Looking for Good Skies

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mccorvic

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Hello. I'm about as newbie as you can get and I'm having a heck of a time finding good spots to simply gaze up at the stars. I've never realized how fenced off all the open areas are to the world.<br /><br />Anyways, I'm curious if there is a list or something similiar for the best star gazing locations. I found the Clear Sky Clock, but it seems as if every spot listed there is either on private land or in the middle of the city which sorta makes it a moot point.<br /><br />Thanks in advance for any help.
 
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yevaud

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Try using the following tool:<br /><br />http://www.darksky.org/darksky/<br /><br />It will assist you in locating good viewing locations with a minimum of light-pollution.<br /><br />Enjoy. <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> <p><em>Differential Diagnosis:  </em>"<strong><em>I am both amused and annoyed that you think I should be less stubborn than you are</em></strong>."<br /> </p> </div>
 
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MeteorWayne

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What area of the world (country) are you in?<br /><br />It might help hone our advice. <br /><br />Have you looked for local astronomy clubs? That might be a good resource; they usually know where the dark spots are. <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> <p><font color="#000080"><em><font color="#000000">But the Krell forgot one thing John. Monsters. Monsters from the Id.</font></em> </font></p><p><font color="#000080">I really, really, really, really miss the "first unread post" function</font><font color="#000080"> </font></p> </div>
 
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mccorvic

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I live in Globe, Arizona. Dark skies aren't to far away, but, like I said earlier, it's finding out how to really GET to them since it seems like most is private land. <br /><br />I didn't want to "join" a club because I figured I wouldn't be able to attend meetings or contribute much, but I never considered simply asking them for help in finding good spots. Thanks for pointing out what should have been obvious <img src="/images/icons/smile.gif" />
 
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tfwthom

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You don't have to join a club to go observing with them. (well mostly)<br /><br />Since you are in Globe, EVAC observes in Florance Jct. area often. (Boyce Thompson Arboretum) (weather permitting) <br /><br />I live in north Phoenix (I-17 & Happy Valley) but belong to the Sedona club (Sirius Lookers) <br /><br />Another place to check is az observing Subscribing: <br /> Send a message to az-observing-request@freelists.org with the<br />"Subject: subscribe". Or use this link:<br />az-observing-request@freelists.org?subject=subscribe <br /> <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> <font size="1" color="#3366ff">www.siriuslookers.org</font> </div>
 
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