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#401 icomet

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Posted 28 June 2020 - 12:16 PM

I live in the "Golden Triangle" of Montana in Valier.  Probably 6.5 mag in town. Can look at a street light 

and still see the "Bee Hive", "Double Cluster", and a good look at the Milky Way to impress "city folk".

 

Here's a camp ground  about 30 miles away, with another on 9 miles further on.

 

http://www.cleardark...CmpMTkey.html?1

 

It gets Bortle 1 way before you get there.

 

Clear Skies.


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Posted 15 July 2020 - 04:24 PM

I usually view from my yard.
"Green" zone.

For those that are in N.E. NJ, check out Ringwood State Park. Very dark, I lived up there 22 years ago, and it's still dark today ;)
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Posted 17 July 2020 - 11:38 PM

there are several really good places to observe at local reservoirs near Oklahoma city that my club uses.Lake Hefner is one and Lake Stanley Draper is another one in the immediate area.even though they are still very much in the city, the sky glow at both is far better than other areas of town.Still, we prefer to observe from darker places such as American horse lake on US 81 between Geary and Watonga OK as well as our observing site in that area.



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Posted 02 August 2020 - 10:25 PM

I am from Madera, CA and I enjoy going out to Eastman lake. It is about 30 minutes from my house and is North North East of Madera (about 18 miles away). The sky gets pretty dark to see the milky way and I had the chance to take a picture of comet neowise while I was there. If anybody lives near Madera or Fresno, I would recommend you to visit Eastman Lake. It is also used by the Central Valley Astronomers for starparties.

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Posted 08 August 2020 - 11:24 PM

I think mine would be the first post outside the US! Well I am from Indian state of Gujarat and the best skies I have looked at in the last 21 years is from Gir Forest in the extreme west of India. The word forest would bring late night heavy precipitation in mind but Gir is a fairly dry deciduous forest with very crisp seeing during winter. The winters here are very mild as compared to yours and one can easily stay out for the entire night. It's an out of the world experience - hearing lions roar and occasional trespassing deer flocks... We do hold 2 star parties there every year during Jan and Feb... Memories of which linger throughout the remaining year
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Posted 10 August 2020 - 02:02 AM

Now THIS is what I call a horizon. 270-degree pano, by the way.

 

One of my favourite sites... on the edge of a plateau at 1100m, with a very wide valley below, and vertical cliff (300m) and the sloping scree another 300m. With a light breeze, the result is lots of compression and laminar flow over the observing site, hence very good seeing is quite frequently had. Its also sandstone country so dew is not a problem.

 

Just don't lose an eyepiece over the edge !

 

By the way the highest peak in the far distance is 90km as the crow flies, and its national park all the way so can be quite dark.

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Posted 10 August 2020 - 08:10 AM

Now THIS is what I call a horizon. 270-degree pano, by the way.

One of my favourite sites... on the edge of a plateau at 1100m, with a very wide valley below, and vertical cliff (300m) and the sloping scree another 300m. With a light breeze, the result is lots of compression and laminar flow over the observing site, hence very good seeing is quite frequently had. Its also sandstone country so dew is not a problem.

Just don't lose an eyepiece over the edge !

By the way the highest peak in the far distance is 90km as the crow flies, and its national park all the way so can be quite dark.


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Posted 10 August 2020 - 07:45 PM

2h drive west of my home city :)


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Posted 10 August 2020 - 07:50 PM

Katoomba area?



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Posted 10 August 2020 - 09:43 PM

Katoomba area?

Its Hargraves Lookout, further west than Katomba; this is the western escarpment of the Blue Mountains facing more-or-less west, towards Lithgow and Jenolan. Some years ago I occasionally flew along the ridge in a paraglider, riding the updraft. 


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Posted 11 August 2020 - 09:25 PM

Unfortunately, I may have to share where I live/observe.

 

 

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Posted 11 August 2020 - 09:52 PM

Holy catflap... I've had wombats, kangaroos and wild dogs, but nothing that big...


