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#1 genehunter29009

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Posted 19 April 2018 - 07:22 PM

We bought a place in Texas about 15 miles north of Terlingua. Its a very remote place , desert setting , and the skies are as dark as you can get. SQM is 22 there and there are no lights around. when it gets dark its as dark as you can get without being out on the ocean. We are an older couple mid 50's and we enjoy the company others when we go out to look at the stars. We just had a little tiny home built however we have not been there yet. Its unfinished on the inside but we have Water catchment already and I am bringing down Solar panels in June. This is a remote place and it is not for everyone. In November the weather should be bearable. 

 

Anyhow we are looking to see if anyone wants to join us on a week long adventure in the desert. Anyone is welcome to come down and camp, we have room for one family , husband\wife in our cabin. We will be working on it while we are there but there are lofts for sleeping. would just need to bring your own camping gear, being the place is not finished on the inside it will be like camping somewhat. 

 

We have an outdoor toilet, shower, we will have solar power and a small generator along with a swamp cooler and several heaters. We will bring our 4 wheeler, place is awesome for exploring. Also in November they have the Day of the Dead celebration and that same weekend is the Chili cook off. So its a great time to be in that part of the world. 

 

We are not looking to charge anything, so just be willing to take care of your own needs and be mindful of living off grid with few luxuries. If you are still here and your interested visit my facebook page for pics of the site and shoot me an email

 

https://www.facebook...29639767181573/

 

 

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Posted 19 April 2018 - 07:38 PM

Wow, what fun! I hope you have many happy years observing here.

 

 BTW, mid-50's is not "older." lol.gif


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Posted 19 April 2018 - 08:14 PM

I'm very interested, but don't know about timing due to my job.

Have lived in the cloudy upstate NY area my entire life where I think

we get no more than a handful of clear moonless nights each year.

 

Here's to clearer and warmer skies and folks!!! smile.gif


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Posted 19 April 2018 - 08:24 PM

Nice!

 

It looks like this will be a cool setup! How many acres did you get? Is the construction of the house done by a local contractor?

 

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Posted 21 April 2018 - 02:33 PM

Now, that is what I call the ultimate starwatching place. cool.gif waytogo.gif



#6 genehunter29009

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Posted 24 April 2018 - 06:47 PM

We have 10 acres there. It was one of the last tracts sold from previous government owned land. Nobody within about a half mile. Everyone is off grid therefore there are no lights at night. NONE, not one light will you see when it gets dark. There is no sky glow, there are no lights, its just dark as crap. 

 

The area is deemed national dark sky site including the county which has lighting ordinances and fines for lights after dark 9pm.

 

It can be brutally hot in summer but November is quit nice. We are also going in June this year to put in some insulation and get the solar panels up. If anyone is interested in summer milky way Hot Hot, then June is free as well. We do have a SWAMP cooler already so that will help a lot.  also taking the 4 wheeler for some fun when it gets too warm just go riding. 


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#7 genehunter29009

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Posted 24 April 2018 - 06:54 PM

the house was built on site by Green Desert Living. Its unfinished inside. I am going to do that myself. But it will be a good shelter from the heat and wind. I also have a camp toilet in a 4x6 toilet and shower separate from the living quarters. 

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Posted 24 April 2018 - 06:55 PM

bigger pic of sunset, its awesome there. 

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Posted 25 April 2018 - 06:33 PM

oh wow;  looks like you're already in the Clear Dark Sky database.

I've met the owner; awesome guy and active in the Ottawa area, which is not far from me.

 

Anyhow, be careful with the June heat.

I've read enough about it to know it can be unreal.

As strange as it may seem, a big umbrella might make sense during the day.



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Posted 26 April 2018 - 06:29 AM

Big Bend is an awesome place for astronomy.  Just remember that all of Mother Nature there has been weaponized ... But that does tend to keep the riff raff out!  Best Wishes and welcome to Texas!



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Posted 26 April 2018 - 06:29 PM

We have been there several times now. We have not been there since the tiny home was built , but we are familiar with the heat. The building actually will be a better shelter than we had before. It actually got to over 100 degrees the other times we were there and we managed just fine without a swamp cooler. We plan on insulating the building first day there. We tend to find things to do when it gets really hot. thats when we drive to Alpine and pickup supplies or find something else to do. We have air now so I am sure we will be ok. 



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Posted 27 April 2018 - 11:53 PM

Big Bend is an awesome place for astronomy.  Just remember that all of Mother Nature there has been weaponized ... But that does tend to keep the riff raff out!  Best Wishes and welcome to Texas!

Weaponized? What's that rattling sound?



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Posted 20 June 2019 - 09:29 AM

Very cool!  we visited Terlingua last September and it was amazing.  you could see the milky way as soon as the sun went down.  That was my first experience with a real telescope that we borrowed at the time, and we've since purchased.

 

Looking forward to visiting again!   Where are you from by the way?

 

-Jason from Houston



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Posted 30 June 2019 - 10:01 PM

We are from SC for now anyway. planing to move sometime. 



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Posted 30 June 2019 - 10:07 PM

couple updated pictures. We are still working on the insides, but we have a cellular repeater now so we have cell signal, internet, sitting here today in Terlingua updating my thread. we have a full sized fridge inside and a small 32" tv , we can watch hulu or netflix. :) We have most of the comforts of home now. 

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Posted 30 June 2019 - 10:09 PM

oh and addes outdoor kitchen and picnic table. 2 hammocks. :)

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Posted 01 July 2019 - 06:33 AM

waytogo.gif  congratulations waytogo.gif

 

I have never found one place, other than home,

that I would be content with,

so for me a home observatory and RV

but for many, maybe most, the dream come true.

 

enjoy for many years

edj



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Posted 01 July 2019 - 10:10 AM

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Posted 01 July 2019 - 11:22 PM

Hi

I got a chance to spend the weekend with Gene and his wife. this is a great place for astronomy and connecting with nature.

They have a great little off-grid house in a fantastic remote location. the views of the surrounding desert and mountains are only surpassed

by the astounding views of the Milky way at night. if you have the chance it is a great place to check out

Paul




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