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    Default Best places for stargazing in the US?



    I'm considering taking my next vacation/road trip to somewhere that is great for stargazing or has some interesting observatories to visit. I would appreciate any recommendations for places in the US that would be of interest.

    I have visited Tucson, Arizona. There I went to the Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter and Kitt Peak.

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    I will be making this trip before the end of the year. Best to go way after summer, due to bad heat/humidity. With Bortle 1 skies a short tube 102mm refractor will be enough aperture.

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    Default Re: Best places for stargazing in the US?

    This is a good place to start: Light Pollution Map - DarkSiteFinder.com

    There are also official Dark Sky Sites so you could do a search for those as well.
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    This Friday, I am heading to Maine and Acadia NP then to Baxter State Park. There is dark sky there. I plan to stop in Breezy Hill, Vermont for Stellafane on my return. Hopefully, I can get some good images on this trip.

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    Great Basin National Park (an International Dark Sky Park) in Nevada. They have an astronomy festival there in Sept. and really dark skies. I went there a few years ago and highly recommend it. https://www.nps.gov/grba/planyourvis...-night-sky.htm
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    Default Re: Best places for stargazing in the US?

    Quote Originally Posted by David57 View Post
    This Friday, I am heading to Maine and Acadia NP then to Baxter State Park.
    You should have a great time. It's not super dark, but it's dark enough. Every year we have the Acadia Night Sky Festival to go to. More of a massive outreach community event than anything. There is a big star party on Cadillac Mtn. Make sure to go and watch the sunrise on Cadillac Mtn, it's worth it.

    We have been told that it's ok to set up a scope on top of the mountain all night if you want, just no camping/sleeping. About the darkest place is Seawall Campground. It looks South * East off of the western part of the island. It's past South West Harbor. We hold a star party there every year right next to the Atlantic.

    Make sure to stop into the Common Good Soup Kitchen for a pop-over.

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    Nebraska Star Party, Merritt Reservoir - Valentine, NE
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    You should have a great time. It's not super dark, but it's dark enough. Every year we have the Acadia Night Sky Festival to go to. More of a massive outreach community event than anything. There is a big star party on Cadillac Mtn. Make sure to go and watch the sunrise on Cadillac Mtn, it's worth it.

    We have been told that it's ok to set up a scope on top of the mountain all night if you want, just no camping/sleeping. About the darkest place is Seawall Campground. It looks South * East off of the western part of the island. It's past South West Harbor. We hold a star party there every year right next to the Atlantic.

    Make sure to stop into the Common Good Soup Kitchen for a pop-over.

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    Oh my - I bet the sunrise on Cadillac is a sight - I remember my one trip up there thinking it would be a good place to observe from - just don't wander too far!
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    Oh my - I bet the sunrise on Cadillac is a sight - I remember my one trip up there thinking it would be a good place to observe from - just don't wander too far!
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    My wife and I are taking a trip to northern Michigan later this summer. I'm planning to stop at the Headlands International Dark Sky Park https://www.midarkskypark.org/about/...nds-trail-map/ and hopefully will have some clear skies. We are also planning to go to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan which should be fairly dark.
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