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#413 John Verderame

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Posted 11 August 2020 - 09:57 PM

That's a Montana bear?  With claws like that?  Looks Alaskan.  (Used to live in Wyoming - saw lots of bears!)



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Posted 12 August 2020 - 05:51 PM

Ain't nothin' that big south of Kodiak Island.



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Posted 15 August 2020 - 11:06 AM

I am from Madera, CA and I enjoy going out to Eastman lake. It is about 30 minutes from my house and is North North East of Madera (about 18 miles away). The sky gets pretty dark to see the milky way and I had the chance to take a picture of comet neowise while I was there. If anybody lives near Madera or Fresno, I would recommend you to visit Eastman Lake. It is also used by the Central Valley Astronomers for starparties.

That is a really sick picture. Not the best clarity that I've seen from NEOWISE pics but it looks like it could've been in a vintage astronomy magazine. Love it!!! bow.gif


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Posted 18 August 2020 - 12:00 AM

I've had a few sites that I've loved but this past week, my family and I went to the base of Devil's Tower in Wyoming. We had just come from The Badlands which I thought was the best. It was until The Devil's Tower. Unbelievable! So many stars, I literally had issues aligning my 6SE. If your ever in Wyoming..... Stop by The DT. It's open 24 hours a day.

 

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Posted 19 August 2020 - 05:50 PM

A place that I go to often in Wyoming is called Union Pass south of Dubios, after you get way past the private ground the only lights you are likely to encounter are your own, the area encompasses 3 National forests and is bound by wilderness areas on the east and west sides. Some of the other visitors look just like the bears in Montana, if you go it is a bear aware area, that means hard sided campers and proper food storage to minimize unwanted encounters. Bortle 1 and clear skies, in summer. Take your bear spray.

 

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Posted 19 August 2020 - 06:15 PM

I mentioned I used to live in Wyoming.  Great place to live, lots of natural beauty, but honestly not the best place for astronomy despite sometimes pretty skies.  Too much temperature differential due to mountains, a lot of unsettled weather, can get pretty dang cold in winter, and lots of wind.  In Cody and environs we'd sometimes have straight line winds over 100 mph.  I guess that's why there are very few observatories there.



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Posted 20 August 2020 - 05:47 PM

Tincup Pass is one of my favorites. However my 20" Obsession will not fit in the Jeep. I am limited to an APO refractor, and 70 & 80 mm binos.

 

https://www.google.c...w=1920&bih=938

 

"I've seen it raining fire in the sky"


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Posted 24 August 2020 - 06:48 PM

I usually view from my yard.
"Green" zone.

For those that are in N.E. NJ, check out Ringwood State Park. Very dark, I lived up there 22 years ago, and it's still dark today wink.gif

Nice tip. I’m by Wayne and I’ve been driving an hour to Pine Island for dark skies. Is there a certain area of Ringwood State Park?

 

Thx,

 

Dan



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Posted 07 October 2020 - 11:42 AM

Great topic, I noticed many nice places here. If you have a spot that you would like to share with other -  it would be great if you could add it to astrospots.com

Here is a link to the post describing the project.
https://www.cloudyni...-viewing-sites/

 


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Posted 08 November 2020 - 02:57 PM

One of my favorite places to see the stars is Sierra Morena. The light pollution is very low and you can enjoy the space with a good telescope: https://mundotelescopios.com/



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Posted 09 November 2020 - 11:46 PM

One of my favourites, a long ridge on the western side of the blue mountains, facing south west... In the right conditions it gets laminar flow over the observing site so seeing is often very good, also it’s sandstone country so relatively dry and dew is not a problem.

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Posted 22 November 2020 - 06:51 AM

My garden.

 

Blackdown Hills, top of.

Exmoor

North Devon Coast..... all in the UK



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Posted 29 November 2020 - 11:13 PM

Yes I have also have gone to Mingus mountain, it is an awesome spot. 

 

I live in Nogales AZ which is about 4 hour s from there. Well worth the drive though. 

 

Also the Nogales area where I live is awesome in general. Very clean air , just desert. Right on the border of Mexico. Highly recommend. 




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