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Well, the family and I just returned from our trip to Arizona. This wasn't an astronomy-focused trip, but I was able to fit in a little over the course of our trip. Our daytime activities took us to the Grand Canyon and Sedona. Phenomenal skies in both locations, and after spending 3 nights in Sedona, I am now a 100% believer in IDA's Dark Sky Community designations. Sedona's skies were pitch black compared to my home skies here in Colorado. More stars than I could ever hope to count, and I saw the Milky Way naked eye for the first time in years. What a sight to behold!
The family and I also took a kid-friendly guided tour of Lowell Observatory up in Flagstaff. The folks at Lowell were awesome, the tour had my kids engaged from start to finish. We got to see the Clark Refractor--which the EP case being solely comprised of 4 TV Panoptics. Next was Percival Lowell's personal office and library, where they had the blink comparator that was used to discover Pluto. A brief stop at the Pluto Discovery scope before heading to the open deck observatory. This was where I was a kid in a candy store. They had six scopes set up for public viewing on a nightly basis (non-COVID environment), for a small fee. Two PlaneWaves (14 & 17 CDKs), one TEC160 refractor, another large refractor meant to be a smaller scale Clark replica, a 32" DOB, and another medium sized reflector on an EQ mount. The first three alone retail for $52K before the powered mounts, and associated hardware. Since it was daylight, they wheeled out their Lunt 100mm double stack to view the sun. Nothing too exciting to see at the present time, but there were some nice prominences were present.
Overall, we had a great trip, fit in some astro-related activities. I'd highly recommend heading up to Lowell to use their scopes if you're in the area--I'll definitely be doing that the next time we go to AZ!