My family and I had the incredible opportunity to spend 6 weeks traveling around the western United States in "Harvey the RV". My last name is Short, hence the title "The Long Short RV Trip."
Of course, a primary consideration for this trip was visiting some very dark skies during the two new moon periods during the trip, and I was not disappointed. We visited dark sites in Nebraska (site of the Nebraska Star Party), Wyoming (Devil's Tower, Yellowstone), Arizona (Grand Canyon) and Utah (Zion NP, Bryce NP, Kodachrome State Park, Dead Horse Point SP, Natural Bridges National Monument). The best skies I saw were at Natural Bridges where the SQM registered 21.89. The Milky Way was HUGE, stretched from horizon to horizon and looked twice as wide as I normally see. We don't have skies like that in Indiana, that's for sure.
I was able to collect data on 5 deep sky objects with my normal Telescoep/CCD/CMOS setup, and to a lesser extend Milky Way and circumpolar images with a DSLR. It will take me some time to process the data.
First up is a rather faint, dusty area LBN552, LBN553 and LDN1228. This will probably be my least favorite image from the trip, but still I couldn't do this from home.