Hey Everybody - <br /><br />I finally got a chance to get out to what I call "Dark Skies". True, there are darker sites out there but for me, living in Las Vegas, they are far, far away. I like to go to the Valley of Fire because I feel relatively safe being out by myself, there are some creature comforts available and the scenery is breathtaking.<br /><br />Below is a postcard from last weekend. I had a great time and met some nice people who wandered up into my camp. One fellow had even seen me last year. During my 2 day stay I only saw about 20 new objects: mostly mag 13 galaxies that are of no interest to most people. The nights were kind of "iffy" as far as sky conditions go. I had the usual headlight-in-the-face as people wandered in and out of the campground looking for somewhere to camp. One campsite had an awesome campfire that lite up the entire little valley we were in. I had some disappointing high, thin clouds roll in and out and I had some fun writing on the rocks with my laser. I did happen to met one of the Park Rangers and we're going to try and work out a program for the park where I would bring my 'scopes out and let the public do some viewing.<br /><br />I took a couple of pictures with my 'scopes too. They will follow below. I'm really hoping others will share their pictures as well.