thread. And ADOT even recently repaved most of Highway 74, so the drive on that road is less bone-rattling than it used to be!

Rboe and rocco13 are two other members in this area.

Edited by hm insulators (04/16/13 02:26 PM)


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Kevdog
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Reged: 07/11/12

Loc: Desert Hills, AZ
Re: Phoenix, AZ new [Re: hm insulators]
      #5805323 - 04/17/13 07:33 PM

I go camping at Lost Dutchman State park and the skies to the north, east and somewhat south are pretty good. West is right over PHX, so not so good there.

Also I go up to Dead Horse Ranch State park in Cottonwood and that is pretty dark too.


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abaum
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Reged: 03/30/12

Re: Phoenix, AZ new [Re: Kevdog]
      #5811594 - 04/20/13 07:22 PM

The East Valley Astronomy Club meets out at the Picket Post trailhead for it's dark sky meetup. It's on the way to Boyce Thompson Arboretum.

http://evaconline.org/sp.html


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aznights
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Reged: 04/23/12

Loc: Glendale, AZ
Re: Phoenix, AZ new [Re: abaum]
      #5817438 - 04/23/13 01:07 PM

I've wanted to head out to the Alamo Lake area. It's a black site.

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SeattleScott
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Re: Phoenix, AZ new [Re: aznights]
      #5819048 - 04/24/13 01:48 AM

Cave Creek is nice, and fairly convenient if you are on the north end. I was out there a month ago putting my new 6" Mak through its paces.

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DavidC
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Reged: 11/24/05

Loc: Mesa, Arizona
Re: Phoenix, AZ new [Re: SeattleScott]
      #5825039 - 04/26/13 06:31 PM

If you can afford the gas, and it's getting a little cheaper, take advantage of it and go out to the antennas site west of phoenix about 90 miles on I-10. The All Arizona Star Party in october, and the All Arizona Messier Marathon in march is held out at an abandoned airstrip out there. But for those of us living in the east mesa area thats a little far. We prefer to go out to picket post trailhead, and I myself like to go out by the weavers needle trailhead in the superstition mountains off peralta road, and its almost as dark.
David


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