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#251 CCD-Freak

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Posted 24 May 2016 - 08:35 PM

 

I think you will like it.  Okie-Tex is my favorite star party and I have been there 18 time if I count correctly.  Drop by and say HI.  Look for our flags.

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I met John there two years ago. John, your SkyBox is a really cool setup! 

 

We will be there again this year.  I can hardly wait.  Drop by for a visit.

 

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#252 WyattDavis

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Posted 24 May 2016 - 08:50 PM

Will do!



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Posted 25 May 2016 - 12:27 AM

Prineville OR, Ochaco mountains. Locally larch mountain at 4000 ft and 40 minute away.

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Posted 04 June 2016 - 07:12 PM

Has anyone been to larch mountain lately? The local astronomy club stopped recommending it due to shooting, 4 wheeling and partners? Say it ain't so...I used to go there alot, and have new scope a wanted to go back but sounds ruined?

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Posted 05 June 2016 - 11:10 PM

**** the torpedos...I'm going to larch mountain tonite...crossing fingers on the haze.

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Posted 05 June 2016 - 11:10 PM

Sorry, darn the torpedos

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Posted 06 June 2016 - 11:20 PM

Those darn torpedos!



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Posted 06 June 2016 - 11:30 PM

It was a good call going to larch mountain. The night was clear with a bit of moisture/haze, but milky way was clearly visible. Another excellent night with respect to the new kit. Looking at m27 and surrounding field reminded me why I want a 2" 40mm widefied EP. There was one other person group with a couple scopes there, and a guy doing some dslr milky way shots. No guns, 4wheel drivers or wild partners causing trouble. After the final 14mi up the mountain shot, I arrived at my favorite old spot....there was a gate, it was locked! Viewed from the turnaround up top

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Posted 25 June 2016 - 02:19 PM

Larch mountain. Going tonight. Anyone else?



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Posted 25 July 2016 - 06:41 AM

The KW-RASC's dark sky site is a pretty good spot. Here it is on a somewhat busier than usual evening.

 

 

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#261 Arcticpaddler

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Posted 14 October 2016 - 09:55 AM

Far northeastern Minnesota.  Black zone.  No trace of light domes in any direction down to the horizon.  Among the darkest skies in the lower 48 States--certainly east of the Great Plains.

 

Can be a challenging place to observe from, though, with mosquitoes and late twilight during the short summer months and about five months of snow and (often) bitter cold in winter.  Probably the best location in the US, outside of Alaska, to see the aurora borealis.



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Posted 19 October 2016 - 10:58 AM

I am somewhat new to CN but for Mid Atlantic Folks looking to visit Spruce Knob, WV and needing something other than camping sites. 
 

Earlier this year my girlfriend and I stayed at German Valley Overlook Cabins.  They have four cabins located on the mountain range adjacent to Spruce Knob.  Sits about 3500 feet above sea level in the middle of open cow pastures.  Fantastic views in a Blue / Black Sky area.   Unfortunately we had cloudy rainy weather for observing.  Hoping to get back their next year.  Their website is below.  We stayed in Cabin #1.  Reasonably priced with comfortable clean amenities.  Cabins #1, #2 and #3 are best for observing.  Cabin #4 seems to have trees that could obstruct your views. 
 

http://www.germanyva...m/ourcabins.htm
 


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Posted 21 December 2016 - 07:26 PM

I am getting totally sick,  how I envy you people for these beautiful observing sites!!!  I am between Buffalo and Niagara Falls, NY, needless to say, it sucks!!  God Bless, maybe I will get in my truck and pull my trailer out there for some real heaven!!



#264 Kid_A

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Posted 02 January 2017 - 04:37 PM

Not everyone's favorites are so beautiful! Sometimes you gotta make do with what you got. I live in Austin, TX, and if I want to not be totally frustrated by the light pollution, I go to Bastrop State Park and hang out at the scenic overlook. The drive is about a 45 minutes and totally worth it. It's nowhere near pristine, but it sure beats a red/white zone any day of the week. Having a Parks Pass for free admission doesn't hurt, either. 


