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Maurice Deuschle

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Re: Arizona Sky Village - Anyone Been There?
« Reply #15 on: January 30, 2018, 06:45:37 AM »
I am curious about one thing.  When I lived in El Paso for eight months in 2011-2012, bad dust storms occurred, on average, once per month.  I really hated that!  Dust gets into everything!  Do such dust storms occur everywhere in the desert southwest?  If so, that is a major problem, in my view, for anyone considering actually living there.

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« Reply #16 on: January 30, 2018, 11:24:55 PM »
We normally only get dust storms during monsoon season here in AZ and even then they're uncommon occurrences. As for impact on daily life? Not a consideration at all.

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« Reply #17 on: January 31, 2018, 12:53:24 PM »
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I been checking you guys out, Tom.  Looks very interesting.  Deming looks pretty quaint, too.

I wonder if setting up a fully serviced, private campground (with electrical hookups for imagers, tent pads, restrooms and a workshop/storage facility would fly in your community?

This campground is right in the middle of all the astronomy developments.  Short drive to everyone. Nice folks.

http://rustysrvranch.../stargazing.htm

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Re: Arizona Sky Village - Anyone Been There?
« Reply #18 on: January 31, 2018, 01:18:29 PM »
Back in 2003 a friend and myself visited ASV on a day trip. We were not there to sky watch, but the dark night was as expected fir the location.Back in March '96 Peter Ceravolo and I imaged comet Hyakutake over a 10 day period from Masai Point, which is right in the Chiracahua mountains, not far west of ASV. The sky there is awesome, with the Gegenschein readily visible surprisingly low in the east not long after the end of evening twilight. How easily? The year before (I think it was), Peter and Doug George were down there to do some DSO imaging. At some point after full darkness one evening, Doug expressed some concern about clouds starting to form. As told by Peter, he pointed out to Doug (with some friendly trash talk) that it was just the Gegenschein. No need to try to hunt it down at all!

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« Reply #19 on: February 02, 2018, 03:41:48 PM »
Thank you very much.  I think you've just helped us find the site for our 2014 dark sky club trip.  I will contact the owner and ask whether tent camping is allowed (if not, we're probably still okay - we'll just have to buy/rent some pop-ups) and also how it is that they ensure darkness for their astronomy visitors.  In other words, do all the RVers have to cut the lighting by a certain time?I'd hate to show up with a dozen club mates and have some monster RV blaring lights and TV flickerings through its windows, parked next door.Regards,Jim

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Re: Arizona Sky Village - Anyone Been There?
« Reply #20 on: February 02, 2018, 06:37:26 PM »
Jim,Check with the park owner about light control. Also, be aware that the park is right on Hwy 80, and there is traffic driving by at night.

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Re: Arizona Sky Village - Anyone Been There?
« Reply #21 on: February 02, 2018, 08:49:14 PM »
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<p class="citation">QuoteGiven that I am plagued by the terrible light pollution in Northern Virginia, just outside of DC, I've been thinking about heading out to Arizona Sky Village and renting one of the homes there for several nights. Has anyone been there?  What would be the best time of year to go?  I've read that there is a monsoon season.

Thanks for your thoughts!

I have been there, and when we retired we ended up starting our own place 70 miles away - The New Mexico Astronomy Village. Our skies are very dark and our web site tells and shows all. There are no houses for rent, but for RVers we have a couple of spots with full hookups for visiting astronomers who come by to check us out. We have mild weather with good seeing. Even during the monsoon there are some observable nights.The monsoons are when we get our yearly rain (equivalent to one weekend in Florida) runs Jul and Aug. [/quote]

Is the realtor listed on the website still working the property?  I emailed yesterday and haven't had a response yet.

My wife and I are considering it, though we're a bit away from retirement (20+ years).  We were wondering if there were any restrictions on building.  Do you have to build within a certain time of buying?  Do you have to develop it right away (water/sewer/electric)? 

Also can you use it for an RV property?  We were basically wondering about buying the plot of land, then putting our RV on it for a week or two as a vacation until we get to retirement age.  Being only 300 miles away it's not too far for shortish trips.

Looks like a nice area.  We want a cheaper area out of the way when we retire.  Phoenix is great for my job and for activities for my son, but when he moves away we'd like to be away from it all!

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Re: Arizona Sky Village - Anyone Been There?
« Reply #22 on: February 03, 2018, 02:43:40 AM »
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Thank you very much.  I think you've just helped us find the site for our 2014 dark sky club trip.  I will contact the owner and ask whether tent camping is allowed (if not, we're probably still okay - we'll just have to buy/rent some pop-ups) and also how it is that they ensure darkness for their astronomy visitors.  In other words, do all the RVers have to cut the lighting by a certain time?

I'd hate to show up with a dozen club mates and have some monster RV blaring lights and TV flickerings through its windows, parked next door.

Regards,

Jim
Nice little country motel/dude ranch in SE Arizona called the Sunglow Guest Ranch http://www.sunglowranch.com/
It's friendly to and quite accommodating to amateur astronomers (a lot of them come down from Phoenix).  It's no longer as cheap as it was (what is?) but it's a great little place to set up and observe.  And you get to sleep inside, in a bed and take a shower.  And you get superlatively dark skies at night.
It's a few miles from the New Mexico/Arizona border a little north of Mexico--in the Chiricahuas at 5500' and east of Benson, Pearce, and Sunizona.  Day trips to Tombstone are possible.

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Re: Arizona Sky Village - Anyone Been There?
« Reply #23 on: February 09, 2018, 10:38:04 AM »
I rented a house there in February 2015. It was great for both astronomy and local hiking. No light pollution. And you can glimpse Omega Centauri and other southern splendors about 12 degrees above the southern horizon.