I live just outside of Washington, D.C. under less-than-delightful Bortle 7/8 skies. I have a JP Astrocraft Sweet Sixteen that I will be outfitting soon with a new 16” f/3.7 mirror from Mike Lockwood.
I am wondering if there is anyone or any organization that would be interested in hosting this scope somewhere in or near the Florida Keys and who would allow me to use it when I am in the area, which would likely be several times a year. Under the right circumstances, I would be perfectly amenable to the host using it whenever they’d like when I am not there.
As you can imagine, it is not cost effective to continually ship a scope like this back and forth, and I am not interested in driving it back and forth each time.
I’m open to people’s ideas. I’m not totally wedded to the Keys, but I would like it to be a location that would permit near year-round observing and that would be relatively easy to get to by air.
I look forward to hearing your thoughts.