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#1 SeaBee1

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Posted 15 August 2019 - 09:55 AM

I have vacation time coming up at the end of September, and I didn't have any plans, you know, one of those staycation things. My youngest son found out I would be off from work and asked me if I had any plans. Since I didn't, he asked if I was interested in going out to Beaver's Bend, and BRING A SCOPE? Are you kidding me??? Yeah, I'm in!

 

So, I looked into some cabin rentals, found some nice ones... but they are all in the deep woods, and no clear horizons. And without a location to view from at the cabin site, something nearby in the area would be nice. Is anyone familiar with the area and know of any good sites for viewing?

 

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Keep looking up!

 

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Posted 15 August 2019 - 10:10 AM

Have you thought of the satellite view in Google maps to find clear areas in the park?
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Posted 15 August 2019 - 11:00 AM

Have you thought of the satellite view in Google maps to find clear areas in the park?

 

Duhh! I did not... I'll have a look, thank you for the reminder!

 

Clear skies!

 

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Posted 16 August 2019 - 07:08 AM

End of September in Oklahoma? Well there is this:

 

http://www.okie-tex.com/

 

Just one of the biggest and darkest star parties in the western hemisphere . . .


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Posted 16 August 2019 - 08:06 AM

End of September in Oklahoma? Well there is this:

 

http://www.okie-tex.com/

 

Just one of the biggest and darkest star parties in the western hemisphere . . .

 

Hi Mike!, Okie-Tex is certainly on  my bucket list, but I can't do it this time. That is a trip I'll have to do when it's just my Dearest and me. Since my son is planning this trip, and he decided on Beavers Bend, I'm trying to find a way to make the astro part of this trip a bit more productive. As suggested above by mashirts, I took a look at Google Maps satellite image for the area... Holy Smoke... nothing but forest for MILES AND MILES... very little clearing... and I love forested areas, heck I grew up in Mississippi, home of the densest pine forests I have ever seen, but I was hoping I would see a break in the tree line SOMEWHERE. I'm sure there is, but the satellite view didn't look promising. There could be a break in the tree cover near the western boat dock. I'll find out when we get there.

 

Clear skies guys!

 

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Posted 16 August 2019 - 08:14 AM

I'm from western OK and had never heard of Beaver's Bend. Looks like a pretty place. I've made one trip through the southeastern part of the state - at the age of 6 or so in the 70s. 

 

I'm not sure where you're coming from, but Okie-Tex is almost 10 hours of driving from Beaver's Bend. Just a hair closer than Atlanta.

 

So, yeah, I think stick with Beaver's Bend. Hopefully someone in the area sees this and suggests an observing spot.


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Posted 16 August 2019 - 08:25 AM

Hi Paul! We are in the Dallas, TX area. B's Bend is about a 3.5 hr drive for us. Okie-Tex is quite a bit further, though that isn't the real issue. I'm not driving this trip, this is my son's deal. He does want the astro part but his main goal is to get out of town and into the woods. B's Bend was his pick. We'll find a spot I think, though it may not be ideal. Okie-Tex will be for another time...

 

Clear skies!

 

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Posted 16 August 2019 - 11:00 AM

Since Beavers Bend is your destination and a sky view is secondary, I'd contact the ranger's office and ask if there is a location they can recommend to set up a telescope.

In the meantime, here is an old guidebook you might find interesting:

 

http://ogs.ou.edu/do...ebooks/GB11.pdf


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Posted 16 August 2019 - 09:33 PM

Since Beavers Bend is your destination and a sky view is secondary, I'd contact the ranger's office and ask if there is a location they can recommend to set up a telescope.

In the meantime, here is an old guidebook you might find interesting:

 

http://ogs.ou.edu/do...ebooks/GB11.pdf

 

Good suggestion, I had not thought of the Ranger's office. And thanks for the PDF. I'll take a look at it this weekend.

 

Best regards!

 

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Posted 18 August 2019 - 06:28 PM

My mom's  family used to do a family reunion in the fall every year at Beaver's Bend. We stayed in the cabins on the river - the park itself is heavily wooded. I would suggest possibly observing outside the park on the lake side of the dam.  I didn't own a telescope then and trout and family fellowship were the priorities.

 

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Posted 20 August 2019 - 08:09 AM

Good morning Ken! Apologies for the late response, its been a hectic couple of days...

 

After a bit of research, and looking at the satellite data, the dam area looks like it might be a good spot. Can't really tell what the lighting at night will be like, however. I also got our cabin rented and it looks like the cabin area will have some unobstructed sky, judging by the pictures on their website.

 

All this time I was thinking how nice it was going to be having a good dark sky, no moon until early morning, perfect for viewing DSO's, right? Then my son tells me last night he is hoping to get some good views of the moon on this trip...

 

I had to explain to him that we can see the moon anytime it's up, at my house, all he has to do is come over... no need for special trips...

 

I think he will like the DSO plan...

 

Clear DARK skies!

 

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Posted 20 August 2019 - 09:22 PM

Beaver's Bend and Okie-Tex are literally the 2 points in Oklahoma most distant from one another.  Look at the map!

I have been to Beaver's Bend but over 10 years ago.  We did not go for stargazing but it will be dark.Bring something to help combat dew, as it will get damp.

Clear skies and clean glass,

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Posted Yesterday, 09:00 AM

Thanks Mark for the heads up about the dew, hadn't given that much thought... rarely have a dew problem here in the DFW area.

 

Clear skies!

 

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