Yes, we did head up there and had a pretty good night.. A few disclaimers: This was the first non-backyard viewing through the new ES16 and it's been many years since I've been to a site that wasn't either in my backyard (Mill Creek) or at a dark sky site. (OSP,ect..), so comparisons are pretty tough.
Next time I'll need to park in between the FTA gate and the scope, as that extra light from their gate probably didn't let us get fully dark adapted. We had two trucks cruise by after dark, so that also had an effect. Never got very cold, but wore a long sleeve to keep the mosquitoes from having a feast...
I didn't notice any haze as the planets were about as good as can be expected for as low as they were. We packed up at about midnight so I don't think we saw the darkest part of the night.
We got in about a dozen or so objects and all were pretty good. I didn't look for anything real tough, so hard to get a limiting magnitude. I didn't see NGC6207 that is just off M13, so around 11.5 may have been the limit, but M13 looked pretty good.
5907 5985 and it's neighbor NGC5982 in Draco we're the dimmest that I went after, both were visible, but just barely. M101 was also visible, but mostly jsut the central part.
The Veil, Ring, Dumbbell and Swan were all easily seen and looked pretty good. We also checked out a few other Globs (M92/M56) that also gave some pretty good views. M51 was too far down in the glow to get a good view, but was visible.
We did catch the comet just before it dived into the trees. Looked great through the 16, and decent through binos, but certainly dimmer than what we saw from Mukilteo Beach last week.
The North "horizon" is pretty high, just barely below Polaris, so Andromeda/Cassiopea/Pegasus hadn't come out before we packed up. Southward we look through the tree branches at Jupiter/Saturn. Low west was pretty gone from the light of the gate.
I was expecting the site to be a bit higher in elevaton, GPS read 1582ft, but we'll definitely return there. Once the nights start to get longer and it gets darker earlier, I think it could be a real nice nearby site, even with the high horizons. As low as it is, may be snow free late into the year. I haven't been to the Rattlesnake site with SAS yet, so can't compare...
Edited by RedshiftRob, 21 July 2020 - 08:58 PM.