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Old 09-02-2011, 08:57 PM   #1
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Star Gazers?

Anybody else like to camp in order to get a dark sky?

I would love to hear how you combine camping with amateur astronomy/star gazing.
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Old 09-02-2011, 09:26 PM   #2
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Davis Mountains State Park (Ft. Davis, Texas) and Star Parties at the McDonald Observatory. The first place I ever REALLY saw the Milky Way.

Wish I could get out there more often.

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Old 09-02-2011, 09:28 PM   #3
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Davis Mountains State Park (Ft. Davis, Texas) and Star Parties at the McDonald Observatory. The first place I ever REALLY saw the Milky Way.

Wish I could get out there more often.

Karen
Glad you brought that up. I've never ben but I'm planning a stop there this winter on the way to or from Quartzsite. Can't wait!
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Old 09-03-2011, 07:28 AM   #4
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Stop here on the way to Quartsite to see the Milky Way and you may not want to continue....
Rocky Mountain National Park - Park Area: Trail Ridge Road
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Old 09-03-2011, 08:22 AM   #5
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Wow! I've never thought about driving Trail Ridge Road at night. Thanks for the link!
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Old 09-03-2011, 09:35 AM   #6
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There's also the Texas Star Party Texas Star Party outside of Ft. Davis for serious star gazers. You can camp at Prude Ranch or in the area.
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Old 09-03-2011, 09:44 AM   #7
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I would like to go for the swap meet, if for nothing else.
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Old 09-03-2011, 09:44 AM   #8
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Another location where the campground is dark - Craters of the Moon National Monument in ID.
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Old 09-03-2011, 09:59 AM   #9
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Jon,

I'll add that to my list. I've never been to ID!

BTW, I've really enjoyed your blog.
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Old 09-03-2011, 10:19 AM   #10
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If you're going to Ft Davis you might as well drop down south to Marfa, Tx and see the Marfa lights, Aliens and UFO lights, so they say.
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Old 10-22-2011, 12:50 AM   #11
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This is a big reason I'm shopping for my trailer. Can't wait to go to next years Mount Koba Star Party. I've tented a lot in my life but living in the Pacific North West the rain is a major deterrent. Especially if bringing gear. Thanks for the recommendations they've been added to the list.

I'm also keen to travel in order to bird but I'll start another thread for that.Cheers,
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If you currently have a high speed internet connection, check out theLandscapes 2 video. Not all night skies, but well worth watching!
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Those are awesome....
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Old 10-31-2011, 05:58 PM   #14
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In Utah, Bryce Canyon NP has really nice dark skies, as does Capitol Reef and Natural Bridges. Bryce can be cold.... Another neat little place is Goblin Valley, a Utah state park. We have been tent campers for years, pulling a trailer of astro gear. We are just making the switch to using a Compact Jr. Sleeping masks are a necessity. Often times, we will pull off onto gravel roads, and then find a place to camp on BLM land, just so that we don't keep others up at night, and they don't get us up in the morning. We made our first trip in the Compact last week. Lots of things we want to do to make it work perfectly, but it beats the heck out of sleeping on the ground!
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