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Location: Off Grid in Paradise... Mag 7 skies
For me, it's most often in a spot behind my apartment. The skies are poor, but dark skies are over an hour away. On clear moonless weekends, I try to get out to one of three spots: a spot near the Altamont pass, which is mediocre at best, with the Milky Way faintly visible on a good night, or somewhat darker (but farther away) spots at Coyote Lake or Henry Coe State Park.

Where do you observe? :)


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I like to view in a dark place, but like you Erik, its not always easy. Usually I just go out to my backyard. I own a business in an industrial area so sometimes I take my telescope there to view. Theres no one around at night and the lights aren't too bad, ANDY

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I'm fortunate enough to live out in the boonies, with dark skies right in my backyard. The only time I will bring the scope elsewhere is for a chance at some outreach, or for an organized star party to hang out with cool folks like Erik!


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Speaking of star parties, we should plan one! :)


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I'm a scope junkie, so I view from my light-polluted backyard, from a semi-dark site (similar to the Altamont Pass, but it's only 45 minutes away from my door) near Vacaville, and to some dark sites favored by Sacramento-area astronomers (Andy, you should check these out - IHOP and Fiddletown).

I used to go to the Texas Star Party and Shingletown Star Party, but now I've discovered the remote National Parks. In 2006, I spent a month in Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah. Last year I spent six weeks in Bryce Canyon. This year I'm spending a month in Chaco Canyon, New Mexico, a month in Bryce Canyon, and possibly another month in Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Monument. It helps that I'm retired :)


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Thank you for the tips about the dark spot locations near me, Snorkler. I need to look into some of those. I've been considering joining a club of some sort, but I havent had the time lately, ANDY

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Erik wrote:
Speaking of star parties, we should plan one! :)


Definitely -- and before you move to Hawaii!


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Maybe another Mt. Pinos party? Late spring or early summer when the weather is nice and Sagittarius is out would be perfect- let's do it! :)


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I'm in! We're going to try to do the Riverside Telescope Makers gathering at the beginning of thesummer, and possibly Cedar Breaks National Park, if our local Astronomy club decides to do that one. But I'll be up for a Mt. Pinos trip as well, and Elaine would enjoy seeing you guys again.


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Sounds good- we should discuss it with Joad, Dee, and others in the area to try and determine the best date. :)


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On my deck if I'm lucky. I am surrounded by trees and a two story house so I have a very small window open above me. Not the best but it will do in a pinch. I wish I could convince my neighbors to turn off their lights since I live on a cul-de-sac, that way I could view in the front drive. It could be good viewing except for those darned lights.


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Erik wrote:
Sounds good- we should discuss it with Joad, Dee, and others in the area to try and determine the best date. :)


I ought to actually have the Portaball by then!! :)


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That would be awesome, Dee! :)

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Mt. Pinos is just so driver-friendly. I went out to Joshua Tree this last Saturday (dark enough: 21.4 mpsas), but a freak windstorm blew my dob over. The finderscope is now toast, but easily replaced. No other damage except for nicks and scratches.
So, 185 miles from home to get blown down.
Mt. Pinos it is, next month.
Don't forget to post a note about a future star party on "that other forum site". :D

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From my backyard.
Most of the time i can reach m 4.5 till actually 5.
Not that bad...But at our dark site only half of our drive away one can reach 5.5 perhaps more. But that's for weekends on good conditions...

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Don Pensack wrote:
Mt. Pinos is just so driver-friendly. I went out to Joshua Tree this last Saturday (dark enough: 21.4 mpsas), but a freak windstorm blew my dob over. The finderscope is now toast, but easily replaced. No other damage except for nicks and scratches.
So, 185 miles from home to get blown down.
Mt. Pinos it is, next month.
Don't forget to post a note about a future star party on "that other forum site". :D
For some reason, I just saw this post. Is there a specific weekend date that would work for you, Don? I'm all for meeting up at Pinos! :)

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I'll be there Saturday night May 3rd.
After that, my schedule is nebulous (pun intended).
Next new moon weekend after that, I guess (early June?)

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Unfortunately, we're going to be out of town this weekend. June sounds good though. Are you talking about the weekend of May 31, or June 7th? The new moon is on the 3rd. :)

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Cool. Two good weekends. I Guess the 7th would be better because the Moon sets early enough for the Moon people to catch a glimpse, yet most of the night will be dark.
The 31st is a better "observer's" night because the Moon isn't up until 4am, which is beyond most people's bedtime.
I will probably take only one of the Saturday's off because I will have been at RTMC the previous Saturday, and I shouldn't be off on Saturday if I can avoid it.

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Whichever you'd prefer, Don. Either would work for us. I can ask Joad, Dee, and others in So Cal as well. Hopefully we can get a nice group of people. :)

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Well, I guess May31st is the better night because the Moon doesn't rise till 4am.
How's May 31st?

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Great. I'll post a thread over at CN as well. Looking forward to meeting up! :cool:

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I observe from my back yard, mostly. It's fairly big, so I have my own little patch on which to set up my scope with good views to the south. I also have the good fortune to live in an area with low light pollution. All that's lacking are more clear nights...

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Skunked again. Clouds cover SoCal tonight. That means there have been clouds on the new moon weekend 6 of the last 7 months, and the only clear one had winds gusting up to 70mph.
I hope this isn't a harbinger of things to come WRT global warming.
I sure hope May31st is s good night.

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OVer here we had a long weekend. 4 days, It was not too bad but not too good either.
Only one night, Wesnday was rather good, yesterday high clouds at time and the only time i went to our 'dark spot'...
Well the best thing yesterday was an evalution i made for meself compairing an 13 mm Ethos an 9 mm Nagler and the 10 Pentax thanks to Alexis..

You ask what was the outcome? I don't know really...i liked them all....much... :soppy:

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70 miles north of New Orleans, in my yard. Mag 6 skies sometimes, and at least 5.5 always (except when cloudy) :lol:
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I have a couple nearby sites; both are in the Sierras. I'm fortunate to live in the foothills of the Sierras, east of Sacramento.

One is "IHOP", our local group's site. It is a little over 5000 feet and NELM 6.5+ skies. It is only 50 minutes east from my doorstep. The other is at Blue Canyon Airport our local Sacramento Astronmy club site, also at 5000+ feet. But skies are a little worse there. NELM is 6.0 - 6.5.

Other sites within 4 hour drive are Lassen area (North) and Monitor Pass/Bodie area. Both have at least NELM 7.0 and often 7.5 skies.

Pinos is about 5.5 hours south of me.

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Sounds good- we should discuss it with Joad, Dee, and others in the area to try and determine the best date. :)


I ought to actually have the Portaball by then!! :)


Careful Dee! If you buy too many scopes you may run out of room for cats :)

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On a work night if the sky is clear I observe from my yard - there is light pollution but if the seeing is good I can work around it with filters. At the weekend if the sky is clear I drive to a dark location or occasionally join a group somewhere.

At least 2/3 of the time the sky isn't clear or the seeing is bad so I log on to Slooh instead.

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Seant?ir wrote:
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Sounds good- we should discuss it with Joad, Dee, and others in the area to try and determine the best date. :)


I ought to actually have the Portaball by then!! :)


Careful Dee! If you buy too many scopes you may run out of room for cats :)


She's cleverly solved that problem by storing the cats inside the telescopes.


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