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Re: "Dark" sky sites in northern NJ?
« Reply #15 on: January 11, 2018, 06:52:44 AM »
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<p class="citation">Quote......So far was not able to see M101 from my backyard even though tried many times..... Alex

From Cherry Springs (dark sky park in PA) the spiral arms of M-101 really stand out as obvious in my 20-inch Dob. 

BTW, from my yard in south/central NY, with the same scope, M-101 is pretty bright, but it takes some effort to see the spiral arms.

 You need to take a drive over to Cherry Springs. [/quote]

I saw M101 many times but never from home. I just got a 10" dob, so  very soon, once it clears trees,  should be able to give it another try

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Re: "Dark" sky sites in northern NJ?
« Reply #16 on: January 12, 2018, 03:11:56 AM »
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If it's a REALLY good night and I can stand the 100 mile trip, each way, then we'll shoot up to Lake Taghkanic, which is also a Rockland Astronomy Club site and which also requires a permit:

http://cleardarksky....TagNYkey.html?1
Rob, enjoyed your talk at our club (Mid Hudson Astronomical Association) last month AND have you considered our dark sky observing site?
It's off the Taconic, nearer than the Rockland site, and during the summer, it's open for overnight camping. Definitely check out Wilcox Park and our club observing schedule. The park is locked "off season" so you need to go on one of our observing nights. Once it warms up though, it's open every night.
       Here's the link to the CSC. Was there last Friday. Great observing till the clouds rolled in.
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Re: "Dark" sky sites in northern NJ?
« Reply #17 on: January 12, 2018, 04:13:11 AM »
To answer the question above about what type of "dark" skies still exist in Jersey...most likely the darkest are up in the Northwest corner, nearest the Pocono Mountains in PA.   That's where we hold the Stokes Star Party and on nights with above average transparency, we can start to sniff 6th magnitude naked eye at the zenith.    With average transparency, we're at 5.5-5.75 or so.  As one of the other posters wrote, I too spend a lot of time at Shohola Falls right off Route 6 in PA.   It's about 30 minutes past where the Stokes Star Party is and is noticeably darker.   I usually set up on the north side of the reservoir, in the parking lot near the dam.   The eastern horizon is fairly obstructed by trees, but then again that's where most of the LP is coming from, so no big loss there.   I had one police officer stop while I was observing there with a couple friends of mine.  We showed him Jupiter and he was more than happy to let us be.   Regarding Wilcox Park - thanks for the invite, Maureen.   After my one trip to Rockland's Lake T. site, I decided 115 miles each way was too far for an evening of observing where I would be turning around and coming back home that same night.   That was an absolute haul that night and the Taconic Parkway at 3am was fairly nerve-wracking with all the deer on the sides of the road.  Granted, Wilcox Park is closer by 10 miles, so that's still asking a lot, unless it's a weekend where I can plan to grab a campsite and stay overnight.   I'll keep it in mind.Thanks again,

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Re: "Dark" sky sites in northern NJ?
« Reply #18 on: January 12, 2018, 05:17:57 AM »
If there is still interest in the NJ skies, I can send anyone that want it a larger version (1223x1050) of the Middle East Coast image I posted on Nov.16. The star party sites are labeled, that might be some help for referencing.