Re: [MaxImDL] Looking for recommendations for Astromony friendly campgrounds


Jun 6, 2015

 


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#59222 Jun 6, 2015

This may be slightly off-topic but I am looking for Astronomy friendly RV campground recommendations in Arizona, New Mexico, or Texas. I live in Northern Colorado and want to spend a few months this coming Late Fall/early Winter taking astro photos with my AP Mach1/Celestron C-11 HD. I would like a commercial campground that has at least power and water in a setting that does not have a lot of interfering lights and is in an area that does not normally get extremely cold. Recommendation would be greatly appreciated.Thanks in advance.Ron K.



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#59224 Jun 6, 2015

RonI live in Alberta and head down to Rusty's RV Ranch near Rodeo New Mexico every yearFull hookups and they cater to astronomersIt is not very far from Arizona Sky Village at Portal AZWeb sitewww.rustysrvranch.com/stargazing.htm��I am always looking for places to setup without stripping down everyday��Dalton��------ Original Message ------From: "ronk@... [MaxImDL]" MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com>To: MaxImDL@yahoogroups.comSent: 6/6/2015 7:19:49 AMSubject: [MaxImDL] Looking for recommendations for Astromony friendly campgrounds����This may be slightly off-topic but I am looking for Astronomy friendly RV campground recommendations in Arizona, New Mexico, or Texas. I live in Northern Colorado and want to spend a few months this coming Late Fall/early Winter taking astro photos with my AP Mach1/Celestron C-11 HD. I would like a commercial campground that has at least power and water in a setting that does not have a lot of interfering lights and is in an area that does not normally get extremely cold. Recommendation would be greatly appreciated.Thanks in advance.Ron K.



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#59226 Jun 6, 2015

The Fort Davis, TX area is a good place to look.. You might try the Davis Mountains State Park.. I think they have RV camp grounds with hookups.. Lots of other RV campgrounds are available in the area. tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/davis-mountainsJust a thought,Don Waidwww.waid-observatory.com �� ��From: MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com [mailto:MaxImDL@yahoogroups.com] Sent: Saturday, June 06, 2015 8:20 AMTo: MaxImDL@yahoogroups.comSubject: [MaxImDL] Looking for recommendations for Astromony friendly campgrounds



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#59227 Jun 7, 2015

I'll second Gary's comment about Monsoon.�� I live in El Paso, Texas and experience the same events.�� After years of trying, I finally gave up imaging in the Summer months.�� The Southwest also tends to get a lot of wind, in the late Winter and early Spring months.�� I ended-up imaging from about late September thru to around early February.�� Except for the last couple years, the Winter months are usually dry and very transparent.

This is not to say that you can't image in the Summer, around here, but it usually means that you'll have to take your chances.�� Also, much later at night or earlier in the morning can be better.�� The daytime heating triggers the thunderstorms.�� This usually calms in the late night or early morning, but not as a rule.

Best of luck,

Eric



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#59228 Jun 7, 2015

Hello Ron.



I'll 2nd Dalton's recommendation. In fact I visited Rusty's a few years ago based on Dalton's suggestion.



It's set up well and is under some of the best skies possible. If you tell them in advance, they will alert the other guests of your arrival, urging them to the need for darkness and responsible lighting.



I had a great time and obtained some of my best data while there.



Barry



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