Seems I have more vacation time than I knew what to do with this year. (Or, more accurately, than I could find time to take.) So I’m planning a solo trip to Death Valley at end of November (New Moon). I’ve never been out there and looking for any suggestions of favourite observing locations... I have done the preliminary research and there are the obvious (Mesquitte Flats, Badwater Basin, etc.) but there’s nothing quite like boots-on-the-ground / been-there-done-that advice to narrow things down.
Any suggestions for good observing / astro-photo sites. I’ll be flying into Vegas and driving out so gear will be limited to what I can pack... Star Adventurer, Canon T4i (modified) and a few lenses ranging from 10mm to 135mm. Might look into one more lens before I go (WO Red Cat) but prioritizing cash to travel funds.
Any suggestions for a first time star-gazing trip to DV? Or suggestions for good guidebooks that include at least some attention to astro? (Maybe “bump your trip a week to avoid Thanksgiving” is something I should consider too!)