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Posted 05 January 2017 - 04:44 PM

My cousin 

 

Not everyone's favorites are so beautiful! Sometimes you gotta make do with what you got. I live in Austin, TX, and if I want to not be totally frustrated by the light pollution, I go to Bastrop State Park and hang out at the scenic overlook. The drive is about a 45 minutes and totally worth it. It's nowhere near pristine, but it sure beats a red/white zone any day of the week. Having a Parks Pass for free admission doesn't hurt, either. 

My cousin lives next to Buchanan Lake on the other side of Austin - was pretty nice the one time I visited...unfortunately it was too windy to do any telescoping the only time I was there.

 

I was also born in Austin, but my family moved to California many years ago.


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Posted 06 January 2017 - 02:14 PM

P.S. There is a place on the north side of Buchanan Lake named Canyon of the Eagles Resort, which houses the Eagle Eye observatory.

 

They have a 16" Cassegrain and a 12.5" Newt, and have public start parties once a month:

 

http://www.canyonoft...vatory-calendar


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Posted 21 January 2017 - 12:37 PM

I've put pics of my dark sky road in this group before, but I can't find 'em in this particular thread.  I'm fortunate enough to have a "blue zone" road about 7 miles south of my little Iowa town.  I can be there in 10 minutes.  The only bad news is that the sign isn't kidding...  If it's muddy or snowy, you might not get back out again.

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Posted 25 January 2017 - 10:57 AM

http://www.wvlogcabins.com/
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Posted 25 January 2017 - 03:41 PM

Looks like a nice place to stay if you're into fishing. Nice cabins too but too many trees and mountains around for any serious astronomy.



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Posted 25 January 2017 - 05:08 PM

 

Looks like a nice place to stay if you're into fishing. Nice cabins too but too many trees and mountains around for any serious astronomy.

 

There are some really nice clear areas too that aren't featured on the website. They aren't horizon to horizon, but it the area was great for my "serious" astronomy". But the other West Virginia post looks like it has more sky.


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#271 Vesper818

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Posted 26 February 2017 - 05:14 PM

My favorite site is a little green zone at home, on the edge of the San Francisco bay. On a small dark balcony, there are no worries for intruders, traffic, animals or disasters. I can let go of outside worries, and cruise the stars contentedly.
Other dark sites offer improvements of sky, but in reality, there's no place like home.
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#272 Chris Greene

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Posted 01 March 2017 - 10:39 PM

Good point, Vesper.  I live in a purple to gray zone according to one map.  I can travel a little to get really dark but I like being home.  M31 is an easy naked eye object on clear, moonless nights so that's my personal test.

 

However, I love southern Utah when I'm down there as my favorite dark sky area.  Lots of very dark, still sky down there.



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Posted 17 March 2017 - 01:54 AM

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Western Nevada, NV Highway 360 between  US 6 and US 95.  I travel all over the western US in my big rig, and carry an 8" Orion Skyquest as my "grab and go". (I have a 15" Obsession at home).  My observing is pretty much restricted to finding a place where safely and legally park my truck.  I also have to find the time in my busy schedule, and of course for DSO hunting, there's always the moon factor.  So observing opportunities on the road don't come up evey night.  I've always got my binoculars for those nights when I don't feel I have time to set up the scope.  This particular spot, actually a series of several locations along a 20 mile stretch, is on one of my occasional runs between Los Angeles and Reno.  Several fine, wide pullouts with room to park safely.  Bortle 1 black, no light domes in any direction.  Elevations around 7'000, up out of the soup.  Fairly light traffic along the highway, I usually set up the scope with the truck blocking the headlights of vehicles, mostly other trucks, passing by sometimes 5-10 minutes apart.  Seeing is pretty good, not too much turbulence from the Sierras to the west.  Milky Way pops out while there is still a little glow from sunset.  Andromeda Galaxy easily visible with the unaided eye. Just a great spot. love it!


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Posted 24 March 2017 - 01:15 PM

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Western Nevada, NV Highway 360 between  US 6 and US 95.  I travel all over the western US in my big rig, and carry an 8" Orion Skyquest as my "grab and go".

You could put a heck of a big dob in that trailer!
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Posted 26 March 2017 - 12:37 AM

 

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Western Nevada, NV Highway 360 between  US 6 and US 95.  I travel all over the western US in my big rig, and carry an 8" Orion Skyquest as my "grab and go".

You could put a heck of a big dob in that trailer!
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I know, but the freight in the trailer pays the bills!


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