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    Quote Originally Posted by SpyderwerX View Post
    Hello Hawk, and welcome to the forum!

    I've been contemplating a future move the south west myself. Been browsing some areas around southern NM. Planning to take a trip out this summer.
    My wife and I last lived in CT. One day in 1991 we just decided to live in the SW. We flew down to Albuquerque and Tucson, spending about three days in each city. We liked both cities. I was able to get transferred to Tucson so I came down here in 1996 and she followed in 1997. We love the weather and the scenery. The city . . . well . . . it's not bad. I love the desert, but it's not for everyone . . .

    Both Arizona and New Mexico have some awesome natural beauty.
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    Quote Originally Posted by neal_mlc View Post
    I'm one of the guys BobDob warned you about

    I am embarrassed that I missed your post and no one else from Tucson has chimed in yet, so welcome to the forum. I belong to a very informal, small (3-5), retired or close to retirement group of amateurs here. If you are interested in meeting up with us sometime to see if we are a good fit send me a PM.

    We really do have the best skies here.
    Hi Neal! Thanks for the welcome.

    Last night, even looking across the city lights from where I live, Mercury was blazing in the western sky after dusk.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bladekeeper View Post
    Hello DesertHawk and welcome to the forum! Glad you have joined us! Thank you for the nice introduction.

    Thank you. I've been in NE and NW Arkansas, up close to the Missouri border. Pretty country there.

    I miss the sound of the whip-poor-wills at night in the summer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Smonohan View Post
    DesertHawk,

    Welcome to the forum! Looking forward to hearing (I guess that should be reading) some nice observation reports from someone with real dark skies and 300 or more clear nights a year.

    Again, welcome.
    Thank you. I've driven thru TX a couple of times -- takes a whole day just to cross that state! I was stationed at Goodfellow AFB for a few months and of course I was in basic training at Lackland AFB in San Antonio -- hottest summer I have ever spent in my 65 years on this planet!

    We used to ride our bikes over to the Big Bend area -- beautiful!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaetea View Post
    Hello and welcome to the forum. Not only do you have Kitt Peak an hours drive away, you also have Mt Lemon and Starizona right there in town. We hope you'll contribute to the forums regularly.

    Clear skies,
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    I've been on Kitt Peak a few times. My wife and I went to one of their star-parties -- that was great.

    The farthest I've been in Oregon is Medford. Rode my bike up there once when I was stationed at the Presideo of Monterey. I would love to take a trip up to the NW some day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by helicon64 View Post
    Hi and Welcome to the Forums! That scope is a genuine piece of astronomical history - don't get rid of it, and enjoy the clear, dark skies.
    Thanks for the welcome.

    I never really thought it had any value, historically. I know the company, Criterion, folded after I bought it. I either followed up on an ad in Astronomy magazine or Sky&Telescope magazine.

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    Default Re: Hello from the desert SW of the US

    Welcome to the forum Deserthawk. Just checking to see if you've been this far south as it sounds like you've been everywhere, man.
    I've moved to https://theskysearchers.com/index.php

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    Quote Originally Posted by KenGS View Post
    Welcome to the forum Deserthawk. Just checking to see if you've been this far south as it sounds like you've been everywhere, man.
    Thank you.
    No I've never been that far south, but I want to. The farthest south I've ever been is here in Tucson. I remember when I got down here that I was thrilled to be able to see Canopus and Omega Centauri.

    I would love to see the southern hemisphere night skies . . . maybe from Australia?

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    Default Re: Hello from the desert SW of the US

    Quote Originally Posted by DesertHawk View Post
    I've been on Kitt Peak a few times. My wife and I went to one of their star-parties -- that was great.

    The farthest I've been in Oregon is Medford. Rode my bike up there once when I was stationed at the Presideo of Monterey. I would love to take a trip up to the NW some day.
    Well here's some enticement, the Oregon Star Party (OSP) gets worldwide attendance. It is held in the Ochoco Natl Forest and it sits under a beautiful Bortle 1 sky! This year it runs from 6 to 11 Aug and 800 or more attendees are expected (weather dependent). Basically, a whole city springs up to do nothing but use telescopes. Also, it is very well run. Certainly worth checking out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaetea View Post
    Well here's some enticement, the Oregon Star Party (OSP) gets worldwide attendance. It is held in the Ochoco Natl Forest and it sits under a beautiful Bortle 1 sky! This year it runs from 6 to 11 Aug and 800 or more attendees are expected (weather dependent). Basically, a whole city springs up to do nothing but use telescopes. Also, it is very well run. Certainly worth checking out.

    Clear skies,
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    Sure sounds great. I'll have to put it on my list of things to do. Portland is supposed to be a good place to live. The local Tucson newspaper touts things that Portland has already done, trying to get Tucson to do the same.

 

 
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