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#1 Dave Bush

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Posted 02 December 2019 - 05:32 PM

I'm going to be in that area next April.

 

Any suggestions on good, safe, dark sites within say an hour or so from Alamogordo?


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Posted 02 December 2019 - 05:56 PM

Cloudcroft maybe? Just down 82 from Alamogordo and about 8800' elevation. Lots of tourists go there.



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Posted 03 December 2019 - 08:47 AM

Moving to General Observing and Astronomy for a better fit.



#4 Astroman007

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Posted 03 December 2019 - 09:37 AM

I'll be keeping an eye on this thread. Might be some good material for future reference. popcorn.gif


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#5 ChristopherBeere

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Posted Yesterday, 05:27 PM

Mayhill is on the opposite side of the range from Alamogordo and is good - I observed there back in 2001. Its the home of NMSkies remote observatories.

 

Best bet is to head North up the 54 from Alamogordo - its nice and dark out there. I just pulled off the road and setup in random clearings, traffic is almost non existent out there so not a problem.

 

I stayed at Star Hill Inn up in Sapello but we drove south to find darker skies.


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#6 Splat32

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Posted Yesterday, 06:08 PM

I am amazed at the transparency of the skies even from only 10 miles south of Alamogordo at Oliver Lee Memorial State Park. I was able to see the Andromeda Galaxy naked eye, which I've never been able to do, even when I attended the Nebraska Star Party several times. The park's group shelter is used by the local astronomy club once a month for their public outreach events. Even with the town 1000' below and 10 miles away, the skies are pretty amazing. There are also a number of forestry service campgrounds near Cloudcroft that would be safe.


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Posted Yesterday, 07:01 PM

.......I was able to see the Andromeda Galaxy naked eye, which I've never been able to do, even when I attended the Nebraska Star Party several times.....

Really? confused1.gif 

Was it cloudy at the NSP? 

 

It's just perceptible naked eye here 15 miles southwest of Denver once it's at the zenith or to the west (away from the Denver light dome), and I am by no means a dark site.


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Posted Yesterday, 07:04 PM

OP/Dave: 

 

Are you looking for observing sites, where you'll head back to a hotel? Or places to observe/camp?




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