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    Default Phoenix area observing sites



    I'm driving down the Phoenix next week and am thinking about bringing
    one of the scopes along. I get down there fairly often, but don't
    often have a chance to bring a scope. The idea of getting some
    winter/early spring observing in without freezing to death is really
    appealing.

    Problem is, I have no idea of where some good observing sites might
    be. Here is what I am looking for:

    1) Fairly easy to get to. Less than 60-80 miles from town would be
    nice.
    2) Reasonably dark skies (5.5 or better). I realize there will be a
    light dome over town.
    3) Prefer to head north from Phoenix or perhaps west or east. South is
    out as I'll be staying by I-17 in north Phoenix.
    4) Perhaps a place where people are out there during the week nights
    as well.

    Anyone have any suggestions?

    Thanks in advance.
    Mark


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    Default Phoenix area observing sites



    These groups would know the best sites and might even have something
    going on during your stay:

    Phoenix Astronomical Society
    http://pastimes.homestead.com/

    Astronomers of Verde Valley
    http://www.astroverde.jaspernet.com/

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    Default Phoenix area observing sites

    Mark,

    You could go west to the Flat Iron observing site, which is described
    in the Saguaro Astronomy Club newsletter here.

    http://www.saguaroastro.org/content/...000/sn0800.pdf

    Going north is just going to send you to higher (and colder) ground.

    The clubs in Phoenix that observe at remote sites are East Valley
    Astronomy Club and Saguaro Astronomy Club. In 20 years, I haven't
    figured out the mission of the Phoenix Astronomical Society.

    Tom



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    I lived in Arizona for 25 years, Tucson. But spent a lot of time out their. I would go East. Probably out 88 from Apache junction. It will not get cold. and you should get on the other side of some hills pretty quick. There are lots of small side roads you could pulloff way before you get to Apache Lake. Use Google maps. Alternatively 87 gets you north East but is a little more sloping towards Phoenix.

    Discussing with Club members also a good idea.

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