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Arizona Sky Village - Anyone Been There?
« on: December 27, 2017, 01:57:43 PM »
Given 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!



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Re: Arizona Sky Village - Anyone Been There?
« Reply #1 on: December 28, 2017, 06:33:51 PM »
I'm interested too.  I believe the same development partnership has a new dark sky development underway just across the AZ-NM border newt Sky Village.  I don't know the status of that development, though, and the developer's website hasn't been updated recently and is singularly uninformative.Renting would be a first step in assessing longer term suitability of the general region for an astro-vacation home.- Jim

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Re: Arizona Sky Village - Anyone Been There?
« Reply #2 on: December 29, 2017, 12:06:00 AM »
A simple search will reveal a number of real estate developments across the South Texas, all of New Mexico and Arizona.  All have roughly the same monsoon season that begins in June and lasts until perhaps mid-August.  The summers vary from mild to blazing and winters from temperate to arctic.  The key to which is which is elevation.  However, in my opinion a visit to any of them during September, October or November is likely to be very pleasant.  The availability of rental homes is likely to be variable.  Most of these places have not been set up with rentals in mind. I'd try contacting several to see what, if anything, they have available

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Re: Arizona Sky Village - Anyone Been There?
« Reply #3 on: December 29, 2017, 04:02:21 PM »
You are chasing my dream. . . .

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Re: Arizona Sky Village - Anyone Been There?
« Reply #4 on: January 04, 2018, 07:51:08 AM »
I'm sure you've found the  Clear Sky Map Click on the LIght Pollution and Topo Maps. If there is ANY negative to the site, it is that the Mountains cause a bit of turbulence over the village. I haven't been in the Village but have camped and observed from the general location. Our Monsoon runs from end of June through mid Sept. Oct through May temps are moderate, the atmosphere is dry, any storms generally passing in a day or so. If you also like to hike, are into birding, biology and/or related Sciences, you may not get any sleep.

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Re: Arizona Sky Village - Anyone Been There?
« Reply #5 on: January 08, 2018, 11:52:10 AM »
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Given 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.

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Re: Arizona Sky Village - Anyone Been There?
« Reply #6 on: January 09, 2018, 10:10:05 PM »
My wife and I stayed at ASV back in 2009 after buying a lot at Rancho Hidalgo (the "new sky village" in New Mexico that Jim referenced). We stayed at the Greenwitch House, which is very nice and has at least three telescopes on hand (at the time) for guest use.

http://www.arizonaskyvillage.co.uk/

Other possible places to stay at ASV (I don't know how up to date this is):
http://www.arizonask...com/asv_006.htm

We visited over a weekend in September, and there was still enough of the monsoons going on, though it cleared up nicely at night. Scenery is spectacular, and the monsoons actually made it a treat (seeing a thunderstorm on one side of the sky and a rainbow on the other).

Monsoons are over, so this time of year is perfect for a visit.

There is at least one other home that the owners offer as a rental for visitors. They usually advertise on Sky & Telescope.

HTH,
Eric

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Re: Arizona Sky Village - Anyone Been There?
« Reply #7 on: January 10, 2018, 03:19:08 AM »
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?Regards,Jim

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Re: Arizona Sky Village - Anyone Been There?
« Reply #8 on: January 10, 2018, 05:21:59 AM »
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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?

A couple of us have facilities for friends to visit and camp, but this is a residential neighborhood… There is plenty of property around here if someone wanted to build such a setup. Also there is a state park 7 miles from us that already has such a campground. They also have their own observatory also. It's listed on our web site.

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Re: Arizona Sky Village - Anyone Been There?
« Reply #9 on: January 11, 2018, 04:06:33 AM »
I live in Tucson, AZ and our club has its dark sky site on the West side of the Chiricahua Mts; AZ Sky Village is on the East side.  The skies are very dark at both sites but seeing is an issue at both sites.  On the West side, breezes coming off the Mts around 12:00 AM to 3:00 AM cause seeing issues and on the East side there is a lot of atmospheric disturbance at the 10,000 ft level most of the year due to the regional, westerly, air flow.  Compared to the skies of the Mid-Atlantic seaboard it's jaw dropping; if you can rent a place then by all means come on out.  As one poster has already pointed out, the skies go by, by from late June through mid September out here; yep, Summer Milk Way viewing is a rarity for us during the Summer months.  Best time to view the Summer Milk Way is during Late April, May and the first of June.  We have a winter monsoon period that runs from December through February.  Some Decembers its total clouds with some rain but not every year.  January and February are a mixed bag of skies, many days are crystal clear, cobalt blue skies with a few days of clouds in between.  If you  can come out and stay for a month or more than you will have plenty of clear skies to view under; if your like me and have to work all week with only a Saturday night to view then odds are not good during the winter monsoon period.Hope this is of help to you.

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Re: Arizona Sky Village - Anyone Been There?
« Reply #10 on: January 12, 2018, 01:29:25 AM »
April, May, and June are on average the driest  months of the year in AZ and are usually a safe bet. March and April are probably the best months for wildflowers in the lower elevations of the Sonoran Desert, and when we've had the right amount of rain in previous years the ephemeral wildflower bloom can be stunning. Just in case you plan on being up during the daylight hours...

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Re: Arizona Sky Village - Anyone Been There?
« Reply #11 on: January 12, 2018, 07:01:23 AM »
and while in Deming,NM be sure to check out the annual duck races...and pick up some chili (red AND green)...

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Re: Arizona Sky Village - Anyone Been There?
« Reply #12 on: January 14, 2018, 02:27:18 AM »
Thanks all for the feedback so far.  Very helpful.   Keep it coming!!

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Re: Arizona Sky Village - Anyone Been There?
« Reply #13 on: January 16, 2018, 10:59:20 PM »
Chili comes in red?- Jim

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Re: Arizona Sky Village - Anyone Been There?
« Reply #14 on: January 18, 2018, 02:03:43 AM »
I lived in Tucson for 40 years and still spend quite a bit of time there.  The monsoons start right around July 4th and often last well into September.  IMHO, August and September tie for the most uncomfortable months with temperatures of 100 degrees extending through midnight accompanied by relatively high humidity due to southerly air flow (and rains.)  March through June are the best in Spring.  Mid-October through the end of November can be quite nice as well.  Dec-Feb can actually get pretty chilly at night in the desert but it depends on the year.   Sometimes winter is warm and golden and sometimes it's rainy, windy, and cold (with very occasional snow about every 5-7 years.)   If you pick the right time of year, the night skies in remote areas of the southwest are hard to beat.  Low humidity and clear air with horizontal visibility often exceeding 100 miles makes for great star gazing.  I suggest that you shoot for April, May or June and give it a try.  I think you'll like it.John